Western Region

Welcome to the Western Region webpage. The American Counseling Association has four regions. The Western Region represents professional counselors who live and practice in the western part of the US, as well as the Philippines.

There are 13 states, plus the Philippines, in the Western Region: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington State, and Wyoming. ACA members who reside in any of these jurisdictions and belong to the ACA automatically belong to the ACA-Western Region.

2014-2015 Leadership

Western Region Chair
Rosemarie Woodruff
woodruff@hawaii.edu

Western Region Chair-Elect
April Young
apriljyoung@hotmail.com

Western Region Past Chair
Heather Tustison
heathertustison@gmail.com

Governing Council Representative
Rachel Kristianson
rkristianson@gmail.com

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ACA in the News: VA Ignored Requests

by Amber McLaughlin | Jun 12, 2014
Art Terrazas, ACA’s director of government affairs, recently spoke with The Daily Caller about the VA crisis.
Once again, he addressed the need for the Department of Veterans Affairs to hire more mental health counselors to reduce wait times. He also spoke about ACA’s efforts to accomplish this goal and being ignored by the VA for years. A recent audit of VA hospitals across the country found that nearly 60,000 former troops are waiting months to see a clinician. Some of these vets are dying while they are waiting. “We can’t get a reason from VA about why they’re not utilizing us,” Terrazas said. “It’s about 18 to 22 veterans we lose a day to suicide. How many of those veterans are waiting for care?”

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