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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: Becoming shameless

    The underlying presence of shame is a crucial component in many of the issues that bring clients to counseling — and addressing it is perhaps key to inviting healing. 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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  • Medical Model vs Wellness Model

    May 25, 2017
    When I was about nine or ten years old, I decided I wanted to become a therapist. In my home country, counseling and psychology was one field. So I decided I wanted to become a psychologist. Titles and letters after one’s name was not really relevant at the time.
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  • So much to say…

    May 23, 2017
    Have you ever been in a situation where you feel like you have so much to say that it limits you from saying anything at all? Yes, me too! This is one of those situations as a matter of fact. I have blogged several times before, both for classes that blogging was integrated into and at times to offer words of encouragement to the classes in which I was a part of the teaching team.
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  • Social Media Realities for Counselors & Parents

    May 18, 2017
    It’s true that “Know thyself,” is a wise bit of advice. For counselors, we must also know our clients. To best serve teenage and young adult clients, we need to know the lingo. Some of us have kids and we just sort of know things. Others of us do the homework and learn so we can work with this amazing population that faces so many unique challenges.
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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