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As students at every educational level, from pre-K to graduate school, head back to classrooms all across America, the views, understandings and attitudes they possess become relevant to the counselors serving them in educational settings and the world they will enter after their schooling. Each August for the past 11 years, Beloit College has released the Beloit College Mindset List, an in-depth examination of the cultural milestones that shape the lives of the freshman students starting college. While a few things (e.g., economical uncertainty, rising fuel costs) have remained constant throughout their lives, a significant number of social and cultural conditions are quite unique.
Since it became a formal component of American Red Cross Disaster Services in 1992, the Disaster Mental Health (DMH) team has relied upon the efforts of licensed mental health professionals drawn from the fields of counseling, social work, psychiatry, psychology, psychiatric nursing, and marital/family therapy. The DMH Eligibility Advisory Group recently has developed consensus recommendations for expanding the eligibility criteria for joining the DMH activity. This recommendation includes state-licensed or state-certified school counselors and state-licensed or state-certified school psychologists.
ACA's Chief Professional Officer David Kaplan commented about the expanded eligibility: "As a Red Cross partner, ACA is so pleased that ARC has recognized the expert training of school counselors. We know that school counselors will make a major contribution to the Red Cross disaster mental health program." For answers to questions about this eligibility expansion, please contact the DMH leadership team, headed by Rob Yin at DMHtemp@usa.redcross.org
Members interested in participating in the American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Services free training at the ACA Conference in Charlotte, NC should mark their calendars for Friday, March 20, 2009. Licensed and certified counselors can obtain registration materials from Debbie Beales at 703-823-9800, Ext. 306 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Top of the Class, the Satisfied Middle, the Anxious Middle and the Struggling Middle -- what unites and divides the majority of Americans who call themselves "middle class." Definitions of the new four part American middle class and the people who comprise these various sectors were the subject of a Pew Research Institute report released this summer.
Countless professional counselors are included among the 61 million Americans who serve various institutions, agencies and organizations as volunteers. Similarly, counselors in varied practice settings work alongside volunteers performing adjunct and supportive roles. In the most comprehensive research it has conducted to date on the state of volunteerism in the U.S., the Corporation for Community and National Service has learned the who, what, why and how of this burgeoning phenomenon.
How do ACA members educate the public about counselors, the services they provide and the needs they meet? Building such public awareness has been an ongoing challenge for the counseling profession and it's one that the ACA Foundation has addressed in recent years through the co-sponsorship of a weekly newspaper column, "The Counseling Corner." Today, approximately 275 publications, reaching more than 10 million readers, carry this weekly ACA column offering advice and insight on a variety of issues related to the counseling profession. Recent columns have addressed issues such as coping with anger, improving parent-teen communications, helping elderly relatives, handling stress and similar issues related to modern life. The Counseling Corner columns are published on the ACA web site.
Members across the country are invited to help with placement of these columns in their local papers (there is no cost or obligation to the editors or papers for the use of the columns). Editors or counselors can contact Debra Bass at email@example.com for additional information.
How much impact have rising fuel costs and the general economic condition of the country had on school budgets and calendars? A summer survey by the American Association of School Administrators found that three percent of respondents have actually gone to a four day school week and another 17 percent have such a calendar under consideration. The AASA release identified staffing, field trips, athletic programs and other items on the "hit list" for schools seeking to eliminate, reduce or contain costs.
The best registration rates for the 2009 ACA Conference & Exposition in Charlotte will end this Sunday, August 31st. Now is the time to act. ACA members will receive an advance registration brochure, with complete program and lodging details, with the October issue of Counseling Today. But no need to wait: go online now to:
Remember, by registering before August 31, 2008 you can save up to $170. Registration rates increase incrementally after September 1. Register online immediately or call 800-347-6647, Ext. 222
A new Census Bureau report, using first ever data from the American Community Survey, shows that 20 percent of women 40 to 44 were childless in 2006, twice as high as the level 30 years earlier. Among other highlights, the report found:
The 2009 ACA Publications Catalog, featuring 20 new releases is mailing now to all ACA members.
Among the new books are several "back-to-school" titles: Solution-Focused Counseling in Schools, Suicide Prevention in the Schools: Guidelines for Middle and High School Settings, School Counselors Share their Favorite Group Activities: A Guide to Choosing, Planning, Conducting, and Processing, and Youth at Risk: A Prevention Resource for Counselors, Teachers, and Parents.
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