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As a Red Cross partner, ACA put out a call to members on August 30th for volunteers who could assist with the mental health needs related to Hurricane Gustav. The American Red Cross (ARC) set up more than 300 shelters that housed more than 45,000 individuals displaced by the early September storm.
With mental health now thoroughly integrated into Red Cross disaster services, ARC wanted to make certain that all 300+ shelters were staffed with disaster mental health volunteers. ACA may well be sending out a follow-up call for the storms following in Gustav's footsteps, so all members are encouraged to keep their email address and other contact information current. You may log in to your account at www.counseling.org and click on 'Manage Membership' to perform this update or call member services at 800-347-6647, Ext. 222.
Each year at its annual conference, ACA provides the ARC Disaster Mental Health training that is necessary for entry into the Red Cross deployment system. For information and to register for the free training in Charlotte (Friday, March 20, 2009, from 8am-4pm) please contact Debbie Beales at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-347-6647, Ext. 306
The December issue of Counseling Today is going to feature a cover story on "Counseling vs. Life Coaching" and is currently vetting possible sources to interview. If you are an ACA member who offers coaching services or has strong opinions about how coaching could affect the counseling profession (either positively or negatively) in the coming years, e-mail editor Jonathan Rollins (email@example.com) with a brief description of your experience or views. There is no guarantee that everyone who contacts CT will be interviewed, but all e-mails will be reviewed carefully.
Where Do the Children Play? is a one-hour documentary produced by Michigan Television for public television that examines how restrictive patterns of sprawl, congestion, and endless suburban development across America are having an impact on children's mental and physical health and development.
Using the adage that children represent 20 percent of the world's population but 100 percent of its future, the film opens by examining differences between growing up today, with all its inherent obstacles and temptations, and childhood as it was lived 50 years ago. The one-hour program profiles successful efforts to build urban, suburban and small town programs that are attempting to get kids outside and away from the screens (computer and television) that have captured them.
More than 600 ACA members responded to a late August call by Heritage of America, a designated disabled veteran owned company, to provide compensated counseling services to veterans who have served in Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries. ACA, a major subcontractor to the HOA Department of Veterans Affairs contract, has the responsibility for identifying counselors, conducting training and providing professional oversight throughout the initiative.
This program may continue, contingent upon federal funding, for up to five years. ACA members from the District of Columbia and all states except Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee will be needed on an ongoing basis. (HOA did not get the contract for these six states). ACA members living outside the U. S. are also needed in Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America, Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Rim including Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Guam and Somoa.
The contract requires professional counselors who have a masters or doctoral degree and are licensed to diagnose and treat mental disorders (e.g. LPC, LCPC, LMHC). ACA members who meet these qualifications can submit a letter of interest along with their resume to Tom Kiley, HOA Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org
In one of the newest ACA Podcast releases, author John J. Murphy takes the listener through his pragmatic book Solution-Focused Counseling in Schools and provides an overview of the counseling strategies employed and why this technique is especially effective in schools. View the free 50-minute Podcast program and learn more about Murphy's award winning ACA book.
Inhalant use and abuse constitute a public health problem that disproportionately affects youth. The 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that the prevalence of past-year inhalant use was almost four times higher among persons ages 12 to 17 than among young adults ages 18 to 25 (1.3 vs. 0.4 percent). Among adolescents, inhalant use and abuse have been found to be associated with depressive symptoms.
ACA President-Elect Lynn Linde is seeking nominations for committee appointments. She will be appointing professional members for each committee who will serve a three-year term, and a student representative to each committee for a one-year term. Positions on the following committees will be available beginning July 1, 2009: Awards, Branch Development, Bylaws and Policies, Ethics, Graduate Student, Human Rights, International, Interprofessional, Professional Standards, Public Awareness and Support, Public Policy and Legislation, Publications, and Research and Knowledge.
ACA members may nominate themselves or be nominated by other members. Nominations are due December 1, 2008, and must be sent to ACA headquarters, c/o Holly Clubb, 5999 Stevenson Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304. Nomination packets are available from ACA. To receive a packet or for more information about the nominations process, call Holly Clubb at 1-800-347-6647, ext. 212 or e-mail her at email@example.com. Indicate whether you are requesting an application as a professional committee member or as a student representative. The packets are also available on the ACA website.
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the McDonalds Corporation are collaborating this fall to present a series of workshops encouraging Hispanic students to matriculate to college. Eleven workshops, scheduled for various locations around the nation, will address everything from academic and admission requirements to sources of financial aid.
ACA is calling for student and new professional member input into the annual conference series, For Graduate Students and New Professionals Only. This popular series was designed to bring specific programs of interest to members in these categories. One of the goals of the series is to provide students and new professionals an opportunity to meet and interact with some of the most well-known and respected scholars in the profession. Past presenters in the series include Sam Gladding, Jeffrey Kottler, Jane Goodman and others. Graduate students and new professionals can contribute to the construction of a meaningful program by responding to the following two questions:
Email your response to David Kaplan, ACA Chief Professional Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than September 15th.
For parents, teachers, counselors and caregivers, the start of the new school year is often exciting, but it can be difficult for kids of all ages. Peer pressure, bullying and social anxieties can take their toll on kids in hallways, on the playground, and in classrooms.
On its web site, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has posted research-based and practical information that can be shared with children and parents as they transition from basking in the summer sun to zipping up their backpacks.
The agenda of the ACA Jewish Interest Network is to serve as a resource and point of collaboration and support for members who would like to discuss issues that relate to Judaism and religiosity in counseling. The network does not view itself as a political organization and stands clear of taking positions. Rather, it brings together members to collaborate on research, teaching practices and other appropriate activities within ACA and the profession. A meeting at the Charlotte conference will allow for face-to-face discussion of network concerns. This is one of nine special interest networks available to ACA members.
Note: Upcoming editions of ACAeNews will profile each of the ACA Special Interest Networks.
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