News Archive for 2009

  • ACA Helps Welcome New SAMHSA Head

    Published on: Dec 14, 2009
    The American Counseling Association was invited as representatives of the counseling profession to meet and welcome Pamela Hyde, the new Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), on the evening of December 10 in Washington D.C.
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  • Senate Health Care Bill Fails to Cover Counselors Under Medicare

    Published on: Nov 19, 2009
    The Senate’s health care reform bill, unveiled November 18th by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, fails to establish Medicare coverage of licensed professional counselors.  This despite the fact that the Senate has twice approved Medicare coverage of counselors, and that Medicare beneficiaries need better access to outpatient mental health service providers.
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  • House Passes Major Health Care Reform Bill, Including Medicare Coverage of Counselors!

    Published on: Nov 09, 2009
    The House of Representatives took an historic step forward on Saturday, November 7th with the passage of major health insurance reform legislation, H.R.3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act. 
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  • Deadline Fast Approaching for ACAF Grad Student Essay Competitions

    Published on: Nov 08, 2009
    With two Grand Prize Awards for $2,500 Scholarship Grants, plus eight $500 runner-up scholarship grants, current graduate students don't want to miss the coming deadline for either the ACA Foundation Graduate Student Essay competition, or the Ross Trust Graduate Student Essay Competition for Future School Counselors. Entry forms and essays are due by midnight, Dec. 14th.
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  • 2010 Conference Scholarships Program Now Open

    Published on: Nov 02, 2009
    The ACA Foundation is now accepting accepting applications for Scholarship Awards for the ACA 2010 Annual Conference. The Awards cover Conference registration fees for counseling grad students, with one Grand Prize Scholarship also providing 3 nights hotel for the Conference.
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  • Graduate Student Scholarship Grant Competitions Begin

    Published on: Oct 27, 2009
    Two essay competitions for counseling graduate students, each offering a Grand Prize of a $2,500 Scholarship Grant, are now underway. These ACA Foundation-run competitions also award scholarship grants of $500 to runners-up.
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  • 6th Annual Graduate Student Ethics Competition

    Published on: Oct 14, 2009
    The American Counseling Association is pleased to announce the opening of the 6th Annual Graduate Student Ethics Competition. This program is designed to offer Graduate Students an opportunity to work in teams to compete in how to handle the hypothetical ethical cases at both the Masters and Doctoral degree levels.
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  • Important Victory---California Becomes 50th State to License Professional Counselors

    Published on: Oct 12, 2009
    On October 11, 2009, the counseling profession achieved a historic goal with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's signing into law of California Senate Bill 788, establishing licensure of professional clinical counselors in the state.
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  • Call for Nominations for Committee Appointments

    Published on: Sep 12, 2009
    ACA President-Elect Marcheta Evans is seeking nominations for American Counseling Association committee appointments. She will be appointing professional members for each committee who will serve a three-year term, and a student representative to each committee for a one-year term.
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  • California Counselor Licensure Bill on Governor Schwarzenegger’s Desk

    Published on: Aug 18, 2009
    The counseling profession’s long-standing goal of achieving recognition in all 50 states is a major step closer to completion. In the final hours of its legislative session, the California legislature approved a bill establishing licensure of professional clinical counselors in the state.
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  • 2010 ACA National Awards Nominations Now Open

    Published on: Aug 01, 2009
    The Awards Committee of the American Counseling Association announces the start of the nomination process for the 2010 ACA National Awards. The Awards will be presented at the ACA 2010 Annual Conference in Pittsburgh.
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  • ACA is blogging:

    Published on: Jun 24, 2009
    ACA just launched its newest communications vehicle: an ACA blog. Join the conversation. Recent topics: standards, TV shows that focus on mental health treatment and therapy, and much more!
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  • Product Ordering Information

    Published on: Jun 01, 2009
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  • Worth Reading and Sharing: Information on Bullying

    Published on: May 21, 2009
    Bullying appears very often in the health and safety concerns expressed by students, parents, and educators. From the school to the playground to the community mall, aggressive, violence-prone youth are causing anguish for many of their peers.
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  • Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act: Washington Seeks Comment

    Published on: May 21, 2009
    The U.S. Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services are jointly requesting information to assist in developing regulations to implement the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA).
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  • Two Ways Members Can Contribute to Counseling Today

