ACAeNews | Volume XIII | Number 15

Note to Readers: In keeping with our 24 edition per year schedule, the next edition of ACAeNews will be August 23, 2011.

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New Report Offers State-by-State Breakdown of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Problems

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released a report this summer providing state-by-state analyses of a wide range of behavioral health issues. It reveals that despite some wide variations among the states in the types and levels of problems they confront, every state faces a significant challenge dealing with these issues. The report provides insight to state public health authorities and service providers, including professional counselors, on the scope and nature of behavioral health issues affecting their states.

The findings came from the combined 2008 and 2009 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Using data drawn from interviews with 137,436 persons from throughout the country the report provides a state-by-state breakdown along 25 different measures of substance abuse and mental health problems including illicit drug use, binge drinking, alcohol and illicit drug dependence, tobacco use, serious mental illness, and major depressive episode.

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ACA Ethics Revision Task Force Named

Code of EthicsACA immediate past president, Marcheta Evans, selected from among 63 extremely well qualified applicants and recently appointed the task force that will promulgate the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics. Current president Don W. Locke will see the committee through the phases that occur during his tenure.

Eleven experts in counseling ethics will work together over the next three years to revise the code that provides the basis for ethical behavior for ACA members and serves as an important resource for the counseling profession.

The members of the Ethics Revision Task force are:

  • Jeannette Baca, an independent practitioner in New Mexico. Jeannette is a past ethics chair for the New Mexico Counseling Association.
  • Janelle Disney, a professor in the counseling department at Argosy University, Atlanta. Janelle has served as ethics chair for the Louisiana Counseling Association.
  • Perry Francis (Chair), a professor in the department of leadership and counseling at Eastern Michigan University. Perry has over 24 juried presentations on counseling ethics.
  • Gary Goodnough, a professor of counselor education at Plymouth State University. Gary is the immediate past co-chair of the ACA ethics committee.
  • Mary Hermann, an associate professor & chair of the department of counselor education at Virginia Commonwealth University. Mary is a co-author of the book Ethical and Legal Issues in School Counseling (3rd ed.).
  • Shannon Hodges, an associate professor of clinical mental health counseling & director of clinical training at Antioch University. Shannon has extensive ethics forensic experience.
  • Lynn Linde, a clinical assistant professor & director of clinical programs for the School Counseling Program at Loyola University Maryland. Lynn has authored seven book chapters on ethics and has an ethics text under contract.
  • Linda Shaw, a professor & department head in the department of disability and psychoeducational studies at the University of Arizona. Linda has served as chair of the ethics committee for the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.
  • Shawn Spurgeon, an assistant professor in the mental health counseling program at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Shawn has served as co-chair of the ACA ethics committee.
  • Richard Watts, a professor in the department of educational leadership and Counseling and director of the center for research and doctoral studies at Sam Houston State University. Richard served on the committee that promulgated the initial code of ethics for the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors.
  • Michelle Wade (student member), a mental health therapist at Lantern Therapeutic Services and doctoral student at Argosy University, DC. Michelle has an article in press on the ethical and legal issues surrounding the use of social media in counseling.

ACA members will have their first opportunity to provide input into the revised code this coming fall.

Undocumented, Educated Youth Find Tough Going in Job Placement

A study published recently in the American Sociological Review finds that young adults who were brought to the United States as immigrants without the legal authority to reside in the country do pursue an education, but rarely are able to use that education to get good jobs. In this respect, it appears they face the same job finding and keeping challenges experienced by their parents. The study also found that many undocumented young adults tasted the first real impact of their immigration status when they applied to college and were denied financial aid.

American Sociological Review News Release...

Counseling Today Now Featuring Daily Content

Counseling TodayCounseling Today is now posting daily content at our newly redesigned CT Online website. By visiting and clicking on the "CT Daily" tab, ACA members can read about the latest news of interest to the counseling profession. CT Daily will feature original content, links to other stories and research studies on the Internet, and current news about happenings within ACA.

Counseling Today has also created a twitter page, which can be found at Direct questions, comments about the site or suggestions for news or story topics to staff writer Heather Rudow at

In the News: Recession Impact on College Enrollment Results in a Reshuffling

Some are calling it the "great reshuffling." A study released mid-summer by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center of first-time college students under the age of 21 indicates that students are going different directions in postsecondary education, but any fear that the recession and economic downturn would affect enrollment negatively have not materialized. The study did find that more recent high school graduates were opting for community college, but the more expensive private, four-year colleges did not experience the enrollment losses that some had projected. See the Chronicle of Higher Education article and interactive college enrollment instrument to track enrollment changes by type of institution and region of the country.

