ACA Launches School Counselor Connection with Reach Higher Initiative

For over 25 years, Dr. Gregg Jantz has worked with patients at The Center for Counseling and Health Resources, also known as A Place of Hope. An established figure in the mental health and chemical dependency field, Dr. Gregg Jantz holds membership in professional organizations such as the American Counseling Association (ACA).

The ACA has worked to advance the quality of counseling services across all settings, and recently it announced a renewed commitment to supporting high school counselors as part of Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative. The Reach Higher Initiative is an ongoing effort to inspire children to pursue further educational opportunities beyond high school, and the American Counseling Association recognizes that school counselors are an integral part of this process. Counselors often serve as the first point of contact between high school youth and continuing education programs, whether they are vocational programs, community colleges, or four-year universities.

To that end, the ACA recently launched School Counselor Connection, a clearinghouse designed to support high school counselors nationwide. In addition to providing professional development modules, the site provides several career counseling tools to help students and families navigate the sometimes overwhelming catalog of colleges and the financial aid process. All resources are available for free on the ACA website at counseling.org/knowledge-center/school-counselor-connection/.

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American Counseling Association Publications

Like many counseling professionals, Dr. Gregg Jantz holds membership in the American Counseling Association, which provides resources for counselors who want to advance their careers or become politically active regarding major issues in the field. Since 1952, the American Counseling Association has represented professionals like Dr. Gregg Jantz and supported their career efforts through continuing education opportunities and conferences.
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The American Counseling Association (ACA) puts out several publications, including scholarly journals, newsletters, and DVDs, to help counselors stay abreast of current issues and changes in the counseling field. Members can access issues of their primary journal, the Journal of Counseling & Development, through the ACA website. The ACA also publishes books from members, and accepts proposals for books written with professional counselors and counselors-in-training as the target audience. Finally, it publishes a monthly magazine, Counseling Today, which highlights counseling trends and contributes advice on issues such as diagnosis, research endeavors, and managing a practice effectively.