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A note of encouragement for counseling students during COVID-19

The current situation with COVID-19 and the effect it is having on counseling students’ lives can cause stress, anxiety and uncertainty. In my role as a doctoral student supervisor, I am hearing these stories from supervisees and their classmates. ...


From the President: A month made for advocating and celebrating

Heather Trepal, the 68th president of the American Counseling Association April is #CounselingAwarenessMonth! This is definitely one month when we have the opportunity to put our advocacy skills to work and showcase our amazing profession. We have ...

From Combat to Counseling: Survivors guilt, shame and moral injury

“Moral injury” is a term that has emerged over the last thirty years that describes a particular reaction to events that occur in the course of a service member’s military experience. It is closely linked to, but also separate from, post-traumatic ...

CEO’s message: This is your month — celebrate and enjoy

Richard Yep, ACA CEO Each year, it seems like my April column serves as a reminder that  this is Counseling Awareness Month — a recognition that we came up with many, many years ago. I felt there were so many stories to tell, so much to be proud ...

Spotlight on: ACA Tomorrow’s Counselors Award winner

This award recognizes graduate counseling students with exceptional insight and understanding about the counseling profession and the work of professional counselors in mental health, private practice, community agency, agency, organization or ...

How Continuous Learning Makes You a Better Leader

Almost every successful leader has one thing in common — they never tire of learning. Lifelong learning is one of the key factors in growing successful businesses. The reason it makes such a difference is that it gives leaders an edge. If you want ...

Recovering from the trauma of infidelity

Most people agree that a sexual affair counts as infidelity, but what about sending a flirty text? What if your partner takes out several loans and acquires a large debt without your knowledge? Does engaging in virtual sex with someone other than ...

How to Write a Damn Good LinkedIn Profile

Social media plays a huge role in the hiring process. According to a survey conducted by CareerBuilder, 70 percent of employers use social media to research candidates during the interview phase. Not only are they researching candidates, but ...

Laid Off Unexpectedly? How to Find a New Job

The national unemployment rate is rising as many states respond to the COVID-19 crisis by closing any non-essential businesses resulting in millions of workers being unexpectedly laid off. If you find yourself in this position, we want to help by ...

Counseling clients into new territory: Five steps to redefine a foundation

As professional counselors, we are often faced with challenging clients who express the desire for their life to be different yet continually make the same choices. We do not fill the role of advice givers as counselors, but if we’re not asking ...

Resume Template: Librarian

Formatting As a librarian, organization is already a big part of your daily working life. That skill is definitely going to come in handy when you’re writing your resume. Resumes need to be readable not just by human reviewers, but also by bots. ...


How to Use Your Time Off for Professional Development

When is the last time you thought about professional development? The spread of COVID-19 has caused many people to be out of work or taking mandatory time off while stuck at home feeling uncertain about the future of their jobs. With so many in ...

Marathon vs. sprint: Building a sustainable career as a professional counselor

Professional clinical counselors who sustain their careers over decades have literally thousands of clients come through their doors. There’s no denying that the job is rewarding, but the daily grind of helping people overcome trauma, loss, ...

Spotlight on: The ACA Graduate Student Ethics Awards for Doctoral Degree Students winner

This award recognizes exceptional, demonstrable understanding of the ACA Code of Ethics, the foundation of ethical professional counseling practice. Winners: Connie Elkins, Jay Tift and John Bender of Lindsey Wilson College Essay: Abstract The ...

Spotlight on: The ACA Graduate Student Ethics Awards for Master’s Degree Students winner

This award recognizes exceptional, demonstrable understanding of the ACA Code of Ethics, the foundation of ethical professional counseling practice. Winners: Samantha Burton, Ingrid R. Pipes, Ben Stoviak and Katie Voorman of Carlow University ...

How to Build a Portfolio

In many professions, it’s important for job seekers and freelancers to maintain an online portfolio to display their best work. This is often a requirement for coders and developers — as well as for writers, artists, designers, photographers, web ...

Helping clients rebuild after separation or divorce

Jennifer Meyer, a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in private practice in Fort Collins, Colorado, had a client who, after 30-plus years of marriage, discovered that her husband had been embezzling money from their joint business. This ...

@TechCounselor: Managing the culture of breaking news

In the very beginning, social media sites, such as Facebook and Instagram, were more about connecting with people you know in real life or updating your profile to reflect the ways in which you hoped others would see you. The addition of the ...

The Counseling Connoisseur: How to talk to children about the coronavirus

The novel coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease COVID-19, has made headlines for several weeks and has drastically impacted life as we know it. The outbreak, which the World Health Organization recently labeled a pandemic, has disrupted ...

COVID-19 update and resources

The American Counseling Association is working to keep its members and the public informed as the new coronavirus, COVID-19, becomes an increasing reality and issue of concern across the United States. Updates will be posted at the ACA website, ...

Counseling in jail

To enter my office, I first pass through a series of three heavy steel doors. The lock for each door is controlled from a remote central office. I wait to hear a buzz signaling that the door has been unlocked before proceeding through. The first ...

4 Best Gifts for High-Value Clients

“Thank you” is a powerful phrase, but it’s just that: a phrase.  You thank every customer for their business. When it comes to your most valuable clients, how can you communicate that extra level of appreciation? You could offer a discount ...

Hearing voices: A human rights movement and developmental approach to voice hearing

In 2016, shortly after I entered a CACREP-accredited graduate program for clinical mental health counseling, I began hearing, outside of the class setting, about an international human rights movement centered around the “voice hearing” experience — ...

Learning from highly effective counselors

The term “supershrink” has been used to refer to counselors and other mental health professionals who are very good at what they do and who attain significantly better client outcomes than average. It is perhaps not surprising that such a witty and ...

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