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Celebrate Counseling this Month!
Fast Facts: One of Every 30 Babies Born in U.S. Is a Twin
Counseling Today Column Targets Questions, Concerns of Beginning Counselors
Relevant Research: Zip Codes Predict Odds on Childhood Obesity
Sign of the Times: Text Messaging During Class Affects Grades, Learning
Important Notice Regarding JCD Print Edition Charge on Your Next Renewal Notice
Teen Mother Decline Follows Overall Trend
Limited Edition ACA 60th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Now Available
NIMH Offers Videocast on the Developing Adolescent Brain
60th Anniversary 60for60 Member-Get-A-Member-Campaign Open Until April 30
ACA Branch Awards Presented at San Francisco Conference
HHS and Education Departments Launch New Bullying Website
Excelencia in Education Reports Latino College Completion Rates and Challenges
New Book Provides Clear Method for Applying Ecological Principles to Counseling, Community Work, and Counselor Training
Federal Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Grant Competition Opens
Next ACA Webinar: June 13 by Authors of The Counselor & the Law
Connecticut, New Jersey, and Texas to Host Branch Conferences in April/May
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Celebrate Counseling this Month!

April is Counseling Awareness Month, a fitting time to stop and examine the work that professional counselors perform in schools, agencies, colleges, organizations, private practice and other settings. Counseling professionals help a diverse community of people address a range of growth and development issues that may be keeping them from realizing their maximum human potential.

Take a little time during April to engage in some assertive outreach to define counseling for the constituents you serve and to help your larger community better understand how counseling and counselors can improve their lives.

The ACA Celebration Guide offers an array of activities and events that members can use to celebrate Counseling Awareness Month.

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Fast Facts: One of Every 30 Babies Born in U.S. Is a Twin

If you think you’re seeing double, don’t worry---there are just more twins around these days. According to Michigan State University researcher Barbara Luke, women having children at older ages and the growing availability of fertility treatments have led to a marked increase in the birth of twins. In 2009, one in every 30 babies born in the U. S. was a twin compared with one in every 53 in 1980.

Michigan State University Research Release…

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Counseling Today Column Targets Questions, Concerns of Beginning Counselors

Do you have questions about your path as a counseling student or new professional, including career concerns or even therapeutic inquiries? If so, Counseling Today wants to help you get them answered in "New Perspectives," a column in which new professionals and students can ask questions or share concerns in an anonymous way and have them responded to by seasoned professionals.

All questions are printed without names—only with a person's location (state) and student or new professional status. In addition, students and new professionals proving to be potential leaders in the counseling field can be nominated and featured in "New Perspectives." Supervisors, professors, colleagues, and student peers are welcome to make nominations. If you are interested in submitting a question or student/new professional nomination, email "New Perspectives" column editor Donjanea Fletcher at acanewperspectives@yahoo.com.

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Relevant Research: Zip Codes Predict Odds on Childhood Obesity

Nearly 18% of U.S. school-age children and adolescents are obese, as the rate of childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. The prevalence of obesity puts children at greater risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and other illnesses, and of suffering severe obesity as adults. New study results indicate that where a child lives, including factors such as the neighborhood's walkability, proximity to higher quality parks, and access to healthy food, has an important effect on obesity rates. Researchers found that children living in neighborhoods with favorable neighborhood environment attributes had 59% lower odds of being obese.

These findings have been published in a special theme issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. This is among the first neighborhood environment studies to look at a combination of nutrition and physical activity environments and to assess children and their parents. It is also among the largest studies of its kind to use objective geographic information system (GIS) data to examine the physical activity and healthy food option attributes of a neighborhood related to obesity.

AJPM Article…

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Sign of the Times: Text Messaging During Class Affects Grades, Learning

A new study by University of Pittsburgh at Bradford faculty members has found that college students who frequently text message during class have difficulty staying attentive to classroom lectures and consequently risk having poor learning outcomes. The findings are scheduled for publication in Communication Education.

The core finding was that students who thought they were capable of multitasking did in fact lose concentration and focus with the ultimate result influencing cognitive learning. Highly self-regulated and disciplined students who were able to limit or not engage in text messaging had better focus resulting in improved cognitive learning in terms of better grades and the perception of how much they had learned.

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford News…

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Important Notice Regarding JCD Print Edition Charge on Your Next Renewal Notice

Take action now to avoid a $35 charge to receive the Journal of Counseling & Development (JCD) in print. Beginning July 1, 2012, your ACA membership renewal invoice will include an additional $35 charge for JCD in print—unless you have already chosen electronic access.

