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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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  • New Resource Page Helps Counselors Navigate the 2016 Election

    The ACA Government Affairs team has developed an online toolkit for counselors. While the ACA does not endorse any candidates for office, it does encourage people to participate in the democratic process. You can learn more about Congressional and State elections that will also have long-lasting effects on issues that are important to counselors; the details of your state's voting process; the legislative issues currently on ACA's radar; how the Presidential election process works; how to get involved with advocacy; and more. More
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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: The Relationship As Client

    Couples counseling isn’t simply ‘individual counseling times two,’ but rather a focus on two unique people in relationship and how to make that relationship function in a healthy way. More
  • JCD: Can Counselors Prevent Societal Violence?

    Feelings of humiliation are intensified during turbulent times, and counselors are often on the front lines of the suffering. The most devastating outcome of humiliation is violent aggression—including incidents of mass shootings and suicide bombings. Linda Hartling and Evelin Lindner discuss the dynamics of humiliation and present specific ways counselors can help victims of humiliation to heal, leading them out of destructive reactions into creative action. 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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  • Being Present in the Space of Grief

    Oct 28, 2016
    Grief, as much as it often inspires thoughts of separation, is our mind’s way of recognizing over and over how close we truly all are. Loss is as much a part of life as growth, each movement a step away from one space into and towards another. There is no gender, economic status or race that is exempt. The form loss takes and the way each of us works through the consequences will differ, though never in such a way that it cannot be felt by someone else.
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  • A Lesson in Acceptance

    Oct 28, 2016
    One of the main challenges I experienced last week was accepting and dealing with the frustration of being a counselor/therapist with adolescent clients who do not have a healthy home environment and support network outside of therapy and AA or NA meetings to assist them with their challenge to abstain from using.
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  • Youtube Star Thrives Despite Bipolar Depression; Singer Jojo & "Harry Potter” Actor Open Up About Mental Illness

    Oct 27, 2016
    California native and son of Palestinian immigrants, 26-year-old Yousef Erakat has had a life-long struggle with bipolar depression. During his time at San Jose State University, he channeled his emotions into a YouTube page called fouseyTUBE.
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ACA Publications

  • 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
  • A Contemporary Approach to Substance Use Disorders and Addiction Counseling, Second Edition

    A Contemporary Approach to Substance Use Disorders and Addiction Counseling, Second Edition

    Ford Brooks and Bill McHenry
    Written as an introduction to the field of addiction counseling, this text covers the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to counsel people who are struggling with addiction.... Learn More
  • Career Counseling: Holism, Diversity, and Strengths, Fourth Edition

    Career Counseling: Holism, Diversity, and Strengths, Fourth Edition

    Norman C. Gysbers, Mary J. Heppner, and Joseph A. Johnston
    The latest edition of this bestseller presents a holistic, strengths-based, and theoretically sound model of career development and the career counseling process.... Learn More
  • A Counselor's Guide to Working With Men

    A Counselor's Guide to Working With Men

    edited by Matt Englar-Carlson, Marcheta P. Evans, and Thelma Duffey
    Focusing on the unique opportunities and challenges associated with counseling men, this book examines a variety of critical issues pertaining to the psychology of men and masculinity and presents successful, evidence-based strategies for treatment.... Learn More