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October 2017

2017 Louisiana Counseling Association Annual Conference
October 1-3, 2017
Baton Rouge, LA
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ACA Governing Council Meeting
October 3-4, 2017
Chicago, IL
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ACES 2017 Conference
October 5-8, 2017
Chicago, IL
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Wyoming Counseling Association Annual Conference
October 12-14, 2017
Cody, WY
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NIH National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
2017 National Conference on Alcohol and Opioid Use in Women & Girls

October 26-27, 2017
Washington, DC
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November 2017

Kentucky Counseling Association Conference
November 1-3, 2017
Louisville, KY
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Maryland Counseling Association Conference
November 1-3, 2017
Linthicum, MD
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Wisconsin Counseling Association Conference
November 3-4, 2017
Wisconsin Dells, WI
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Pennsylvania Counseling Association Conference
November 3-5, 2017
King of Prussia, PA
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Arkansas Counselor Association Conference
November 8-10, 2017
Hot Springs, AR
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Mississippi Counseling Association Fall Conference
November 8-10, 2017
Tupelo, MS
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All Ohio Counselors Conference
November 8-10, 2017
Columbus, OH
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Puerto Rico Counseling Association Conference
November 8-10, 2017
San Jan, PR
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Illinois Counseling Association Annual Fall Conference
November 9-11, 2017
Naperville, IL
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Virginia Counseling Association Convention
November 9-11, 2017
Hot Springs, VA
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Alabama Counseling Association Annual Conference 2017
November 15-17, 2017
Mobile, AL
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Texas Counseling Association 2017 Professional Growth Conference
November 15-18, 2017
Galveston, TX
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February 2018

Association for Specialist in Group Work National Conference
February 1-3, 2018
Savanna, GA
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Texas Counseling Association Professional School Counselor Conference
February 18-20-2318
Galveston, TX
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American College Counseling Association Conference
February 22-25, 2018
Charlotte, NC
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ACA Weighs In on Wording Restrictions at the Centers for Disease Control

by Kathie Felix | Dec 20, 2017
According to recent press reports, officials at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have been told to not use the terms “diversity,” “transgender,” “evidence-based,” and “science-based,” among others, in the upcoming budget request for 2019. This prompted American Counseling Association Chief Executive Officer Richard Yep to write the Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) about the directive.

HHS oversees CDC, an agency with the stated mission to save lives and to protect people from health threats. This effort is described on the CDC website as follows: “To accomplish our mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise.”

In part, the ACA letter to HHS includes the following:

“The American Counseling Association Code of Ethics honors diversity and embraces a multicultural approach in support of the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of people within their social and cultural contexts. In addition, the American Counseling Association has expressly supported the dissemination of accurate information about gender identity to counteract bias that is based in ignorance or unfounded beliefs.”

ACA objects to a ban on the very language that helps government officials communicate appropriately about people who have experienced bias, and also objects to the idea of the possible exclusion of all diverse people under an agency that protects the nation’s health.

Professional counselors are required to use counseling techniques that have a scientific foundation. The American Counseling Association letter also conveys that ACA is alarmed that CDC officials must find euphemisms for the terms “science-based” and “evidence-based”—and by the implication that these are concepts to be avoided at CDC.

The ACA request asks that these and other allegedly banned words no longer be barred from budget documents—or any other communications at the Centers for Disease Control.