ACA Blog

  • Adina Silvestri

    Sex Addiction and the Church: What you need to know

    • Adina Silvestri
    Dec 19, 2014
    “Sex addiction and the Church” was the title of a new training I recently attended. As you can imagine, the session was standing room only. The title alone is a taboo! The person giving the lecture was a former priest—even more taboo! Filling the seats of the room were clergy and professionals like myself, all there to better understand how we as counselors can work along side clergy more effectively with the goal of helping a very isolated population: sex addicts.
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  • Eastern Healing: Buddhist Psychology and Mindfulness

    • Christine Forte
    Apr 10, 2013
    A few days ago I returned from a retreat at Guang Jue Temple, a Chinese Pure Land Buddhist Temple located a few hours away from where I live in Shanghai. I had decided to go on this retreat for the simple reason of clearing my head, slowing down, and disconnecting from my busy schedule for a while. The temple website had described it as a “place for the weary or searching traveler,” and when I reflected on my busy life in a city of 20 million people where I’m often working or running around for more than 12 hours a day, it sounded like a good place to rest, recharge and reflect.
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  • The Elders, Equality and Human Rights

    • Deb Del Vecchio-Scully
    Apr 01, 2013
    The news has been filled with stories this week of equality and human rights regarding the right to choose whom to marry. There have been many personal stories shared on the nightly news of disenfranchisement, discrimination and unfairness by those brave enough willing to risk their privacy and their financial security to advocate for their rights. It has been empowering to witness.
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  • When an M.Div Is a Turn-Off

    • Megan Broadhead
    Feb 07, 2013
    I’ve recently begun a new adventure in my professional life. I have joined a new therapeutic community and am building my practice here in Atlanta. I know the statistics. I know that there is a possibility that I will fail, AND there is also this possibility that I won’t. To take this step is huge. In terms of personal growth, it means that I’ve acknowledged the risk and still decided to act in the direction my spirit hopes to go. In discovering different ways to market myself and my unique way of being with clients, I have come across a few insecurities- one of which has to do with my Masters of Divinity degree.
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  • Will the Real Self Please Stand Up?

    • Ray McKinnis
    Jan 29, 2013
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  • Ray McKinnis

    A Counselor’s Dilemma

    • Ray McKinnis
    Oct 15, 2012
    We counselors have an almost impossible challenge: on the one hand, if we come to a counseling session with a particular diagnosis or theory or plan, we are likely to be blind to what does not fit that diagnosis or plan; on the other hand, if we come completely ‘open’ we are likely to miss patterns that give clues to understanding our client’s problems.
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  • Deb Del Vecchio-Scully

    Putting the Brakes On

    • Deb Del Vecchio-Scully
    Aug 27, 2012
    I am in the process of taking an online course – Trauma-Informed Art Therapy by Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPAT, LPCC, ATR-BC. One of the assignments was to watch a video “Putting on the Brakes” featuring Babette Rothschild in which she describes the need to work with traumatized – if not all clients at their own pace, allowing time to decompress from the emotional intensity experienced during a therapy session. She likened this process to the balance of driving a stick shift car and the need to apply the gas and the brakes to move forward and to foster safety. It is one of the many pearls of wisdom I have gained through this course and other trainings given by Cathy.
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  • Ray McKinnis

    Multicultural Awareness Could Inhibit Your Effectiveness

    • Ray McKinnis
    Jul 30, 2012
    The more I read and study and think about it, the more convinced I become that studying other cultures, other religions, other ways of thinking and being in the world more often than not compromises my effectiveness as a counselor. I realize that that multicultural awareness is intimately woven into the ACA code of ethics and CACREP requirements and I can get CEU’s for studying such topics. However, since I have never come across anyone else who has questioned this trend, in part I am writing this blog asking for help. What am I missing here?
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  • Doc Warren

    The symbolism of “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.”

    • Doc Warren
    Jul 24, 2012
    Most religions have a rendition of “ashes to ashes and dust to dust” to discuss the cycle of life; how we physically came to be and where we go physically when we are done on this great planet of ours. Dust, not much really yet so symbolic; dust is everywhere, it is in everything. We breathe it, we clean it, and we build with it. It really is appropriate that we start and end as it.
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  • Deb Del Vecchio-Scully

    Fostering compassion and healing

    • Deb Del Vecchio-Scully
    Jul 10, 2012
    In my last blog, I wrote about the connection between resistance and suffering, basic Buddhist tenets. His Holiness, the Dalai Lama reminds us when teaching Buddhism or Buddhist practices, the purpose is to encourage others to cultivate the the qualities of compassion, love, and wisdom within themselves (Simpkins & Simpkins, 2001, p. 79). I am not an expert in Buddhism, but these qualities resonate with me, particularly in the context of healing trauma and depression. A mindful approach to healing trauma and depression is grounded in fostering presence in the here and now, reframing negative thoughts and stories, meditation and mindful practices. As an existentialist, mindful approaches to healing make sense to me. Thus, I often introduce practices to support the cultivation of self-compassion, love and wisdom very early in the counseling process with my clients. In this blog, I will focus on techniques of fostering the qualities of self-compassion and self-love.
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