    Published on: May 21, 2009
    On a monthly basis, Counseling Today attempts to publish articles that cover a wide variety of issues in the profession and that speak to ACA's diverse membership. But there's no better method for choosing useful content than asking our members -- practitioners, new professionals, students, counselor educators and others -- what topics they would like (or need) to know more about.
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  • Fast Fact: 12 Percent of American Youth Live With an Addicted Parent

    Published on: May 21, 2009
    Remember when parents worried about the drug and alcohol use and abuse of their children? A new SAMHSA report, "Findings for Children Living with Substance-Dependent and Substance-Abusing Parents 2002-2007," suggests that concern is a two-way street.
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  • Coping with the Emotional Aspects of the Swine Flu Outbreak

    Published on: May 01, 2009
    The Swine influenza A virus infection (swine flu) has captured headlines, generating a need for citizens to be informed and practice caution. In addition to identifying state and local sources of information and communicating with medical professionals when necessary, counselors should be aware that the Centers for Disease Control posts regular information and guidance at its national website. Also, the Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Services unit has prepared a Swine Flu Fact Sheet.
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  • April is Counseling Awareness Month!

    Published on: Apr 01, 2009
    Click here for a guide to how you can help raise awareness in your community. Do you have your ACA Membership certificate displayed? Need one? Buy one during April for 50% off!
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  • U.S. Baby Boomlet Reflects Record Number of Births in 2007

    Published on: Mar 31, 2009
    According to a preliminary estimate of birth records, conducted by the National Center of Health Statistics and released on March 18, 2009, more babies were born in America in 2007 than at any other time in history.
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  • 2009 Conference Keynote Addresses

    Published on: Mar 30, 2009
    Keynote Addresses by Judy Shepard and C. Adolpho Bermeo from the 2009 ACA Conference & Exposition in Charlotte, NC
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  • Media Interviews during ACA 2009 Conference & Exposition in Charlotte, NC

    Published on: Mar 25, 2009
    How counselors are helping their clients cope with the economic downturn was of interest to media outlets in Charlotte. The general topic of finding jobs and the work of career counselors was the focus of all but one of the interviews. A segment focused on Keynote speaker Judy Shepard also aired.
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  • 2009 ACA, Division and Western Region Election Results

    Published on: Mar 17, 2009
    ACA wishes to congratulate the winners of the most recent ACA, Division, and Western Region Elections.
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  • Dr. Marcheta Evans Elected As ACA's 59th President

    Published on: Feb 17, 2009
    ACA is pleased to announce that Dr. Marcheta Evans has been elected to serve as the Association's 59th President. Dr. Evans has served as a volunteer leader at the state, regional, division, and national levels and has been dedicated to the profession and our organization for a number of years.
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  • Graduate Students -- Your Thoughts Can Win!

    Published on: Feb 17, 2009
    Topics have just been announced for the ACA Foundation's annual Graduate Student Essay Contest, open to all graduate students in counseling or related programs. The first place winner will receive $500, and five winning essays will appear in Counseling Today. Writers select one of two topics and submit up to 750 words. This year's contest deadline is May 1, 2009.
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  • ACA Sponsored Counseling Delegation to China and Tibet

    Published on: Feb 04, 2009
    People to People and The American Counseling Association are pleased to announce a unique overseas cultural and professional exchange opportunity. Dr. Jane Goodman, a past ACA president, will lead a delegation of professional counselors to China and Tibet from May 25 – June 6, 2009.
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  • ACA Graduate Student Ethics Competition Results

    Published on: Jan 29, 2009
    Once again, we have come to the conclusion of the annual ACA Graduate Student Ethics Competition! The winners are...
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  • 20/20 Statement of Principles Advances the Profession

    Published on: Jan 20, 2009
    20/20: A Vision for the Future of Counseling is a major professional initiative co-sponsored by ACA and the American Association of State Counseling Boards (AASCB).
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  • Student Liability Insurance Now Available to ACA Master’s Level Students

    Published on: Jan 13, 2009
    ACA is now providing *eligible ACA student members with professional liability ("malpractice") insurance. ACA Student membership now includes liability insurance for those 'enrolled and engaged in a master's degree counseling curriculum at a post secondary institution'.
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  • ACA Special Report & Preview of 2009

    Published on: Jan 08, 2009
    Please take a few moments to review the 2008 Year-In-Review special report which highlights accomplishments of your association over the past twelve months. The report also outlines several new benefits you will receive in 2009 in the section entitled: "Preview of 2009: More New Benefits for ACA Members."
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