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On the Lighter Side: Formula for the Perfect Professor
Researchers at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK believe they have identified the core ingredients students would seek if they were building the "perfect professor." A July story in Inside HigherEd online news offers an overview of the professorial characteristics survey respondents most valued. Most interesting among the findings was the fourth place ranking of "edutaining" and the last place posting of assessment and feedback.
Great teaching: 30.5%
In the News: Shaking Up the Peer Review System
Imagine an editorial or review board consisting of hundreds of contributors, not a handful, using the Internet to judge the quality of scholarly work and determine its passage to publication. This "shaking up" of the procedures in established peer-review systems is exactly what a recent New York Times story said is happening in the world of humanities studies and being considered in other academic quarters.
Proponents are challenging the established system as limiting and monopolistic in this digital age, and they are proposing electronic review as a better way of evaluating the work that so powerfully guides tenure and promotion, the Times story addresses both the benefits and drawbacks of the innovative system.
Conference Clipping: Counselor Education and Supervision Category Has Most Sessions
Eighty-six sessions specifically on Counselor Education and Supervision topics will be presented at the ACA Conference & Exposition, March 23-27, 2011 in New Orleans, making this the largest track of the conference. Thirty-one of the 86 programs are Advanced Level. Registrants can earn an ACA Academy Certificate in Counselor Education & Supervision by attending at least six full sessions within the track.
Overall, only 27% of session proposals were accepted for this year's conference, which includes more than 500 sessions. Two new categories were added to the program this year: Trauma, with 11 sessions and Wellness, with seven programs.
Two Advanced level Pre-conference Learning Institutes will be of interest to counselor educators and supervisors: "Infusing College and Career Readiness Counseling Into Counselor Education: Rethinking School Counselor Preparation" is designed for counselor educators who teach master's level school counseling students and those with administrative responsibility over a school counseling master's program. The second, a Thursday evening program, is "An Integrative-Constructivist Approach to Clinical Supervision."
Watch for your October issue of Counseling Today–the Advance Registration Brochure will be included in the polybag. Register by November 30 to save up to $110. View the complete ARB and the full descriptions of Education Sessions at the links below.
Counselor Education and Recent Legal Decisions
Recent months have seen multiple stories in the national media regarding court cases involving counselor education students and legal decisions that supported stances taken by Eastern Michigan University and Augusta State University that related to the discrimination provisions in the ACA Code of Ethics. An article in The Huffington Post online newsletter ties the two situations together and offers an overview of the separate, but related, court decisions. The codes of ethics of ACA and the American Psychological Association are cited in the story.
Fast Facts: Doctorate Numbers Up and Women Pass Men in Attainment for First Time
A new report from the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) shows women earning more doctorates than men for the first time in history. While the percentage is slight (50.4%), it reflects a trend that has grown throughout the current millennium. According to CGS, women earn 60% of master's degrees.
According to a recent National Science Foundation report, 48,802 research doctorates were awarded in 2008, the highest number in the history of U.S .higher education. Recent indicators, however, are showing a slowing in this growth.
Women received 46% of all research doctorates marking the 13th consecutive year when that percentage topped 40%. The median total time span from baccalaureate to doctoral degree among graduate students was 9.4 years with the median duration between starting and completing graduate school being 7.7 years. Specific numbers by major field of study, including counseling, can be found in the subfields report.
New Podcast From Corey and Colleagues on Supervision
Do you want a fresh perspective on supervision? Check out the new ACA Podcast HT023: Supervision: Four Experts Weigh In. (Free to ACA members).
Four seasoned professionals--Gerald Corey, Robert Haynes, Patrice Moulton, and Michelle Muratori--offer advice on their many years of supervising graduate students in counseling. Some of the more provocative questions asked of them are:
Running time: 60 minutes
Read more about their book Clinical Supervision in the Helping Professions, 2nd ed. in the article below.
