Practice Briefs

The ACA Center for Counseling Practice, Policy, and Research is proud to offer Practice Briefs for ACA members. The goal of this project is to identify and solicit scholars in the counseling profession to write brief, 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 Brief FAQ's can be viewed here: Practice Briefs Explained.

Interested in submitting a Practice Brief for possible online publication? View the submission guidelines and contact the Executive Editor at

Practice Brief Advisory Group
Executive Editor: Bradley Erford

Advisory Group Members:
Gerta Bardhoshi
Catharina Chang
Casey Barrio Minton
Nicole Stargell
Joshua Watson

Editorial Assistant: Victoria Giegerich
Check back often for newly posted Practice Briefs (PBs). We hope that you will find ACA's PBs to be useful and valuable in your counseling practice. As always, feedback is appreciated.

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