ACA Blog

  • Graduate Counseling Internships: A Primer on Experience, Clinical Setting, and Priorities

    • Ryan Thomas Neace
    Apr 08, 2013
    A recent email from a would-be-graduate counseling intern: “I am currently completing my counseling graduate coursework at a university in pursuit of licensure. I have been searching for an internship position beginning in the Fall 2013. I have been looking for 6 months now. I interviewed, but did not get an internship from an agency who had only 14 applicants for 10 open positions. Their response to me was that they thought I could obtain something elsewhere due to my extensive background (I already have an M.A. in Human Services and Education) and others could not. I wish they'd tell me the real reason as I thought the interview went very well. I am frustrated, so I was avidly searching for other places to apply and found your site… Since I have plenty of experience, I am baffled as to why I cannot find an internship.”
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  • Mental Health Counselors and the Long Term Care System

    • Lee Kehoe
    Apr 08, 2013
    Over the course of my internship and now working as a professional counselor within a long term care and skilled nursing setting, I have been learning many strategies for navigating within a larger system. Furthermore, I have found there to be a great deal of need for mental health services; a need that requires mental health counselors within such a system to act as an advocate for our profession.
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  • A Tale of Two Counselors, or What it Takes to Succeed in Private Practice

    • Anthony Centore
    Apr 08, 2013
    In recent months, I have been spending a lot of time on the phone with clinicians from all across the country who are either in private practice, or aspiring to start a practice. No matter how many consultations I give, I am repeatedly shocked at the disparity between some counselors’ success, and other counselors’ lack thereof. To illustrate, below are two vignettes of counselors I consulted with just this week.
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  • International Affairs: Understanding Infidelity Abroad

    • Christine Forte
    Apr 08, 2013
    Examining the factors contributing to affairs among expats is more of an art than a science. I’m not aware of any current statistics on the incidence of infidelity among couples abroad, most likely because trying to conduct research on expats is a bit like herding cats: it would be almost impossible to get any kind of representative sample. But I can say that in my clinical experience as an expat counselor, infidelity is by far the most common presenting issue among the couples that I work with. It seems to be an unfortunately common part of the life in the international community here.
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  • The Elders, Equality and Human Rights

    • Deb Del Vecchio-Scully
    Apr 01, 2013
    The news has been filled with stories this week of equality and human rights regarding the right to choose whom to marry. There have been many personal stories shared on the nightly news of disenfranchisement, discrimination and unfairness by those brave enough willing to risk their privacy and their financial security to advocate for their rights. It has been empowering to witness.
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  • Networking at its Finest!

    • Sandi Logan
    Apr 01, 2013
    Coming off the heels of attending the 2013 American Counseling Association (ACA) conference, I have been reflecting on my experience there, as well as other conferences I have attended in the previous months. What stands out in my mind is the importance of relationships and networking. Now, we can have relationships that are personal or professional, or some hybrid of the two. In any regard, it is important to cultivate such connections, as demonstrated by the following:
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  • Agents of Change

    • Susan Jennifer Polese
    Mar 28, 2013
    The BBC reports this morning that 20-year-old Jordan Sheard has been sentenced to three and a half years in jail for the death of Steven Simpson after pleading guilty to manslaughter charges. Simpson, 18, died one day after sustaining "significant burns" in June 2012, according to the report. The dead boy – who had epilepsy and Asperger’s - had been humiliated at a party, endured anti-gay rants, was set on fire and killed.
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  • Horses as Counselors: The Importance of Continuing Education

    • Lisa Krystosek
    Mar 28, 2013
    It’s March Madness time! For most, this means college basketball and tournament bracket pools. For some, it marks the end of the Canadian government’s fiscal year. For a select few, it refers to the breeding season for the European Hare. (Can you tell that someone has been on Wikipedia?).
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  • Helping others find a new Walden Pond

    • Doc Warren
    Mar 27, 2013
    Henry David had his experience at Walden Pond which left an indelible mark on his life and on the field of literature since he published “on Walden Pond” all those years ago. Though I never finished the book because it was too dry for me at the time, I loved the message, the image that his adventure left on me. It meant so much in fact that I have visited Walden Pond many times over the years.
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  • One of the Most Difficult Challenges for a Counselor

    • Ray McKinnis
    Mar 27, 2013
    I know of no more difficult occupational challenge than that facing a counselor as he or she moves from their formal education into doing counseling. A physician can learn from other physicians how to set the broken leg so that the body’s systems will mend it. Then that physician can use that skill in his or her practice.
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