Webinars for Counselors

Upcoming (Live) Webinars

ACA Presents: An Afternoon With Dr. Irv Yalom

This unique webinar experience features an hour-long interview with living legend, Dr. Irv Yalom, conducted by ACA's own Rebecca Daniel-Burke… followed by a live 30-minute Q&A session. Join Rebecca for an unforgettable exploration of Dr. Yalom's work: his award-winning books, his psychotherapy practice, his passions, interests, and so much more.

Watch the exclusive interview then participate in the live Q&A session.

April 30, 2014, 1-2:30 ET
1-2 (Interview); 2-2:30 (Q&A)

$49 for ACA members, $79 for non-members
1.5 CEs 

Early registrants may submit a question for possible use during Rebecca's interview.

"This is the most intriguing novel I've read in many a year. Irvin Yalom has created a taut, deeply informative page turner. I enthusiastically recommend The Spinoza Problem."
Sir Anthony Hopkins, actor

"Irvin Yalom is the most significant writer of psychological fiction in the world today. I didn't think he could top When Nietzsche Wept or The Schopenhauer Cure, but he has. The Spinoza Problem is a masterpiece."
Martin E. P. Seligman, author of Flourish, Past President of American Psychological Association 

"I believe Irv Yalom to be the greatest living psychotherapist. He speaks to counselors, psychiatrists, and others with the same depth of knowledge and inspiration. As a brand new counselor, I read Love's Executioner. The rich stories of the relationship with the client really spoke to me. More than twenty years later I read 'Staring at the Sun' and was again deeply moved by Dr. Yalom's views on life, work, and death. His profound and timeless writings not only inspired a young clinician, they helped a seasoned professional to embrace and celebrate the magic of our work."
Rebecca Daniel-Burke, ACA Director of Professional Development

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NEW ACA 2014 Code of Ethics: A 6-part Webinar Series
6 weeks, 6 topics, 6 CEs

The ACA Code of Ethics has a home on the desk of nearly every counselor in the country as a reliable, credible reference tool for everyday professional life. In the nine years since it was published, however, a lot has changed. Particularly regarding the use of technology. So after three years of research and discussion, in March, the Ethics Revision Task Force released the new 2014 ACA Code of Ethics—updated to reflect new challenges in our changing society.

How will the new Code impact the clinical counselor… the student… the counselor educator? Get the answers you need and the insights you deserve in ACA’s 6-part webinar series. Dates and descriptions below:

Wednesday May 14th 1-2pm EST
Ethics, Competence, Values, & Referrals
Presenters: Perry Francis and Linda Shaw

Our ethics now address the issues of referrals, values, and competence. We will review those ethics and cases that will help you provide a quality standard of care for a diverse client population.

Dr. Perry FrancisDr. Perry C. Francis is a practicing counselor, supervisor, and counselor educator at Eastern Michigan University where he coordinates the Counseling Training Clinic and is a professor of counseling. Perry served as the chair of the Ethics Revision Task Force for the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics.

Linda R. ShawLinda R. Shaw is a professor and department head in the Department of Disability and Psycho-educational Studies at the University of Arizona. A licensed mental health counselor, Dr. Shaw is the former chair of the Ethics Committee of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.

Wednesday May 21st, 1-2pm EST
Gatekeeping & Relationship Boundaries for Counselor Educators
Presenters: Shawn Spurgeon and Lynn Linde

As counselor educators, we want to provide the highest level of services we can for our students. But there are many constraints under which we work, one of which is the boundaries we must keep. This webinar will focus on the boundaries that are specific to counselor education and working with students and supervisees.

Dr. Shawn SpurgeonShawn Spurgeon , Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Tennessee and North Carolina, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor. Dr. Spurgeon sat on the Ethics Revision Task Force for the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics.

Dr. Lynn LindeLynn E. Linde, Ed.D., is Clinical Assistant Professor in The School Counseling Program, Education Specialties Department of Loyola University Maryland School of Education. She has held a number of leadership positions in the ACA and its entities and was the 2009–2010 President and the 2012-13 Treasurer of the ACA.

Wednesday June 4th, 1-2pm EST
Resolving Ethical Issues/Ethical Decision-Making
Presenter: Jeanette Baca

Learn to use an ethical decision-making model.

Dr. Jeannette BacaJeannette Baca is an adjunct professor of counseling, a licensed professional counselor, and a licensed school counselor. Dr. Baca served as president of the New Mexico Counseling Association and was Ethics Chair for six years. She also served on the ACA Ethics Revision Task Force.

