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

Teachers College Hosts Tribute to Albert Ellis

by Amber McLaughlin | Sep 12, 2013
On September 25, 2013, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the Teachers College will host a special event to honor the legacy of Albert Ellis in the Milbank Chapel of Columbia University.
This September marks the birth centennial of Albert Ellis.

After his time at Teachers College, Ellis went on to become the father of cognitive-behavioral therapy and founder of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), discovering that people’s beliefs strongly affect their emotional functioning. By the time he died at age 93, Ellis had become considered by many to be more influential than Freud.

On September 25, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the Teachers College will host a special event to honor the legacy of Albert Ellis in the Milbank Chapel of Columbia University.

The evening will be a tribute to his impact in the field of psychology presented by Lisa Miller, Professor of Psychology and Education and Director of Clinical Psychology and his wife, Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis, who worked alongside Ellis for many years.

A Tribute to Albert Ellis, the Father of Cognitive Therapy
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th St.
New York, NY 10027

Milbank Chapel
September 25, 2013
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


If you are interested in attending, please register here.