Counseling’s connector-in-chief

Catherine B. Roland, ACA’s 65th president, is known for building connections within the profession and her visionary, relational and intuitive style.


Nonprofit News: Taking insurance and charging fair fees as a nonprofit

Doc Warren answers your questions about the day-to-day of running a nonprofit, including income, employee payroll and other financial issues.


Technology Tutor: Inside telehealth: A personal account of messaging therapy

“We’re in a whole new world with technology, and we have to test it out. There are so many people out there who need help and may prefer to meet this way.”


Recognizing and managing deception in the therapeutic relationship

Certain clients have motivations for not being completely truthful with their counselors, and when this deception is left unchecked, it can have negative consequences for everyone involved.


Polyvagal theory in practice

By understanding how brain chemistry and the human nervous system work, counselors can help their clients shift into use of their social engagement system and become more flexible in their coping styles.


Cover Stories

License to deny services

In April, the Tennessee Legislature passed a bill, which the state’s governor then signed into law, allowing counselors to refuse to see any client if counseling that client involves “goals, outcomes or behaviors that conflict with the sincerely held principles of the counselor or therapist.” The law, which is in direct opposition to the ACA…continue reading


Catherine Roland, surrounded by students from the first counselor Ph.D. cohort at Montclair State University, at a farewell dinner held for her as she was leaving the university in 2013. Roland was instrumental in creating the university’s counselor Ph.D. program. The students gave her  this photo in a frame inscribed with the words “Thank you for believing in us!”

Counseling’s connector-in-chief

When you see Catherine Roland at a professional event, the number of lives she has touched throughout her career soon becomes clear. “You can go to any American Counseling Association conference, and when [Roland] walks down the hall, people are constantly stopping her, running up to her, hugging her. She’s left behind quite a trail…continue reading


Counseling in isolation

Nebraska native and licensed mental health practitioner Tara Wilson grew up in a town so small that her high school graduating class comprised only 10 people. When her young niece was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago, Wilson’s family organized a pancake breakfast and benefit auction to cover the growing medical bills. People traveled…continue reading

Online Exclusives

After Orlando: Helping others, helping ourselves

In the wake of the recent shooting disaster in Orlando, we find ourselves faced with the difficult task of moving forward with purpose and hope, both as individuals and as a people.  While we may not have been directly touched by this event, or we may have been personally immune to such tragedies in our own past,…continue reading

Knowledge Share

Have you gone gray?

The United States is going through a rapid demographic shift unlike anything it has ever experienced. Approximately 10,000 Americans are turning 65 every day. Meanwhile, the average life span in the United States has increased to approximately 81 years for women and 76 years for men, with a significant number of people living well beyond…continue reading

Bullying: How counselors can intervene

Bullying is a major problem today that affects individuals of all backgrounds. According to national data in 2015 from the U.S. Department of Education, approximately 25 percent of students between the ages of 12 and 18 report being bullied at school. In addition, bullying is a social phenomenon that often occurs in the presence of…continue reading

Member Insights

Recognizing and managing deception in the therapeutic relationship

I had been working with “Alex,” an 8-year-old boy diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, for longer than six months. His hyperactivity had become a major problem at school, and much of our clinical focus had been on managing behavior in the school environment. Each week, Mrs. T, his mother, who drove almost three hours to bring Alex…continue reading

Polyvagal theory in practice

Picturing brain chemistry can be something like picturing a hurricane. Although we can imagine bad weather, it is difficult to imagine changing that weather. But Stephen Porges’ polyvagal theory gives counselors a useful picture of the nervous system that can guide us in our efforts to help clients. Porges’ polyvagal theory developed out of his…continue reading