Online Learning Toolkit from American Counseling Association


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In celebration of Counseling Awareness Month 2016 (April), the American Counseling Association (ACA) has partnered with Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) to provide an online learning toolkit titled, "Grow, Connect, Empower!" for BGCA staff and volunteers who work directly with youth in clubs across the country. Developed by experienced counseling professionals who are members of ACA (including seven past presidents of ACA), these podcasts and tip sheets will provide credible guidance and support on many timely topics.

ACA applauds your efforts to empower today's youth. Serving on the "front lines" every day, addressing the very real societal and cultural issues that greatly impact the next generation head on... it's not easy. Know that your commitment is making a difference. We hope these resources will serve you well.



Podcasts

Working With Youth Who Experience Grief and Loss
Host: John Duggan, MA, NCC, LPC, LCPC
Guest: David Kaplan, PhD
 To access this podcast, click here. (View transcript here.)

Working Within a Multicultural Community

Host: John Duggan, MA, NCC, LPC, LCPC
Guest: Courtland Lee, PhD
 To access this podcast, click here. (View transcript here.)

Working With Youth With Disabilities

Host: John Duggan, MA, NCC, LPC, LCPC
Guest: Shana Schnaue, NCC
 To access this podcast, click here. (View transcript here.)

Understanding Youth Bullying
Host: John Duggan, MA, NCC, LPC, LCPC
Guest: Thelma Duffey, PhD
 To access this podcast, click here. (View transcript here.)

Working With Youth From Military Families

Host: John Duggan, MA, NCC, LPC, LCPC
Guest: Odis McKinzie Jr., MA, NCC, LPC
 To access this podcast, click here. (View transcript here.)



Tip Sheets

Click the title to access the PDF version of the Tip Sheets below.

Mentoring Youth Dealing with Disasters and Traumas
Prepared by Lennis G. Echterling, Ph.D., Anne Stewart, Ph.D., and Mina Attia, M.S.

Inclusion and Well Being of LGBTQ Youth
Prepared by Colleen R. Logan, PhD, LPC, LMFT, NCC

Suicide Prevention
Prepared by Kristin L. Bruns, PhD and Amber Letcher, PhD

Listening & Communications Skills for Mentors
Prepared by Lynn E. Linde, EdD



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Who Are Counselors and What is Counseling?

Counselors approach mental health from a wellness model rather than a medical model. This means that counselors do not see individuals as being “sick,” but rather as needing support and guidance to manage their own lives. Counselors put an emphasis on providing a nonjudgmental, compassionate, and safe space for their clients to explore concerns. They strive to empower diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals.

Counselors need a master’s or doctoral degree and 21 states require their professional counselors to follow the ACA Code of Ethics.

Click here to read the official definition of Counseling.

Think you know what a counselor looks like? Counselors are a beautiful reflection of our diverse society. Click here to see photos and quotes from actual ACA members.