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 in the News: Technology and Bullying

by Ashwini Yelamanchili | Nov 04, 2013
ACA's CEO, Richard Yep, was recently interviewed by Boston radio station, WERS-FM, regarding cyber-bullying. In the segment, “A Safe Place: The new breed of bully,” Yep, along with Katie Davis of MTV’S “A Thin Line” and Felicia Vargas of Boston Public Schools, discuss how technology has transformed bullying.
Listen to the segment here.