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Keep Baby Boomers Working: A Workplace Imperative

According to Jeffrey Joerres, Chairman and CEO of Manpower, Inc., there may be a positive side of the global recession, one that may produce a "win win" situation for older workers and their employers. In an op-ed piece in the European edition of the Wall Street Journal in April, Joerres stated that losing older workers inevitably results in a loss of productivity and intellectual capital, a development that most employers seem woefully prepared to address.

The current economic crisis has seen many older workers lingering in their work roles, postponing retirement until a time when their personal financial circumstances improve. Their actions are temporarily rewarding the employers who have not prepared for their departure and the economic impact a massive exodus of boomers is likely to create. The loss of older workers is not a problem exclusive to the business and industrial community. A recent story in USA Today called the problem a "retirement tsunami" as half of the nationís teachers are age 50 and older and soon will be eligible for retirement.

What will the global workforce have to do to retain older workers once the baby boomer generation feels comfortable leaving the workplace? Joerres suggested a number of solutions, including:

  • Accommodate the changing priorities and needs of older workers and donít assume that all people want to retire.
  • Provide flexible situations to allow employees to work reduced schedules and participate in alternative working structures and relationships (i.e., telecommuting).
  • Utilize the knowledge, skills, and competencies of experienced workers in consultant, coaching, mentoring, and advising roles.
  • Facilitate the career development and continuing education needs of all workers and never assume that senior staff members arenít interested in additional training.

Referring to these strategies as "talent management," Joerres suggests that what employers do and when they do it may become a significant factors in how long their employees will stay with them.


Worth Reading: Report on Population Needing and Receiving Alcohol Treatment

Worth ReadingThe latest in an ongoing series of short reports from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a 3-page alert that examines the demographics of persons in the general population age 12 or older who met criteria for needing alcohol treatment and for those who actually receive alcohol treatment. Many people who need treatment do not feel that need and therefore do not seek treatment. The barriers for both groups are presented in this report and may be helpful to counseling professionals who want to better target strategies to deal with these unmet alcohol treatment needs.


Advocacy Matters: Counseling Awareness Month Continues

Mayors and city councils are issuing proclamations. Counselors are holding open houses. Newspapers are featuring counselors and counseling programs in local news stories. Each is an example of the activities being conducted around the nation as a part of Counseling Awareness Month.

Set aside each April by ACA, the observance is designed to recognize counselors and their work, a time to "toot our horn" and help the public gain an improved understanding of the needs of our clients and learn about the quality counseling programs that are available in institution, agency, organization, private practice, and related settings where counselors work. It is a time when we can educate the citizenry about the credentials counselors hold and the formal manner in which we are prepared for service. Itís April. Have you "tooted your horn yet?"

Public Awareness Ideas and Strategies...

ACA Publishes Book Based on Outstanding Conference Presentations

Compelling Counseling Interventions: VISTAS 2009
Edited by Garry R. Walz, Jeanne C. Bleuer and Richard K. Yep

VISTAS 2009Compelling Counseling Interventions: VISTAS 2009 presents 30 articles that address current and emerging issues affecting clients across the life span. Based on content sessions at the 2009 ACA Annual Conference & Exposition, the 2008 National Career Development Association Global Conference, and the 2007 Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, these articles represent many of the best ideas and practices of ACA members and offer highly useful and specific information on innovative interventions that can be put to use in a variety of counseling settings.

Section I.†Career Counseling and Development
Section II. Client Characteristics and Needs
Section III. Counselor Education and Supervision
Section IV. Effective Counseling Interventions
Section V. Research and Evaluation
Section VI. Technology and Counseling
Appendix I. Authors and Titles of Additional Articles Accepted for Inclusion in the ACA VISTAS Online Library
Appendix II. Accessing VISTAS Online

2009 | 384 pages
Order #72889
ISBN 978-1-55620-302-2
List Price: $47.95
ACA Member Price: $36.95

ACA Online Bookstore...

AMCD/ACES International Conference on Culturally Competent Disaster Response

Space is still available to participate in the second international multicultural counseling conference to be held in Gabarone, Botswana, located in southern Africa, July 8-11, 2009. The Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision visualize a multidisciplinary discussion in which a diversity of viewpoints are investigated. The conference will feature keynote speeches from AMCD, ACES, and NBCC-I scholars as well as those from the University of Botswana. Participants on this yearís clinical outreach team will be returning to community agencies and schools in Johannesburg and Gabarone.


Sign of the Times: Is Social Networking Affecting College Student Achievement?

ACA Membership CertificateA significant number of the 200 million Facebook users are college students and a paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association this month suggests that active use of this social networking site may have a negative influence on the userís academic performance in college. Researchers Aryn Karpinski and Adam Duperstein discovered as much as a one letter grade drop among active Facebook users at Ohio State University. Study analysts point to Facebook as one of many student distractions or influences likely to have a negative influence on college student achievement.


