From the President

From the President: Seeking solutions through intentional collaboration

By Robert L. Smith May 1, 2015

Intentional collaboration can be effective, particularly when using the group process. Positive results have been witnessed in community settings, schools, agencies, universities and professional organizations. Intentional collaboration works best, however, when there is a focus on seeking solutions to the challenges that are being addressed. The growth of the counseling profession has resulted from many…continue reading

From the President: Counselor identity and sustaining the counseling profession

By Robert L. Smith March 26, 2015

I emphasized the importance of portability for licensed professional counselors in last month’s From the President column. This month, I want to discuss counselor identity, which is closely related to licensure portability. It is my belief that having a consensus identity is not only important for counselor licensure portability but also essential to the future and…continue reading

From the President: Intentional collaboration, licensure and portability

By Robert L. Smith February 26, 2015

The American Counseling Association’s professional staff and ACA elected leaders have intentionally collaborated with a number of sister associations, individuals and groups during the past year, including government agencies that are instrumental in decisions involving TRICARE, Medicare and hiring practices by the Department of Veterans Affairs. This collaboration takes place at individual meetings, group sessions,…continue reading

The ACA Conference & Expo: Orlando

By Robert L. Smith January 23, 2015

What is happening in Orlando, Florida, March 12-15? It’s the 63rd annual American Counseling Association Conference & Expo. I hope you are planning to be there. If you haven’t made your plans to participate, it’s still not too late. This year’s conference could be one of the best ever with a wide range of content…continue reading

From the president: Six-month update

By Robert Smith December 23, 2014

The tenure for the president of the American Counseling Association is one year. In addition, there is a year as president-elect and a year as past president. The presidential year moves at a rapid pace, being filled with numerous responsibilities, opportunities and challenges. This has been true for me, already at the halfway mark of…continue reading