He who opens a school door, closes a prison. Victor Hugo
Shameless Plug for the American Counseling Association (ACA)
The ACA offers members a very comprehensive set of benefits. Founded in 1952, he ACA is the largest organization of professional counselors. They offer the opportunity network with over 43,000 members through their website… http://www.counseling.org/ They also have designed and maintained a number of different “Interest Networks” that provide networking collaboration opportunities. Sample networks include Grief and Bereavement, Advances in Therapeutic Humor, Multiracial/Multiethnic Counseling Concerns, and more! They offer a podcast series for continuing education and professional development, as well as publish the ACA Online Journal of Counseling & Development (JCD)… the ACA’s quarterly flagship journal. They have an impressive online collection that includes everything from the last 10 years (back to 2000). They provide both ethics consultation via phone and via email, as well as offer a new 6 credit online ethics course that can fulfill continuing education requirements. Members are encouraged to attend the ACA Conference & Exposition, at which more than 500 education sessions are conducted. They offer a career center, as well as a “marketplace” where you can get group rates for a variety of services and products.
Fees associated with membership are as follows… Professional/Regular is $155, while a new professional (graduated within the last 12 months), student, or retiree is elible for a reduced rate ($89). On the whole, it would appear to be a pretty good value just on the basis of the name recognition and credibility it brings to the table.
The ACA Insurance Trust (ACAIT) promotes and administers insurance and services “at competitive rates.” The professional liability insurance program is administered by Healthcare Providers Service Organization (HPSO). Liability (malpractice) insurance is now included in membership for ACA Master’s level students through an underwriter called American Casualty Company of Reading Pennsylvania. This policy will pay for defense against covered claims and provide professional liability limits up to $1,000,000 per claim, up to $3,000,000 annual aggregate, subject to a master policy aggregate.