From the President

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

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