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    ACA Member Toolkit

    Members: Download your monthly ACA Member Toolkit for important announcements/reminders, links to our latest learning opportunities, job leads, and much more. Please note that the FREE CE of the Month is only available through the end of the month in which the Toolkit runs. 
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  • ACA Government Affairs Blog

    The ACA Government Affairs team strives to keep the counseling community connected with important legislative news, updates, and announcements that affect the profession. Click here to explore.
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    Free Podcast - Values & Ethics in Counseling

    Dana Heller Levitt and Holly J. Hartwig Moorhead provide an overview of the ethical code and how counselors need to address their personal values in the counseling relationship. Case examples and practice guidance is offered throughout this conversation. Listen
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    Counseling Today: Tools for navigating the world at large

    Counseling clients with autism often involves helping them build new social skills that will allow them to fit in and make connections with others without having to sacrifice their own sense of individuality and uniqueness.More
  • JCD: Affirmative Counseling Practices With TGNC People

    The October 2017 issue of Journal of Counseling & Development contains findings from participant interviews, an in-depth overview of current issues and challenges faced by transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) populations, and guidance on culturally responsive TGNC affirmative counseling. Explore this topic and more in the latest issue. More

Latest News

  • Take Action: Insurance, Mental Health Coverage in Peril

    Nov 22, 2017
    A bill proposing revisions to the nation’s tax structure is now in the Senate. That measure contains a provision that would negatively affect the clients professional counselors serve, in terms of their access to early intervention, preventative care, and affordable insurance and mental health care costs. Ultimately, that provision would affect the ability of clients and prospective clients to see professional counselors and to obtain mental health care.
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  • American Counseling Association Foundation Offers Grants of Up to $500

    Oct 19, 2017
    The American Counseling Association Foundation is seeking proposals from American Counseling Association members for grants of up to $500 in three areas: Disaster-Relief Efforts, Growing Healthy and Confident Kids, and General Needs.
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  • ACA Offers Condolences to Those Affected by the Tragic Events in Las Vegas

    Oct 02, 2017
    The American Counseling Association wishes to convey our deepest sympathy to those who have been harmed by the Las Vegas shooting that occurred Oct. 1, the family members and friends who have lost a loved one, and the entire community affected by this tragedy. We are holding each and every one of you in our thoughts.
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  • ACA Opposes DACA Cancellation

    Sep 07, 2017
    The American Counseling Association is opposed to the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
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  • ACA Members Asked to Respond to Hurricane Harvey

    Aug 28, 2017
    So far, Hurricane Harvey has devastated 12,000 square miles in Texas and Louisiana and affected millions of people. The American Red Cross is in great need of disaster mental health volunteers to help individuals and families cope with the trauma of this natural disaster.
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  • Ships in the Night – Medicine and Counseling

    Dec 13, 2017
    A frequent conversation held in my home is how counseling can support medicine. My husband is currently a medical student in his third year and going through rotations where he sees numerous opportunities where counseling services for patients outside of the doctor’s office could be beneficial.
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  • Fatherhood in the 21st Century: Texting our Teens

    Dec 13, 2017
    Teens are tough nuts to crack. I admit with my 14 year old (soon to be 15) I sometimes wonder how to express how much I care for her (in a non-sappy manner) and also being assertive with her when I need to communicate my displeasure on something she has said or done.
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  • Mental Health and the Current Times: Racial Trauma

    Dec 12, 2017
    Over the last few posts, my writing has evolved into focusing on underserved populations. People of color have long been an underserved population in mental health. The last couple years in American society has been filled with racial issues which affects the African American community in many different ways.
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ACA Publications

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  • Counseling Research: A Practitioner-Scholar Approach

    Counseling Research: A Practitioner-Scholar Approach

    Richard S. Balkin and David M. Kleist
    This introductory text for counselors-in-training and emerging researchers focuses on research methodology, design, measurement, and evaluation.... Learn More
  • Partners in Play: An Adlerian Approach to Play Therapy, Third Edition

    Partners in Play: An Adlerian Approach to Play Therapy, Third Edition

    Terry Kottman and Kristin Meany-Walen
    Play therapy expert Terry Kottman and her colleague Kristin Meany-Walen provide a comprehensive update to this spirited and fun text on integrating Adlerian techniques into play therapy.... Learn More
  • 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
  • Evaluating Student Learning Outcomes in Counselor Education

    Evaluating Student Learning Outcomes in Counselor Education

    written and edited by Casey A. Barrio Minton, Donna M. Gibson, and Carrie A. Wachter Morris
    This timely text describes the role of program evaluation in counselor education and provides step-by-step guidance for faculty seeking to develop comprehensive Student Learning Outcome (SLO) evaluation plans to meet accountability expectations. ... Learn More