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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
  • Counseling Today

    Counseling Today: Living with anxiety

    Anxiety occasionally pays a visit to everyone, but for millions of people, it is a constant companion that can negatively affect every facet of life unless they learn techniques to manage it. More
  • JCD: When grief won't let go

    The April 2017 issue of Journal of Counseling & Development presents an article on the evolving theory that grief is an idiosyncratic process that varies among individuals, rather than a linear process. Explore this topic and more in the latest issue. More

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  • Stress, plants, watching clouds, and cleaning house.

    Jun 27, 2017
    This weekend was a cleaning weekend. When the semester is on and one thing after another piles up, sometimes things like getting rid of stuff I don’t need any more or donating things (usually clothes) I don’t use anymore (or at all) gets put on the back burner. The back burner is my favorite place but it sometimes topples over and then I have a mess.
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  • (Self-) Compassion

    Jun 23, 2017
    As counselors, we constantly are put in emotionally charged situations that our clients are trusting enough to share with us. This can take its toll and leave us feeling as exhausted and spent just like the poor duckling trying to swim to the shore.
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  • The Next Chapter

    Jun 15, 2017
    The past five months has flown by, and my intention to write a post once a month has zipped right past me as well. I must be honest. I sat down numerous times to write, but I was so focused on my internship, finishing my classes, taking the NCE exam, and completing my manuscript (which was due to my publisher in May), that I struggled to find the energy to reflect on what was happening in my life.
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ACA Publications

  • 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