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Counseling Today

A Publication of the American Counseling Association. 

The American Counseling Association (ACA) is a professional organization of counselors in the United States. It is the world's largest association exclusively representing professional counselors.

Its stated mission is to "enhance the quality of life in society by promoting the development of professional counselors, advancing the counseling profession, and using the profession and practice of counseling to promote respect for human dignity and diversity."

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Informed by trauma September 22, 2017, 10:08 am
In 1995, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente began what would become a landmark study on the health effects of adverse childhood experiences. Over the course of two years, researchers collected detailed medical information from 17,000 patients at Kaiser’s Health Appraisal Clinic in San Diego. In addition to personal and family...continue reading The post Informed by trauma appeared first on Counseling Today.
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Residents of the Caribbean and the southern United States are still grappling with the aftereffects of two immensely powerful and destructive hurricanes — Harvey and Irma — both of which caused widespread damage and left millions of people displaced. Rebuilding what the hurricanes destroyed will be a long and painful process, but counselors who live...continue reading The post The mental health aftermath of Harvey, Irma appeared first on Counseling Today.
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“The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.” ~ Leo Tolstoy   As I sit on my patio, warmed by the early autumn sun, I breathe in the alchemy of rosemary, thyme and oregano and a variety of mints — aromas from my herb garden. The squirrels chatter as they scamper across the trapezelike...continue reading The post The Counseling Connoisseur: Mental health cleanup following a natural disaster appeared first on Counseling Today.
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As a newly minted counselor, I sometimes remember back to my early days in the program when my classmates and I shared some deep concerns about “doing it right.” Our heads were full of theories and dos and don’ts, and we really struggled to understand how we could possibly help anyone as we stumbled around...continue reading The post Developing trust in your effectiveness as a helper appeared first on Counseling Today.
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Autism, Asperger’s and “nerd” personality features (to use a concept from Temple Grandin, a prominent author and speaker on both autism and animal behavior) seem to have something of an air of mystery and intimidation for many mental health professionals. Let’s face it, clients with autism/Asperger’s have very different ways of perceiving and thinking than...continue reading The post Achieving a better understanding of adult autism appeared first on Counseling Today.
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