Cutting-Edge Continuing Education for a Fast-Growing Profession

ACA 2019 Conference & Expo promises to support the growth of professional counselors, helping them to help others.


Helping clients with post-date anxiety

“When we feel the potential to be hurt, it makes sense that we focus more on the threat and how to avoid it. This works great if a lion is chasing us. It’s not so great for being in a relationship.”


Life after traumatic brain injury: Lessons from a support group

“I learned that life after a TBI requires constant adjustments that must be made each day to be productive and involved. I also came to understand that time does offer healing when abundant respect and empathy are present.”


Understanding and working with service dog handlers

For certain clients with disabilities, service animals may offer a lifeline, but all too often, these individuals are subject to disproportionate discrimination, invasive questioning and other unwanted attention.


Working with foster and adoptive families through the lens of attachment

Counselors can help parents form stronger relationships with their children and experience a reduction in difficult behaviors that have resulted in chaos and discouragement.


Cover Stories

Infusing hope amid despair

In 2015, two Princeton University economists, Anne Case and Angus Deaton, published a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America that made a shocking claim: After decreasing for decades, the mortality rate for white non-Latinx middle-aged Americans was actually increasing. They ascribed this reversal of fortune…continue reading


Could toxic workplaces be killing your clients?

Many American workers are overworked, exhausted and underpaid. Defying their biological clocks with shift work. Putting in 50-plus-hour workweeks and often juggling the work of two or more people — all under the eye of sometimes capricious management. Employees huddle together like Survivor contestants, hoping not to be voted off the island through layoffs, outsourcing…continue reading

Talking about #MeToo

In 2006, activist Tarana Burke founded the “me too” movement — a grassroots campaign to help survivors of sexual violence, particularly young women of color from low-wealth communities. Over time, the movement with a simple message — you are not alone — built a community of survivors from all walks of life. In fall 2017,…continue reading

Online Exclusives

Helping clients with post-date anxiety

As a counselor, I have a front-row seat for watching anxiety develop in new relationships. It is truly fascinating to observe how quickly two people can become emotionally stuck together. A therapy client will leave for a week and return reporting that he or she has started dating someone new. This former stranger now has…continue reading

Life after traumatic brain injury: Lessons from a support group

Support groups are wonderful opportunities for people with similar life experiences to meet each other, share their stories and encourage one another. Group members benefit from learning coping strategies and everyday tips for dealing with various experiences. For people with traumatic brain injury (TBI), support groups offer informal opportunities for understanding a shared experience that…continue reading

Knowledge Share

Promoting LGBTQ students’ well-being in schools

Research shows that LGBTQ youth are disproportionately bullied (whether in person or via cyberbullying), verbally and physically harassed, and assaulted in schools by peers and staff. Such hostility has been correlated to lower school performance and psychological and emotional distress, including suicidal ideation and attempt, depression and anxiety. In the 2015 GLSEN (formerly Gay, Lesbian…continue reading

Addressing ethnic self-hatred in Latinx undergraduates

When Europeans first made contact with the indigenous peoples of the Americas, a path toward Eurocentrism was set in the Western Hemisphere. In the years since the conquest and colonization of North America and the establishment of the United States, the cultural values and social policies of this country have favored people of Western European…continue reading

Member Insights

Understanding and working with service dog handlers

It happens almost as soon as Emily steps through the door of the grocery store. “What do you think you’re doing in here with that?” an employee demands loudly while moving to block her path. He’s pointing in anger at the black Labrador retriever beside her. As Emily comes to a halt, her service dog,…continue reading