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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 Offers Post-Election Updates

    The ACA Government Affairs team will identify and explain important changes that may affect the counseling 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
  • Counseling Today

    Counseling Today: Investigating identity

    Even in a society that is increasingly diverse, navigating issues of identity and belonging can prove to be particularly difficult for individuals with multiracial backgrounds. More
  • JCD: Can Counselors Prevent Societal Violence?

    Feelings of humiliation are intensified during turbulent times, and counselors are often on the front lines of the suffering. The most devastating outcome of humiliation is violent aggression—including incidents of mass shootings and suicide bombings. Linda Hartling and Evelin Lindner discuss the dynamics of humiliation and present specific ways counselors can help victims of humiliation to heal, leading them out of destructive reactions into creative action. 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




Latest News

  • ACA in the News: Standing Up for the Code of Ethics in Tennessee

    Dec 06, 2016
    The first bill filed in the Tennessee State Senate would allow the state to write its own code of ethics for counselors. ACA CEO Richard Yep and Art Terrazas, director of government affairs, spoke to the Nashville Scene about the very real consequences of discriminatory legislation.
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  • ACA Staff Leaders Present in Ireland

    Nov 16, 2016
    ACA was invited to present a session titled "Different, Not Worse" on counseling Millennials at the 2016 Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) Conference.
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  • ACA in the News: Suicide Hotline Numbers Spiked After Election

    Nov 14, 2016
    Dr. David Kaplan, ACA chief professional officer, is featured in this eye-opening article/resource from The Verge.
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  • ACA President Issues Post-Election Statement of Support

    Nov 10, 2016
    Dear Counseling Colleagues,

    We have just experienced a momentous election, one that unveiled a deep divide in our country. As counselors and mental health professionals at all venues, I urge us to hold close the beliefs and passion in our hearts, while we continue to assist and offer best practice to our students, clients, supervisees, and colleagues.
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  • Center Founded by ACA Past President Cirecie West-Olatunji Receives NSF Grant

    Nov 04, 2016
    The Center for Traumatic Stress Research (CTSR) at Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA) was recently awarded a major grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to explore perceptions of stereotype threat among African American engineering students. The grant award totals $289,089.00 over a two-year period.
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  • ACA Issues Statement on Supreme Court Case

    Nov 03, 2016
    The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case involving whether a transgender boy will be allowed to use the men’s restroom at his high school.
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  • ACA Sponsors Final White House Convening on College and Career Readiness

    Oct 25, 2016
    2016 marks the fifth and final White House convening of the Obama administration to examine and explore the intersections of “cultural competence,” counseling, and college and career readiness of under-served youth. ACA members Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, Dean, School of Education at American University, and Vivian Lee, EdD, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Education, will lead the event this weekend: Oct. 28-Oct. 30.
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  • Fatherhood in the 21st Century: Stay at Home Dads

    Dec 06, 2016
    Our society is still adapting to the idea that a father can stay at home while their wife or partner forges ahead in their respective careers. According to a Pew Center study in 2012 there were 2 million stay at home dads. Most of these dads decide to make the transition out of necessity (economy, lack of education, etc.) and not by choice.
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  • Counselors Fighting against the Normalization of Hate

    Dec 06, 2016
    In the weeks following the presidential election, there has been a dramatic increase in hate crimes, primarily targeting immigrant, Muslim, LGBTQ, and Black communities.
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  • I Gotta Code and Fervor

    Dec 06, 2016
    “I gotta code and fervor,” no, it’s not a typographical error, even though this is the flu season when we hear a lot, “I’ve got a cold and fever!”
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ACA Publications

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  • 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
  • A Counselor's Guide to Working With Men

    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