ACAeNews | Volume XIII | Number 10

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Teen Students in the Workplace

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Teen Students in the Workplace: Benefits vs. Consequences

American teens have been a long-standing fixture in the U.S. workplace, including significant numbers of teens who hold jobs during the school year. Some do it to help pay for college or to generate extra spending money. Others approach working more seriously as they may be contributing to their personal or family livelihood. The impact of part-time work on academic performance and adolescent behavior of students is the subject of a new study published in Child Development.

A number of previous studies have highlighted the positive aspects of teens working, including character building, assuming responsibility, and time management. Other research has pointed to the distractions employment can have on attention to school work and its negative influence on psychosocial development. Assessing nine variables of school performance and engagement, these researchers also found conflicting results, but cautioned that students working more than 20 hours per week were likely to be engaging in behavior that could have a negative impact on the overall academic performance and could lead to deviant behavior.

The report suggests that counselors, educators, and parents continue to monitor the effects of work on adolescents and that policymakers constrain the number of hours teens work during the school year.

Child Development Article...

ACA Seeks Journal Back Issues for Digital Archive

Missing JournalsAs a part of the new ACA partnership with Wiley-Blackwell, back issues are being collected to develop archives for full digitalization of the Journal of Counseling & Development and the 9 division journals published by the association. To provide this historical archive to members and subscribers, a number of missing issues must be acquired.

Click here to review the missing journal list. If you have a good quality copy you'd be willing to share, your contribution will be gratefully accepted and all archive contributors will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 Visa gift certificate. Information about how to submit and questions should be directed to Carolyn Baker at cbaker@counseling.or or 703-823-9800, x356.

Long-Term Gains in Minority Education: Greater Than Generally Thought?

The Huffington Post has posted a blog by Jack Jennings of the Council for Education Policy that discusses achievements of white, Latino, and African American students on the long-term National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), often referred to as the Nation's Report Card. The blog points out that while general trends show a mixed picture of achievement gains over the past four decades, Latino and African American students made significant gains.

Huffington Post Blog...

Conference Clipping: San Francisco Proposals Due June 8

San Francisco Conference LogoACA is now seeking proposals for presenting at the 2012 Conference & Exposition in San Francisco, March 21-25. Proposals must be submitted by June 8, 2011 at 5pm ET. Topics are sought in all areas of counseling, but ACA has specific interest in these topics for 2012: disaster mental health, social media, and military members and their families. Advanced programs in all topics are also being sought.

Pre-Conference Learning Institutes:

  • Focus on advanced skills, techniques and approaches that counselors can utilize in their day-to-day work.
  • Are presented by highly-qualified experts in the field.
  • Offer a smaller class size, which gives attendees a more intense learning experience.
  • Take place the two days prior to the start of the conference (March 21-22, 2012).
  • Are offered in two formats: Daytime Sessions, 6 contact hours and Evening Sessions, 3 contact hours.

Education Sessions

  • Make up the core conference (March 23-25, 2012).
  • Are offered in three different formats: 90-Minute Program, 60-Minute Program, 30-Minute Project/Research Poster Session (takes place in the Expo)

Registration for the 2012 ACA Conference is open with a Summer Rate of $320 ($220 for Students/New Professionals/Retirees). This low registration rate will be available through August 15, 2011. Register online or call 800-347-6647, x222 (M-F, 8 am to 7 pm ET).

Fast Fact: New Data on Immigrant Children and Poverty

According to the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP), 17.2 million children currently living in the U.S. have a parent who is foreign born and 4.2 million children of immigrant parents are poor. A new NCCP brief, Poor Children by Parents' Nativity: What Do We Know, argues that child poverty in immigrant families does not result from unemployment, but from parents' low-wage work, as well as barriers to work supports and social benefit programs.

NCCP Brief...

First Ever Bilingual Post on ACA Blog

ACA BlogStephanie Dargoltz, a bilingual counselor who works in private practice in South Florida with children, adolescents, and young adults, is the first ACA blogger to post on in a language other than English. Visit and view her bilingual posts, "Hermanita" and "Baby Sister."

