Our History

Four independent associations convened a joint convention in Los Angeles, CA in 1952: The National Vocational Guidance Association (NVGA), the National Association of Guidance and Counselor Trainers (NAGCT), the Student Personnel Association for Teacher Education (SPATE), and the American College Personnel Association, in hopes of providing a larger professional voice. They established the American Personnel and Guidance Association (APGA), later changing names in 1983 to the American Association of Counseling and Development. On July 1, 1992, the association changed its name to the American Counseling Association (ACA) to reflect the common bond among association members and to reinforce their unity of purpose.

Headquartered in Alexandria, VA, just outside Washington, DC, the American Counseling Association promotes public confidence and trust in the counseling profession so that professionals can further assist their clients and students in dealing with the challenges life presents. The American Counseling Association services professional counselors in the U.S. and in 50 other countries including Europe, Latin America, the Philippines and the Virgin Islands. In addition, the American Counseling Association is associated with a comprehensive network of 19 divisions and 56 branches. The American Counseling Association also collaborates with several corporate and related organizations to enhance member services.

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    Nov 24, 2015
    ACA member Meg Stoltzfus spoke with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about common workplace issues facing the “Sandwich Generation," a demographic that social scientists describe as between the ages of 40 to 59, raising children and caring for aging parents at the same time they are struggling to keep up with their own expenses and save for retirement.
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  • ACA Media Spotlight: Talking to Kids About Drug Addiction

    Nov 23, 2015
    As part of the National Night of Conversation initiative last week, ACA member Adina Silvestri shared insights with Dr. Oz The Good Life about how to talk to kids about drug addiction.
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