From the CEO

Monthly column from ACA CEO Richard Yep

CEO’s Message: Running from 2020 …

Richard Yep January 2, 2021

Let’s be hopeful for 2021. Let’s be joyful that we are entering a new year. And let’s make sure that communities, the media and public policymakers truly understand what a key role professional counselors can play in the lives of those seeking help. 

CEO’s Message: So long and good riddance, 2020

Richard Yep December 1, 2020

“As we begin to put 2020 in the rearview mirror, take a moment to reflect on how you overcame challenges this year, and then know that the resilience you possess truly makes you an even better professional counselor.”

CEO’s Message: It’s a critical time for self-care

Richard Yep November 2, 2020

“… In order to keep going and to help others thrive, I encourage you to continue practicing the basics of self-care. Just as you are passionate about helping others find their way, you must know when it is time to take a break, consult with colleagues or even stop counseling long enough to recharge.”

CEO’s Message: How many more?

Richard Yep October 1, 2020

As Desmond Tutu once said, “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” Our society is at one of those crossroads at which we all need to step up, speak out and advocate for what we know is just.

CEO’s Message: A very different start to the school year

Richard Yep September 1, 2020

Those who neglect to practice physical distancing, wear a mask or follow guidelines for proper hand-washing are putting both their own health and well-being at risk and the health and well-being of those trying to help them. This means that professional counselors, who are key providers of critical services, are put at risk. While it may be an individual’s “right” to put themselves in harm’s way, what if doing so places mental health professionals in danger? Frankly, that is not OK.