ACCA Statement on COVID-19
As we navigate these challenging times, know that ACCA is here to support you. We understand that the impact of COVID-19 has been both personal and professional, and is shifting the way that we navigate our work, home, and relationships with clients, colleagues, and loved ones. We realize that, many times, as helpers, while we help hold the emotions and experiences of those around us, it can be challenging to hold our own emotions and experiences as well. Know that, as members of ACCA as well as the broader university and college counseling community, we stand with you and will do our best to provide resources to help. In times such as these, it is vital to remember that self-compassion and gentleness is as necessary for ourselves as it is for our clients. You are not alone, and we appreciate the work that you are continuing to do and the impact you are making as part of our university and college counseling community and in your other identities.
The Higher Education Mental Health Alliance (HEMHA) has release a guid for COVID 19 Resources, you can access it below:
Additional Related Resources (Note that ACCA does not endorse a particular site or provider, and this list is meant to provide links to various services and resources.):
The Jed Foundation's COVID-19 Resource Guide: https://www.jedfoundation.org/jeds-covid-19-resource-guide/
Free Corona Anxiety Workbook: https://thewellnesssociety.org/free-coronavirus-anxiety-workbook/
List of federal, state, and private grants that exist for Higher Ed. institutions to apply for in order to roll out telehealth: https://mantrahealth.com/post/telehealth-grant-opportunities-for-higher-education
American College Health Association (ACHA) Considerations for Reopening Institutions of Higher Education in the COVID-19 Era: The ACHA guidelines, Considerations for Reopening Institutions of Higher Education in the COVID-19 Era, address the administrative, medical, mental health, health promotion/well-being, and campus-wide considerations in reopening college campuses as the COVID-19 pandemic abates. These guidelines are intentionally broad for universal use, and written with the understanding that IHEs should evaluate the feasibility of these recommendations in light of their own campus environment.
Who We Are
The American College Counseling Association is made up of diverse mental health professionals from the fields of counseling, psychology, and social work. Our common theme is working within higher education settings.
ACCA membership includes professionals and student members who work largely in college counseling settings. There are a growing number of community college counseling professionals who comprise the second largest group within ACCA. Members hold primarily a master’s or doctoral degree with the largest group being master’s level professionals. Counselor educators and Supervisors are also part of ACCA membership.
HEMHA Distance Counseling Guide
The Higher Education Mental Health Alliance (HEMHA) is proud to release our most recent guide, College Counseling from a Distance: Deciding Whether and When to Engage in Telemental Health Services.
This guide, along with all other HEMHA resources, are free! Please share this with others whom you think would be interested.
This guide focuses on all of the content areas needing consideration to determine if your center wants to participate in Telemental Health Services using an interdisciplinary approach.
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Through a collaboration of the PAPA Committee and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee a new paper on the Increased Need for Counseling Services has been added to the Resources Page
The HEMHA Distance Counseling Guide has been added to the resources page.2018-2019 Research Grant Applications are now being accepted. Follow the link to learn more about ACCA Research Grant Awards
Please note the addition of the College Counseling & Psychological Services Knowledge Base to the resources page.
ACCA Members in the News
Steffanie Grrossman is quoted in Online Counseling article College Students Diet and Mental Health
Janelle Johnson comments on the state of mental services at community colleges.
Janelle Johnson on College Counseling” Psychotherapy.net Interview. Follow the
link to read the full interview.
Janelle Johnson is quoted in the Inside Higher Ed article Colleges Use Technology to Help Students Manage Mental Health, October 5, 2018.
Lisa Adams is quoted in the Washington Post article College Students are forming mental-health clubs - and they're making a difference.
June 28, 2018
Lisa Adams is quoted in the Inside Higher Ed article Flawed Judgement in Use of Force Against Students.
April 19, 2018
Lisa Adams is quoted in the Inside Higher Ed article A World Without Depression.
April 3, 2018
Lisa Adams is quoted in the Time article Record Numbers of College Students Are Seeking Treatment for Depression and Anxiety - But Schools Can't Keep Up.
March 19, 2018
Lisa Adams is quoted in the Inside Higher Ed article Moving Away from Charging for Counseling
February 7, 2018
Lisa Adams is quoted in the Inside Higher Ed article Suicide Data
January 11, 2018
Lisa Adams is quoted in the Inside Higher Ed article All by Myself
October 26, 2017
Lisa Adams is quoted in the Inside Higher Ed article Suicide Victims as Art Subjects
October 10, 2017