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Stress in America: The Next Public Health Crisis?
Stress has reached a new high...or low, actually. The 2010 Stress in America Survey, conducted online by Harris Interactive for the American Psychological Association, refers to the country as an "overstressed nation." These dire findings have led Norman B. Anderson, APA's chief executive officer and executive vice president to suggest that stress may be the nation's next great "public health crisis."
The survey reports that stress is taking its toll on all age groups, affecting both physical and mental health, and is having a noticeable impact on families. A struggling economy, now in its third consecutive year, is cited as a factor in the lives of individuals who are struggling to balance career and home life and lead healthy lives. Stress, however, seems to have gained the upper hand.
The key findings of the survey address concerns about obesity in children and adults, the impact that parental stress has on children, and the disconnect between the health behaviors that parents and children perceive as important—resulting in significant physical consequences.
Veterans on Campus Perceive Lower Levels of Support, Less Faculty Engagement
As the nation was celebrating Veteran's Day earlier this month, a report was being released by the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) that had some contradictory news about the postsecondary education of the veterans leaving the military for civilian life. On the positive side, the expanded GI Bill—the greatest enhancement of the program supporting the education and training of veterans since World War II—has resulted in an increased enrollment on college campuses across the nation.
What is happening to veterans once they enroll, according to the report, is a different story. The veteran-turned-student at 4-year institutions has special needs and support requirements that the NSSE report indicates aren't being met appropriately by the institutions. Colleges and universities are being challenged to make veteran's services more accessible and visible in areas ranging from academic and career counseling to the accommodation of students with disabilities to greater interaction with their instructors.
Elections' Impact on Education Reform and School Counselors
Education reform will impact credentialed school counselors across the country in both the short-term and long-term. The only questions are how and when. A revamped (i.e., reauthorized) main federal education law (the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, a.k.a. ESEA or No Child Left Behind) could significantly advance credentialed school counselors' job opportunities, supports, and roles. Reauthorization now appears to rest in the hands of the 112th Congress, which begins in January 2011. That is one of the many reasons why the outcome of the recent elections is so important to school counselors, students and the country.
The November 2010 midterm elections resulted in historic gains for Republicans in state legislatures, governor races, and in both chambers of the U.S. Congress, turning back gains made by Democrats in previous election cycles. Next year, Republicans will have a sizable majority in, and will therefore run, the U.S. House of Representatives. Democrats in the Senate will have a very slim majority in that chamber. And, of course, the presidency is still held by a Democrat.
What does all this mean for education reform and its impact on credentialed school counselors? Plenty! Follow the link below to the ACA Policy Issues site where Dominic Holt, Legislative Representative, offers guidance to practicing and prospective school counselors about how the election and the emerging political climate in Washington and the nation could affect school counseling and what you can do to influence it.
SAMHSA Wellness Campaign Offers Free Training
Earlier this year, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) launched the 10×10 Wellness Campaign to promote the importance of addressing all parts of a person's life in the hopes of increasing life expectancy for persons with mental health problems. A part of that campaign is a free teleconference, Prevention and Holistic Approaches to Wellness: A Fresh Perspective on Mental Health Recovery on December 7, 2010 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (ET).
Participants on this training teleconference, conducted by telephone, will hear from leaders in the field who have taken active and effective steps to adopt and promote disease prevention, health promotion, and the use of complementary and alternative medicines to treat and improve the overall health of individuals with mental health programs. Note that registration for the telephone conference closes on December 5 at 5p.m. (ET)
Working with Adult Clients Experiencing Sensory Processing Disorder? Counseling Today Wants to Hear from You
Counseling Today (CT) is exploring the diagnosis and treatment of Sensory Processing Disorder in adults and wants to hear from counselors who have first-hand experiences. Counselors who have worked with clients dealing with this unique circumstance and those who have received additional training to work with the population are encouraged to share their experiences with CT readers. Send an email offering a brief description of your background and experience (1-3 paragraphs) to email@example.com by December 10.
ACA Elections Move Online—Watch for Email December 2
In an effort to be more cost-effective, environmentally responsible, and to enhance convenience and response rates, ACA has moved its 2011 elections online!
The 2011 elections will open on December 2, 2010 at 12:00 am ET and will close at midnight on January 31, 2011. Only those members in good standing as of November 1, 2010 will be eligible to vote. You will receive a special email from ACA Elections (firstname.lastname@example.org) on the morning of December 2nd with the link to vote as well as your username and password. The password provided will be a special one-time election pin number.
