ACF Therapy AssociatesACF Therapy Associates Contact: Earl Ledford, LCSW, CST, CET, CAP Director/Founder
Getting started in private practice difficult after graduations. and Earl Ledford is helping to make that difficulty a little LESS difficult! He is founder of ACF Therapy Associates in Melbourne, Florida. The mission is to serve master level students, registered interns, and people in the community that cannot afford high insurance co-pays or fees established by licensed professionals.
Master level students interested in starting their own private practice are encouraged to complete their second field placements with ACF Therapy Associates where they are able to develop their policies and procedures, establish a community presence, and network while completing their clinical placements. Once they graduate they can continue their quest at ACF Therapy Associates.
We have a graduated plan for office rent and supervision that is linked to the number of clients the registered interns has in their caseload. A registered intern can start seeing people one day per week with no cost to them until they are scheduling an average of five people for that day. At that point they are required to pay $100.00 per month for the use of the office space one day each week with no cost for their supervision. As their caseload increases the cost for rent and supervision increases.
Students and registered interns participating in this program agree to see clients at $15.00 per session for students and $35.00 per session for registered interns as part of ACF Therapy Associates’ Community Service Program. Once licensed, the therapist are free to move their practice to a location of their choice.
Stephanie AdamsThe Beginning Counselor
New counselors have different needs than experienced ones. We’re unsure of ourselves, and entering a whole new world with new rules. It’s easy to forget how scary that is once a counselor has been in practice for a few years.
That’s why we need each other. I wouldn’t have survived my practicum and internship without my fantastic supervisor and counseling intern friends. I want EVERY new counselor to have that opportunity.
This is a social networking site developed exclusively for new counselors. Even if you are studying online, have a horrendous supervisor, or are practicing in a remote area, you can still have access to support and encouragement from others who are going through the same thing you are.
The purpose of this site is to link new counselors with their peers, and with experienced counselors who wish to provide mentorship. It is also to ask questions and have them answered, and hear about the latest information relevant to beginning counselors. It’s a site to help you belong, and give you an anchor as you explore the many different nuances of your new career.
American Association for Christian Counselors (AACC)American Association for Christian Counselors (AACC)
AACC is committed to assisting Christian counselors, the entire “community of care,” licensed professionals, pastors, and lay church members with little or no formal training. It is our intention to equip clinical, pastoral, and lay care-givers with biblical truth and psychosocial insights that minister to hurting persons and helps them move to personal wholeness, interpersonal competence, mental stability, and spiritual maturity.
American Association of State Counseling Boards (AASCB)American Association of State Counseling Boards (AASCB)
The American Association of State Counseling Boards (AASCB) is the alliance of governmental agencies responsible for the licensure and certification of counselors throughout the United States.
AASCB collects, interprets, and disseminates information on legal and regulatory matters, and works to further cooperation among individuals and associations involved in providing counseling services to the public. Furthermore, AASCB publishes materials for training programs and member boards.
American College Counseling Association (ACCA)American College Counseling Association (ACCA)
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.
American Counseling Association (ACA)American Counseling Association (ACA)
The American Counseling Association (ACA) is an organization of counseling professionals who work in educational, health care, residential, private practice, community agency, government, and business and industry settings. Its mission is “to enhance human development throughout the life span and to promote the counseling profession.” The website contains links to divisions, conference information, an online newsletter, and information for the public.
American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)
American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) is now a separate organization from the American Counseling Association although some ties still exist. The mission of AMHCA is “to enhance the profession of mental health counseling through licensing, advocacy, education and professional development.” The web site contains links to state chapters, client information and related mental health areas. AMHCA holds an annual convention and publishes The Journal of Mental Health Counseling quarterly.
American Psychological Association (APA)American Psychological Association (APA)
The American Psychological Association is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA is the world’s largest association of psychologists, with nearly 130,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.
American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA)American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA)
ARCA is an organization of rehabilitation counseling practitioners, educators, and students who are concerned with enhancing the development of people with disabilities throughout their life span and in promoting excellence in the rehabilitation counseling profession’s practice, research, consultation, and professional development.
American School Counselor Association (ASCA)American School Counselor Association (ASCA)
Chartered in 1953, ASCA promotes school counseling professionals and interest in activities that affect the personal, educational, and career development of students. ASCA members also work with parents, educators, and community members to provide a positive learning environment.
Association for Adult Development and Aging (AADA)Association for Adult Development and Aging (AADA)
Chartered in 1986, AADA serves as a focal point for information sharing, professional development, and advocacy related to adult development and aging issues; addresses counseling concerns across the lifespan.
Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
Originally the National Association of Guidance and Counselor Trainers, ACES was a founding association of ACA in 1952. ACES emphasizes the need for quality education and supervision of counselors for all work settings.
Association for Counselors and Educators in Government (ACEG)Association for Counselors and Educators in Government (ACEG)
Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC)Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC)
The Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC) is a forum for counselors, counselor educators, creative arts therapists and counselors in training to explore unique and diverse approaches to counseling. ACC’s goal is to promote greater awareness, advocacy, and understanding of diverse and creative approaches to counseling.
Association for Humanistic Counseling (AHC)Association for Humanistic Counseling (AHC)
AHC, formerly C-AHEAD, a founding association of ACA in 1952, provides a forum for the exchange of information about humanistically-oriented counseling practices and promotes changes that reflect the growing body of knowledge about humanistic principles applied to human development and potential.
Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC)Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC)
Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD)Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD)
The Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development seeks to develop programs specifically to improve ethnic and racial empathy and understanding. Its activities are designed to advance and sustain personal growth and improve educational opportunities for members from diverse cultural backgrounds.
AMCD is charged with the responsibility of defending human and civil rights as prescribed by law. It encourages changing attitude and enhancing understanding of cultural diversity. Provisions are made for in-service and pre-service training for members and for others in the profession. Efforts are made to strengthen members professionally and enhance their ability to serve as behavioral change agents. Operationalization of Multicultural Counseling Competencies by AMCD represents a benchmark for the counseling profession and the American Counseling Association.
Association for Specialist in Group Work (ASGW)Association for Specialist in Group Work (ASGW)
The National Association of Social Workers, a 145,000 member organization of professional social workers, advances and enhances social policies, professional growth and development, and professional standards. The NASW code of ethics is a guide for professional conduct of social workers and for dealing with ethical issues or dilemmas in social work practice. The NASW provides publications, an online encyclopedia, books, journals, continuing education, webinars, advocacy, legislative and media rooms, resources for students and research, and membership benefits.