Tuesday, April 9, 2013

From the ACA to Grad Students

Dear Graduate Students and New Professionals,

ACA really enjoys paying as much attention as we can to graduate students and new professionals and we need your help to do so.

An important ACA initiative is our special For Graduate Students and New Professionals Only conference series.  Each year at the annual conference, ACA provides education sessions by some of the most famous authors, theorists, and leaders in professional counseling on topics specifically chosen by graduate students and new professionals.  Previous For Graduate Students and New Professionals Onlypresentations have included:
  • Patricia Arredondo          Making the Most of Supervision.
  • Gerald Corey                     Finding a Meaningful Life After Graduate School.
  • Gerald Corey,
                Marianne Corey,
               & Jamie Bludworth           Becoming a Professional Counselor
·         Rebecca                               Insider Tips: Landing That First Counseling Job.
                Daniel-Burke                      Finding a Counseling Job in This Lousy Economy.
                                                                A New Opportunity: Getting a Job in Integrated Care.
·         Marcheta Evans                What Graduate Students and New Professionals Need to Know About Mindfulness.
  • Jo-Ann Lipford                                                
Sanders                                What Graduate Students and New Professionals Need to Know About the Current State of Multiculturalism.             
  • Carman Gill &    
                 Stephanie Dailey             Got Spirit? Our Clients Do.           
  • Sam Gladding                    What Graduate Students and New Professionals Need to Know About Humor in Counseling.         
  • Sam Gladding &                                                               
Donna Henderson           Keeping the Boundaries From Breaking in Counselor Education: Professor/Student Relationships.                   
  • Jane Goodman                 Master Teaching Techniques for Rookie Counselor Educators.
  • Allen & Mary Ivey            What Graduate Students and New Professionals Need to Know About Neuroscience.
  • Marty Jencius                    What Graduate Students and New Professionals Need to Know About Social Media.
  • Jeffrey Kottler                   What Can I Do With My Counseling Degree? Career Options for Graduate Students and New Professionals.
  • Courtland Lee                    Let Your Degree be Your Passport: International Opportunities for Graduate Students and New Professionals.
  • Lynn Linde                          Office Politics 101.
  • Sandra Lopez-Baez          Practical Pointers for Graduate Students and Professionals.
  • Deborah Legge                 Preparing Graduate students and New Professionals for Success in Private Practice.
  • Chris Moll                            From Backpacks to Briefcases: Making the Transition From Graduate Student to Professional Counselor.
  • Jane Myers                         Wellness & Self-Care for Graduate Students and New Professionals.
  • Beverly O’Bryant              Knowing me, Supporting Me, and Marketing Me.
  • Cynthia Osborne,            
                 Pamela Paisley &                            
Jack Culbreth                     How to Find Post-Grad Supervision on a Shoestring Budget.        
  • Mark Pope                          How to Get Through Your Dissertation (and Graduate).  
  • Anneliese Singh                “Do Ask, Do Tell”: Current LGBTQ Issues in Counseling for Graduate Students and New Professionals.
  • Don W. Locke                    Building Skills and Advocating for the Counseling Profession.

ACA needs your help in determining the lineup for the 2014 ACA conference in Hawaii next March. We would love to have you respond to the following two questions:
  1. Other than a faculty member in your own program, who is a famous counselor that you would enjoy seeing (and meeting) at the conference?  Who is the person
most likely to get the following reaction from you:  “I can’t believe I’m seeing her/him in person!”

  1. What topic(s) would you like to see at the 2014 conference for the For Graduate Students and New Professionals Only series?  Most of our student attendees are enrolled
in master’s degree programs, so while we certainly want doctoral level related programs, we are especially desirous of topics that are meaningful to master’s level students
and new professionals. 

ACA thanks you for your willingness to help construct the 2014 For Graduate Students and New Professionals Only series.  The ACA conference is the world’s largest conference for professional counselors (3,500 attended the Cincinnati conference last month) and we hope that everyone can come to Hawaii. For information on the conference – including how to submit a proposal before the June 5th deadline-
. Even if you can’t attend we still would love to have your ideas for the series.

You can send your thoughts directly to ACA at



David Kaplan
ACA Chief Professional Officer

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