ACA Blog

  • Helping clients learn that bitterness can be a cancer.

    • Doc Warren
    Mar 07, 2013
    Sometimes love is enduring, lifelong and beyond. Sometimes you find that love lasts just long enough for bitterness or bigotry to destroy it. When this happens you have to wonder if the love was real to begin with. Our clients come to us with many kind of distress. Some have found their love denied them by those that they feel have a duty to love them unconditionally such as the love from their parents, grandparents and other close relatives. Society and nature teaches us that the love of family is without question; a birthright, but there really is no guarantee that this love will in fact be given freely. When it is denied for any reason, hurt, confusion and disillusion often result.
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  • Pets as Part of Our Support System

    • Grace Hipona
    Mar 05, 2013
    Fortunately, my family and I have had the opportunity to care for and love a beautiful dog for the last ten years. Her name is Bear, and she is a Chow, German-Shepherd mix. My husband and I adopted her from a dog rescue organization. She was abused and neglected and had already been through so much in her short life of four months when we decided to take her in. Initially, we were going to “foster” her because we had already adopted a dog just six months earlier and didn’t know if we could handle another one so soon after. Of course, once Bear entered our life, I became emotionally attached and the idea of “fostering” her was a thing of the past.
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  • The Tiniest of Changes, the Largest of Growth

    • Kristen Eckhardt
    Mar 05, 2013
    One night last week as I was drifting off to sleep, I realized how much I really have changed since my very first counseling class two winters ago. Those changes have been subtle, which perhaps explains how I missed them for a while--they’re changes in my words. I speak quite a bit and write even more, both in counseling and my paid job as a fundraiser. Over these past two years, my language has shifted to reflect everything I’ve learned and how I’ve grown and changed as a person.
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  • Mental Health Best Practices from Ghana, West Africa

    • Natosha Monroe
    Mar 04, 2013
    I’ve been in Ghana, West Africa for the past two weeks on an exploratory visit in hopes of learning from professionals here and setting up collaborative relationships to benefit one another. While they face outrageous challenges to include blatant societal stigma and lack of funding, respect, and support, the mental health professionals I met in Ghana clearly demonstrate best practices I wish were more prevalent back in my own country. I’d like to share some of these with you.
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  • Multicultural Sandwiches - Understanding Intergenerational Needs in Shanghai

    • Christine Forte
    Mar 04, 2013
    Recently the China Daily printed an article about this phenomenon. It primarily discussed what this has been like for the grandparents: how challenging it might be to move to a new city in one’s late 50’s, 60s or sometimes even 70s. (In one family interviewed the grandparents in their 60s and great-grandparents in their 80s all moved together to help take care of the grandchild!) Many grandparents experience isolation when they first move; making new friends can be challenging as a senior citizen. Quite often they may also find it difficult to communicate with their neighbors or people in their community as they may be unfamiliar with the local Shanghainese dialect.
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  • Keeping it Simple

    • Susan Jennifer Polese
    Feb 27, 2013
    Busy with internship and last stretch of graduate school. Trying to keep family going smoothly while earning some money. Might as well be turning water into wine or tin into gold. Wanna write – need to write – not writing.
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  • Part 2: Needed Changes Toward Interns in Professional Counseling Culture

    • Ryan Thomas Neace
    Feb 26, 2013
    In Part 1 of “What’s Wrong with the Counseling Intern Picture?”, I made clear that the way counselors-in-training approach the internship phase of their programs needs changing. I’d now like to turn our attention to what needs changing in Professional Counseling culture toward young people in general, and especially toward counseling interns.
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  • Family First

    • Andrea Holyfield
    Feb 26, 2013
    Recently I had the honor and pleasure to speak to a group of courageous young women ages 14 -19 about my life and experiences as a teen mother. I was invited by Family First, an organization in downtown Atlanta that provides counseling and assistance to young pregnant and teen moms. I was ecstatic about the opportunity to speak with this group of women of course because even 20 years later I still identify myself as a teen mom.
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  • Self care – Exactly what it says on the tin…

    • Christian Billington
    Feb 25, 2013
    I am sure there are very few people reading this who are not familiar with the term ‘self care.’ This concept was introduced to me in the context of burnout, secondary trauma and the perils of working with people some fifteen years ago. At that time, I felt pretty invincible, like I had ‘myself’ together. In hindsight, I had a lot to learn, and if I am totally honest, at that time I had no concept of the valuable professional and life lessons that I could have learned from veteran practitioners in our field. Here’s hoping that you are more self-aware than I was…
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  • PsychoFARMacology – There are often alternatives to a psychiatric referral. Part two of two.

    • Doc Warren
    Feb 25, 2013
    For generations experts and laypeople have recommended the benefits of spending time in the countryside, taking walks in the woods, gardening and other nature related activities. This feeling of well being is based mostly on personal experience or anecdotal observations.
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