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  • Doc Warren

    Deaf, abused, malnourished and abandoned- Helen’s story

    • Doc Warren
    Oct 15, 2012
    Many months ago a badly abused, malnourished abandoned puppy wondered into an autobody repair business. She was dirty, starving and had large open and infected wounds on her face. Some of the wounds could have been cigarette burns, some could have been the result of her being fed to fight dogs, a barbaric tradition of those who make money from torturing, maiming and killing dogs for “sport,” others were from causes unknown. She was dirty, confused, neglected and scared. She had little trust and would growl and bark if you approached her. Her eyes were filled with sadness but also despite her treatment, they were filled with love. They discovered that she was deaf, there is no way to know if this was the excuse that her previous owners used to excuse their treatment of her or not.
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  • Andrea Holyfield

    How to date

    • Andrea Holyfield
    Oct 15, 2012
    Well the time has come. I’m in my first relationship since my divorce. I am completely smitten. This man has my full attention. The problem is this is my first relationship since my divorce. I’m scared to death. I’m still catching up with old friends who I haven’t spoken to and informing them that “things didn’t work out,” and “we’re still very good friends,” and “the girls are fine.” I’ve finally gotten everything changed back to my maiden name and now I’m giggling about this new guy.
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  • Brooke Collison

    A Counselor Educator in Kenya: Blog #12: Making It Relevant

    • Brooke Collison
    Oct 15, 2012
    I continue to struggle to find ways to make my classes most relevant for the students here in Kenya. At times, the obvious jumps up and smacks me in the face and I ask myself, “Why didn’t I think of that earlier?” I’ve had difficulty getting young students to identify broad social issues that face communities or groups. I’ve been struck by individual students who can name a human need (AIDS counseling, etc.) and who can develop a response [see Blog # 11], but I get less response when there is a class of 20 people. Of course, developing an interactive class [my preferred style] has been difficult all along.
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  • Anderson Antoine

    What Makes People Act the way they do?

    • Anderson Antoine
    Oct 15, 2012
    In our role as counselors, we have access to all the stories that our clients tell from day to day. Every story told is wrapped up in a series of events that occur to the clients from time to time. It is my settled opinion that no event in a person’s experience is attached to any particular meaning apart from that which the client attaches to it. Therefore, one may rightly assume that all events are neutral.
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  • Sandi Logan

    Pleased to Meet You…

    • Sandi Logan
    Oct 15, 2012
    Making the decision to pack up my entire life and move across the country from California to Florida was not so easy; I had lived in Southern California my entire life. My whole social network of friends, family, and colleagues were no longer at my fingertips. I would like to say that I knew my environment quite well and became known as the “Resource Queen” within my colleagues. Whether it was providing a parent a referral to access medical and mental health services or a fellow professional school counselor with an organization within their community, I seemed to usually have someone or somewhere to refer a person to.
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  • Kristen Eckhardt

    Starting to Feel Like a Counselor: Forging My Professional Identity

    • Kristen Eckhardt
    Oct 15, 2012
    I think most counseling students alternately feel like experts one moment and complete frauds the next. I know that describes my own experience pretty well. The field is so wide and varied that at the moment I think I’ve really mastered something, I realize that I’ve actually mastered about 4% of whatever it is and still have to learn the other 96% of it.
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  • Lee Kehoe

    Loneliness and the Reinvention of Hope in Old Age

    • Lee Kehoe
    Oct 10, 2012
    As I’ve gained more experience working with my older adult clients, I believe there is one aspect to the work that is the hardest for me not to take home every day. To be present with another person’s loneliness is one of the most heart wrenching feelings to sit with. Loneliness is also perhaps the most pervasive theme I have seen over my time working with older adults. I felt compelled to share my experiences and thoughts on working with clients who are living with such extreme loneliness because so many of my clients have been bringing it up more recently. The clients’ feelings of loneliness don’t even really have to be said since they are so very much felt as soon as I walk into the room. I personally struggle to know how to help my clients with such extreme loneliness.
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  • Anderson Antoine

    Don't Break the Silence?

    • Anderson Antoine
    Oct 10, 2012
    When a student walks into your life to so share with you a secret, there is no telling what will come embedded in the story. The student starts to whisper the little tales gone by and suddenly a heavy load is place upon your shoulder. The story does unfold in pieces and in patches and then the client slows a while to wonder if to break the secret open. There is often such a struggle on weighing the pros and cons but when you live the patience and when you apply the art and craft of psychotherapy the client finds release. On helping a certain client to break her silence I ended up penning the process in the following poem:
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  • Brooke Collison

    A Counselor Educator in Kenya: Blog #11: AIDS

    • Brooke Collison
    Oct 09, 2012
    This will be a short blog post—once something has been said which speaks powerfully by itself, then to add to it is foolish.
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  • Pam Ebert

    Locked and loaded. Fire in the hole! …but be nice to each other. This school is a bullying-free zone.

    • Pam Ebert
    Oct 08, 2012
    This week I found myself mulling over the connection between counseling, culture and guns. Recently, a situation arose in our local elementary school where fifth grade student threatened to shoot another fifth grader with his gun. The child who issued the threat, aged 10, owned a gun. The gun was a present for his ninth birthday and was happily shown off to friends at his birthday party, much as a tech-savvy adult might show off their newest gadget.
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