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    April is Counseling Awareness Month!

    Check out our 2017 CAM web page to download shareable images and learn more about this year's campaign. Participate in our hashtag contest, subscribe to our new counseling blog, or print a poster to help spread the word. More
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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: LGBTQ issues across the lifespan

    One of the first steps in providing effective support to LGBTQ clients is understanding and validating the many unique challenges they encounter across each stage of life. 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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  • The Value of Empathy

    Apr 19, 2017
    Whenever I watch or read the news nowadays, I am left feeling like there is not much empathy left in this world. Every now and again, a positive story is mixed with the ever-negative news, but for the most part, it is mostly all the things wrong in the world.
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  • Ethical Considerations for First Year Counselors

    Apr 18, 2017
    During the last several years I’ve had the amazing opportunity to work in multiple settings alongside new, student, and very experienced counselors. I didn’t set out with the intention of becoming the “counselor whisperer”, but circumstance and perhaps my approachability placed me in the unique position of mentor and advocate, particularly with new and student counselors.
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  • The Terror! Existential Issues in Counseling

    Apr 13, 2017
    “No one can advise and help you, no one. There is only one way: go within.” –Rainer Maria Rilke
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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