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    ACA Member Toolkit

    Members: Download your monthly ACA Member Toolkit for important announcements/reminders, links to our latest learning opportunities, job leads, and much more. Please note that the FREE CE of the Month is only available through the end of the month in which the Toolkit runs. 
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  • ACA Government Affairs Blog

    The ACA Government Affairs team strives to keep the counseling community connected with important legislative news, updates, and announcements that affect the profession. Click here to explore.
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    Free Podcast - Values & Ethics in Counseling

    Dana Heller Levitt and Holly J. Hartwig Moorhead provide an overview of the ethical code and how counselors need to address their personal values in the counseling relationship. Case examples and practice guidance is offered throughout this conversation. Listen
  • Counseling Today

    Counseling Today: Lending a helping hand in disaster’s wake

    As the practice of disaster mental health continues to evolve, counselors are using methods such as psychological first aid and spiritual first aid to better assist survivors. More
  • JCD: Culturally responsive counseling for refugees

    The July 2017 issue of Journal of Counseling & Development presents a new counseling model for addressing refugee trauma—the Multiphase Model of Psychotherapy, Counseling, Social Justice, and Human Rights. Explore this topic and more in the latest issue. More

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  • Tired of being positive?!

    Aug 15, 2017
    “Do you ever get tired of being positive?” asked my friend. “Whatever do you mean?” I asked. “Tired of being upbeat and positive and patient and hopeful?” she continued.
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  • Role Modeling through Social Media

    Aug 03, 2017
    Have you ever come across a nice blog, a Facebook post or a tweet that you agreed with a 100%? Have you ever experienced scrolling down to the end and reading comments that other people have provided in the comments or reaction sections?
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  • What inspires us...

    Jul 28, 2017
    I have often thought about what inspires people. I’m a quote user. I search and search for extended periods of time if I want to use a quote for a painting, or a birthday craft project, or just to have a discussion with a client sometimes. It has to fit, it has to be inspirational.
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ACA Publications

  • Counseling Research: A Practitioner-Scholar Approach

    Counseling Research: A Practitioner-Scholar Approach

    Richard S. Balkin and David M. Kleist
    This introductory text for counselors-in-training and emerging researchers focuses on research methodology, design, measurement, and evaluation.... Learn More
  • Partners in Play: An Adlerian Approach to Play Therapy, Third Edition

    Partners in Play: An Adlerian Approach to Play Therapy, Third Edition

    Terry Kottman and Kristin Meany-Walen
    Play therapy expert Terry Kottman and her colleague Kristin Meany-Walen provide a comprehensive update to this spirited and fun text on integrating Adlerian techniques into play therapy.... Learn More
  • ACA Ethical Standards Casebook, Seventh Edition

    ACA Ethical Standards Casebook, Seventh Edition

    Barbara Herlihy and Gerald Corey
    The seventh edition of this top-selling text provides a comprehensive resource for understanding the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics and applying its principles to daily practice.... Learn More
  • Evaluating Student Learning Outcomes in Counselor Education

    Evaluating Student Learning Outcomes in Counselor Education

    written and edited by Casey A. Barrio Minton, Donna M. Gibson, and Carrie A. Wachter Morris
    This timely text describes the role of program evaluation in counselor education and provides step-by-step guidance for faculty seeking to develop comprehensive Student Learning Outcome (SLO) evaluation plans to meet accountability expectations. ... Learn More