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Consumer Reports Includes Counselors for First Time in Survey, Article on Depression
In a major step forward for recognition of the counseling profession, Consumer Reports has for the first time included professional counselors in its annual article on depression. "Depression & Anxiety: Readers Reveal the Therapists and Drugs that Helped" appeared in the July 2010 issue.
In the past, the magazine has neglected to include professional counselors on their list of mental health providers rated by readers, and ACA has written letters to point out the omission. Now, professional counselors are included and placed on par with social workers, and psychologists. Under the subhead "Type of therapist doesn't matter," the 4-page article states: "Psychologists (Ph.D.s), social workers (M.S.W.s), and licensed professional counselors (L.P.C.s) receive equal helpfulness ratings from those who had talk therapy."
To be included in a research survey—with the resulting positive outcomes—of a mainstream publication such as Consumer Reports is a breakthrough for the counseling profession. Raising the awareness of the counseling profession continues to be a high priority within ACA.
Father's Day Centennial Celebration is June 20, 2010
While the first Father's Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, the event didn't become a calendar fixture until 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed a public law that made it permanent. Today, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are an estimated 67.8 million fathers across the nation; 158,000 of them are stay-at-home dads. The agency also counts 8,610 men's clothing stores in case you want to get dad a necktie. Happy Fathers' Day!
Reliable Resource: Break the Cycle.org Focuses on Dating Violence, Domestic Abuse
Dating violence among teens and young adults has reached epidemic proportions according to Break the Cycle, a national, nonprofit organization seeking to educate and empower youth to build lives and communities free from domestic violence. One in three teens will experience abuse in a dating relationship and more than two-thirds will never report it to anyone. The death of Yeardley Love, a University of Virginia student-athlete in May, however, resulted in national visibility to the growing problem.
Break the Cycle offers a number of education programs, policy programs, legal and help services, curriculum, and training that counselors may wish to utilize as they deal with teen and young adult dating violence.
Worth Reading: Skipping College Reasonable Alternative for Some
Citing projections that only two of the jobs expected to experience high job prospects for the future (accounting and postsecondary teaching) will require college degrees, a recent New York Times article suggested some students should consider alternative educational paths. Careers in some of the remaining growth jobs- nurses, home health aides, and customer service representatives-require less than a bachelor's degree, as well as "work readiness" training in the ability to solve problems, make decisions, resolve conflict, and communicate effectively.
Counselor Educators: Send Your Summer Syllabi Now!
If you have a new or revised syllabus, you can submit it to the Clearinghouse by visiting
Mary Bartlett of the University of Montevallo and Barbara Trolley of St. Bonaventure University have been very generous in their submissions. We appreciate their generosity of spirit in supporting this unique counselor educator initiative. As one member put it: "the Clearinghouse is a testament to the underlying altruism of the counseling profession."
Don't forget to use it and do continue to help it grow!
Send questions or comments to Vikki Cooper, ACA Librarian, at email@example.com or 800-347-6647, ext. 281.
Relevant Research: Early Child Care Influences Learning and Behavior
In the largest assessment of child rearing in the U.S. conducted to date, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) has determined that low-quality child care in the early years can have a significant effect on a child's learning and behavior. Monitoring more than 1,300 children of various ethnicities, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds between 1991 and 2008, NICHD researchers found academic and obedience problems among those who received the poorest child care during their first 4.5 years of life, conditions that continued into adolescence.
Fast Fact: Mental Health Care Number One Cause of Military Hospitalization
The Behavioral Health Central website reported recently that U.S. troops were hospitalized for mental health conditions more than any other condition during 2009. Data from the Pentagon's Medical Surveillance Monthly Report found that mental health care issues for the year exceeded those for injuries or pregnancies for the first time in the 15 years the information has been tracked.
ACA Members: Free Access to MetLife's Oral Health Library
Understanding how to maintain or improve your oral health just got easier. MetLife has an easy-to-navigate, Oral Health Library. This is a web-based resource to help individuals take a more proactive role in understanding and making better choices about their oral health. It contains information and tools to help people ask their dentist informed questions about their dental benefits, dental care, and their risk for dental disease. Whether you participate in MetLife's Dental Program or not, the library can be accessed by visiting
Annual Survey of Counseling Center Directors Available from IACS
The National Survey of Counseling Center Directors - 2009, published by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS), and sponsored by the American College Counseling Association (ACCA), provides a comprehensive examination of programs and services at 302 U.S. colleges and universities, representing 2.6 million students. Among the findings:
SAMHSA Conference Examines Women, Addiction, Recovery Issues
Join with leaders, colleagues, and stakeholders at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) 4th National Women's Conference, July 26-28, 2010 in Chicago. Expert speakers will address the theme of women, addiction, and recovery and issues such as family-centered treatment, culturally responsive approaches, and technology will be session topics.
New DVD Offers Tips on Working with Older Adults
Practical Strategies for Caring for Older Adults: An Adlerian Approach for Understanding and Assisting Aging Loved Ones
presented by Radha Janis Horton-Parker and R. Charles Fawcett
As America grays, adults are living longer than ever before. However, this greater longevity increases the demands on family members and others who love and provide care for them. Practical Strategies for Caring for Older Adults offers caregivers, counselors, and educators effective strategies to improve the lives of older people so that they remain respected, needed, and part of the larger social fabric.
In this DVD, the characteristics of older adults are discussed, followed by typical situations encountered by caregivers. Engaging vignettes and presenter commentary illustrate the underlying needs and mistaken goals of attention seeking, power, revenge, and assumed inadequacy that often cause perplexing behavior in older people. Horton-Parker and Fawcett's simple techniques create win-win situations between caregivers and aging loved ones that improve quality of life.
2010 | 120 minutes
Significant Job Loss Predicted in Public School System
The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) is reporting that continuing economic issues will likely result in the elimination of an unprecedented number of educator positions in the 2010-2011 school year. As many as 275,000 jobs may be in peril. The anticipated cuts grow from the continuing economic environment at the state and local level and the end of support from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Specifically, AASA found that 82% of responding school districts intend to eliminate positions and 53% will freeze hiring.
Calendar: Summer and Fall Roundup of ACA Division Conferences
June 30–July 2, 2010
July 3-6, 2010
July 15-17, 2010
July 30, 2010
August 1-3, 2010
September 10-11, 2010
September 18-19, 2010
October 6-9, 2010
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