As the world's largest association representing professional counselors in various practice settings, the American Counseling Association stands ready to serve more than 55,000 members with the resources they need to make a difference. From webinars, publications, and journals to Conference education sessions and legislative action alerts, ACA is where counseling professionals turn for powerful, credible content and support.

Counseling Facts

Did you know you can interview a counselor before you start using them? Call and chat with a counselor to see if they are the right one for you.
Learn more about counseling


  • Impact of the 2014 Mid-Term Elections

    Now that the mid-term races are behind us and newly-elected officials get ready to be sworn in, some basic questions arise. What does the outcome mean for the counseling profession? What is the possible impact of a Republican-controlled Congress? And what will the relationship be between the President and Congressional Leaders? Find the answers to those questions and more in ACA's 2014 Mid-Term Elections Recap here.
  • Podcasticon

    Free Podcast - Harm to Others

    ACA's Rebecca Daniel-Burke interviews Dr. Brian Van Brunt about his new book, Harm to Others: the Assessment and Treatment of Dangerousness. Questions include: Can you explain the difference between affective and predatory violence? What are your thoughts on violent writing shared with the counselor? What are some clinical approaches you use with clients who are mandated to therapy? Listen
  • Practice Briefs: Infertility

    Though infertility is a medical condition, it is often described as a biopsychosocial crisis for both men and women because it includes multiple physical, financial, social, and psychological stressors. This Practice Brief discusses the Fertility Problem Inventory and intervention strategies like grief and couples counseling. Read and download the Practice Brief here.
  • Counseling Today

    Counseling Today: A steadying hand

    Nothing can truly prepare counselors for all they will encounter as they launch out on their professional journeys, but effective supervision provides a safe space for growth, change, exploration and guidance. More
  • ctospot

    Video: Top 5 Reasons to Love CT Online!

    CT Online is the interactive website of Counseling Today, featuring web-exclusive articles, author Q&As, searchable archives, and MUCH more. Use it for research or inspiration! View video
  • Read Our Weekly Newspaper Columns

    "Counseling Corner" columns help educate the public about counseling issues, counselors, and the counseling profession. Read all columns to date, and learn how you can use them to promote counseling. More

Latest News


Join ACA and Divisions Today

  • Maximize your Professional Development
  • Learn more about your specialty—join a division
  • Stay ahead of the educational learning curve
  • Advocate for the counseling care of tomorrow
  • Expand your networking connections

More Member Benefits

Join Now!


Grace College

Learn About ACA Divisions

  • Mental Health and Children: Sexting and Harassment

    Nov 19, 2014
    Young people’s mental health is a topic that has been widely explored, but how many studies have been done regarding sexting, harassment, and mental health? Not many. Gone are the days when talking on the rotary phone to connect is the norm (do they even sell rotary phones anymore?) Texting and connecting via social networks have replaced the phone. Sexting is not new to today’s adolescents, but they still need to be reminded that one’s teenage innocence can be gone with a flick of a finger. Just that simple. Or is it?!
    Full story
  • Tackling Autism: The Stories We Tell.

    Nov 03, 2014
    We love stories. We love listening to them, dissecting them, connecting the dots. What if an individual with autism was telling the stories that we love? How do we help the communication skills of children who live in their mind and reject the social world as we know it? One answer: storytelling.
    Full story
Twitter is not responding. Please try this link.

Counseling Jobs

Featured New Member

Sara Brandt

University of Wisconsin — Whitewater

“I love knowing that I have resources at my fingertips any time of day! As a graduate student, we are studying at all hours and when I need information I can log on to ACA anytime”

Featured New Member

Brad Hinman

Andrews University

“One of the things I love the most about being a student member of ACA is that I can be part of an organization that includes veteran counselors and therapists as well as students. It is a great way to connect to my future career and learn from others who have gone before me”

Featured New Member

Dawn Riley

Eastern New Mexico University

“What I love about being a student member of ACA is the security I have in knowing that I have a professional family to turn to for all things counseling…”

Featured New Member

Heather Fuller

Capella University

“I am a part of something so much bigger than me…”

Featured New Member

Pat Baranczyk

Winona State University

“ACA student membership gives me access to what I need to support my career at a price I can afford...It is a bargain I can’t afford to pass up”

ACA Publications

  • Culturally Responsive Counseling With Latinas/os

    Culturally Responsive Counseling With Latinas/os

    Patricia Arredondo, Maritza Gallardo-Cooper, Edward A. Delgado-Romero, and Angela L. Zapata
    In what may be the most comprehensive book published to date about counseling Latinas/os, the authors provide culture-centered assessment and intervention strategies for effective clinical practice with individuals and families.... Learn More
  • Eating Disorders and Obesity

    Eating Disorders and Obesity

    Laura H. Choate
    Both practical and comprehensive, this long-needed book provides a clear framework for the assessment, treatment, and prevention of eating disorders and obesity.... Learn More
  • Mastering the Art of Solution-Focused Counseling

    Mastering the Art of Solution-Focused Counseling, 2nd edition

    Jeffrey T. Guterman
    The most current trends in solution-focused counseling are explored in the latest edition of this updated and expanded text... Learn More
  • Family Violence

    Family Violence

    David M. Lawson
    Counselors-in-training, educators, and practitioners will benefit greatly from this in-depth and thought-provoking look at family violence, its effects, and treatment options... Learn More