About ACA

About ACA

The American Counseling Association is a not-for-profit, professional and educational organization that is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession. Founded in 1952, ACA is the world's largest association exclusively representing professional counselors in various practice settings.

What Is Counseling?

According to 20/20: A Vision for the Future of Counseling, the delegates comprised of 31 counseling organizations agreed upon a unified definition of counseling: Professional counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals.

Divisions, Branches, and Regions

There are 20 chartered divisions within the American Counseling Association. These divisions provide leadership, resources and information unique to specialized areas and/or principles of counseling.  ACA has four regions, which serves members in those regions.  Lastly, ACA has 56 chartered branches in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America.  Please click the following links to get more information about ACA's Divisions, Branches, and Regions.

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Latest News

  • ACA Sponsors Final White House Convening on College and Career Readiness

    Oct 25, 2016
    2016 marks the fifth and final White House convening of the Obama administration to examine and explore the intersections of “cultural competence,” counseling, and college and career readiness of under-served youth. ACA members Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, Dean, School of Education at American University, and Vivian Lee, EdD, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Education, will lead the event this weekend: Oct. 28-Oct. 30.
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  • New Resource Page Helps Counselors Navigate the 2016 Election

    Oct 20, 2016
    The ACA Government Affairs team has developed an online toolkit for counselors. While the ACA does not endorse any candidates for office, it does encourage people to participate in the democratic process.
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