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    New School Counselor Connection Webpage

    ACA's newest webpage is a direct response to our partnership with Michelle Obama's Reach Higher initiative. School counselors and other professionals can find valuable resources and tools, learn about easy ways to get involved, and much more. Check it out here
  • ACA Holds Congressional Briefing

    Last month ACA held a Congressional briefing on school counseling titled, “The Importance of the Professional School Counselor: On the Front Lines with Students, Parents, and Families." The purpose of the briefing was to educate Congressional staff on who professional school counselors are as well the many roles they play in preparing students for both academia and the real world. For details, see Counseling Today’s coverage of the briefing.
  • Podcasticon

    Free Podcast - Ethics and Social Media

    Dr. Michelle Wade discusses the ethical use of social media in counseling. Citing the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics often throughout this podcast, Dr. Wade provides a simpler understanding of complex issues including: social media and informed consent, the fact that Skype is not HIPPA-compliant, and various positive uses of social media as a counseling tool. Listen
  • Practice Briefs: LGBTQQ-Affirmative Counseling

    Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQQ)-affirmative counseling embraces and validates clients’ diverse sexual and gender identities and proactively addresses the impact of heterosexism and transgender oppression on LGBTQQ clients’ lives. Read the Practice Brief here.
  • Counseling Today

    Counseling Today: Stumbling blocks to counselor self-care

    Counselors are experts at offering a superb level of care to their clients and teaching them the tenets of wellness, but the more formidable challenge for helping professionals might be taking proper care of themselves. 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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  • Art Therapy & Anxiety: Is it just child’s play?

    Mar 23, 2015
    As a kid, recess was my favorite part of the day. I loved being outside exploring or inside coloring—letting my mind travel (sometimes too much). In this free-spirited vein, I recently started using Art Therapy with my adult population as a way to end our last session. It was a “party” of sorts. All clients needed to bring was their imagination and a willingness to try. However, after a recent art class, it made sense to me that Art Therapy should not be saved for a special occasion, but utilized whenever possible.
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  • “Hey man you should write a book!” Pt. 1

    Mar 23, 2015
    After sharing my life story with people, I am often told I should write a book. However, my biggest obstacle is time. I work full time as a father, husband, and substance abuse counselor. When I reflect and share life experiences that have prepared me for the next chapter of my journey, I am reminded of how the adversity has always helped me to grow.
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University of Wisconsin — Whitewater

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Brad Hinman

Andrews University

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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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Capella University

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Winona State University

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ACA Publications

  • 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