ACAeNews | Volume XI | Number 11

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Study Indicates Collegiate Mental Health Needs on the Rise

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Study Indicates Collegiate Mental Health Issues on the Rise

One out of four college students utilizing campus based mental health counseling services have considered suicide, a pilot study by the Center for the Study of Collegiate Mental Health at Pennsylvania State University reported in April. Focusing on 28,000 students at 66 institutions nationwide over a five year period, the study also found a significant increase in self-injury and alcohol and substance traced to issues such as depression.

The report cited the extensive mental health information, expertise, and service apparatus that exists at colleges and universities and called upon counselors and other mental health professionals to make a concerted and collaborative effort to address this growing concern.

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Manuscript Call for New Counseling Outcomes and Evaluation Journal

The Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation Journal (CORE), a joint initiative of the Association for Assessment in Counseling and Education (AACE) and Sage Publications will present peer-reviewed outcome research to counselors, counselor educators, researchers, and others working in various educational and mental health counseling settings. Initially scheduled for publication twice annually, the journal will eventually become a quarterly publication.

Currently, the journal is accepting manuscripts in the following categories: counseling outcome research, outcome-based diagnostic practices, outcome-based program evaluation, outcome measure reviews, and outcome research design. For additional information and submission requirements, contact Danica G. Evans, Founding Editor, at

Special Section on Advocacy Competence in Summer Issue of JCD!

Special Section on Advocacy Competence in Summer Issue of JCDThe summer 2009 issue of ACA's Journal of Counseling & Development 87 (3) includes a special section on Advocacy Competence, which illuminates and expands on the principles behind the ACA Advocacy Competencies to assist counselors in being better advocates for their clients. Watch your mailbox for this new issue of JCD. Single copies for classroom use are available at a 25% discount off the purchase of 10 or more copies by calling ACA member services at 800-422-2648 x222 or by faxing a purchase order to 703-370-4833. Single copies my also be purchased online at

JCD Special Section: Advocacy Competence

  • Starfish, Salmon, and Whales: An Introduction to the Special Section by Jane Goodman
  • Promoting Systemic Change Through the ACA Advocacy Competencies by Rebecca L. Toporek, Judith A. Lewis, and Hugh C. Crethar
  • ACA Advocacy Competencies: Social Justice Advocacy at the Client/Student Level by Manivong J. Ratts and A. Michael Hutchins
  • Social Justice Advocacy: Community Collaboration and Systems Advocacy by Sandra I. Lopez-Baez and Matthew J. Paylo
  • Counselor Advocacy: Affecting Systemic Change in the Public Arena by Courtland C. Lee and Roe A. Rodgers
  • The Big Picture of Advocacy: Counselor Heal Society and Thyself by Gargi Roysircar

Also, keep an eye out for ACA Advocacy Competencies: A Social Justice Framework for Counselors, edited by Manivong Ratts, Rebecca Toporek, and Judith Lewis, a new ACA book scheduled to be published in spring 2010 on this important topic.

Combating Weight Bias in Children: Resources for Victims, Families and Counselors

Resources on the website of the Yale University Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity can help counselors and educators think about and intervene in weight bias issues in children and youth, a condition that often makes them the target of stereotypes, prejudice, and unfair treatment. According to the Center, studies show that overweight and obese children are regularly victimized because of their weight and become more susceptible to issues of depression, low self-esteem, and poor body image. Calling upon a home, school, and community approach to dealing with the problem, the Center website offers resources and information for youth, parents, counselors, and others.


Suicide Subject of Newest ACA Podcast Program

Special Section on Advocacy Competence in Summer Issue of JCDSuicide incidents, involving high profile individuals such as Fortune 500 CEOs to seemingly ordinary citizens, have been receiving considerable media attention. Coupled with the disturbing suicide spike during and after military enlistment, the issue has caused many counselors to pause and examine their suicide assessment skills. It is also the subject of a new ACA Podcast, "Suicide Assessment, Sharpen Your Skills."

In the 48-minute podcast, free to members on the ACA website, Jason McGlothin, professor in the Counseling and Human Development Services Program at Kent State University, addresses the following questions:

  • What is a thorough way to conduct a suicide assessment face to face?
  • What might be some differences between assessing suicide in children, adults, older adults, or families?
  • What are some issues of treatment planning with suicide clients?