If you do not have an email address on file with ACA, you will receive a letter with the instructions. See the full slate of candidates on pages 64-100 of the December issue of Counseling Today.
If you have any questions or wish to request a paper ballot, please feel free to contact our Member Services department at 1-800-347-6647 M-F 8:00 am to 7:00 pm ET.
Your voice is an important and integral part of the American Counseling Association and every vote counts!
Free CE of the Month: Watch for New CE Connection on 1st of Each Month
ACA has been rolling out many new opportunities to earn Continuing Education credit and recently launched a new vehicle to present the information—CE Connection, a special email notification that will be received on the first of each month. Now, members will be able to see at-a-glance all of the CE credit options in one place, including the Free CE of the Month. CE Connection will be sent automatically to all ACA members, regardless of member type, for whom we have an e-mail address. To be sure you receive this email, please make sure that your ACA member record includes a current email address. (To check, go to
HPSO Offers Case Study Website to Inform and Educate
Medical malpractice today has extended beyond the doctor-patient relationship as increasingly professional counselors find themselves having to defend the care they provide. HPSO, the ACA endorsed liability insurance provider, has created a website, "Counselors and Medical Malpractice: Case Study with Risk Management Strategies" to discuss real-life situations and suggest risk management recommendations. The current case study, "Inappropriate Behavior and Sexual Misconduct by Counselor," can be found at the following link:
On the Net: Playing Electronic Games Helps PTSD Sufferers
Research conducted by Oxford University has discovered that electronic game playing, most notably the playing of Game Boy and Tetris, by accident victims can have a positive influence on their mental health. Specifically, game playing reduces or eliminates the flashbacks that are often associated with post-traumatic stress disorder in accident victims.
ACA Conference: Last Chance to Register and Enter Drawing for Free Lodging
One lucky member will win 3 nights of complimentary lodging at one of the official conference hotels. Anyone who is registered as of November 30 will qualify for the drawing. Watch the next issue for the winner! Also, check out the
Records and Recordkeeping Practices: Share Your Views by December 10
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services is soliciting public comments on personal health records in conjunction with ONC’s upcoming roundtable discussion Personal Health Records—Understanding the Evolving Landscape. The public comment period is open now through December 10, 2010. ONC would like the public’s input on the following topics:
Relevant Research: New Dangers in Text-Messaging by Teens
The dangers of teens driving and texting have been in the news for some time. Now excessive text messaging, or hyper-texting as it is called in research presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, is being linked to increased risk of tobacco, drug, and alcohol use, fighting, and sexual behavior among high school students.
While a cause and effect connection could not be found between hyper-texting and the increased risky behavior, those texting more than120 messages per day were found to have an association with a range of risky behaviors. The hyper-texters, for example, were twice as likely as less-texty adolescents to have tried alcohol, and more than three times more likely to have had sex.
Counseling Jobs Posted on ACA Blog
Looking for a job in counseling? As an expanding feature of its popular blog activity, ACA posts all of the information it receives about new positions for students and practitioners to consider as they enter the profession or seek to change positions. Visit
Questions should be directed to Rebecca Daniel-Burke, ACA Director of Career Services at email@example.com.
Fast Fact: Fewer U.S. College Students Studying Abroad
An Institute of International Education study, sponsored by the U.S. State Department, has found that the number of college students studying abroad in 2008-09 dipped for the first time in the nearly quarter century the data have been collected. Speculation regarding the modest decline has pointed to everything from the economic downturn to increased global tensions and their impact on traveler and student safety.
The Open Doors Report, released in early November, noted that 260,327 students studied abroad for credit during the academic year 2008/09, compared to 262,416 the previous year, a decline of 0.8%. The study also found that the number of students studying in non-traditional destinations had increased.
ACC Applications for Research in Creativity Due November 30
Each year, the Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC), an ACA Division, holds a competition to support research that increases understanding of the use of creativity in counseling. Previous awards have gone to research initiatives on: resiliency and creativity in survivors of a natural disaster, bibliotherapeutic practices of professional counselors, and the therapeutic value of digital storytelling. ACC awards two research grants in the amount of $250, one for professional members and one for student members. Practitioners are encouraged to apply.
The deadline for applications for this year's research grants, to be awarded at the ACC Business Meeting at the ACA Conference in New Orleans, is November 30, 2010. Contact Laura Bruneau at firstname.lastname@example.org for the required proposal format and additional information.
Calendar: 2011 Year Branch Conferences Scheduled in Idaho and North Carolina
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