Tamara Knapp Grosz

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.



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West Point will be home to the 2015 ACCA Northeast Regional ConferenceACCA Northeast Regional Conference – West Point
Where: West Point Military Academy
When: April 1st and 2nd, 2015

Tentative Schedule:

April 1

9-10am – Registration
10-10:30am – Welcome
10:30am-12pm – Breakout Session 1
12-1:30pm – Welcome and Lunch, Ike Hall  (lunch included)
1:45-3:15pm – Breakout Session 2
3:15-3:30pm – Break
3:30-5pm – Breakout Session 3

Dinner on your own

April 2

Breakfast on your own

Center for Deployment Psychology will be presenting an all day workshop – Workshop Abstract

8:30-9am – Registration
9-10:30am – Breakout Session 1
10:30-10:45am – Break
10:45am-12:15pm – Breakout Session 2
12:15-1:15pm – Lunch with Cadets – Mess Hall, United States Military Academy (Lunch Included)
1:30-3:00pm – Breakout Session 3
3-3:15pm – Break
3:15-4:45pm – Breakout Session 4

Hotel Selections

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites – $130 per night – to reserve your room call 845-446-4277 and reference the ACCA Conference – located approximately 10 minutes from the conference site.

The Inn on the Hudson – Room rates vary based on room type – to reserve your room please use the following group code when booking online, #38013, www.innonthehudson.com – located approximately 15 minutes from the conference site.

Continuing Education credit units will be determined once the Call for Programs has closed and sessions have been selected.



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Female college student in counseling sessionWe are now accepting conference breakout session proposals for the 2015 ACCA Conference!

All proposals must be submitted by March 31, 2015. Program submitters will be notified via email by April 30, 2015 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 written according to the guidelines below (One learning objective per hour of presentation time)
  • Current Session Research Citations (Needed for APA continuing education approval)

Writing Behavioral Learning Objectives and Assessments

  • Learning objectives, or learning outcomes, are statements that clearly describe what the learner will know or be able to do as a result of having attended an educational program or activity.
  • Learning objectives must be observable and measurable.
  • Learning objectives should
    • focus on the learner, and
    • contain action verbs that describe measurable behaviors

Helpful Learning Objective Guidelines

Verbs 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

To submit your conference breakout session proposals, please click here.

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 class students celebrating awesomeness with thumbs up.ACCA is very pleased to offer the gift of a FREE webinar: “Ideas of Awesomeness: Creative Programs in College Counseling”!

An annual tradition at ACCA conferences over the year, the “Ideas of Awesomeness” presentation showcases creative programs being offered by counseling centers across the United States. ACCA is now pleased to offer “Ideas of Awesomeness” on a more regular basis in a recorded webinar format. We hope you will not only attend and learn new awesome ideas to utilize at your counseling centers but will also consider sharing some of your own “awesomeness” with your colleagues across the country in future webinars. Our goal is to offer these at least quarterly!

Registration and CEU Information

To register use the link below. The webinar recording is free without CEUS. Just enter discount code NOCEUS. CEUS are $20 for members (enter discount code Member) and $30 for nonmembers of ACCA. CEUS also require a completed evaluation form, also linked below.

Registration Link
CEU Evaluation Form (PDF)

Special thanks to our first Awesome Presenters:

Chris Corbett, Psy.D. Western Illinois University
Stephen Large, Psy.D. Gannon University
Chene Walz, LPC ,NCC Savannah College of Art and Design
Amanda Jove Vives, Graduate Intern Savannah College of Art and Design



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Community College students in class.The American College Counseling Association is pleased to join Paper Clip in presenting a new webinar April 8th, 2015, “Mental Health at the Community College: Emerging Models & Best Practices”.

Summary

Community colleges continue to explore how to best support a growing student population coming to campus with mental health issues and making serious attempts to serve these students; often with ill-equipped budgets and human resources.

Your community college students are diverse in population and often transient, yet require resources and support equal to those students at four-year institutions receive. Your challenge is to manage the students experiencing mental health issues and the growing implications and issues associated.

Join our expert of panelists from ACCA as they help you tackle this important topic. You will learn about: the recent ACCA 2013-14 Community College Task Force Survey results, best practices for CC mental health services models, and resources you should know about to increase student support and safety on your campuses.

Continuing Education (CE):

1.5 hours of CE will be available to professional counselors and psychologists through the American College Counseling Association (ACCA).

Sign up at this link.



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Webinar: Working with International Students from China

November 11, 2014 Webinars

The American College Counseling Association (ACCA) is very pleased to offer the second 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 attached as well as an evaluation form that must be completed and returned if you are requesting […]

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2015 Emerging Leader Grant Application

November 10, 2014 News

The American College Counseling Association (ACCA) announces the annual invitation for graduate students and new professionals to apply for the Emerging Leader Grant to attend the ACA Annual Conference. The ACCA Graduate Student Committee oversees the selection process for graduate students and new professionals to encourage attendance and participation in the 2015 ACA Conference and […]

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“The Power of Positive” Workshop in Puerto Rico

November 5, 2014 News

The Power of Positive: Utilizing Positive Psychology to Improve Student Well-Being Join us for a LIVE workshop at the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras Campus! The President of the American College Counseling Association, Tamara Knapp-Grosz, Ph.D., presents an orientation to the field of Positive Psychology and Well-Being Theory and it’s applications to college counseling. […]

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Thank You, ACCA!

October 6, 2014 Conferences

Each year, ACCA chooses a charity that positively affects the lives of college students in need. This year, we chose the Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund. This amazing organization provides financial assistance for children of fallen soldiers to attend college. At the conference in San Antonio, ACCA members generously contributed $350 to this worthwhile […]

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2014 National College Counseling Center Survey Results

September 26, 2014 News

The 2014 National Survey of College Counseling Centers is now available. This if the final year that Dr. Bob Gallagher will be publishing the survey that he began in 1981. Many thanks to him for sharing his dedication and expertise over the years to creating these important reports. Download the survey in PDF format here. […]

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