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Welcome Lynn E. Linde!
As of July 1, the start of ACA's fiscal year, Dr. Lynn E. Linde took the helm as President of ACA. See her "From the President" message on p. 5 of the July issue of Counseling Today.
Dr. Linde is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Education and the Director of Clinical Programs, the School Counseling Program, at Loyola College in Maryland. She began her career in education as an elementary special education teacher. After receiving her master's in guidance and counseling Lynn worked as a secondary school counselor and then counseling supervisor for the Baltimore City Public Schools, Maryland; state supervisor for school counseling; and Chief of the Student Services and Alternative Programs Branch at the Maryland State Department of Education. She was an affiliate faculty member at Loyola College for ten years and in September 2004 became a full-time faculty member.
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Young Adult Death and Drinking Statistics on the Rise
Alarming increases over the past decade can be seen in new statistics for alcohol-related deaths, drinking behavior, and drunk driving among college-age students. Using figures from government databases and national surveys on alcohol use, researcher Ralph W. Hingson and colleagues at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) conducted research that was reported in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
They found that drinking-related accidental deaths among 18- to 24-year-old students have been creeping upward, rising from 1,440 in 1998 to 1,825 in 2005. At the same time, the proportion of students who reported recent heavy episodic drinking (sometimes called "binge drinking") rose from roughly 42 percent to 45 percent, and the proportion who admitted to drinking and driving in the past year increased from 26.5 percent to 29 percent.
Campus and community programs-such as counseling for students found to have drinking problems and community-level efforts that involved residents, law enforcement officials, and community organizations-were cited in the study as having a positive effect on the problem.
Best Sellers: Top 10 Most Popular Titles from ACA
Led by the ACA Ethical Standards Casebook by Barbara Herlihy and Gerald Corey, a mix of established titles and new releases are represented on the list of ACA books sold over the past year. Following are the 10 most popular titles:
To order any ACA titles, visit the ACA Online Bookstore. Watch for the 2010 ACA Publications catalog which will be included in the polybag with your August issue of Counseling Today.
ADHD Treatment Caution Announced
Children and adolescents using prescribed stimulants to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at greater risk of sudden, unexplained death according to a Washington Post story about a study recently published by the Food and Drug Administration and National Institute of Mental Health. ADHD is a condition that affects approximately 3 percent to 7 percent of school-aged children and approximately 4 percent of adults. The three main symptoms are inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. People with ADHD may have difficulty in school, troubled relationships with family and peers, and low self-esteem.
Worth Reading: U.S. Competitiveness Linked to State Higher Education Systems
A new study reports that U.S. global competitiveness hinges on states' strengthening their higher education systems. In the study, "Ready to Assemble: Grading State Higher Education Accountability Systems," Education Sector researcher Chad Aldeman and policy director Kevin Carey advise states to improve the way they govern and fund higher education, expand access to higher education, create effective accountability standards, and set bold goals for achievement.
In 21 categories, ranging from how well states measure student learning outcomes to how well states link accountability information to funding, state higher education systems and their accountability standards are scored. Final grades are based on a range of factors, including accuracy, timeliness, comparability, and breadth of information available. California, Texas, Florida and Oregon were among the states that earned a "Best Practice" rating.
Faster, Friendlier FAFSA Coming in 2010
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced the U.S. Department of Education is taking steps to make the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) shorter, simpler, and more student friendly. The changes-some of which are already in place while others will be phased in over the next few months-are designed to increase postsecondary enrollment, particularly among low- and middle-income students. Students and counselors can track the rollout of the new form at the FAFSA website.
Diverse Magazine Special Reports Focus on Minority Degree Producers
What colleges and universities are awarding the largest number of degrees to students of color? How do these degree attainment statistics break out by field of study? The answers can be found in Diverse: Issues In Higher Education's two special reports (associate degree, undergraduate degree). A third report on graduate degrees is due out later in July.
Register for ACA Conference at Summer Rates that Sizzle
March 2010 seems like a long way off, but now is the time to take advantage of summer registration rates for the ACA Conference & Exposition, March 18-22, 2010, in Pittsburgh, PA. Take advantage of these "sizzling" summer rates good only thru August 31 and register today. Know of any organizations that you think should be exhibiting or advertising with ACA? Please send them the link below to ACA's new 2010 Exhibitor Prospectus & Media Kit. Or, email Kathy Maguire with your suggestions - firstname.lastname@example.org
Fast Fact: Achievement Gap in Graduation Rates Still Exists in Urban America
Some progress has been made in selected cities, but overall, the urban graduation rates between 1995 and 2005 were well below the national average of 71 percent, and there remains an 18 percentage point urban/suburban gap. The Cities in Crisis 2009 report of Editorial Projects in Education, Inc. finds that only about half (53 percent) of all young people in the nation's 50 largest cities are earning their diplomas on schedule.
The ACA-ACES Syllabus Clearinghouse Wants Your Contribution
Make Alfred Adler proud of you by helping the ACA-ACES Syllabus Clearinghouse grow!
The ACA-ACES Syllabus Clearinghouse has made tremendous progress over the past half year thanks to the generosity of counselor educators across the nation. The Clearinghouse currently has 275 syllabi from 114 contributors. In the first five months of operation, it has been searched 3,731 times by counselor educators who are either teaching a new class or looking to update and refresh existing syllabi.
Please consider adding your 2009 syllabi. The Clearinghouse is located in the ACA Online Library. Submitting is easy.
ASGW's Multicultural Activities Book Available
The new Association of Specialists in Group Work publication, Group Work Experts Share Their Favorite Multicultural Activities: A Guide to Diversity-Competent Choosing, Planning, Conducting, and Processing is now available thru ACA. Counseling experts share collective understanding and practical activities for multicultural group experiences. Counselor educators will find the book an excellent supplemental text for group, multicultural, practicum, and internship classes. Order online or by phone 800-422-2648, ext. 222. 2009. 270 pages.
ACA Professional Counselors in Schools Interest Network Identifies Initiatives
Randy Astramovich, facilitator of the ACA Professional Counselors in Schools Interest Network (PCSIN), has announced three major initiatives the interest network will pursue in the coming year, including:
Interested? Contact Dr. Astramovich at Randy.Astramovich@unlv.edu.
ACES Announces Grant Opportunities: Apply by July 17
The Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) has announced its 2009-2010 research grants competition, calling for studies that increase the understanding of professional development in counselor education and supervision. Prospective grantees will compete for $10,000 set aside by the ACES Executive Council for deserving research. The maximum grant made will not exceed $2,000 and individual grants are expect to range from $750 to $1,500, depending on research quality and documented need.
Professional and student members of ACES are eligible to apply and can obtain submission details by contacting Judith Crews at email@example.com. Applications must be submitted on or before July 17, 2009 and successful grants will be announced at the ACES fall conference in San Diego.
Canadian Journal of Counselling Needs Reviewers: Submit by July 31
The Canadian Journal of Counselling (CJC) is an international peer-reviewed journal currently in need of counseling professionals who are willing to act as manuscript reviewers. The requirements are as follows:
If you are interested in becoming a reviewer for CJC, please download the Reviewer Interest Survey at http://cjc-rcc.ucalgary.ca/cjc/index.php/rcc/announcement/view/1 and email the completed survey to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than July 31, 2009. Editorial Board members will be appointed from within the pool of eligible manuscript reviewers.
Counseling and Values Adopts New Publishing Schedule
Effective with the April 2010 issue, Counseling and Values, the journal of the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC), will be published twice yearly in April and October. Previously it was published three times per year.
Calendar: AMHCA and NECA Programs Coming in July
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