From the President

From the President: Counselors coming together

By Thelma Duffey July 1, 2015

Greetings, fellow counselors! Can you recall a time when you so looked forward to an experience — a time when you felt hope, energy, a definite sense of humility and anticipation — and, finally, the time arrived? This is how I feel today. I could not be more pleased to begin my tenure as the…continue reading

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