From the President

Staying the course: We are all in this together

By Cirecie West-Olatunji March 28, 2014

April is Counselor Awareness month and, even as we try to raise the awareness level of those outside of the profession, we should continue to learn more about each other. For example, the actions the American Counseling Association is taking on behalf of all of its members include submitting recommendations regarding the overdue reauthorization of the…continue reading

Multicultural counseling: The next frontier

By Cirecie West-Olatunji February 27, 2014

As we celebrate the accomplishments of the many multicultural counseling scholars who have given birth to and advanced the multicultural competences, it is our responsibility to continually contribute to this body of knowledge. In reviewing what we know, there are six areas representing the next frontier for multicultural counselors: 1) transnationalism, 2) moving from knowing that…continue reading

Reaching out to vulnerable populations

By Cirecie West-Olatunji January 30, 2014

Advocacy must mean more to professional counselors than legislative action on Capitol Hill and calling child protective services when we suspect that our clients have been abused. That doesn’t mean these forms of advocacy are not valued or not needed, but we must incorporate other forms of advocacy into our professional skill sets. I don’t believe…continue reading

Disasters and us

Cirecie West-Olatunji January 2, 2014

Disasters are on the rise, including both human-made and natural disasters. To clarify, human-made disasters include terrorist acts, mass shootings, industrial errors and epidemics, whereas natural disasters involve events such as hurricanes, cyclones, fires and floods.  The idea that we will see a steady stream of human and material loss is not a topic we want…continue reading

Research in counseling

By Cirecie West-Olatunji November 25, 2013

As we move the discipline of counseling into a season of stability, increased professionalism and sustainability, we must place greater emphasis on research in counseling. There are four primary reasons for this impetus. First, by prioritizing counseling research, we move forward as a discipline to our next developmental step — from the conceptual to the empirical.…continue reading