4. Unparalleled Professional Resources

“For counselors, by counselors.” It’s at the heart of everything we publish.

ACA publishes multiple books each year, across a wide range of disciplines. Recent titles include: Addiction in the FamilyStepping In, Stepping Out: Creating Stepfamily RhythmSolution-Focused Counseling in Schools, Third EditionThe Counselor and the LawCounseling Older People; and Harm to Others: The Assessment and Treatment of Dangerousness. Review our current publications catalog here

ACAJCAD_v92_n2_0414Cover-1[1]In addition to books, ACA also publishes the Journal of Counseling & Development (JCD) as well as nine Division journals. Our journals now reach a greatly expanded worldwide audience through the Wiley Online Library, which is accessed by more than 12 million unique visitors each month. JCD is currently available in 2,400 institutions worldwide. Learn more here.

In 2015 we partnered with Wiley, a global publishing company, to offer our newest and most popular publications in e-book format. No more waiting for a book to be delivered, or lugging around multiple texts—the information you need can now be at your fingertips in an instant, on a portable device. Currently, more than 40 ACA e-books spanning a variety of subjects are available for download. Bestselling titles include: DSM-5 Learning Companion for CounselorsAssessment in CounselingThe Counselor and the Law; and the ACA Ethical Standards Casebook. E-books may be downloaded in a number of different formats, such as Amazon Kindle, Apple iBook, Nook, BookShout, Vitalsource, CourseSmart and more.

Counseling Today is our award-winning magazine for members, which provides a wealth of knowledge each month. Regular columns address running a private practice, neurocounseling, ethics, risk management, career tracks, technology use, and more. In addition, cover stories and feature articles offer in-depth looks at topics such as counselor wellness, body image, gender identity, group work, multicultural counseling, addictions, spirituality in counseling, creativity in counseling, and more. 

CT Online is the award-winning online counterpart of Counseling Today. Read personal stories about the work of ACA members as well as special online-only articles. Members can also access electronic archives for Counseling Today—great for research!  

ACA has your back. At every stage of your career. 

Not only do ACA members have access to career consults, mock interviews, resume and cover letter critiques, and assistance with general counseling questions, the ACA Career Center also provides personalized job and internship searches.

Members who attend the annual conference also have the opportunity to visit the onsite Career Center, where they can browse actual job boards, take advantage of face-to-face career consults, private practice consults, and employment interviews. 

Never underestimate the power of your peers.

ACA Connect is our online networking community for members only. This is a private, secure space where counseling professionals can ask for advice, gather input on specific topics, join discussions about important counseling trends or challenges, recommend resources, and so much more.

The ACA Blog Project is a platform where members can share their personal experiences and perspectives. It’s a great way to find your professional voice and establish a name for yourself in your professional community and beyond.

Ethics Resources Abound at ACA.

code of ethics 2014Ethical dilemmas and professional challenges are inevitable for most counseling professionals. Access to quick, credible guidance is critical. ACA members can take advantage of free, confidential ethical/professional standards consultation hotline five days a week. Should you encounter an issue that goes beyond the ACA Code of Ethics, you may be referred to ACA’s Risk Management Consultant, as an added benefit of membership. Members also have access to a variety of tools developed specifically with ethics in mind: free podcasts, a six-part webinar series on significant changes in the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics, an interview series with members of the 2014 Ethics Revision Taskforce, Counseling Today articles addressing the implementation of the latest Code, up-to-date books on vital topics such as Boundary Issues in Counseling, and more.  

Information and inspiration to make your job or project easier.

Access a diverse range of online counseling resources through the ACA Library, a unique member benefit. From the ACES-ACA Syllabus Clearinghouse—a place where counselor educators can share successful syllabi or find new ideas for class assignments, policy statements, and assigned readings—to VISTAS, a collection of member submitted and reviewed counseling articles, our library resources can save you time and effort. The ACA Librarian is also available to assist members with individual research needs as well.

Counseling news and resources at your fingertips.

ACAeNews is bi-monthly digital newsletter for members that provides timely, relevant news and research, as well as helpful tips and tools. We monitor the news cycle (as well as the communications of multiple counseling-relevant organizations) so you don't have to.

Members are also encouraged to subscribe to one or more of our monthly special focus enewsletters designed to address unique setting issues and specific client needs. Each ACAeNews Special Focus edition is published three times annually:

ACAeNews for Mental Health, Private Practice and Community Agency Counselors (March/July/November)

ACAeNews for School Counselors (April/August/December)

ACAeNews for Counselor Educators (January/May/September)

ACAeNews for Counseling Students and New Professionals (February/June/October)

Since their introduction, the Special Focus editions have become a forum for noted authorities and experts to speak to professional counselors. Past issues have included in-depth interviews with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health Thomas Insel, and ACA Presidents Robert Smith and Cirecie West-Olatunji.

ACA members also receive a special Member Toolkit enewsletter each month containing a link to a Free CE of the Month. In addition to the Free CE, the Member Toolkit offers a reminder of all of the most recent ACA learning opportunities—webinars, podcasts, books, and more—in addition to job leads and program updates/reminders from Government Affairs, Counseling Today, Membership, Ethics, and other ACA departments. It's the best way to maximize your membership investment and stay up to date on the latest professional tools and announcements. Engage as little or as much as you like. The Member Toolkit was created to save you time.

When you’re ready to take your career to the next level.

Members can directly shape the course of the counseling profession through participation on ACA committees, task forces, and the ACA Governing Council.

Committees support the work of the Governing Council and our Strategic Priorities. ACA has sixteen standing committees, including Ethics, Human Rights, International, Public Policy/Legislation, and Publications. Professional members are appointed by the ACA President-elect for a three-year term; student members are appointed for a one-year term.

Task forces also support the work of the Governing Council as well as the ACA President. Task force members are appointed for a one-year term by the ACA President.

The role of the ACA Governing Council is to establish policies that govern the affairs of the Association and to oversee the Association. The Governing Council is comprised of Officers of the Association (President, President-elect, and Past President) and one representative from each Division and Region.  Division and Region representatives are nominated and elected by members of that Division or Region and serve a three-year term. The ACA President-elect is nominated by Divisions and Region and is elected by the entire ACA membership. In addition, student members elect a Representative to serve a two-year term.

Each year, ACA hosts the Institute for Leadership Training as an opportunity for leaders and emerging leaders at all levels of ACA (divisions, regions, and branches) to meet, network, learn, and advocate for the profession on Capitol Hill. View video highlights from our 2015 ILT here. 

Opportunities to recognize counseling greatness.

ACA National Awards Logo Final[3]ACA recognizes and celebrates the achievements of counseling professionals who have distinguished themselves professionally, as well as through service to others. Since 1956, the National Awards have shined a spotlight on those who go above and beyond in their commitment to the counseling profession. For more information about each award and the nomination process, click here.

Our annual Graduate Student Essay Competitions award two grand prize essayists with $1,000, a complimentary Conference & Expo registration, a $250 eGift Certificate, and publication in Counseling Today. This year’s essay theme addresses the Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies (MSJCC). Learn more here

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