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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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  • New Resource Page Helps Counselors Navigate the 2016 Election

    The ACA Government Affairs team has developed an online toolkit for counselors. While the ACA does not endorse any candidates for office, it does encourage people to participate in the democratic process. You can learn more about Congressional and State elections that will also have long-lasting effects on issues that are important to counselors; the details of your state's voting process; the legislative issues currently on ACA's radar; how the Presidential election process works; how to get involved with advocacy; and more. More
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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: The Relationship As Client

    Couples counseling isn’t simply ‘individual counseling times two,’ but rather a focus on two unique people in relationship and how to make that relationship function in a healthy way. More
  • JCD: Can Counselors Prevent Societal Violence?

    Feelings of humiliation are intensified during turbulent times, and counselors are often on the front lines of the suffering. The most devastating outcome of humiliation is violent aggression—including incidents of mass shootings and suicide bombings. Linda Hartling and Evelin Lindner discuss the dynamics of humiliation and present specific ways counselors can help victims of humiliation to heal, leading them out of destructive reactions into creative action. More
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    "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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  • Empowerment Comes in Many Forms

    Oct 27, 2016
    Last night, I was in my local neighborhood grocery store. It had been a long day of clients and I was feeling a bit beaten down. I just wanted to get home, make a quick dinner for the family, and put my feet up for the night. I wasn’t paying attention to anything but the goal at hand – pick up some fast dinner items, go through the self-checkout lane, and get out quick.
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  • My Process on Dealing with the Death of a Client/Patient

    Oct 26, 2016
    The only client deaths that I have had to deal with previously; were deaths due to overdoses or alcohol-related conditions. While those deaths were no easier to wrap my brain around and grieve; the part that was different, was that those clients were ones that had already left the facility I was working at by that time.
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  • Toolkit for Transformation: Centering

    Oct 26, 2016
    The strategy for this week is asks you to turn inward and focus. Centering – or finding your center – is a way to begin to access your deepest wisdom, creating a place of inner calm in order to begin to handle whatever is going on in your outer world.
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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