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Shifting student demographics shine light on need for greater cultural awareness in schools

By Bethany Bray September 29, 2014

This fall marks the first time that there is a statistical “minority majority” in U.S. public schools, with students of color now surpassing the number of white students. That shift has been happening gradually for a number of years, according to the U.S. Department of Education, which notes that student demographics still vary considerably from…continue reading

ACA’s first counselor compensation study reports varied pay, good benefits

By Bethany Bray September 18, 2014

The American Counseling Association recently released its 2014 counselor compensation survey, the organization’s first large-scale effort to determine the salary levels, health care and other benefits earned by those in the counseling profession. The project determined that the average primary salary for counselor educators is $66,405 annually. Rehabilitation counselors make $53,561 on average annually, while…continue reading

Critical social skills to incorporate in a 21st-century social skills group

By Aaron McGinley September 16, 2014

If you provide counseling services to clients who have autism, or any of several other mental health conditions, at some point you will inevitably work with them on social skills. And if you are like many of the practitioners I know, you have a sizeable collection of the various resources and materials available to support…continue reading

ACA-sponsored mental health language included in United Nations resolution

By Bethany Bray September 10, 2014

Thanks in part to the advocacy efforts of the American Counseling Association, mental health services are among the major elements included in a resolution that will inform and influence the United Nations’ strategic plan for 2015-2030. ACA has been designated an official U.N. nongovernmental organization (NGO) for nearly a decade. In August, ACA joined 4,000…continue reading

Four Questions for Jamie Merisotis, President of the Lumina Foundation

Interview by Frank Burtnett September 3, 2014

Jamie P. Merisotis is president and CEO of Lumina Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation committed solely to enrolling and graduating more students from college. In celebration of the opening of the 2014-2015 academic year, Frank Burtnett, editor of ACAeNews for School Counselors, asked Merisotis to present an overview of foundation work and discuss the…continue reading