From the President

Emerging leaders: ACA’s future

By Robert L. Smith December 5, 2014

Meeting with emerging leaders of the American Counseling Association is one of the most rewarding experiences for any ACA president. I have had the opportunity on several occasions to meet with emerging leaders, including at the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference in Birmingham, Alabama, in October. The energy and enthusiasm of our…continue reading

From the President: Resilience and vision

By Robert L. Smith October 29, 2014

Those who have been reading these columns know about my affinity for certain words. More than one colleague has chided me about my favorite term: equifinality. I bring it up again here because the principle of equifinality (many possible avenues to reach a successful outcome) resonates with resilience and vision and fits with the presidential…continue reading

From the president: Intentional collaboration at all levels

By Robert L. Smith September 26, 2014

Those of you who have been following the From the President columns lately are probably familiar with the global theme of intentional collaboration that I have been emphasizing. In this column, I’d like to offer a more in-depth review of this concept, while also looking at the importance of infusing intentional collaboration in all aspects…continue reading

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