Fast Fact: Older Women Outnumber Older Men Two to One

Updated information from the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that women continue to dominate the population. In 2006, males outnumbered females through age 41. Starting at age 42, women outnumbered men. At 85 and older, that dominance becomes even more distinguishable as there were more than twice as many women as men.

Conference Clipping: Submit Program Proposals for Pittsburgh 2010 by June 3

Conference ClippingACA members wishing to present a program at the 2010 ACA Conference & Exposition in Pittsburgh, March 18-22, can submit their proposals now for pre-conference Learning Institutes and Education Sessions. The user-friendly online submission process is now open and is accepting proposals for the 2010 conference. Proposals must be received by June 3, 2009. Direct questions to Debbie Beales at

Online Learning Institute and Education Session Submission Form...

Reliable Resource: New Guide to Federal Student Aid for 2009-2010

Across the nation, students have heard from admission offices about fall acceptances and many are examining how they are going to pay for college. Just in time to help comes the 2009-2010 edition of Funding Education Beyond High School: The Guide to Federal Student Aid from the U.S. Department of Education. This 52-page guide is a comprehensive resource on the federal student aid process for high school students, college students, parents, and nontraditional students. The publication includes an overview of the application process, steps for taking action during each phase, a glossary of financial aid terms, and other relevant resources.

PDF Funding Education Beyond High School...

Call 1-800-394-7084 for information on bulk orders for student distribution, or visit Note that the U.S. Department of Education no longer routinely sends bulk orders to secondary schools. They must be requested annually.

Charlotte Keynote Presentations and Snapshot Gallery Available Online

CharlotteThe 2009 ACA Conference & Exposition in Charlotte, NC, drew more than 4,000 counselors to an outstanding professional development and renewal experience. Now members can visit or revisit the keynote presentations of C. Adolph Bermeo and Judy Sheherd online and browse though a snapshot gallery of conference activities.

Keynote Presentations...

Charlotte Snapshot Gallery...

Grants, Grants, Grants: Two Funding Opportunities for Work with the Underserved

Violence Reduction

Grants, Grants, GrantsThe Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a philanthropic organization with a long record of support for health and healthcare issues, wants to team with local grant makers to provide seed money for new projects that address problems of people who are not reached by traditional health and social services. The Local Funding Partnerships initiative is offering a special solicitation, "Peaceful Pathways: Reducing Exposure to Violence," to help diversity focused funders and other local grant makers fund projects to reduce violence in specific communities, such as those defined by race, ethnicity, tribe, gender, sexual identity, or rural/frontier location. This solicitation will provide matching grants of between $50,000 and $200,000 for up to eight projects within diverse communities that employ community strengths and assets to reduce exposure to violence. Applications will be accepted throughout 2009.


Academic Enrichment for Economically Disadvantaged Learners

The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation offers Academic Enrichment Grants to develop in-class and extra-curricular programs that improve student learning for low-income children across the schooling experience. The Foundation invites proposals that foster understanding, deepen students' knowledge, and provide opportunities to expand awareness of the world around them. Maximum award: $10,000. Eligibility: Educators working with students from low-income households. Deadline: May 1, 2009.


Counseling in the News: Diane Rehm (NPR) Show, The Washington Post, Sacramento Bee

In just a two week time spanÖ..and just in time for Counseling Awareness Monthóthe counseling profession was -- or soon will be -- highlighted in three major media outlets with a combined circulation/audience of more than 7 million. †

Career counseling, helping friends who are job hunting, and grief counseling in schools were the topics of recent articles and a radio show. The "Diane Rehm Show" aired a program April 13 on "Unemployment and Job Insecurity," after contacting ACA for help in identifying career counselors who had the type of experience for which they were looking. You can hear the program at You may have to click on the Archives, then search the date. The Washington Post will soon run a story regarding grief counseling programs for high school students for which they interviewed president-elect Lynn Linde. And the Sacramento Bee contacted ACA for experts to discuss how friends can best help to support their job-hunting buddies. Watch for that article in an upcoming issue of the Sacramento Bee.

ACA Membership Certificates: 50% Discount during April

ACA Membership CertificateShow your commitment to your profession and its ethical standards and practices by displaying an ACA Membership certificate! To help you celebrate Counseling Awareness Month, ACA is offering the ready-to-frame ACA membership certificate with a gold border for only $8.50. Regular price is $17. †And we will ship it to you for free!To take advantage of this special offer, please call 800-347-6647 x222 (M-F, 8 am - 7pm). Credit card only. The offer is not available online. To view wood or metal-framed certificate options, log on to the ACA website using your username and password, click on Counselors, then on Framed Certificate Order Form.

Calendar: Professional Development Opportunities in Connecticut and Maryland

May 1, 2009
Connecticut Counseling Association
Rocky Hill Marriott and Conference Center, Rocky Hill, CT
Information: Rachel Collins at

May 1, 2009
Maryland Association for Counseling and Development
Johns Hopkins University - Columbia, Columbia, MD

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