ACCA President Amy M. Lenhart, MA, LPC, NCC

ACCA President Amy M. Lenhart, MA, LPC, NCC

Hello ACCA! Welcome to the American College Counseling Association webpage. We are a division of the American Counseling Association, focusing  on professionals who work in  community colleges, technical schools, and colleges and universities.

We are a volunteer organization made up of an executive council with professionals across the United States. We strive to promote counselors with continuing education opportunities, such as our ACCA Conferences, webinars, networking, research, and professional and personal development opportunities.

Now more than ever, we need your participation and voice to assist with the promotion of college counseling.  I would also invite you to become active by advocating for college counseling on both the state and national level. There are several ways for you to be active in your state as well as the national level. Your voice is important in promoting the mental health, career development concerns, and overall wellbeing of our students. I welcome you to contact me to if you are interested in becoming more involved or if there is any way that I might be able to assist you.

I would invite you to come to our next ACCA Conference which will be October 1st through October 4th, 2015 in Louisville, KY! We are excited with so many great learning opportunities as well as a chance for you to meet with fellow college counselors!



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Audience and conference speakerWe are now accepting conference breakout session proposals for the  ACCA Regional Conference in the Northeast!  The conference will take place at the United States Military Academy located in West Point, NY April 18th & 19th, 2016!

To submit your proposal(s) for a conference breakout session, Click Here to Submit your Proposal.

All proposals must be submitted by February 12, 2016. Program submitters will be notified via email by February 26, 2016 as to whether their proposals have been accepted by the program committee.

We very much look forward to receiving your informative proposals and we thank you in advance for having the interest and taking the time to submit your program!


Session Topics
In collaboration with ACCA members, the Program Committee has researched a variety of possible topics of interest to the membership, in order to give you some ideas:

  • Administration/Leadership
  • Case Management
  • Community Colleges
  • Multicultural Counseling
  • Threat Assessment
  • Ethics
  • Outreach
  • Counseling Interventions

Information Required for Proposal Submission

  • Presenter Contact Information
  • Session Title
  • Session Description (200 Word Max.)
  • Profession Credentials
  • Session Learning Objectives (Up to 5)
  • Session Research Citations (Needed for APA continuing education approval)

Helpful Learning Objective Guidelines
Verb s to avoid when writing learning objectives:
know, understand, learn, appreciate, become aware of, become familiar with

Verbs to consider when writing learning objectives:
list, describe, recite, write, compute, discuss, explain, predict, apply, demonstrate, prepare, use, analyze, design, select, utilize, compile, create, plan, revise, assess, compare, rate, critique

If you have questions or any problems accessing the form, please be in touch with Casey Earle (caseye@cmcglobal.com).



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College enrollment will be at an all time high in 2025. More counselors with specialized training will be needed in the field.Current ACCA President Amy Lenhart was recently interviewed by the ACA’s Counseling Today publication. The article, entitled “College Enrollment Boom Expected in 10 Years”, details why the freshman class of 2025 will be the largest and most diverse in US history.  Thus, the need for larger counseling staffs with specialized training will grow, Lenhart details.

Read the full article on the ACA website here.



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Mountain Climber helping another up.ACCA Past-President Tamara Knapp-Grosz was interviewed for this week’s Counseling Today cover story. The article, entitled “Extending the Reach of Counseling”, examines how counselors are being proactive to raise awareness of their availability for those in need. Knapp-Grosz speaks on developing creative outreach activities during her tenure at SCAD. During extremely stressful times, she was able to make connections and build trust within the student population of the counseling center.

Read the full article at the ACA website here.



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Asian college student studyingWebinar Recording co-sponsored by:
American College Counseling Association, Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development
1.5 CEU

Presenter: Farah Ibrahim, Ph.D., LP
Facilitator: Tamara Knapp-Grosz, Ph.D., Past President of ACCA

The American College Counseling Association (ACCA) is very pleased to offer the third webinar in our series of multicultural competency webinars in collaboration with the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD)! The webinar description and objectives are described below as well as an evaluation form and posttest that must be completed and returned if you are requesting CEUs.

