Counseling Awareness Month

Counseling Awareness Month | April 2019


Tools & Resources to Share Your Story

How do you help others?

Social Media Share Images:

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Post with your story about how you help others using the hashtag #CounselorsHelp and the above sharable images.

Here are a few examples of what to include with your post:

SAMPLE 1: A counselor can help with individuals experiencing depression. I help clients explore ways to cope and manage their feelings, regain a sense of control and pleasure in life. #CounselorsHelp

SAMPLE 2: As a counselor, I help clients problem solve and change behavior patterns that may contribute to their symptoms. #CounselorsHelp

Instagram Contest

This is your opportunity to show us how you help others!

Want a chance to win a $100 e-gift certificate to the ACA store? From March 8th–April 30, post on Instagram using the hashtag #CounselorsHelp and tag us @AmericanCounselingAssociation. A winner will be selected randomly and announced at the beginning of May. Entrants must follow the official ACA Instagram account to be eligible. 

Sign Photo/Coloring Sheet Contest

There are additional opportunities to participate in Counseling Awareness Month and win! 
Take a sign pic, holding our CAM '19 sign and post it to social media using #CounselorsHelp and tagging one of the official ACA social media channels*.
That's not all! Post your completed CAM '19 coloring sheet to social media and tag ACA for another way to win.

Prizes: ACA will share the best contest entries on ACA’s social media channels (and attribute them to you). In May, one random winner will receive one complementary registration to the ACA 2020 Conference & Expo (San Diego, CA, April 17 - 19).

*ACA Social Media Channels: Follow us on Twitter @CounselingViewsFacebook @American.Counseling.Association and Instagram @AmericanCounselingAssociation. Start posting with #CounselorsHelp!


"The Big Kahuna" Contest

Looking for more ways to participate, give back to the counseling profession, and win? From now until April 30, your donations to the ACA Foundation will grant you an opportunity for "The Big Kahuna" prize package.

Grand Prize: In May, one random winner will receive one complementary registration to the ACA 2020 Conference & Expo (San Diego, CA, April 15 - 19) AND a $100 e-gift certificate to the ACA store!
Click below to donate:

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A counselor can help with... recovering from trauma
For Shame! The Neglected Emotion in PTSD
ACA Conference: Educational Session
Speakers: Dr. Thom A. Field

A counselor can help with… recovering from addiction
Substance Abuse/Disruptive Impulse Control/Conduct Disorder
ACA Conference: Webinars
Speakers: Shannon Karl PhD

A counselor can help with… the transition to civilian life after serving in the military
An Overview of Military Service Members and their Families: How Mental Health Professionals Can Best Serve this Population
ACA Conference: Webinars
Speaker: Odis McKinzie MA, NCC, ACS, LMHC (HI), LPC (VA), CSAT-Candidate


I Care About… Sign Photo.

Want to participate? Here’s how:

  1. Print out the template sign (DOWNLOAD SIGN PDF HERE | Version 1)
    (Version 2) and write your response on the sign.
  2. Take a photo with the sign.
  3. Post your photo to Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter. Be sure to use the hashtag #CounselorsHelp.

Show your artistic side this Counseling Awareness Month with the following Coloring Sheet. Download free today (PDF)!


Educational Resources & Information

Find a Counselor
Take the first step to find a counselor in your area in our Therapy Directory. And remember, professional counseling is a relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families and groups to achieve mental health, wellness, education, and career goals.

Counseling Corner Blog
We all face daily challenges in today's complicated and demanding world. ACA’s Counseling Corner Blog offers thoughtful ideas, suggestions, and strategies for helping you live a happier and healthier life.

Counseling Today
Find news and in-depth features about the world of professional counseling: effective techniques/strategies, federal/state regulation, developments in the profession, counselor wellness and counseling resources.Select articles are available on Counseling Today Online; feature articles are members-only. 

Counseling Today Featured Cover Story: 'A Path Well Chosen'
‘A path well chosen’ offers insight into the profession from counselors. Read here.

Counseling Insider
The Counseling Insider enewsletter is your resource for all that is happening in the counseling profession. Free for all counselors and ACA partners, readers can find the latest industry updates in this biweekly email news source. Non-members can sign up here.

10 Things to Know About Counselors & Counseling
1. Professional counseling is a therapeutic relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. Read the full list.

20/20 — A Vision for the Future of Counseling 
Information from a joint effort of 31 organizations representing the counseling profession worked together from 2005-2013 to promote the needs of professional counselors. Sponsored by ACA and the American Association of State Counseling Boards, the project focused on advancing the counseling profession and engaging in profession-wide strategic planning. Learn about how they defined counseling.

Common Questions About Counseling
Counseling, An Overview: A Q&A with American Counseling Association's Dr. David Kaplan.

Featured Publication

Pasted_Image_2_21_19__2_50_PMChoosing the Right Counselor for You, by Samuel T. Gladding & Kevin G. Alderson
(New Release!)

"Using humor and compassion, the authors combine their extensive expertise to simplify and demystify the process of getting help. Each chapter illuminates the counseling process while challenging stereotypes and biases that too often prevent people from getting the assistance they need. In a world of unrest and daunting challenges, this is a guide to finding the right help at the right time."
—Bret Hendricks,
EdD Texas Tech University