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.


Learn more about what ACA does for its members here.

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Latest News

ACA Wins Two Hermes Creative Awards

by Amber McLaughlin | May 07, 2013
The ACA Website Launch Video won a Platinum Award in the Video category and the ACA Website Redesign won a Gold Award in the Website Overall/Association category.
The ACA Website Launch Video won a Platinum Award in the Video category and the ACA Website Redesign won a Gold Award in the Website Overall/Association category.

Hermes Creative Awards is an international competition administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals (AMCP).

There were about 5,600 entries from throughout the U.S. and several other countries in the 2013 competition. A look at the winners shows a range in size from individual communicators to media conglomerates and Fortune 500 companies. Awards are presented to those entries judged to exceed the high standards of the industry norm.

More information about the Hermes Awards the and the AMCP can be found here.

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