It is easy to opt out of print and avoid the $35 charge. Simply log into the members-only section of the ACA website. Once logged in, first select “Manage Your Membership” in the right-hand column, then “Communication Options and Professional Information” at the top of the page. Then, check the “JCD Electronic” box. For Division journal electronic-only access, scroll down to “Communications Options” and check your Division(s) acronym. Alternatively, call ACA Member Services at 800-347-6647 x222 / 703-823-9800 x222.

Go Green With ACA….and enjoy the vastly expanded benefits of enhanced electronic access, including full keyword and advanced search capability back to Volume I, Issue 1, customized content alerts, and more.

If you wish to continue receiving print copies, you do not need to do anything—you are still on the JCD mailing list. The $35 charge will appear on your membership renewal each year.

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Teen Mother Decline Follows Overall Trend

Following an earlier report that overall births in the U.S. had declined in the 2007–2010 period for the third straight year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now reporting that teen births have followed suit. Citing the economy and an emphasis on pregnancy prevention programs as factors, the rate of teenage mothers has reached its lowest point since the government began collecting this data in 1940.

The overall rate fell 9% to about 34 births per 1,000 girl’s ages 15–19 during the 3 years under study and the decline was observed in all racial and ethnic groups. A majority of states witnessed the decline, with the largest drop in Arizona at 29%.

CDC Report…

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Limited Edition ACA 60th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Now Available

Be a part of counseling history! Mark the occasion of ACA's 60th anniversary and support the ACA Foundation by purchasing the limited edition Commemorative Coin. The card has a brief history of the founding of ACA on one side and an actual coin in an encasement on the other side. The fully laminated keepsake in full color will stand the test of time! All proceeds will go the ACA Foundation. The cost is $25. See it here.

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NIMH Offers Videocast on the Developing Adolescent Brain

Are you a counselor, clinician, or care provider working with teens? Join the National Institute of Mental Health’s May 10 videocast, “The Developing Brain: What It Means For Treating Adolescents,” and learn how research informs our understanding of the developing brain, which translates into better treatment for teens. Expert panelists will discuss neuroscience research findings related to teen brain development, cognition, emotional and behavioral growth, and treatment for teens. The event is scheduled to coincide with National Children’s Mental Health Awareness observance.

NIMH Videocast Link…

Ed. Note:  For more on the topic from a counseling perspective, consider ACA’s recent webinar: Neuroscience: The Cutting Edge of Counseling’s Future, by Drs. Allen and Mary Ivey. It is now available in the ACA Webinar Archives.

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60th Anniversary 60for60 Member-Get-A-Member-Campaign Open Until April 30

Over the past two months, ACA has met and surpassed the 50,000 member target set by President Don W. Locke for this 60th anniversary year of the association. But the 60for60 Membership Campaign and member participation in recruiting new members remains active until April 30, extending a special opportunity to those who enlist new members to have their name entered in drawings for an iPad or an ACA Lifetime Membership.

Please view the 60for60 Membership Campaign page for full details, including the rules and eligibility. To assist you with your recruitment efforts, ACA has developed a recruitment toolkit for your use that includes: Tips for recruiting new members to ACA, a sample recruitment letter you can personalize with your name and ACA membership ID, and an ACA membership join brochure. It is that easy!

If you have any questions, contact Denise Brown at dbrown@counseling.org.

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ACA Branch Awards Presented at San Francisco Conference

A number of awards were presented to ACA Branches during the ACA Conference & Expo in San Francisco. A partial listing of the recipients follows. More information on these and other awards will appear in future issues of ACAeNews and ACAeNews Special Focus editions.

Certificate of Appreciation
Connecticut Counseling Association

ACA State Branch Advocacy Award
American Counseling Association of New York

Best Leadership Development Project Award
Midwest Region – Oklahoma Counseling Association
North Atlantic Region – District of Columbia Counseling Association
Southern Region – Mississippi Counseling Association

Best Innovative Practice Award
Midwest Region – American Counseling Association of Missouri
North Atlantic Region – Maine Counseling Association
Southwestern Region – Texas Counseling Association
Western Region – Idaho Counseling Association

Congratulations to these ACA Branches for their exemplary efforts on behalf of their members and the profession.

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HHS and Education Departments Launch New Bullying Website

Building on the momentum the Obama administration started more than a year ago to stop bullying in schools and communities, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Education Secretary Arne Duncan have unveiled a revitalized Stop Bullying website, www.stopbullying.gov, to encourage children, parents, educators, and communities to take action to stop and prevent bullying. The website provides a map with detailed information on state laws and policies, interactive webisodes and videos for young people, practical strategies for schools and communities to ensure safe environments, and suggestions on how parents can talk about this sensitive subject with their children. The site also explores the dangers of cyberbullying and steps youngsters and parents can take to fight it.

Research shows that bullying is physical and emotional abuse. Students who are bullied are more likely to struggle in school and skip class. They are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, be depressed, and are at higher risk of suicide. There is a Get Help page directly linked to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which means young people can get immediate help for themselves or others if needed.

