From the President

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

New frontiers in counseling

By Cirecie West-Olatunji April 25, 2014

Three key frontiers await us in counseling that will catapult us into a new age of functionality. First, the recent incident at Fort Hood reminds us that those returning home from active-duty military deployments are in need of our expertise. Second, we need to advance our understanding and operationalization of the multicultural competencies. Third, unification…continue reading

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