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  • 2014 ILT

    This month ACA pays tribute to those who stand up and fight for their profession. These special images capture the spirit of our recent Capitol Hill visit and so much more. Watch a video about the full ILT experience here.
  • Podcasticon

    Free Podcast - Chronic Pain

    People who suffer from chronic pain are often misunderstood and appear on the doorsteps of professional counselors after being referred by a medical doctor who thinks the pain is "all in their head." In this podcast, Peggy Di Vincenzo, LPC and MFT, describes her way of diagnosing and treating this important client group. Listen
  • Practice Briefs: Hoarding

    In this new Practice Brief, learn more about the prevalence of hoarding disorder, which was recently added as a distinct mental health diagnosis in the DSM-5. Assessment and intervention strategies for hoarding are also discussed. Read and download the Practice Brief here.
  • Counseling Today

    Counseling Today: Connecting with clients

    The innate value of the therapeutic alliance is one of the most basic and cherished beliefs of the counseling profession, but that doesn’t mean figuring out how to make that connection with each individual client isn’t challenging, even for experienced professionals. More
  • Read Our Weekly Newspaper Columns

    "Counseling Corner" columns help educate the public about counseling issues, counselors, and the counseling profession. Read all columns to date, and learn how you can use them to promote counseling. More

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    For years I’ve pushed myself to the limit. I’m a junkie for breaking personal records; I’ve been like that for most of my life. When my physical issues caused me to have to stop body building (I preferred what was then known as “Super High Intensity Bodybuilding” which called for pushing every muscle to the point of exhaustion plus two and picking one muscle group per month to push even harder), I traded the high of bodybuilding for pushing my personal capacity.
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    Sep 22, 2014
    Part of me is angry I even have to write this. Shouldn't we all have the time and space to paint and write every day, frolicking in a meadow, braiding our hair with flowers we grew in the garden? Why would we need to remind ourselves to engage in this most valued human drive?
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Counseling Jobs

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Sara Brandt

University of Wisconsin — Whitewater

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Brad Hinman

Andrews University

“One of the things I love the most about being a student member of ACA is that I can be part of an organization that includes veteran counselors and therapists as well as students. It is a great way to connect to my future career and learn from others who have gone before me”

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Dawn Riley

Eastern New Mexico University

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Heather Fuller

Capella University

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Pat Baranczyk

Winona State University

“ACA student membership gives me access to what I need to support my career at a price I can afford...It is a bargain I can’t afford to pass up”

ACA Publications

  • Culturally Responsive Counseling With Latinas/os

    Culturally Responsive Counseling With Latinas/os

    Patricia Arredondo, Maritza Gallardo-Cooper, Edward A. Delgado-Romero, and Angela L. Zapata
    In what may be the most comprehensive book published to date about counseling Latinas/os, the authors provide culture-centered assessment and intervention strategies for effective clinical practice with individuals and families.... Learn More
  • Eating Disorders and Obesity

    Eating Disorders and Obesity

    Laura H. Choate
    Both practical and comprehensive, this long-needed book provides a clear framework for the assessment, treatment, and prevention of eating disorders and obesity.... Learn More
  • Mastering the Art of Solution-Focused Counseling

    Mastering the Art of Solution-Focused Counseling, 2nd edition

    Jeffrey T. Guterman
    The most current trends in solution-focused counseling are explored in the latest edition of this updated and expanded text... Learn More
  • Family Violence

    Family Violence

    David M. Lawson
    Counselors-in-training, educators, and practitioners will benefit greatly from this in-depth and thought-provoking look at family violence, its effects, and treatment options... Learn More