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ACA Presents DSM-5 Revision Input to APA
Counselor educators responsible for teaching courses in client diagnosis may wish to share ACA's feedback on the proposed revisions to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders with their students. Using member feedback, generated by an electronic call for input and a town hall meeting at the Pittsburgh conference, a task force appointed by ACA President Lynn E. Linde, incorporated the comments of more than four dozen contributors in the letter that was submitted to the American Psychiatric Association in April on behalf of the ACA membership.
In her letter, President Linde expressed concern about ACA's exclusion from participation in the development of the DSM-5 and went on to state: "It is essential to involve us because we provide a unique perspective." She further requested professional counselor participation in both the field testing process and the dissemination of information to be adequately prepared for the final feedback opportunity in 2011.
The ACA DSM Task Force was comprised of Charles Pemberton (Chair), Camille Clay, Rebecca Daniel-Burke, Dayle Jones, Monica Kintich, and Jacqueline Swank.
Laptops in the Classroom: Ally or Annoyance?
Is the laptop computer a distraction in the college classroom? Are professors sufficiently annoyed with their use to ban them? Stories, like this one in a recent edition of The Washington Post, are addressing the pros and cons that have led to restrictions and bans on laptops. Citing the importance of classroom discussion and understanding as critical to student success, the article states the trend in laptop banning appears strongest in law schools. Are bans in counselor education classes far behind?
Full-Time Professor Salaries Dip
The annual salary study of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), released in early April, paints a dismal picture of full-time faculty salaries in 2009-2010. The 1.2% growth from the previous year is the lowest in the half century AAUP has been conducting the survey. When salaries are considered in light of the inflation rate, college and university professors lost spending power in the past year.
Average Full-Time Faculty Salaries of Institutions by Type and Rank
The annual AAUP report examines salary trends and staffing situations, including such practices as freezes, cutbacks, and furloughs.
Worth Reading: The Pros of Becoming an Adjunct Professor
The responsibilities are considerable, the pay isn't great, and fitting the role into one's lifestyle can be difficult, but more and more individuals are turning "back to school" as adjunct professors. This trend, reported in a recent Sunday edition of the New York Times, presents an overview of the work of the adjunct and why more and more professionals are turning to the classroom in these times of economic insecurity and turmoil.
Project Looks at How To Improve Doctoral Completion Rates
According to a recent report, universities participating in the Ph.D. Completion Project say their involvement in the initiative has inspired them to change their institutional culture, helping to make doctoral program completion a priority for both individual programs and the institutions as a whole. The Executive Summary of a new monograph from the Council of Graduate Schools identifies six areas of intervention as influencing degree completion: student selection and admission; mentoring and advising; financial support; program environment; research experience; and curricular and administrative processes and procedures.
New, Free Certification and Regulation Guide on School Counseling Available from ACA
Keep students interested in school counseling abreast of certification requirements and other state regulations by using A Guide to State Laws & Regulations on Professional School Counseling, now available from ACA. The 2010 edition provides the latest information on state certification/licensure requirements and counseling mandates for each state, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Members can obtain free copies by contacting Member Services at 800-347-6647, x222 or click on the link below. The non-member cost is $10.
International Graduate Student Applications Up; China Leads
The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) has been monitoring international student application, admission, and enrollment trends at member institutions using a phased-survey approach to track trends at various stages in the transition to U.S. graduate programs. Data for 2010 suggest that applications from international students continued to increase for the fifth consecutive year, a gain that is expected to be the largest since 2007 and a solid rebound from a decline earlier in the decade. The final count, however, will be dependent on favorable admission decisions and eventual enrollment by admitted students.
The countries or regions of origin with the largest increase in applications include China (19%) and the Middle East/Turkey (18%). Most popular fields of study for the applicants include social sciences and psychology (11%), physical and earth sciences (10%), and education (8%).
Conference Clipping: Submit your Proposal for 2011 by June 2
The ACA Conference in Pittsburgh was an outstanding professional development opportunity for counselors and students, and an exceptional opportunity for presenters to showcase innovative, evidence-based programs, strategies, and research. The Conference featured 38 Pre-conference Learning Institutes and 538 Education Sessions (i.e., 90-minute programs, 60-minute programs, and 30-minute poster sessions). The overall acceptance rate for Education Sessions was 35%, meaning that the competition for presentation spaces and the quality of selected programs continue to increase.
