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

  • Urgent: Disaster Mental Health Assistance Needed in Louisiana

    Aug 16, 2016
    Louisiana is currently experiencing catastrophic flooding on the level of Hurricane Sandy. As of August 15, 2016, over 24,000 households have been affected and at least 7 fatalities reported. Over 10,000 people are staying in 60 Red Cross shelters. In order to help those affected, the American Red Cross is currently deploying new disaster mental health volunteers with no prior Red Cross experience.
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  • ACA Partners With SAMHSA for 2016 Voice Awards on August 10

    Aug 09, 2016
    ACA is proud to be a program partner of the 2016 SAMHSA Voice Awards, which honor exemplary television/film productions that educate the public about behavioral health and consumer/peer/family leaders who demonstrate that recovery from mental health conditions and addictions is possible.
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