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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: Facing the realities of racism

    As the United States grapples with the ugly truth of race-related fears, tensions and biases, counselors are being called on to reexamine their roles and responsibilities in addressing the issues. More
  • JCD: Can Wilderness Therapy help young adults posttreatment?

    The January 2017 issue of the Journal of Counseling & Development features a 3-year outcome study on how outdoor behavioral health care (OBH) helped a group of young adults reduce their symptoms of distress and interpersonal difficulties while experiencing an increased sense of purpose both during and after treatment. More
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    "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





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  • Permission to be Different

    Mar 13, 2017
    One of the most common things I have noticed that I share with my clients is the need for permission to be different. Some of my clients have expressed the desire to make changes in their own worlds but feel unable to do so because they have difficulty seeing themselves in the new roles they desire or want.
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  • What is Gay-Affirming Sexual Addiction Therapy?

    Mar 13, 2017
    There are many sex addiction therapy certification programs. The most popular and well-recognized credential is the CSAT credential. This certification is offered by the International Institute of Trauma Addiction Professionals (IITAP), which was founded by Dr. Patrick Carnes, who is the leading proponent in the topic of sexual addiction.
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  • Spirituality in Clinical Therapy: Part Two

    Mar 08, 2017
    At my internship in our IOP, we offer a new class on spirituality, meaning and values. The clinicians around us were a little skeptical about offering a class to patients that would most likely be talking about religion, faith and spirituality. A couple of us were (and still are) convinced that spirituality cannot be overlooked when addressing someone’s overall mental health.
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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