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The U.S. Workplace in 2018: Implications for Counseling and Education
In mid-June, the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, released a new report: Help Wanted: Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018. The report examines where the U.S. workforce is headed during the post-recession recovery period and offers counselors in varied settings some ideas about the knowledge and skills that workforce members will need to be competitive and secure. Included among the forecasts for 2018—nearly two-thirds (63%) of all jobs will require at least some postsecondary education.
The Tenured Professor: An Endangered Species?
A recent story in the Chronicle of Higher Education points to the release of a higher education staffing report by the U.S. Department of Education as a clear indicator that the tenured professor is becoming an "endangered species." The impending IPED Fall Staffing survey is expected to show that full-time tenured and tenure-track educators represent less than one-third of the faculty in the nation's colleges and universities, with part-time personnel now representing more than half of all faculty.
Share Success Stories with Challenging Clients in Counseling Today
An upcoming feature story in Counseling Today will focus on ACA members' success stories in working with particularly challenging clients. If you'd like to share your success story with your colleagues, e-mail answers to the following questions to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Please limit your response to 400 words or less; send questions to Jonathan Rollins, Editor, at email@example.com.
Census Projections: A Different Looking America
As census workers complete their decennial tasks and the demographic numbers are posted for 2010, projections of a different America are emerging. A recent CNN interview examines the predictions of scholar and author Joel Kotkin, fellow at Chapman University, about how America will look in 2050.
In his new book, The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050, Kotkin projects a future in which the nonwhite population is the majority and interracial marriage is more commonplace than today. His other predictions include a U.S. population growing to more than 400 million, individuals working at or closer to home, and the country becoming more energy efficient and economically competitive.
ACA's Top 10 Best Sellers for 2009-2010
The New York Times, USA Today, Oprah's Book Club and other popular media outlets have their "best seller" lists. ACA has its list too, and is pleased to announce the 10 best-selling book titles during the 2009-2010 fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2010:
Discover why these titles are so popular for both personal reading and classroom use. Visit the ACA online bookstore to review the descriptions and order these books.
Relevant Research: Suicidal Thoughts and College Students
A study of 1,085 students at the University of Maryland – College Park over their 4-year enrollment has found that many individuals think about suicide during the collegiate experience and few are likely to recognize the social support structures in place to help them in preventing such action. The findings, included in research conducted by the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, the University of Maryland, and other institutions, and published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, reported 151 (12%) said they had pondered committing suicide at least once—with 37 saying they did so repeatedly and 10 saying that they had made plans or carried out full-fledged attempts during college.
Lack of social support was identified as a key factor in predicting persistent suicidal thoughts. The research also discovered that depressive symptoms, exposure to domestic violence in childhood, and having a mother suffering from depression added to the suicidal risk factors.
Advocacy Matters: ACA Member Logo Sends Message of Professionalism
Are you aware that ACA's Professional Member Logo can be placed on business cards, personal stationary, websites, email signatures, in program and private practices brochures, and can be used in many other ways? Using the logo tells your publics and your peers of your commitment to the profession and its Code of Ethics.
Developed in response to requests from members, the Member Logo is available only to those whose membership type is "Professional" or "New Professional." In addition, retired members whose previous membership type had been "Professional" also may use the Member Logo. Upon logging in at the ACA website, scroll down to the bottom of the orange box to "New Member Benefit: Member Logos are now available for download here." This message will not appear if your member type is Student or Regular.
In the News: Money Can "Buy" You Happiness
A global study by the Gallup Organization, reported July 1 in The Washington Post, has turned up some interesting information about the effects of wealth on lifestyle, particularly how money can influence happiness. The number polled (136,000) and their geographic location (132 countries) suggest these findings may carry more weight than earlier ones.
What effect does money have on happiness? The detailed questioning by Gallup revealed that the "haves" felt greater respect, had greater control of their life and shared more fully with their family and friends. Similar responses were offered by the young and old, men and women, and those living in different community environments.
Grants of Interest to Counselors Working with Women, Girls, and Children
The Open Meadows Foundation offers grants that are designed and implemented by women and girls, reflect the diversity of the community served, promote building community power, and promote racial, social, economic and environmental justice. The grants also are targeted to those projects that have limited financial access or have encountered obstacles in their search for funding. Grant levels: Up to $2,000. Application deadline: August 14, 2010.
The Innovating Worthy Projects Foundation was founded to provide financial help to quality special-needs children's programs. IWPF makes grants to organizations dedicated to serving developing innovative programs, disseminating ideas, or providing direct care or services for children with special needs, acute illnesses, or chronic disabilities. Grants are restricted to IRS recognized non-profit organizations. Grant levels vary (see website). Application deadline: August 31, 2010.
Fast Fact: Lost Productivity, Absenteeism Tied to Mental Illness, Substance Abuse
According to the National Business Group on Health, approximately 217 million days of work are lost annually due to productivity decline and missed work related to mental illness and substance abuse disorders, costing U.S. employers $17 billion each year. Also noted in the report: mental illness and substance abuse disorders represent the top 5 causes of disability among people age 15-44 in the United States and Canada. NBGH supports health and mental health initiatives by employers that address this workforce need.
Conference Clipping: Register for ACA 2011 at Hot Summer Rates thru August 31
Along with the record breaking heat being experienced in many parts of the U.S. this summer, registration rates for the ACA Conference & Exposition in New Orleans (March 23-27, 2011) are hot hot hot! Take advantage of the lowest rates and register before August 31, 2010. Make your travel and lodging arrangements and register today!
Calendar: ACA Summer Institute for Leadership Training and Division Conferences
The 2nd Annual ACA Summer Institute for Leadership Training will be held July 21-25 in Alexandria, Virginia. This training activity will include the Council of Presidents and Region Chairs (COPARC) and COPARC-Elects, representing ACA leaders from the national, division, regional and branch levels. Sessions will focus on organizational and management issues, information dissemination, and networking.
Questions about the Institute should be directed to Denise Brown at 800-347-6647, ext. 303. Participants requiring assistance with travel or accommodations should contact Robin Hayes at 800-347-6647, ext. 296.
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