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    FREE CONTINUING EDUCATION

    ACA members get free continuing education in 12 free annual online courses (a $264 value). Find out what we're offering this month. 
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    CODE OF ETHICS

    Find the tools needed to ensure compliance with the ethical standards of the counseling profession. Read
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    Stay up-to-date on legislative news, policy updates and timely announcements that affect the counseling profession. Read
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    Get quick access to the latest in counseling in our two, bi-weekly newsletters, Counseling Insider and Member Minute (members only), industry news updates and our three blogs. Read
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    COUNSELING TODAY

    Counselors share the lessons they’ve learned along the way in their efforts to translate the ideal of multicultural competence into practical action. Read more in Counseling Today's December cover story.
  • Journal of Counseling & Development

    High-performing professionals with work addiction may need help finding life balance. Learn what counselors can do in the October issue of the Journal of Counseling & Development.   Read

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Licensed professional counselors (LPCs) provide mental health and substance abuse care to millions of Americans. LPCs are licensed in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Find the licensure board in your state.

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  • Don't Let The Holiday Season Get The Best Of You

    Dec 03, 2019
    The holiday period between Thanksgiving and New Years can be a busy time of the year, and often a high stress time for many people. One issue that produces anxiety for many is the various social obligations that come with the season. Sometimes all those invitations, or virtual requirements to attend, can leave a person feeling overwhelmed. But there are ways to manage that holiday party stress.
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  • Integrating Mindfulness into Counseling: Foundational Information for Counselors-in-Training

    Dec 02, 2019
    A seminal definition of mindfulness offered by Jon Kabat Zinn is “the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment to moment.”
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  • Wellness Counseling

    Jonathan H. Ohrt, Philip B. Clarke, and Abigail H. Conley
    This innovative text presents a comprehensive review of the theoretical and empirical support for a wellness approach to counseling.... Learn More
  • The Counselor and the Law, Eighth Edition

    Anne Marie "Nancy" Wheeler and Burt Bertram
    This eighth edition provides a current and comprehensive discussion of counselors' legal and ethical responsibilities.... Learn More
  • Choosing the Right Counselor for You

    Samuel T. Gladding and Kevin G. Alderson
    This concise guide is for individuals seeking a counselor for themselves or others. It contains a treasure trove of information.... Learn More
  • The Counseling Dictionary, Fourth Edition

    Samuel T. Gladding
    Even more comprehensive than previous editions, the 4th edition of The Counseling Dictionary fills an important void in the counseling field.... Learn More
  • The Secrets of Exceptional Counselors

    Jeffrey A. Kottler
    Every profession has trade secrets that are passed on from one generation to the next and counseling is no exception.... Learn More
  • 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
  • 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