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ACA Foundation 2018 Graduate Student Essay Competitions

Welcome to the ACA Foundation 2018 Graduate Student Essay Competitions! This program is available to ACA student members and administered by the ACA Foundation. Since its inception, the ACA Foundation has been a strong supporter of graduate students in counseling. From scholarship awards for attendance at the ACA Annual Conference and Expo, to supporting the Graduate Student/New Professional Center and special education events at the annual conference, the ACA Foundation has taken an active role in helping counseling students become more involved in this exciting and demanding profession.

The ACA Foundation 2018 Graduate Student Essay Competitions, including the Future School Counselors Essay Competition (sponsored by the Roland and Dorothy Ross Trust) and the Tomorrow's Counselors Competition (sponsored by Gerald and Marianne Corey and Allen and Mary Bradford Ivey), will operate according to the following calendar:

  • The online essay submission form will go live on Monday, October 2, 2017.
  • All essays must be received by January 9, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST.
  • Award recipients will announced by early February 2018.
  • Essay competition winners will be recognized at the National Awards ceremony at the ACA 2018 Conference & Expo  in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Click here to review rules, eligibility, and prizes for the Essay Competition


Essay Theme Options

ACA student members wishing to participate in either essay competition must address one of the following themes:

Option A

Essay applicants for either the Tomorrow’s Counselors Competition or the Future School Counselors Competition can answer the following question:

As a professional counselor, how would you promote openness and inclusion in your work? Furthermore, how would you reach out and support under-served and underrepresented clients?

OR

Option B

Essay applicants should respond to the appropriate theme below:

Corey/Ivey Tomorrow's Counselors Competition

Strategies professional counselors can employ in addressing the current opioid crisis in America

Ross Trust / Future School Counselors Competition

The role of the professional school counselors in promoting career and college readiness with under-served and underrepresented students

Only one essay can be submitted. It is recommended that you write your essay in the program of choice and then copy and paste it into the online submission form below.  Please retain a copy of your essay in case there is a problem in transmission of your entry. Neither ACA nor the ACA Foundation is responsible if an entry does not reach us. Essay length is limited to 500 words. Entry deadline is 11:59 pm EST on January 9, 2018. 

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Take Action: Insurance, Mental Health Coverage in Peril

by Kathie Felix | Nov 22, 2017
A bill proposing revisions to the nation’s tax structure is now in the Senate. That measure contains a provision that would negatively affect the clients professional counselors serve, in terms of their access to early intervention, preventative care, and affordable insurance and mental health care costs. Ultimately, that provision would affect the ability of clients and prospective clients to see professional counselors and to obtain mental health care.
The House of Representatives has already voted on a tax plan of its own, but that measure did not include any change to the current health care law.

What does this mean? 

The Senate tax reform bill contains a repeal of the “individual mandate” of the Affordable Care Act.  The individual mandate, which requires that almost all Americans have health insurance or pay a fine, brings more people into the insurance marketplace, resulting in better costs and coverage for early intervention,  preventative, and ongoing health care, including care for mental health.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has estimated this repeal would result in 4 million people losing health insurance coverage in 2018—and 13 million losing coverage by 2027—as well as premium increases of 10% per year in the individual marketplaces.

To learn what the American Counseling Association is doing for professional counselors and their clients on this measure—and what you can do, read more here.