April: Celebrate Counseling Awareness Month

The American Counseling Association (ACA) has named April Counseling Awareness Month!

The ACA is focusing promotions on mental health counselors, school and college counselors, substance abuse counselors, and career counselors, but the month honors all of us.

It’s time to recognize your field! Here are four easy ways to get involved …

  1. Meet the Media: The ACA has a list of article ideas and tips for media outreach. They’re all about celebrating your profession, while increasing awareness of counseling psychology benefits and resources.
  1. Be Social: You can win a free registration to the ACA’s 2016 Conference & Expo by reaching out to others. Or you can acknowledge Counseling Awareness Month in social media.
  1. Celebrate You: It’s your month … why not take some extra time for yourself? Self-care can be as simple as making time to read a new book or catching up with friends, even on a tight schedule.
  1. Grow: What have you always wanted to learn or do to thrive as a counseling psychology professional? Attend a conference, consider a mentor, give back or learn something new.

Overall, the ACA suggests focusing on the big picture this April.

“Consider a dual approach to celebrating Counseling Awareness Month. First, the observance can be used to inform the public being served by the counseling entity of which you are a part. Second, and possibly equally important, is the enhanced recognition you can achieve within your institution, organization and agency,” the association states.

See the ACA’s celebration guide, and learn more about Counseling Awareness Month!

John Chambers

John Chambers has a passion for psychology. After graduating with an undergraduate degree in journalism and psychology from Eastern Illinois University, he covered human-interest topics, business, education and other stories as a newspaper reporter in the Midwest. John moved to Colorado in 2005 and transitioned into marketing before dedicating his career to the nonprofit sector. He is the director of marketing and communications at a homeless shelter in the Denver area, where he is involved in counseling and direct services. He is also a freelance writer and has a Master’s degree in marketing from the University of Colorado Denver.

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