Featured Education Sessions

ACA Waiting List Only Status Series

It happens in every agency, clinic, and larger practice setting – that one clinician who all of the clients want to see. Their status is always: Waiting List Only! What special skills or traits do these clinicians share? Why are they SO sought after? This series will present powerful talks with five Waiting List Only clinicians. Listen closely to their strategies and find out for yourself.

Building a Successful Private Practice in a Rural Community Setting
Tara A. Wilson, Branislava Knezevic, Alicia Dorcey-MacIntosh

Front of the Line with No Shoving: Making Your Counseling Practice Appear First in Search Results
Ryan Thomas Neace

How to Open a Counseling Practice in 7 Days
Anthony Centore

ACA Client-Focused Research Series

ACA wants to increase the visibility of research that focuses on improving the services that professional counselors provide to their clients. Whether it is called evidence-based practice research, best practices research, or outcome research, the ACA Client-Focused Research Series sheds light on what works best with the various populations served by professional counselors.

“We Thought You’d Just Tell Us ‘Don’t Do Drugs’”: A Substance Abuse Program for Athletes
Catie A. Greene, Amy E. Williams, Sterling P. Travis

Analysis of Policy Research on School-Based Counseling in the U.S.: 2000–2015
John C. Carey, Ian M. Martin

Body Image of College Students Revisited: Appearance of Muscle Dysmorphic Disorder
Sandra K. Terneus

Career Workshop Series: Outcomes of a Postmodern Intervention for Ex-Offenders
Mark B. Scholl, Brian M. Calhoun, Heidi Robinson

Counseling in the Land of Religious Liberty: Competencies for Minority Religions
Cebrail Karayigit, Jason Kushner

Development of COMPASS: Mindfulness-Based Compassion Training Research
Rachael D. Goodman, Wilson C. Hurley, Thomas Pruzinsky, Carly Hunt Rietschel

Effectiveness of Group Play Therapy and the Role of Empathy
Yi-Ju Cheng, Dee C. Ray

Effects of School-Wide Positive Behavior Support at a K–12 Alternative Public School
Colleen M. Becker

Emergent Voices of Middle Eastern/North African American Youth: What They Are Saying
Sylvia Nassar-McMillan, Aisha Al-Qimlass, Zobaida Laota

Loving What We Do: Exploring the Experiences and Retention of Mental Health Counselors
Tara A. Wilson, Paula M.J. Peterson, Barbara Kibugi, Erin Polacek

Psychological Capital: A New Predictor of Mental Health Among College Students
Priscilla Rose Selvaraj, Christine Suniti Bhat

Relational Variables in Child Counseling: Facilitative Conditions for Growth
Kimberly Jayne, Hayley Stulmaker

School Administrators and School Counselors: Merging Two Realities
Derek L. Robertson, Jessica Lloyd-Hazlett, Elias Zambrano

Suicide’s Collateral Damages: A Pattern of Grief Recovery Felt by Family and Friends
Barry L. Jackson

Sunlight Behind the Curtains: Helping Marginalized Elders Achieve Systems Change
Thomas Christensen

Using CBPR with Refugee and Immigrant Women: Trauma, Stress, and Resilience
Rachael D. Goodman, Bethany Letiecq, Colleen Vesely

ACA Counseling in Action Demonstration Series

Learning about new techniques and strategies to use with your clients is one thing, but seeing them in action is another. This series is designed to bring life to the latest theories, techniques, and best practices so that you gain a deeper appreciation of how to actually implement them in your work.

Danger Ahead? Threat Assessment in the Middle School Setting
Brian Van Brunt

Let’s Look at Your Lifestyle: A Demonstration of Adlerian Counseling
Susan Bray, Jiaqi Li

No Excuses! A Demonstration of Existential Psychotherapy
Brian Van Brunt

Path to Awareness: A Demonstration of Gestalt Techniques
Tara M. Hill, Tamekia Bell, Adrianne Johnson, Kelsey Ward, Megan Loudermilk

What? There’s a Bully in My Office? A Counseling Demonstration Involving Workplace Bullying
Ruth Ouzts Moore, Robika Modak Mylroie

Clinician Education Sessions

Attend clinical-focused educational sessions for the latest evidence-based practices and trends for clinical utility in their daily practices.