Study to Determine Best, Most Cost Efficient Ways of Serving PTSD Sufferers

Thousands of men and women are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms (PTSD) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) at the National Academies has launched an effort to determine how best to assess and treat them. Working collaboratively with the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, IOM will examine what PTSD care techniques are the most effective and cost efficient.

Information about the "Assessment of Ongoing Effects in the Treatment of PTSD: Phase 1 and Phase 2" initiative can be found at the website below, including a link where professional counselors can provide feedback on the project.

Institute of Medicine PTSD Study...

In the News: One Third of High School Seniors Lacking in Civics, Government Awareness

The Nation's Report CardHigh school seniors are typically only weeks or months away from voting and if a new report from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is any indicator—many are clueless about their civic responsibilities and the governmental process. The Christian Science Monitor reported recently on an NAEP finding that one third (36%) of seniors fell short of the most basic level of civics and government knowledge and awareness. The only bright spot in the findings were improved overall scores by 4th graders and Hispanic students.

Christian Science Monitor Story...

NAEP Summary of Major Findings...

Relevant Research: Supportive Living Environment Deterrent to LGB Teen Suicide

A study of Oregon teenagers has found that supportive living environments are a deterrent to suicide attempts by lesbian, gay, and bisexuals (LGB) adolescents. Published in Pediatrics, the study found that LGB teens who lived in communities with a high proportion of gay and lesbian couples and attended schools that offered support groups and services were less likely to attempt suicide than LGB teens in less receptive environments.

Pediatrics Abstract...

ACA Member Logo: Signal of the Member's Professional Identity

ACA Member LogoACA members have an effective tool that demonstrates their professional commitment: the ACA Member Logo. Members can acquire a copy of the ACA logo for use on business cards, personal stationery, websites, in private practice brochures, and in many other ways. Displaying the ACA Member Logo demonstrates one's commitment to the profession and its Code of Ethics.

Developed in response to requests from Professional members, the Member Logo is available only to those whose membership type is "Professional" or "New Professional." In addition, Retired members whose previous membership type had been "Professional" also may use the Member Logo.

The logo graphic files are available for free download on the ACA website. Upon logging in, scroll down to the bottom of the orange box to "New Member Benefit: Member Logos are now available for download here." Once you click on that link, you will be taken to the section titled "Agreement for Display of ACA Member Logo." This section outlines the guidelines for appropriate use of the ACA Member Logo, including reference to section C.3a of the ACA Code of Ethics. Before you can download the graphic files, you must agree to abide by the terms of use.

Reliable Resource: Space Availability Survey Shows Colleges with Fall Openings

Each year the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) surveys member colleges to determine which have fall enrollment opportunities for freshmen students. The information is extremely valuable to counselors working with students who have yet to finalize their educational plans and those who were not successful in their original application pursuits. The annual space availability report is available on the NACAC website.

NACAC Space Availability Survey...

Calendar: ASCA, NCDA, AMHCA, AACE and ACES Conferences on 2011 Schedule

American School Counselor Association
Theme: Perk Up Your Program
June 25 – 28, 2011
Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Seattle, WA

National Career Development Association
Theme: NCDA: Celebrating Our Past, Achieving Our Dreams
June 30 – July 2, 2011
Grand Hyatt San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

American Mental Health Counselors Association
Theme: The Power of Partnerships
July 14 – 16, 2011
Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco Union Square, San Francisco, CA

Association for Assessment in Counseling and Education
Theme: Assess. Advocate. Create. Empower.
September 8 – 10, 2011
Radisson Fort Worth Fossil Creek, Fort Worth, TX
Note: Presentation proposals will be accepted prior to June 1, 2011. See link on website.

Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
Theme: Leading the Leaders, Helping the Helpers, Shaping the Future
October 26 – 30, 2011
Gaylord Resort and Convention Center, Nashville, TN

ACA divisions, branches, and regions are valuable sources of learning and professional development. Information on events will be posted approximately 8-10 weeks prior. This information is made available to ACAeNews via the ACA master calendar and the various organization web sites. Send calendar items to Please provide the sponsor, dates, theme, site, and contact person information. Information posted here is restricted to that sponsored by ACA divisions, branches, regions and related organizations.

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