ACCA President Tamara Knapp Grosz
Welcome to the American College Counseling Association (ACCA), a division of the American Counseling Association! We are a professional organization with more than 1,400 members dedicated to the promotion of the college counseling profession. As College Counselors we shape not only the mental health and wellbeing of our students, but our campus communities as well. We are excited to have you as one of the thousands of professionals from diverse educational backgrounds who choose college counseling as your career.
I would also like to encourage you to become involved in ACCA. Years ago when I first entered the College Counseling profession, I was amazed by the mentoring opportunities available from colleagues across the country who offered not only their expertise but their support and guidance. Today, I continue to find the networking opportunities that ACCA provides to be an essential component to my professional and personal development. I know I can count on my ACCA connections to provide me with thoughtful feedback that is both practical and firmly grounded in best practices and current research.
ACCA is a volunteer organization that has endless opportunities for member participation on both the state and national level. If your state does not have a state division-call us-we can help you make that a reality! We are here to assist and provide you with a wealth of resources and opportunities.
If you are not a member, I invite you to become a member and strongly encourage you to get involved. One of the best ways to connect is through our annual conference, which is coming up on October 1-4 in San Antonio. There is no better way to network and learn from peers, colleagues, and leaders in the field! I encourage you to contact me directly if there is anything I can do to assist you in this coming year.
Online registration for the 2014 ACCA Conference in San Antonio is now open! Click here to sign up and join us in October!
Click here for more information about the 2014 Conference. If you have any questions regarding the conference event, please contact Casey Earle.
It’s ACCA Award Nomination Season!
Please consider nominating any member of our profession that you feel has contributed to our work in any of the categories listed below. You can even nominate yourself! Nominations are due August 22nd, 2014 and winners will be announced at the ACCA 2014 annual conference in San Antonio. Nomination form is below the description of each award.
Please fill out the form below with your nomination(s). You may also email Casey Earle directly with your choices at CaseyE@cmcglobal.com. Deadline for nominations is August 22nd.
The results of the 4th annual ACCA Survey of Community College Counseling for 2013-2014 have been released! The survey was conducted by Amy Lehnart from Collin College in Texas and Jon Edwards from Massachusetts Bay Community College. Responses were analyzed from 179 Counselors from Community and Two Year colleges representing 39 different states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Some of the findings included:
- 81% of the counselors provide mental health counseling.
- 88% have a Threat Assessment Team.
- 70% offer Suicide Prevention Programs.
- 56% hold licensure as an LMHC/ LPC
- 99% have other regular duties/roles in addition to counseling.
The main issues that students discussed with counselors’ included: depression, anxiety disorders, stress, and academic challenges. The survey indicated that, across the United States, there continues to be different philosophies and structures regarding counseling services at community colleges. However, there is an increasing awareness of the importance of counselors at these institutions. ACCA is proud to provide a professional home to Community College Counselors!
The 2014 Election will open in late fall and those elected will start their terms July 1, 2015. Be sure to watch for communications about voting. Below are the nominees in this year’s election:
Chris Corbett President-Elect
LynnDee Horne Member-at-Large State Divisions
David Julius Ford Member-at-Large State Divisions
Liane de Souza Member-at-Large State Divisions
Raime Thibodeaux Treasurer
Janelle Johnson Treasurer