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New Web Page Addresses Accreditation and Licensure Portability

ACA has launched a new information page related to accreditation and licensure portability. There are a number of resources on the site, including a link to a new podcast. We have also expanded ways for you to connect with professional staff should you have any questions.

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  • MyVoice

    Stay Up to Date

    Statement about relocating 2017 Conference, myths vs. facts regarding HB 1840, press coverage, and more.
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  • Member Kit Archive

    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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  • House Appropriators Increase Funding for School Counseling Program

    This month, The House Appropriations Committee approved a draft of the 2017 Labor, Health, and Human Services budget. The $1 billion budget includes funding for the creation or expansion of school counseling programs. In-school mental health services are vital for the academic success and emotional well-being of students across the country. 
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  • 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: Reconsidering ADHD

    Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is no longer viewed strictly as a behavioral issue, but counselors are still being called on to help clients deal with lingering stigma and misperceptions while crafting strategies for more efficient functioning. More
  • JCD: Does the ACA Code of Ethics trump discriminatory institutional policies?

    Three featured articles discuss the ethical issues raised by the practice of accrediting counseling programs at colleges and universities that use statements in their Codes of Conduct that are non-affirming of LGBT individuals. However, all accredited counseling programs prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Hear both sides of the conversation. More
  • Read Our Weekly Newspaper Columns

    "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

Latest News

  • Urgent: Disaster Mental Health Assistance Needed in Louisiana

    Aug 16, 2016
    Louisiana is currently experiencing catastrophic flooding on the level of Hurricane Sandy. As of August 15, 2016, over 24,000 households have been affected and at least 7 fatalities reported. Over 10,000 people are staying in 60 Red Cross shelters. In order to help those affected, the American Red Cross is currently deploying new disaster mental health volunteers with no prior Red Cross experience.
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  • ACA Partners With SAMHSA for 2016 Voice Awards on August 10

    Aug 09, 2016
    ACA is proud to be a program partner of the 2016 SAMHSA Voice Awards, which honor exemplary television/film productions that educate the public about behavioral health and consumer/peer/family leaders who demonstrate that recovery from mental health conditions and addictions is possible.
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  • ACA Responds to Shootings in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas

    Jul 08, 2016
    “We are all saddened by the latest shootings in Baton Rouge and outside of Minneapolis. This is all further heightened by the shooting in Dallas. We take comfort in knowing that ACA members provide valuable services to communities and individuals who are trying to make sense of these tragic events,” said Rich Yep, CEO of the American Counseling Association.
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  • ACA Media Spotlight: Mobilizing Support in Aftermath of Orlando Tragedy

    Jun 30, 2016
    ACA member, Dr. Kristin Page, recently spoke to Mental Health Weekly about efforts to provide services to the LGBT community, churches, community centers, businesses, and first responder locations.
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  • ACA Wins Prestigious Summit Award for Boys & Girls Clubs of America Toolkit

    Jun 28, 2016
    The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) will honor six associations with the 2016 Summit Award, which is the highest recognition under The Power of A Awards. The six organizations will accept their awards on October 5 during the 17th Annual Power of A Summit Awards Dinner at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.
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  • ACA in the News: Addressing the Psychological Toll on First Responders

    Jun 21, 2016
    David Kaplan, chief professional officer at American Counseling Association and a former first responder, spoke to ABC News about the realities faced by some emergency personnel in the aftermath of tragedy.
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  • ACA Media Spotlight: Cinematherapy

    Jun 21, 2016
    ACA member Bronwyn Robertson recently spoke with Everyday Health about cinematherapy and the healing power of movies.
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  • Learning through Experience

    Aug 23, 2016
    Well, it has only been about 8 months of clinical residency towards receiving my LPC in the state of Virginia. Once I have accrued all 3400 hours (including 2000 direct contact hours) and provide all of the quarterly evaluations, the Virginia Board of Counseling will review my paperwork and submit approval to take the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE).
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  • Private Practice Pragmatics: Clues

    Aug 22, 2016
    You may have played the old board game named “Clue.” The goal as a pretend detective was to discover the evidence of the person, place and murder weapon to convict who did the crime. In the new game named “My Private Practice,” you look for real life clues during your assessments and interviews. The goals are different: help the clients, their families and communities.
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  • Kristin Bell: Managing Mental Health Requires Work | Pop Culture Connection Blog

    Aug 22, 2016
    Kristen Bell recently appeared on Sam Jones’ Off Camera, where the Veronica Mars actress opened up about her battle with depression and anxiety. “I struggled a lot with anxiety and depression,” Bell said, as she shared an anecdote about her mother sitting her down at age eighteen, telling her, “if you start to feel like you are twisting things around you and you start to feel like there’s no sunlight around you and you’re paralyzed with fear, this is what it is and here’s how you can help yourself.”
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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