Archive of ACA News Items

  • Gun Violence Trauma: ACA Offers Free Resources for Counselors

    May 21, 2018
    ACA members—and all professional counselors—are fully prepared to assist anyone in need of support following an episode of trauma.
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  • American Counseling Association and the American School Counselor Association Announce New Collaborative Relationship

    Mar 21, 2018
    The American Counseling Association (ACA) and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) are pleased to announce a new collaborative relationship that will support continued growth of both organizations as we continue to serve the best interests of school counselors nationwide. As of April 1, both organizations will operate independently and autonomously – a formal recognition of the existing relationship, which was voted on by the ACA Governing Council on March 21, 2018. ACA and ASCA will continue to work together on common advocacy issues that strengthen the work of school counselors to support children and adolescents.
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  • In Support of Counselors and Students Seeking a Reduction in Gun Violence

    Mar 14, 2018
    The American Counseling Association recently adopted a resolution calling for more school counselors to support children affected by gun trauma.
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  • ACA Calls for More School Counselors to Support Children Affected by Gun Trauma

    Mar 01, 2018
    On Tuesday, Feb. 27, the Executive Committee of the American Counseling Association adopted a resolution supporting and highlighting the role that school counselors play in addressing the anxiety, stress, and trauma students experience after a school shooting. The resolution underscores the vital role that school counselors play in helping students cope with adverse conditions.
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  • ACA Names National Award Winners

    Feb 28, 2018
    The American Counseling Association and the American Counseling Association Foundation are pleased to announce the 76 winners of their annual awards competitions for professional counselors and counseling students.
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  • ACA Announces 68th President

    Feb 15, 2018
    Heather Trepal, Licensed Professional Counselor and Board-Approved Supervisor (LPC-S, Texas), will begin her term as ACA President-Elect on July 1, 2018, and will begin serving as American Counseling Association President on July 1, 2019.
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  • ACA Stands in Support of Parkland, Florida: Free Resources Are Available for Counselors

    Feb 15, 2018
    The American Counseling Association is saddened by the tragedy in South Florida and holds the Stoneman Douglas High School Community in its thoughts.
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  • Puerto Rico: The Crisis Continues

    Feb 13, 2018
    Nearly five months after Hurricane Maria upended life for everyone in its path, Puerto Rico remains in critical condition. Power has not been completely restored to the island—and some areas are not expected to have power until May. An estimated 200,000 people have left the island for Florida. Those that remain face a broken infrastructure, food shortages, power shortages, and unrelenting stress.
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  • White House Supports Additional Type of Group Health-Care Insurance Plan

    Jan 17, 2018
    Late last month, the White House proposed new rules that would make it easier for small businesses, sole proprietors, and individuals to group together in “association” to buy insurance in the large group market. These association plans, as they are known, would be exempt from many of the consumer protections—including required mental health coverage—that are mandated by the Affordable Care Act, which now provides coverage for some of the same types of customers.
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  • ACA Weighs In on Wording Restrictions at the Centers for Disease Control

    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.
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  • Tax Bill Compromise Under Way

    Dec 15, 2017
    The House and Senate have approved different versions of tax reform and now the conference committee is preparing to release the final compromise version, which both houses must then pass before the measure goes to the President for signature. There has been a strong effort to move these bills through the legislative process in order to put a bill on the President's desk by December 25.
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  • Take Action: Insurance, Mental Health Coverage in Peril

    Nov 22, 2017
    A bill proposing revisions to the nation’s tax structure is now in the Senate. That measure contains a provision that would negatively affect the clients professional counselors serve, in terms of their access to early intervention, preventative care, and affordable insurance and mental health care costs. Ultimately, that provision would affect the ability of clients and prospective clients to see professional counselors and to obtain mental health care.
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  • American Counseling Association Foundation Offers Grants of Up to $500

    Oct 19, 2017
    The American Counseling Association Foundation is seeking proposals from American Counseling Association members for grants of up to $500 in three areas: Disaster-Relief Efforts, Growing Healthy and Confident Kids, and General Needs.
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  • ACA Offers Condolences to Those Affected by the Tragic Events in Las Vegas

    Oct 02, 2017
    The American Counseling Association wishes to convey our deepest sympathy to those who have been harmed by the Las Vegas shooting that occurred Oct. 1, the family members and friends who have lost a loved one, and the entire community affected by this tragedy. We are holding each and every one of you in our thoughts.
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  • ACA Opposes DACA Cancellation

    Sep 07, 2017
    The American Counseling Association is opposed to the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
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  • ACA Members Asked to Respond to Hurricane Harvey

    Aug 28, 2017
    So far, Hurricane Harvey has devastated 12,000 square miles in Texas and Louisiana and affected millions of people. The American Red Cross is in great need of disaster mental health volunteers to help individuals and families cope with the trauma of this natural disaster.
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  • ACA Brings Training Session to Boys & Girls Clubs Staffers

    Aug 23, 2017
    The American Counseling Association brought a discussion of trauma and disaster mental health to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia, as part of its ongoing partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
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  • ACA Responds to Charlottesville Violence

    Aug 14, 2017
    On Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, a rally was held in Charlottesville, Va., called "Unite the Right." While the United States supports free speech and the right to peaceably assemble, this event was nothing of the sort. Violence, bigotry, and hatred were promoted by the organizers of the rally. The many injuries and the deaths of three people were evidence that this demonstration was designed to divide, rather than unite.
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  • ACA Asks Members to Assist in Aftermath of Illinois Flooding

    Aug 01, 2017
    In partnership with the American Red Cross, an emergency call to action for disaster mental health volunteers was issued to ACA members in the Rockford, Illinois area on July 31, 2017.
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  • ACA in the News: Lowering Opioid Production Quotas

    Jul 19, 2017
    In an interview with PJ Media, Dr. Carol Smith, an ACA member and associate professor of counseling at Marshall University in West Virginia, discussed the link between opioid addiction and traumatic stress disorders.
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