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Read About Developing Clinical Skills in Suicide Assessment, Prevention
by Jason M. McGlothlin...

In the News: ACA/NECA Leader Speaks Out on Career Issues

Citing the personal anxiety and career woes generated by the recession, a New York Times story on May 16th outlined how counselors are helping people cope with a growing number of employment and unemployment situations. Cited in the article was Robert C. Chope, professor of counseling at San Francisco State University and current president of ACA's National Employment Counseling Association, who commented on the need for more therapists to work with career concerns and the distinction between professional career counseling and career coaching.

New York Times Story...

Sign of the Times: Growing Interest in Federal Employment

Growing Interest in Federal EmploymentA survey conducted by the Partnership for Public Service and reported in The Washington Post in early May confirms what has been reported anecdotally in recent months: a surge of student interest in the federal government, driven by widespread unemployment in the private sector and by a call to service by President Obama.

The Partnership for Public Service also released its 2009 rankings of the "Best Places to Work" in the federal government, considered the most comprehensive and authoritative ranking and analysis of employee satisfaction. The Nuclear Regulatory Agency was listed first with the greatest agency growth achieved by the Government Accountability Office.

Washington Post story...

Partnership for Public Service Ranking of Federal Agencies...

Fast Fact: More Students Receiving Financial Aid

Sixty-six percent of undergraduates at U.S. colleges received some type of financial aid during the 2007-2008 academic year, according to a new report from the National Center for Education Statistics. By comparison, 63 percent of undergraduates received some type of financial aid in 2003-2004 and 55 percent in 1999-2000. The total average amount for all students receiving aid in 2007-2008 was $9,100.

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A Four-Pack of Grant Opportunities for Worthy Counseling Initiatives

Special Section on Advocacy Competence in Summer Issue of JCDLooking for support for an initiative that would deliver new or expanded counseling services to clients? Consider the following four grant makers as you research prospective funding opportunities:

The WHO Foundation: Women Helping Others supports grassroots organizations that serve the overlooked needs of women and children. The foundation provides grants of $5,000 to $30,000 for critical health programs, social services, and education projects that give women and children the knowledge and tools they need to improve their lives. Examples of funded programs include food and shelter for the homeless, healthcare for the poor, after-school programs, career training for under-employed women, and domestic violence prevention programs. Applications must be submitted by the second Tuesday of September of each year. Additional information and grant submission guidelines are available at the foundation website

WHO Foundation...

The CVS Caremark Community Grants program awards funds to nonprofit organizations for programs targeting children with disabilities; programs focusing on health and rehabilitation services; and public schools promoting a greater level of inclusion in student activities and extracurricular programs, and initiatives that give greater access to physical movement and play. Maximum awards $5,000 will be distributed to public schools with programs for children under age 18 with disabilities. Deadline: October 31, 2009.

CVS Caremark Community Grants...

The Union Pacific Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life in the communities served by Union Pacific Railroad, primarily in the midwestern and western United States. Through the Community-Based Grant Program, one of the foundation's areas is health and human services. Organizations in the railroad's service area are invited to submit a one-page preliminary application form online. Selected organizations will receive a link to the website containing the online application form, which must be submitted by midnight CDT on August 15, 2009. Visit the foundation website for eligibility details and application requirements.

Union Pacific Foundation...

Through the Grants to Help Children program, the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation fund proposals that contribute to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual welfare of children through innovative organizations and/or their programs designed to benefit youth. Maximum award: $70,000. Deadline: July 15, 2009. See website for eligibility details and guidelines.

American Legion Child Welfare Foundation...

Calendar: ACA Divisions Offer Myriad Summer Professional Development Experiences

June 28 - July 1
American School Counselor Association
Dallas Convention Center
Dallas, TX
Theme: Making a Difference

July 1-3
National Career Development Association
Marriott - St. Louis
St. Louis, MO
Theme: Inspiring Career Development Practitioners

July 8-11
Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development/Association for Counselor Education and Supervisor 2nd International Counseling Conference
Gabarone, Botswana

July 23-25
American Mental Health Counselors Association
Washington Court Hotel
Washington, DC
Theme: Strengthening Individual, Families & Communities Through Mental Health Counseling & Advocacy

July 29
National Employment Counseling Association Summer Professional Development Institute
Theme: United in Developing One Global Workforce
Annapolis Yacht Club
Annapolis, MD
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