The deadline for program proposals for the ACA 2011 Conference & Exposition in New Orleans is June 2, 2010. As you prepare a program proposal, consider the helpful tips outlined below, which will increase your chances of crafting a highly-rated proposal.
New ACA Podcast: Reality Therapy, Choice Theory, What's the Difference?
Speaker: Robert E. Wubbolding, EdD, internationally known teacher, author and practitioner of Reality Therapy has taught Choice Theory and Reality Therapy in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He has written over 125 essays and chapters in text books as well as ten books and published seven videos on Reality Therapy. Dr. Wubbolding is also: Professor Emeritus of Xavier University, Director of the Center for Reality Therapy, a Professional Clinical Counselor, a Psychologist, a member of the American Counseling Association, the American Psychological Association, the Ohio Counseling Association, and the Greater Cincinnati Counseling Association.
Among other things, Rebecca Daniel-Burke asks the following questions:
ACA now has 18 podcasts available free to members. One of the podcasts, HT016 Stress and Haitian Americans, After the Earthquake, is available at no charge to both members and nonmembers.
Running time: 56:02
In the News: Campus Violence Examined
A new study of campus violence, "Campus Attacks: Targeted Violence Affecting Institutions of Higher Education," conducted by the Education Department, the FBI, and the U.S. Secret Service, examines 272 violent incidents on institutions of higher education in the period between 1999 and 2008. Major findings reveal information on where in the U.S. and where on campus the incidents occurred, as well as the subjects perpetrating the violence and their victims.
Syllabus Clearinghouse Continues to Grow; Bartlett, Trolley Lauded
The ACA-ACES Syllabus Clearinghouse has received many kudos and appreciative comments from ACA members. To this end, we would like to salute two counselor educators—Mary Bartlett and Barbara Trolley—who have been frequent contributors to the Syllabus Clearinghouse. We appreciate their generosity of spirit in supporting this unique counselor educator initiative. As one member phrased it, "the Syllabus Clearinghouse is a testament to the underlying altruism of the counseling profession."
Mary Bartlett teaches at the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, AL and Barbara Trolley teaches at St. Bonaventure University in St. Bonaventure, NY.
It will soon be time to submit your summer syllabi. We invite you to join Mary and Barbara in giving back to your profession by submitting your syllabi. It is easy to submit: Simply go to
Together, we have created a wonderful, helping resource. Don't forget to use it and do continue to help it grow!
Please direct any syllabus questions or feedback to Vikki Cooper, ACA Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-347-6647, ext. 281.
New Text Provides Framework for Effective Supervision
Clinical Supervision in the Helping Professions: A Practical Guide, Second Edition
This straightforward guide for new and practicing supervisors emphasizes the attainment of skills necessary to effectively supervise others in a variety of settings. Topics covered include the roles and responsibilities of supervisors, the supervisory relationship, models and methods of supervision, becoming a multiculturally competent supervisor, ethical and legal issues in supervision, managing crisis situations, and evaluation in supervision. User-friendly tips, case examples, sample forms, questions for reflection, and group activities are included throughout the text, as are contributing supervisors' Voices From the Field and the authors' Personal Perspectives—making this an interactive learning tool that is sure to keep readers interested and involved.
2010 | 304 pgs
Inside JCD: Items of Interest to Counselor Educators in Summer Edition
The Summer 2010 edition of the Journal of Counseling & Development will contain a number of articles of interest to counselor educators. The issue is scheduled to arrive in your mailbox in June.
Advocacy and Empowerment in Parent Consultation: Implications for Theory and Practice
Using a Multicultural Framework to Assess Supervisee's Perceptions of Culturally Competent Supervision
Nontenured Assistant Professors as American Counseling Association Division Presidents: The New Look of Leadership in Counseling
Dialogic Considerations of Confrontation as a Counseling Activity: An Examination of Allen Ivey's Use of Confronting as a Microskill
Enhancing Reflective Practice in Multicultural Counseling Through Cultural Auditing
Empathy: An Integral Model in the Counseling Process
Emergent Characteristics of Effective Cross-Cultural Research: A Review of the Literature
The Process of Suicide Risk Assessment: Twelve Core Principles
Don C. Locke: A Profile in Leadership
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