From the President

From the president: A note of appreciation

By Robert L. Smith August 22, 2014

Former presidents of the American Counseling Association informed me that the time in this office would fly by faster than one could imagine. I now know this to be true, considering that I am writing my third column, which indicates that nearly a quarter of the 2014-2015 presidency has been completed. Yet I feel good…continue reading

From the president

By Robert L. Smith July 25, 2014

My first column in Counseling Today mentioned collaboration. I emphasized intentional collaboration that, when combined with effective communication, accentuates empowerment. The cover story in this issue of CT also highlights collaboration, and collaboration will play a major role in the action plans discussed below. At ACA’s 2014 Conference & Expo in Hawaii, the Governing Council…continue reading

From the president

By Robert L. Smith June 30, 2014

It is an honor to serve as the 63rd president of the American Counseling Association, to listen to and advocate for all involved within the counseling profession. For many years, I have been an advocate of ACA, its divisions, regions and branches, having served in a number of leadership roles. My work experiences include counselor…continue reading

Accountability, credibility and verisimilitude

By Cirecie West-Olatunji May 30, 2014

As I prepare to step down from my role as ACA president at the end of the month, I am reflecting on my initial goals while in office. When I wrote my statement as a candidate for president, subsequently published in Counseling Today in December 2011, I asserted three priorities: a) leadership development, b) international counseling…continue reading

An Open Letter from the ACA President and President-Elect

Cirecie West-Olatunji and Robert Smith May 19, 2014

Cirecie West-Olatunji and Robert Smith address recent changes to the counseling profession. **** The past few years have been significant for the counseling profession. Among other advancements, we have secured licensure in every state, crystallized our professional identity, and opened up new frontiers for employment. The new counselor job description in the Department of Veterans…continue reading