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    ACA NEWSLETTERS

    Two, bi-weekly newsletters, Member Minute and Counseling Insider, give you easy access to the latest in counseling.
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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
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    Counseling Today: The people whisperers

    Therapy animals help establish therapeutic bonds with clients who otherwise may be hard to reach and can alert counselors to emotions that clients have yet to express. More
  • JCD: Using Hip-Hop Culture and Rap Music in Counseling Black Men

    The Jan. 2018 issue of Journal of Counseling & Development is now available. Inside, author Ahmad Rashad Washington proposes that counselors can effectively use rap music with Black male clients who identify with Hip-Hop culture to facilitate discussion about the social injustices they face. Explore this topic and more in the latest issue. More

Latest News

  • White House Supports Additional Type of Group Health-Care Insurance Plan

    Jan 17, 2018
    Late last month, the White House proposed new rules that would make it easier for small businesses, sole proprietors, and individuals to group together in “association” to buy insurance in the large group market. These association plans, as they are known, would be exempt from many of the consumer protections—including required mental health coverage—that are mandated by the Affordable Care Act, which now provides coverage for some of the same types of customers.
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  • ACA Weighs In on Wording Restrictions at the Centers for Disease Control

    Dec 20, 2017
    According to recent press reports, officials at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have been told to not use the terms “diversity,” “transgender,” “evidence-based,” and “science-based,” among others, in the upcoming budget request for 2019. This prompted American Counseling Association Chief Executive Officer Richard Yep to write the Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) about the directive.
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  • Tax Bill Compromise Under Way

    Dec 15, 2017
    The House and Senate have approved different versions of tax reform and now the conference committee is preparing to release the final compromise version, which both houses must then pass before the measure goes to the President for signature. There has been a strong effort to move these bills through the legislative process in order to put a bill on the President's desk by December 25.
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  • Take Action: Insurance, Mental Health Coverage in Peril

    Nov 22, 2017
    A bill proposing revisions to the nation’s tax structure is now in the Senate. That measure contains a provision that would negatively affect the clients professional counselors serve, in terms of their access to early intervention, preventative care, and affordable insurance and mental health care costs. Ultimately, that provision would affect the ability of clients and prospective clients to see professional counselors and to obtain mental health care.
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  • American Counseling Association Foundation Offers Grants of Up to $500

    Oct 19, 2017
    The American Counseling Association Foundation is seeking proposals from American Counseling Association members for grants of up to $500 in three areas: Disaster-Relief Efforts, Growing Healthy and Confident Kids, and General Needs.
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  • Seven lies you’ve been told about counseling

    Jan 19, 2018
    I’ve heard a great deal of concerning messages around the process of counseling, and about counselors themselves. Stereotypes, misconceptions, and myths can be monstrous obstacles in achieving optimal mental health.
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  • Zero Suicide – Hope for a Rural Model

    Jan 16, 2018
    As I've already noted, Wyoming has one of the highest suicide rates in the nation. The United States overall has a high suicide rate, when compared with other countries, and so in 2010 the nation's Department of Health and Human Services launched the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.
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  • How to be an LGBTQ+ affirming friend

    Jan 12, 2018
    I am really proud to be an LGBTQ+ affirmative practitioner and educator. Similarly, it makes me so happy when people approach me with questions as to how they can be more affirming. This joy isn’t because I’m happy to try to summarize my dissertation.
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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