Chronicle Article...

Interactive College Enrollment Survey Instrument...

ACA Unveils Official Facebook Page

FacebookACA's presence in the social media networks was enhanced recently with the unveiling of the official ACA Facebook page. Thanks to the developmental efforts of Erin Martz, Director of Ethics and Professional Standards, an earlier ACA page was refurbished and opened here. Members, nonmembers, and the public are encouraged to join the ACA Facebook family and contribute by posting content and exchanging ideas.

Fast Facts: Male Drug-Related Suicide Attempts Increase

According to a new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) emergency room visits by men ages 21 to 34 involving drug-related suicide attempts increased 55% from 2005 to 2009. SAMHSA found that in 2009, men aged 21 to 34 made more than 29,000 emergency room visits for medication-related suicide attempts compared to just over 19,000 visits in 2005. Drug-related suicide attempts by males of all ages accounted for almost 78,000 emergency room visits nationwide in 2009.

SAMHSA Report...

Free "Counselors Care" T-Shirt for Donation to ACA Foundation

We know that "counselors care." In fact, our professional partner, the ACA Foundation has just announced that anyone making a donation of at least $25 during August and September will also receive a "Counselors Care" T-shirt as a thank you. This was a very popular T-shirt from a few years ago that the Foundation is bringing back. Many counselors wore these shirts when they volunteered to provide service in situations such as the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. I hope you will go to, click on the Donate Now link on the left, make a donation of at least $25, and then wear your "Counselors Care" T-shirt with pride.

Last Chance to Tell ACAeNews What Professional Titles You're Reading this Summer

Summer ReadingACAeNews is conducting an informal, unscientific survey of what members are reading for their personal professional development while on vacation or when their summer-break allows them to do some reading. Send an email to with the title and author(s) of the books you are working into your vacation and leisure time reading. The August 23rd edition of ACAeNews will post a list of the reader selections.

Reliable Resources: Five Internet Safety and Cyberbullying Resources

The following list of websites has been identified by educators as valuable in helping children, youth, and parents learn about Internet etiquette and cyberbullying. ACAeNews discovered the list on a national librarian/media specialist listserv and posts them here for counselor review and consideration:

CyberSmart – Learning modules empowers students to use the Internet safely, responsibly, and effectively.

NetSmartz – A cybersafety program of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Webwisekids – Counselor and educator resources designed to facilitate successful conversations about technology safety.

Internet4classrooms – Links to dozens of antibullying websites for children, youth and young adults.

Commonsensemedia – Lessons plans for children, youth and parents. (Registration required)

Announce Your Book in Counseling Today

Counseling Today will be publishing its latest installment of "Recent books by ACA members" in the magazine's October issue. If you are an ACA member who has had a book published in 2011, send the following information to Jonathan Rollins ( no later than August 22: Title of book, name of author/editor and ACA membership number, name of publisher, date book was published and a two-sentence description of the book

Division and Branch Conference on Early Fall Professional Development Calendar

Fall is fast upon us and a number of state branch conferences are beginning to populate the professional development calendar.

Association for Assessment in Counseling and Education
Theme: Assess. Advocate. Create. Empower.
September 8 – 10, 2011
Radisson Fort Worth Fossil Creek, Fort Worth, TX

Louisiana Counseling Association
September 18-20, 2011 (Pre-conference workshops on September 17th)
Baton Rouge Hilton Capitol, Baton Rouge, LA

Kentucky Counseling Association
Theme: Kentucky Counselors: Inspiring Resiliency Every Day
October 11-13, 2011
Galt House & Suites, Louisville, KY

Florida Counseling Association
Theme: Our Foundation, Our Future
October 13-16, 2011
Embassy Suites, Orlando Lake Buena Vista (Kissimmee), Orlando, FL

Montana Counseling Association
Theme: Improving Professional Resiliency
October 14-16, 2011
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, Fairmont, MT

Pennsylvania Counseling Association
Theme: Creativity in Counseling
October 21-23, 2011
Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, State College, PA

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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