Timely Resources for Professional Counselors in Every Specialty

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School-Based Counselors

School Counselors help smooth out any rough patch on the occasionally rocky road in pursuing education. ACA is here for you—and we’ve lined up resources designed to help you make the most of your school year. 


Counselor Educators

If you’re a counselor educator, ACA has your students covered. Take a look at our new Student Member page, with information on liability insurance, internship opportunities, career guidance and resources, recognition and scholarships, and volunteer opportunities.


Counselors in Non-School Settings

If you’re a counselor working in a non-school setting, such as private practice or a community agency, September can be a bittersweet time for many of your clients. Some may be facing an empty nest for the first time. Some may be encountering other transitions. For many clients, the approaching autumn may bring a yearning for a fresh start in a new direction. 

The American Counseling Association can help you help all of them, with resources designed to assist you in your work with:

Children and Youth
Parents
Individuals Changing Jobs or Careers
Individuals Dealing with Substance-Use Issues
Individuals in Need of Suicide-Prevention Support

Counselors in many specialty areas help clients achieve their fullest potential in many ways throughout a lifetime. The American Counseling Association is here to help you reach your full potential as a counselor.   

For counselors working with children and youth

COUNSELING TODAY ARTICLES

Becoming shameless

Addressing religion and spirituality in counseling with bullying survivors

Empowering youth victimized by cyberbullying

Helping children and families address and prevent sibling abuse

Practice Briefs

The ACA Center for Counseling Practice, Policy and Research offers Practice Briefs for ACA members. Practice Briefs, written by scholars in the counseling profession, are research-based summaries of best practices, evidence-based practices, and research-based approaches covering a wide variety of client-presenting issues and counseling topics. Each Practice Brief is several pages in length, includes references, and has been peer-reviewed by two co-editors before being accepted for publication. The Practice Briefs are available to ACA members only.

Practice Brief: Suicide Prevention With School-Age Students

Practice Brief: School-Based Suicide Intervention with Children and Adolescents

Practice Brief: Treating Anxiety Disorders in Youth

Practice Brief: Youth Bullying Prevention

Practice Brief: Treating Adolescents Who Have Co-Occurring Disorders

Practice Brief: Divorce and Children 

Educational Sessions
Every year during the ACA Conference and Expo, presenters share their expertise and provide practical knowledge on a wide array of counseling topics.

Educational Session: Creative Counseling: 25 Expressive Play Ideas To Make Sense of Emotional Chaos

Educational Session: “How Do I Handle This?” Limit Setting in Play Therapy

Podcasts

Working With Youth Who Experience Grief and Loss
Host: John Duggan, MA, NCC, LPC, LCPC
Guest: David Kaplan, PhD
To access this podcast, click here. (View transcript here.)

Working Within a Multicultural Community
Host: John Duggan, MA, NCC, LPC, LCPC
Guest: Courtland Lee, PhD
To access this podcast, click here. (View transcript here.)

Working With Youth With Disabilities
Host: John Duggan, MA, NCC, LPC, LCPC
Guest: Shana Schnaue, NCC
To access this podcast, click here. (View transcript here.)

Understanding Youth Bullying
Host: John Duggan, MA, NCC, LPC, LCPC
Guest: Thelma Duffey, PhD
To access this podcast, click here. (View transcript here.)

BOOKS PUBLISHED BY THE AMERICAN COUNSELING ASSOCIATION

Counseling for Social Justice, Third Edition
edited by Courtland C. Lee

Affirmative Counseling With LGBTQI+ People
edited by Misty M. Ginicola, Cheri Smith, and Joel M. Filmore

Active Interventions for Kids and Teens: Adding Adventure and Fun to Counseling!
Jeffrey S. Ashby, Terry Kottman, and Don DeGraaf

Reality Therapy and Self-Evaluation: The Key to Client Change
Robert E. Wubbolding

Additional Continuing Education (CE) sessions

Counseling Strategies to Combat Cyberbullying

Theoretical Approaches to Play Therapy

Advanced Play-Therapy Skills

Creative Approaches in Counseling and Psychotherapy, Sixth edition

Efficacy of Dialectical Behavior Therapy Among Adolescents in a Partial Hospitalization Program

Meta-Analysis of Counseling Outcomes for Youth With Conduct Disorders

Check-In/Check-Out Intervention With Peer-Monitoring for a Student With Emotional-Behavioral Difficulties

The Impact of Early Life Stress on the Neurodevelopment of the Stress Response System


For counselors working with parents

COUNSELING TODAY ARTICLES

Parenting in the 21st century

Retaining family focus

Parent-child relationship problems: Treatment tools for rectification counseling

Counselors and conflicted parenting

Practice Briefs

The ACA Center for Counseling Practice, Policy and Research offers Practice Briefs for ACA members. Practice Briefs, written by scholars in the counseling profession, are research-based summaries of best practices, evidence-based practices, and research-based approaches covering a wide variety of client-presenting issues and counseling topics. Each Practice Brief is several pages in length, includes references, and has been peer-reviewed by two co-editors before being accepted for publication. Practice Briefs are available to ACA members only.

Practice Brief: Parenting Education

Podcasts

Working With Youth From Military Families
Host: John Duggan, MA, NCC, LPC, LCPC
Guest: Odis McKinzie Jr., MA, NCC, LPC
To access this podcast, click here. (View transcript here.)


for counselors working with individuals in career transition 

COUNSELING TODAY ARTICLES

Midcourse corrections

The lingering crisis of the Great Recession

Podcasts

Career Errors
Host:Rebecca Daniel-Burke, PhD
Guest: Frank Burtnett, EdD
To access this podcast, click here

BOOKS PUBLISHED BY THE AMERICAN COUNSELING ASSOCIATION

Postmodern Career Counseling: A Handbook of Culture, Context, and Cases
Edited by Louis A. Busacca and Mark C. Rehfuss

Career Counseling: Holism, Diversity, and Strengths, Fourth Edition
Norman C. Gysbers, Mary J. Heppner, and Joseph A. Johnston


FOR COUNSELORS WORKING WITH Individuals Dealing with Substance-Use Issues

ACA has compiled a number of helpful resources for counselor working with individuals dealing with substance-use issues here.

For Counselors Working with Individuals in Need of Suicide-Prevention Support

ACA has complied a number of helpful resources for counselor working with individuals in need of suicide-prevention support here.

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