Wednesday June 11th, 1-2pm EST
Technology, Social Media, & Distance Counseling
Presenters: Michelle Wade and Jeanette Baca

Distance Counseling, Technology, and Social Media is a brand new section in the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics. It provides ethical considerations and guidance for the use of these mediums in the profession and with clients. The webinar will help explain the rationale behind the new standards and help counselors develop new protocol for counseling in the 21st century.

Michelle E. WadeMichelle E. Wade is an Ethics Specialist for the American Counseling Association as well as an LCPC in Maryland. She is a doctoral candidate from Argosy University – DC whose dissertation focuses on social media and counseling. She has contributed to articles and books and presented numerous times on the topic of technology in counseling.

Dr. Jeannette BacaJeannette Baca is an adjunct professor of counseling, a licensed professional counselor, and a licensed school counselor. Dr. Baca served as president of the New Mexico Counseling Association and was Ethics Chair for six years. She also served on the ACA Ethics Revision Task Force.

Wednesday June 18th, 1-2pm EST
Professional Responsibilities of the Counselor
Presenters: Jan Disney and Richard Watts

This webinar will focus on practice concerns: marketing yourself/building your practice; maintaining competence and self-care; and being responsible to your employees, coworkers, and the public. Ethical issues regarding the use of treatment modalities will also be explored.

Dr. M. Janelle DisneyM. Janelle Disney, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT is a professor in the counseling department at Argosy University, Atlanta.  In addition to serving on the ACA Ethics Revision Task Force, Dr. Disney has been in clinical practice providing counseling, assessments, and supervision for more than 30 years in Lake Charles, Baton Rouge, and Atlanta.

Dr. Richard E. WattsRichard E. Watts, Ph.D., LPC-S is University Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Research and Doctoral Studies in Counselor Education at Sam Houston State University. He regularly publishes and presents on ethical and values issues in counseling, and served on the Ethics Revision Task Force that developed the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics.

Wednesday June 25th, 1-2pm EST
Fees, Fee Splitting, Bartering, Gifts and other billing issues
Presenter: Burt Bertram

Fees and fee-splitting are complex subjects. Learn from a seasoned clinician who will also discuss bartering, gifts, and other billing issues.

Dr. Burt BertramBurt Bertram, Ed.D., is a mental health counselor in private practice in Orlando, FL for more than 35 years. Additionally, Burt is adjunct faculty in the Graduate Studies in Mental Health Counseling program at Rollins College where he teaches ethics and other subjects. He is the co-author of The Counselor and the Law: A Guide to Legal and Ethical Practice.

Can’t make the dates? No problem. Each webinar is available to download and watch on demand after the live event. Paid registrants will receive download instructions via email.

$119 for ACA members  |  $159 for non-members  |  6 CEs

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  • Distance Counseling, HITECH, and HIPAA: Navigating Compliance, the Law, and Ethics

  • Confronting the Darkness: Non-Suicidal Self-Injury, Suicide Assessment, and Counselor Self-Care After Client Suicide

  • DSM-5 Specifics, Drilling Down With the New Diagnostic Tools

  • DSM-5: Navigating the New Terrain

  • Adult ADHD: Help Your Clients to Thrive: if they have ADHD (or think they might)

  • The Secrets to Surviving Infidelity

  • The Bootstrapper's Guide to Building a Private Practice from Scratch

  • Developing Your Own Integrative Theory of Counseling

  • Counseling Our Troops, Veterans, and Military Families: Cutting Edge Strategies

  • Depression: New and Emerging Treatment Strategies

  • Neuroscience: The Cutting Edge of Counseling's Future

  • Why does culture matter? Isn't counseling just counseling regardless?

  • Creative Counseling When You Don't Have Time To Be Creative

  • The Counselor and the Law: Avoiding the "Dirty Dozen" Legal and Ethics Traps

Important Webinar Series Information

What if I miss one or more of the webinars?
No problem, you can watch any/all of the webinars you have missed on-demand after the live event. Sorry but you cannot sign up for single sessions within this series.

How late can I register for the series?
You can register at any time, but registration will close for each live event one hour prior to the event. If you register after one or more webinars have already occurred, you will be able to access the previous webinars on-demand.

When will I receive my password for each event?
An individual password for each live event will be sent to you via email the day before the event. Emails for on-demand webinars will be sent out with viewing instructions at the time of purchase.

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Latest News

Improved Access to Mental Health Care!

by Amber McLaughlin | Nov 08, 2013
This morning, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced final rules for the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act at a mental health conference at the Carter Center in Atlanta with former first lady Rosalynn Carter.
Insurers will now be required to cover care for mental health and addiction just like physical illnesses. Learn more through the links below:

Press Release from the Dept. of Health & Human Services
(contains link to final rules and a fact sheet about final rules).




Read ACA's 2012 interview with Secretary Sebelius here.

ACA will follow this story closely and keep you informed of updates and announcements.