Presenter Biography:

Webinar Presenter Farah IbrahimFarah Ibrahim is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (Society for Counseling Psychology) and a licensed psychologist (CT, DC, CO). She is past president of Counselors for Social Justice (2002-3) a division of the American Counseling Association. She has served at the University of Connecticut, Howard University, and as Chair of Teacher and Counselor Education at Oregon State University as a tenured full professor. She is currently serving as full professor in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver. She is the author of the Existential Worldview theory and is the developer of the following instruments: Scale to Assess Worldview© with Harris Kahn, the “Cultural Identity Check List©” (Ibrahim, 1990, 2007) the “Cultural Competence Survey©” (Ibrahim, 2005), and the United States Acculturation Index© (Ibrahim, 2008). She has conducted research on worldview and training for cultural effectiveness, gender and worldview, organizational culture and worldview, identity development, South Asian identity issues, trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) due to oppression, and infusion of social justice and cultural competencies in counseling curricula. Her latest research has focused on counseling Muslims in the West. She has a video on “Counseling Muslims” marketed by Microtraining Associates. She has assisted with several grant projects as a consultant or as co-principal investigator focusing on cultural competence training, effect of domestic violence on children and adolescents, and intergenerational trauma and its impact and health and mental health. Her current research interests are cultural competence and social justice training, cross-cultural research on worldviews, assessment in cross-cultural settings, identity development in a diverse society, Counseling South Asian immigrants and international students, and alleviation, and elimination of trauma and violence in society, social justice and cultural competence in group work. She currently has a book in press (Springer Science+Media (Cross-cultural Psychology series), with Jianna Heuer on Cultural and Social Justice Counseling: Client Specific Interventions

Learning Objectives

As a result of this webinar, participants will:

  • Gain insight into the developmental, sociocultural, and transitional processes experienced by South Asian college students (international and domestic)
  • Explore the multiple contexts and points of intersectionality for South Asian students as they pertain to unique ethnic, religious, class, and gender issues
  • Understand the South Asian student’s experience of navigating higher education and related best practice concerns.

Webinar Description

According to the Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, a large number of international students at colleges and universities in the United States come from South Asia (Institute of International Education, 2013). In this webinar, the presenter will provide participants with information about the specific counseling needs of this growing population of international students.

References

The ACCA is an APA-approved sponsor1.5 CEU

The American College Counseling Association (ACCA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. ACCA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The American College Counseling Association is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for these events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

Registration Information

Cost of Webinar as follows:

No CEUS: Free (enter discount code: NOCEUS)
CEUS for members of ACCA or AMCD: $20 (enter discount code: member)
Nonmembers with CEUS:  $30 (no discount code is entered)

Register at http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=EB58DF8687463B

A completed post test and evaluation form must be sent to Casey Earle at CaseyE@cmcglobal.com> in order for CEUS to be awarded.

Download Post Test and Evaluation Form

Post Test
Evaluation Form



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2015 ACCA Awards Nominations Now Open

May 23, 2015 Conferences

Please consider nominating any ACCA member that you feel has contributed to our work in any of the categories listed below. You can even nominate yourself! Nominations are due July 31st, 2015 and winners will be announced at the ACCA 2015 annual conference in Louisville, KY. Fill out the form below to submit your nominations.

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Executive Council Nominations Now Being Accepted

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It’s that time of year again when we are seeking nominations for the ACCA Executive Council! We are currently accepting nominations (self-nominations are accepted and encouraged) for: President-Elect (3 year term) Secretary (2 year term) Governing Council Representative (3 year term) Member-at-Large with Community/Technical College Focus Download the Nomination Form here. The nomination form should […]

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Online Registration Now Available for 2015 Regional Conference

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The 2015 ACCA Regional Conference will be held at West Point Military Academy in New York April 1st-2nd. Online registration is now open at this link. The tentative schedule and hotel information is available via this previous post on our site. We hope to see you in April!

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Online Registration for ACCA Membership Now Available!

February 17, 2015 News

Great news! Now you can register for ACCA Membership online! Whether you’re an existing member who needs to renew, or you’re looking to join for the first time, you may register using the link below: http://www.cvent.com/d/nrqmjw/3W

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