New Editions of Top-Selling Theories, Supervision Texts Released
Counselor educators will want to examine the following ACA releases for possible adoption:
Clinical Supervision in the Helping Professions: A Practical Guide, Second Edition by Gerald Corey, Robert Haynes, Patrice Moulton, Michelle Muratori
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
Counseling and Psychotherapy: Theories and Interventions, Fifth Edition. Edited by David Capuzzi and Douglas R. Gross
This student-friendly and well-designed introductory text provides a thorough overview of 14 widely used theories. Experts examine each theory from the perspective of its historical background, major constructs, goals, cross-cultural considerations, and limitations. Traditional and brief interventions integrate theory with specific counseling strategies, giving students further insight into the counseling process and guidance in developing their personal counseling style. A consistent case study across chapters reinforces the differences between theories and illustrates assessment of client concerns and treatment planning. Introductory chapters explore core dimensions and brief approaches to the helping relationship, and how to best deliver counseling and advocacy services to diverse client groups. A complimentary test manual and PowerPoints for instructors' use are available by request on university letterhead.
2011 | 408 pgs
ACA is happy to provide complimentary desk copies for college or university course adoption. Click
Note: The 2011 ACA Publications Catalog was sent out in the polybag with the September issue of Counseling Today. Click
Quotable Quotes from Notable People: Bill Gates on Future of Higher Education Online
Speaking at the Techonomy conference this summer, Bill Gates, former chairman of Microsoft Corporation, stated: "Five years from now on the web you'll be able to find the best lectures in the world." He added: "It will be better than any single university."
Vistas Online Offers Immediate Access to Counseling Ideas and Research
Located on www.counseling.org, Vistas Online is a free member benefit offering an innovative, searchable online collection of more than 488 proprietary articles by counselors for counselors. The compendium is being used widely as a teaching resource. The articles capture the ideas, information, and experiences generated by the ACA Annual Conference & Exposition and address current and emerging issues affecting clients across the lifespan.
Vistas Online, accessible through the ACA Library, offers the full text for all peer reviewed articles published from 2004 to present, postings organized by year and sorted by title, author, and subject. Go to
Gay College Presidents Form New Organization
Following a meeting in Chicago in early August, nine college and university presidents have banded together to create an organization that hopes to advance the professional development of gay academics and focus on advocacy issues. Citing the need to encourage more gay men and women to aspire to higher education leadership positions, the group will be known as LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education.
More Than 350 Syllabi Now Available Thru ACA-ACES Syllabus Clearinghouse
The statistics are in! They show that the Clearinghouse received more than 16,500 hits since January 2009, over 350 syllabi are available, and that 152 counselor educators have contributed their syllabi to date.
Here is a sampling of the most recent syllabi posted. (Syllabi are posted in the order in which they are received. More than one syllabus by an author may be featured.):
H. Dan Smith, California State University, Fresno
Richard Sharf, University of Delaware
Judith Durham, Saint Joseph College
Michael Altekruse, Northern Kentucky University
Ed Jacobs, West Virginia University
ACA-ACES thank everyone who contributed. Please direct any syllabus questions or feedback to Vikki Cooper, ACA Librarian, at email@example.com or 800-347-6647, x281.
Resources for Students from Council of Graduate Schools
The Council of Graduate Schools has prepared a number of resources for individuals considering post-baccalaureate education, including a guide to fellowships and financial aid and guide to the value of the master's and doctoral degrees. The downloadable resources can be found at the CGS website.
Mark Your Calendars: ACES 2011 Conference in Nashville
The 2011 ACES Convention will be held October 26-30 at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN. Watch http://www.acesonline.net/index.asp for a call for proposals that will be available mid-fall with a deadline for submission in January, 2011. For additional information, contact Robin Lee, Convention Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Feature on ACA Blog–Job Openings
The ACA blog at http://my.counseling.org recently added a Counseling Jobs tab, where position openings are posted. On a recent day the blog–informally known as Rebecca's List–listed 22 positions, including 11 seeking counselor educators and 11 looking for Master's level professional counselors. Check it out and let your students know about it.
NRC Research-Doctorate Rankings Set for September 28 Release
The National Research Council will release the Data-Based Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs on September 28, 2010. The highly anticipated study, subject of extensive debate as to methodology and procedural delays, will include data for 62 fields at 212 institutions. After release, the document will be available at
ACES Publishes Survey Results about CES Journal
A major task of the past year's ACES Executive Team was to create and carry out a study of attitudes toward the division journal, Counselor Education and Supervision (CES). Members are encouraged to take a careful look at the results. Contact the ACES leadership at email@example.com with any comments and/or questions.
Inside JCD: Articles of Interest to Counselor Educators in the Fall Edition
Counselor educators may find these articles in the fall edition of the Journal of Counseling & Development of particular interest. This JCD was mailed the last week in August.
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