ACA Foundation Graduate Student Essay Competitions

2016 Graduate Student Essay Competitions' Winners Announced!

ACA Foundation Profile: José A. Villalba

Dr. José A. Villalba, is Associate Dean for Faculty Recruitment, Diversity and Inclusion at Wake Forest University and Past-Chair of the ACA Foundation. He became a member of the Board of Trustees of the ACA Foundation in 2011 and served as the Foundation Chair for the 2015 fiscal year. According to Dr. Villalba, the ACA Foundation is a network of board members and contributors who support counselors, counselor educators, and counselors-in-training in order to “sustain the field of professional counseling for the betterment of our communities.” Dr. Villalba noted that aside from national awards recognizing the contributions of ACA members, the ACA Foundation also provides grants and develops materials to aide counselors in practice. Dr. Villalba stated that what sets the ACA Foundation apart is how much it “gives back to those in the profession, both directly and indirectly.” In order to support the mission of the ACA Foundation and give back to the profession Dr. Villalba also is a donor to the Foundation. He encourages all ACA members who want to give back to the counseling profession to join him and become donors to the ACA foundation.

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Please take a moment to browse through our listing of ACAF Publications. The proceeds from books by authors such as Samuel Gladding and Courtland Lee support the Foundation's ability to fund programs.

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Growing Happy and Confident Kids

Special Initiative of the American Counseling Association Foundation

Young people today face innumerable challenges, possibly more than any generation before them. The world in which our kids grow and develop has been made fragile by threats both near and far.

In schools, competition to succeed, peer pressure, and aggressive behavior by bullies are representative of the many threats to individual success and self-esteem. At home, relationships can become tenuous or broken. In neighborhoods and communities, violence, gangs, substance abuse, and other problems are more prevalent than ever before. Finally, in the larger world, no child can turn on a television set and not witness crime, war, terrorism, and global unrest.

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Counselors Care Fund - Helping Our Own

Assisting ACA Members and ACA Branch Organizations who are affected by disasters and tragedies.

It can happen at any time, to any counselor. A natural disaster or some other tragic event strikes and suddenly a counselor finds that he or she has lost almost everything. That's when the Counselors Care Fund is ready to help.

Originally created to respond to the many counselors who lost so much to hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the New Orleans area, the mission of the Counselors Care Fund has been expanded to allow it to help counselors anywhere and at any time when a tragic event has occurred.

Find out more about the Counselors Care Fund and about how you can help it fulfill its goal of counselors helping our own.

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