Update from the President Darcie Davis-Gage

Hello ACA of Iowa Members!

Congratulations! You may not realize this but you are a member of ACA of Iowa. By joining ACA and living in Iowa, you have received the additional benefit of membership in the ACA of Iowa. ACA of Iowa is still in its infancy, but our hope is that YOU and other counselors from across the state will become active members and leaders in this organization. There are many opportunities for leadership by holding an office, chairing a committee, or attending events sponsored by ACA of Iowa.

A steering committee consisting of a group of counselors have been working behind the scenes for the last two years to develop some ideas and structure of this organization. They have developed some guiding principles and a temporary website to communicate the organizational progress.

At our last meeting (February 2014) we developed a protocol for elections and drafted a strategic plan. We decided these two tasks needed to be completed for a variety of reasons.

First, by holding elections and having an executive board in place we can request funding from ACA and the ACA Midwest Region for travel to hold board meetings across the state.

For growth of this organization, it is crucial we engage members throughout the state, and this has been difficult without funding. It is our hope that executive board meetings will rotate between Cedar Falls/Waterloo, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, and the Quad Cities. Most of our members are located around these cities and we also hope to use technology to include members in more rural areas of the state. The final meeting schedule will be set once the board is in place.

In addition, with members in assigned leadership roles, we will also be able to access funding to send board members to the Midwest Leadership Institute in Evanston, Illinois from September 19th through 21st. We could also send members to Washington DC in July for ACA Leadership Institute.

A call for nominations will be sent via email in the next week. Please consider nominating a colleague or yourself for an office. We will take nominations from now until March 28th and voting will be held April 1st through April 16th. Election procedures and nomination form is attached as one document. Once the officers are in place, we will plan to have the first board meeting during the beginning of May. For more information please see the Elections Tab Above.

Since this is a new organization, we wanted to draft a strategic plan so members who are interested in taking on a leadership role would have some idea of the type of work that might be involved. We also wanted to communicate with the membership a summary of our ideas of activities and services that would be provided to every member.

The website is in the process of being updated.

General:

1. Please see the “About” tab at the top to review vision and mission as well as other thoughts by the steering committee.
2. Please see the “Steering Committee” tab to review what the steering committee has accomplished and its future plans -includes an updated timeline.
3. Please see “Elections” for information about nominations for the 2014-2015 slate and online voting.

Information about the newly activated ACA of Iowa

Hello ACA of Iowa Members:

Congratulations! You may not realize this but you are a member of ACA of Iowa. By joining ACA and living in Iowa, you have received the additional benefit of membership in the ACA of Iowa. ACA of Iowa is still in its infancy, but our hope is that YOU and other counselors from across the state will become active members and leaders in this organization. There are many opportunities for leadership by holding an office, chairing a committee, or attending events sponsored by ACA of Iowa.

In the summer of 2012, ACA of Iowa was activated as the state branch of the American Counseling Association. At the current time, all ACA members who live and work in Iowa are considered ACA of Iowa members. This website is a stop-gap measure that allows for information about the state branch to members until ACA publishes our official website.

There is a great deal of work being done and to be done in the re-establishment of a state chapter. For now, please browse the site for information:

General:

1. Please see the “About” tab at the top to review vision and mission as well as other thoughts by the steering committee.
2. Please see the “Steering Committee” tab to review what the steering committee has accomplished and its future plans -includes an updated timeline.
3. Please see “Elections” for information about nominations for the 2014-2015 slate and online voting.

Current membership status as of November 2012:

i. Approximately 415 members
ii. Groups: majority are students, (@190), followed by professionals (@180), and other (ex: retired)
iii. Largest numbers of professionals include: university/college, counseling agencies (private and public), private practice, school counselors. If a person is member of ACA and is listed in ACA’s membership directory as either living or working in IA, he or she is automatically considered a member of Iowa of ACA. Right now, members do not have to pay additional state dues.

Governance: ACA of Iowa follows the mission and bylaws of the American Counseling Association.

Currently discussed guiding principles:

• Providing focus and attention on the profession and practice of counseling for the state of Iowa
• Honoring the voices, views and perspectives of the membership of ACA of Iowa
• Utilizing technology to communicate information, facilitate business of the organization, and advocate for the profession
• Providing high quality professional development and education of counselors and counselors-in-training
• Facilitating collaborative relationships between and among specialty counseling organizations, student bodies, counselor education training programs, and other professional counseling-related professional organizations
• Facilitating positive transitions of counselors-in-training into the profession of counseling including mentoring and networking
• Providing vehicles for consultation and resources regarding ethical and legal issues in counseling (including Iowa law and licensure related concerns)
• Supporting advocacy efforts on behalf of the counseling profession

Current Needs:
places and people for resources and answers (ex: ethics and licensure); need for active student membership and participation. Discussion around need for attention to students, counselors, and counselor educators affiliated with online programs.