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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.
  • podcasticon

    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: A path well chosen

    American Counseling Association members from across the U.S. share stories of what led them to become professional counselors and the insights that are still guiding their journeys today. More
  • JCD: Culturally responsive counseling for refugees

    The July 2017 issue of Journal of Counseling & Development presents a new counseling model for addressing refugee trauma—the Multiphase Model of Psychotherapy, Counseling, Social Justice, and Human Rights. Explore this topic and more in the latest issue. More

Latest News

  • 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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  • ACA Brings Training Session to Boys & Girls Clubs Staffers

    Aug 23, 2017
    The American Counseling Association brought a discussion of trauma and disaster mental health to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia, as part of its ongoing partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
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  • ACA Responds to Charlottesville Violence

    Aug 14, 2017
    On Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, a rally was held in Charlottesville, Va., called "Unite the Right." While the United States supports free speech and the right to peaceably assemble, this event was nothing of the sort. Violence, bigotry, and hatred were promoted by the organizers of the rally. The many injuries and the deaths of three people were evidence that this demonstration was designed to divide, rather than unite.
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  • ACA Asks Members to Assist in Aftermath of Illinois Flooding

    Aug 01, 2017
    In partnership with the American Red Cross, an emergency call to action for disaster mental health volunteers was issued to ACA members in the Rockford, Illinois area on July 31, 2017.
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  • Social Justice

    Sep 18, 2017
    Words such as culture, race, and ethnicity are extremely prevalent in counseling today. Counseling does not exist in a vacuum. We may sometimes feel that what is happening in the outside world is shut out of the counseling room, but it is not and has never been. Counseling and therapy exists to serve the needs of the people within our societies.
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  • Teaching Tolerance During Intolerant Times

    Sep 01, 2017
    I believe it is our duties as fathers to speak the truth to our sons and daughters about this country’s shadow which many in positions of privilege are able to ignore and walk past each day. I find that having discussions with our children is the key to awareness and planting seeds of cultural empathy.
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  • Something Non-Verbal

    Aug 28, 2017
    Every counselor that I have met has a different style and approach about working with clients. No matter what our theoretical orientation, we often have certain techniques that we have tried, tested, and developed over the years that define our authentic counseling self.
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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