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  • ACA Fights for School Counselors

    ACA, along with overwhelming support from our members, was instrumental in the reinstatement of the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program (ESSCP). In an April 28th letter, ACA requested that $50 million in funding be provided to sustain the ESSCP. We are hopeful that Congress will continue to support the program as it has in the past. Read letter
  • Practice Briefs: Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD)

    DMDD, a new diagnosis in the DSM-5, is characterized by chronic, severe persistent irritability in children and adolescents. In this Practice Brief, learn about this new diagnosis, assessments for the diagnosis, and intervention strategies.
  • Counseling Today

    Counseling Today: Fresh thinking on old issues

    The 2015 ACA Conference provided fertile ground for innovative thinking in counseling, including some emerging perspectives on trauma, suicide and bullying. More
  • Read Our Weekly Newspaper Columns

    "Counseling Corner" columns help educate the public about counseling issues, counselors, and the counseling profession. Read all columns to date, and learn how you can use them to promote counseling. More



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  • The visits you didn't make: counselor self-care

    Apr 29, 2015
    So many of us enter this profession with a sense of urgency. We seek to make real and lasting change on the world around us and beyond. We seek to be the change. Some of us go the route of the many and join an established program. Others seek to chart new territory and decide to open our own practices or charities. I chose the latter.
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  • How to Shut Up and Do Your Work

    Apr 29, 2015
    My phone dings, whirs, beeps, buzzes. I don’t even know which app is signaling to me at any given time; but it’s constant. I mute them, but they turn themselves back on. At my business, there’s always a crisis, always a critic and always something vying for my attention.
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Counseling Jobs

  • TEXAS - Gearing Up Counseling Centers, Inc.

    Apr 30, 2015
    Gearing Up is currently looking for dedicated, committed counseling professionals who value not only the discipline of counseling, but enjoy the ongoing education, collaboration, and professional development necessary to deliver outstanding clinical services.
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  • ALABAMA - SpectraCare

    Apr 29, 2015
    Therapist II: Provides therapeutic services to clients of the System's substance abuse and mental illness unit employing various clinical and social treatment skills and approaches. Provides psychotherapy, documentation, coordination with agency services and response to emergency situations. Travel may be required within the five county catchment area and/or statewide as needed.
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Sara Brandt

University of Wisconsin — Whitewater

“I love knowing that I have resources at my fingertips any time of day! As a graduate student, we are studying at all hours and when I need information I can log on to ACA anytime”

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Brad Hinman

Andrews University

“One of the things I love the most about being a student member of ACA is that I can be part of an organization that includes veteran counselors and therapists as well as students. It is a great way to connect to my future career and learn from others who have gone before me”

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Dawn Riley

Eastern New Mexico University

“What I love about being a student member of ACA is the security I have in knowing that I have a professional family to turn to for all things counseling…”

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Heather Fuller

Capella University

“I am a part of something so much bigger than me…”

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Pat Baranczyk

Winona State University

“ACA student membership gives me access to what I need to support my career at a price I can afford...It is a bargain I can’t afford to pass up”

ACA Publications

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  • ACA Ethical Standards Casebook, Seventh Edition

    ACA Ethical Standards Casebook, Seventh Edition

    Barbara Herlihy and Gerald Corey
    The seventh edition of this top-selling text provides a comprehensive resource for understanding the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics and applying its principles to daily practice.... Learn More
  • A Contemporary Approach to Substance Use Disorders and Addiction Counseling, Second Edition

    A Contemporary Approach to Substance Use Disorders and Addiction Counseling, Second Edition

    Ford Brooks and Bill McHenry
    Written as an introduction to the field of addiction counseling, this text covers the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to counsel people who are struggling with addiction.... Learn More
  • Career Counseling: Holism, Diversity, and Strengths, Fourth Edition

    Career Counseling: Holism, Diversity, and Strengths, Fourth Edition

    Norman C. Gysbers, Mary J. Heppner, and Joseph A. Johnston
    The latest edition of this bestseller presents a holistic, strengths-based, and theoretically sound model of career development and the career counseling process.... Learn More
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    A Counselor's Guide to Working With Men

    edited by Matt Englar-Carlson, Marcheta P. Evans, and Thelma Duffey
    Focusing on the unique opportunities and challenges associated with counseling men, this book examines a variety of critical issues pertaining to the psychology of men and masculinity and presents successful, evidence-based strategies for treatment.... Learn More