Antibullying Website…

HHS/Education Department News Release…

Ed. Note:  An excellent resource available through ACA is "Cyberbullying: What Counselors Need to Know," by Sheri Bauman.

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Excelencia in Education Reports Latino College Completion Rates and Challenges

Excelencia in Education has released a report, including state-by-state data, showing Latino college completion rates and urging public policymakers to design and implement programs that narrow the continuing degree attainment gaps that exist. The report contains detail information and state profiles that specify the levels of success that Latino students have experienced in earning college degrees.

Excelencia in Education Report and State-by-State Data…

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New Book Provides Clear Method for Applying Ecological Principles to Counseling, Community Work, and Counselor Training

Understanding People in Context: The Ecological Perspective in Counseling
edited by Ellen P. Cook

This exceptional book emphasizes uniquely designed interventions for individual counseling, group work, and community counseling that consider clients as individuals within the contexts of families, cultural groups, workplaces, and communities. Part I describes the theoretical research base and major tenets of the ecological perspective and its applications to counseling practice. In Part II, experts who have used the ecological perspective in their work discuss its usefulness in various applications, including counseling diverse clients with specific life challenges; assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning; and in schools, substance abuse programs, faith-based communities, and counselor training programs.

2012 | 335 pgs
Order #72918
ISBN 978-1-55620-287-2
List Price: $54.95
ACA Member Price: $39.95

Order Today…

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Federal Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Grant Competition Opens

The U.S. Department of Education is requesting applications for new fiscal year (FY) 2012 grants under the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program (ESSCP). The purpose of ESSCP is to support efforts by local educational agencies (LEAs) to establish or expand elementary school and secondary school counseling programs. The deadline for submitting applications is 4:30 pm ET on May 25, 2012.

The Federal Register announcement regarding ESSCP grant applications is here. The electronic grant application should be posted soon on the http://www.grants.gov website. (According to the Federal Register notice, the ESSCP announcement can be found by clicking on “Grant Search” in the right-hand column, and entering “84.125” in the “Search by CFDA Number” box; this doesn’t appear to be working yet, however.)

Grant awards will be between $250,000–$400,000 per year, usually for 3 years, and the Department expects to award a total of over $21 million in grants. Grants must supplement—not supplant—other federal, state, or local funds used for providing school-based counseling and mental health services to students. Absolute priorities for the grants are to: 1) Establish or expand counseling programs in elementary schools, secondary schools, or both; and 2) Enable more data-based decision-making, especially in improving instructional practices, policies, and student outcomes in elementary and secondary schools.

Anyone considering applying for an ESSCP grant should read the Federal Register notice; additional information on the program is at the Department of Education’s webpage. Grant applications can also be obtained a copy from the Education Publications Center (EDPubs) by calling toll free 1–877–433–7827. (If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call 1–877–576–7734. (If contacting ED Pubs, be sure to identify the program by CFDA number 84.215E.)

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Next ACA Webinar:  June 13 by Authors of The Counselor & the Law
Mark your calendar for June 13 at 1:00 p.m. ET to spend an hour with the authors of ACA’s new best-selling book, The Counselor & the Law: A Guide to Legal and Ethical Practice, 6th Ed. Watch for more details in the next edition of ACAeNews.
Connecticut, New Jersey, and Texas to Host Branch Conferences in April/May

Connecticut Counseling Association
Counseling Connections 2012: Empowering Families and Communities
Dates: April 27-28, 2012
Location: Western Connecticut State University – Westside Campus, Danbury, CT
Information…

New Jersey Counseling Association
Dates: April 27-28, 2012
Location: Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ
Information…

Texas Counseling Association
Texas College Counseling Conference
Dates: May 18-10, 2012
Location: Sheraton Hotel, Ft. Worth, TX
Information…

ACA divisions, branches, and regions are valuable sources of learning and professional development. Information on events will be posted approximately 8-10 weeks prior. This information is made available to ACAeNews via the ACA master calendar and the various organization web sites. Send calendar items to Holly Clubb at hclubb@counseling.org. Please provide the sponsor, dates, theme, site, and contact person information. Information posted here is restricted to that sponsored by ACA divisions, branches, regions, and related organizations.

ABOUT ACAeNEWS
ACAeNews is published 24 times annually by the American Counseling Association for the benefit of members across the counseling profession. Any reference to a product, service, activity or listing of a website in ACAeNews does not imply endorsement by ACA. Any views and opinions are those of the sponsoring organization and may or may not be shared by ACA.

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Direct comments, questions, and submissions to fburtnett@counseling.org. All submissions will be subject to review by ACA for accuracy, timeliness, and relevance to the readership and may be edited to meet space parameters.

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