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New Web Page Addresses Accreditation and Licensure Portability

ACA has launched a new information page related to accreditation and licensure portability. There are a number of resources on the site, including a link to a new podcast. We have also expanded ways for you to connect with professional staff should you have any questions.

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  • MyVoice

    Stay Up to Date

    Statement about relocating 2017 Conference, myths vs. facts regarding HB 1840, press coverage, and more.
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  • Member Kit Archive

    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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  • Message from ACA CEO Richard Yep Regarding Tennessee HB 1840/SB 1556

    With Governor Bill Haslam’s signature this week, Tennessee became the latest state to sign into law discriminatory “religious freedom” legislation targeting the LGBTQ community. Tennessee’s HB 1840/SB 1556 permits counselors to deny services and refer clients based on the provider’s “strongly held beliefs.”
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  • podcasticon

    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: Stepping across the poverty line

    Poverty affects the mental health and overall well-being of millions of Americans, and that reality should, advocates say, make the provision of counseling services to this population a priority, not a luxury. More
  • JCD: Does the ACA Code of Ethics trump discriminatory institutional policies?

    Three featured articles discuss the ethical issues raised by the practice of accrediting counseling programs at colleges and universities that use statements in their Codes of Conduct that are non-affirming of LGBT individuals. However, all accredited counseling programs prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Hear both sides of the conversation. More
  • Read Our Weekly Newspaper Columns

    "Counseling Corner" columns help educate the public about counseling issues, counselors, and the counseling profession. Read all columns to date, and learn how you can use them to promote counseling. More

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  • What if it was 10 times more difficult to become a Counselor?

    Jun 21, 2016
    Recently, I was speaking with a counselor at Thriveworks Counseling Philadelphia and she said “I schedule clients for only one session a month because I don’t want them to get dependent on me.” I want to say that I was shocked, but I wasn’t. Too often I hear counselors with exceedingly poor ideas on clinical care.
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  • Faith as part of one’s healing process

    Jun 21, 2016
    For those familiar with the 12 steps of AA and other 12 step programs, it is impossible to miss the glaring spirituality in those steps. The concept of finding a higher power, communicating with the higher power, handing your worries to the higher power, and praying to the higher power to help you become a better person—are all mentioned and addressed in the 12 steps.
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  • The Essential Self – Spiritual Wellness

    Jun 21, 2016
    According to Myers and Sweeney (2005), the wellness perspective considers Spiritual Wellness to be the central component of wellbeing, also called the "essential self." Spirituality is a universal process of development that is also very personal which involves the beliefs, practices, and the experiences in which an individual engages.
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ACA Publications

  • 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
  • A Contemporary Approach to Substance Use Disorders and Addiction Counseling, Second Edition

    A Contemporary Approach to Substance Use Disorders and Addiction Counseling, Second Edition

    Ford Brooks and Bill McHenry
    Written as an introduction to the field of addiction counseling, this text covers the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to counsel people who are struggling with addiction.... Learn More
  • Career Counseling: Holism, Diversity, and Strengths, Fourth Edition

    Career Counseling: Holism, Diversity, and Strengths, Fourth Edition

    Norman C. Gysbers, Mary J. Heppner, and Joseph A. Johnston
    The latest edition of this bestseller presents a holistic, strengths-based, and theoretically sound model of career development and the career counseling process.... Learn More
  • A Counselor's Guide to Working With Men

    A Counselor's Guide to Working With Men

    edited by Matt Englar-Carlson, Marcheta P. Evans, and Thelma Duffey
    Focusing on the unique opportunities and challenges associated with counseling men, this book examines a variety of critical issues pertaining to the psychology of men and masculinity and presents successful, evidence-based strategies for treatment.... Learn More