First meeting of the Professional Counselors in Schools Interest Network at the American Counseling Association Conference
First meeting of the Professional Counselors in Schools Interest Network at the American Counseling Association Conference in Charlotte, NC, co-chaired by Dr. Randy Astramovich and Dr. Wendy Hoskins. During the meeting, several interest network members voiced concerns about the lack of a child and adolescent counseling “home” for mental health counselors and school counselors.
ACA Votes To Approve ACAC
The American Counseling Association Governing Council votes to approve ACAC as an organizational affiliate of ACA. The founding ACAC board included:
Randall L. Astramovich, Ph.D., ACAC President Wendy Hoskins, Ph.D., ACAC Treasurer
Dee Ray, Ph.D., ACAC Secretary
Michael Moyer, Ph.D., ACAC Trustee Position 1
Elsa Soto-Leggett, Ph.D., ACAC Trustee Position 2 Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, Ed. D., ACAC Trustee Position 3
ACAC Board formally requests full division status.
Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling Board at the time included: Dee C. Ray, President
Elsa Soto-Leggett, President-Elect
Randy Astramovich, Past President
Evette Horton, Secretary
Michael Moyer, Treasurer
Yumiko Ogawa, Trustee
Phyllis Post, Trustee
Gail Roaten, Trustee
Hayley Stulmaker, Board Student Liaison
March 19, 2013
ACA Governing Council approves ACAC as a National ACA Division!
And there was cake!
Established professional Journal Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling
First issue May 2015 First editor, Dee Ray Univ. of North Texas
Excerpt from the editor:
“The Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling (ACAC), a division of the American Counseling Association (ACA), is pleased to launch our new journal, Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling(JCAC). This journal is the culmination of more than a decade of work to build a home for child and adolescent counselors within the counseling community. ACAC was accepted as an official division of ACA in 2013, a recognition that the need for a professional organization concentrating on child and adolescent issues was long overdue. As part of the mission of ACAC, we always envisioned that building a credible, peer-reviewed venue for child and adolescent literature was integral to our identity as an organization.
In recent years, I worked on a research team that explored the publication practices of counseling professionals (see Barrio Minton, Fernando, & Ray,2008). We found that although participating authors from varying expertise areas published their works in professional counseling journals, authors who specialize with children were more likely to publish their works in venues outside of the counseling field. The most obvious reason for this practice is that there was simply no venue available to them that focused on working with children. Previously, members of ACA had no available literature that was specific to the developmental focus of counseling children and adolescents. Times have changed, and JCAC has launched to provide a new era for child and adolescent counselors.”