  • “Shake It Off”: The Body-Mind Connection and Benefits of Dance in Counseling
  • 10 Evidence-Based Tips for Counseling Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • 10 Evidence-Based Tools for Traumatic Stress and Attachment Issues in Early Childhood
  • A Changed Landscape: Mental Health Challenges Facing Police Officers in the Digital Age
  • A Mind/Body Approach for Struggling with Infertility
  • A Treatment Manual for Career Counseling
  • Addiction Counseling Evidence-Based Practice Techniques
  • Application of Complicated Grief Treatment: Principles, Procedures, and Strategies
  • Assessment and Suicide Prevention with Clients Who Self-Injure
  • Black Lives Matter: Counseling Techniques To Heal African-American Males Post-Ferguson
  • Broaching Areas of Diversity: Developing Skills for Multicultural Competence
  • Building a Successful Private Practice in a Rural Community Setting
  • Class Dissed and Missed: Social Class Microaggression Experiences
  • Conducting Hope-Focused Group Counseling with LGBTQ Youth
  • Counseling Children and Adolescents: Hundreds of Resources for Creative Interventions
  • Counseling Juvenile Offenders: Reflections on Ethical and Legal Implications
  • Counseling Practice and Research: Women with Chemical Dependency and Self-Esteem
  • Counseling with Creativity: An Approach for Promoting Positive Mental Health
  • Counselors Have Class: Social Class and the Counseling Relationship
  • Creating Optimal Relationships: Psychodynamic Applications in Couple Counseling
  • Cultural Competence: A Journey of Mindfulness, not a Destination
  • Doing Positive Counseling: Moving from What’s Wrong to What’s Strong
  • DSM-5 PTSD in Children 6 Years and Younger: Implications for Assessment and Treatment
  • DSM-V Internet Gaming Disorder: Review of Criteria and Exploring Gaming Interventions
  • Ethical Guidelines to Working with Older Adults
  • Five Exciting Empirically Grounded Group Work Activities for Practice and Supervision
  • Gender Considerations in Play Therapy
  • How to Find and Keep Excellent Counselors for your Practice
  • Infertility and Miscarriage: Utilizing Best Practices and Interventions in Counseling
  • Infusing Intentionality into Career Decision-Making for Women College Students
  • Integrated Care: The Counselor’s Role in Treating Somatic Symptom Disorder
  • Learning To Make Meaning with Figurative Language in Counseling
  • Man’s Best Friend: Helping Older Adults Facilitate Wellness
  • Meeting the Needs of Transitioning Youth from a Multi-Systemic Perspective
  • Motivational Interviewing Principles and Practices
  • Motivational Interviewing with Clients Who Have Behavioral Addictions
  • Overcoming Barriers to Mental Health Treatment in the Military Population
  • Private Practice and Counselor Education: The Ideal Life
  • Psychology of Use: An Alternative Approach to Modern Psychopathology
  • School-Based Support Groups for High School English as a Second Language (ESL) Students
  • Shifting from Counselor to Advocate: A Quest To Raise Multicultural Awareness
  • Simultaneous Treatment for Co-Occurring Complex Trauma and Addiction
  • Specialized Housing in Corrections: Successes and Roadblocks in Group Treatment
  • Suicide and Non-Suicidal Self-Injury Prevention via Positive Emotional Development
  • The Interpersonal Theory of Suicide: Maintaining Connection with Suicidal Clients
  • The Poetics of Counseling: Therapeutic Writing for Clients and Counselors
  • Through the Child Welfare Kaleidoscope: Perspectives on Treatment
  • Trauma and the Adolescent Brain: Implications for Practice
  • Understanding Gender Issues in Working with Panic Disorders: An Integrative Approach
  • Using Early Recollections in Narrative Counseling
  • Wearing the Client’s Shoes: Using Empathy To Enhance Cultural Understanding in SUD
  • What Happens Next? Community Reintegration Following Youth Court Involvement
  • Without a Home of Their Own: Using Play Therapy Techniques with Homeless Children
  • Your Behavioral Health Toolbox: Assessing and Treating Sleep, Pain, and Weight Issues