1952

American Counseling Association established as the American Personnel and Guidance Association (APGA). Founding Divisions include the The National Vocational Guidance Association (presently known as the National Career Development Association, NCDA), the National Association of Guidance and Counselor Trainers (NAGCT), the Student Personnel Association for Teacher Education (SPATE), and the American College Personnel Association.

1953

ASCA initiated as the first new division by the governing body, then know as the Senate.

1958

ARCA chartered.

1964

The Senate recommended formation of a branch in every state, U.S. territories and foreign countries.

1965

AAC charted.

1966

NECA chartered.

1968

New bylaws adopted giving branches more authority in association governance, with regional representatives serving on the Board of Directors.

1970

Charters granted to 56 branches and numerous local chapters.

1972

AMCD and IAAOC chartered.

1973

ASGW chartered.

1974

ASERVIC chartered.

1978

AMHCA chartered.

1979

American Counseling Association relocates headquarters to interim facility in Falls Church, VA.

1983

Association name changes from APGA to the American Association for Counseling and Development (AACD). American Counseling Association relocates to Alexandria, VA.

1984

ACEG chartered.

1985

American Counseling Association governance (Senate, Board of Directors, and Executive Committee) combined to form a single governance structure called the Governing Council of the American Counseling Association.

1986

AADA chartered.

1989

IAMFC chartered.

1991

ACCA chartered.

1992

ACPA, one of the founding associations of the American Counseling Association, disaffiliated as a division of ACA

Association name change from AACD to the American Counseling Association (ACA).

Committees were established in accordance with the American Counseling Association's strategic plan.

1994

American Counseling Association newspaper, GUIDEPOST, changed its name to Counseling Today.

State licensure, certification, and/or registry adopted in 41 states and Washington, DC.

First-ever Counseling Awareness Month celebrated in April.

President Clinton signed into law the American Counseling Association-proposed Elementary School Counseling Demonstration Act.

1995

The Governing Council took bold steps for the counseling profession by creating identity and vision statements for the American counseling Association and revitalizing the mission statement. Vision Statement: To become recognized as the association for professional counselors. Mission Statement: To promote public confidence and trust in the counseling profession. Identity Statement: The American Counseling Association is a partnership of associations representing professional counselors who enhance human development.

1996

Creation of the ACA Center for Effective Counseling Practice

State licensure, certification, and/or registry adopted in 42 states and Washington, DC

AGLBIC chartered as a new organizational affiliate

ACA's first annual World Conference held in Pittsburgh, PA with more than 3,300 attendees plus 1,000 at the Professional Development Institutes just prior to the conference

ACA World Wide Web site launched at World Conference

Nearly 4,000 people attended ACA Professional Development National Workshops

ACA filed an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court which was cited along with the ACA Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice in the Court's 7-2 ruling in Jaffee vs. Redmond stating that clients have the right to expect confidentiality. The Court ruled that communications between psychotherapists and their clients are privileged and protected from forced disclosure.

1997

Working jointly with other associations to educate and protect the public ACA helped draft and adopt: "The Principles for the Provision of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Prevention Treatment Services: A Bill of Rights"

ACA's second World Conference in Orlando, FL attracted more than 4,000 attendees

Two additional states passed counselor licensure statutes providing increased protection for the public and increased professionalism for counselors. Now 44 states and the District of Columbia have counselor licensure or certification.

ACA Governing Council developed a unified definition of professional counseling.

1998

Launched ACAeNews - The electronic news and practice bulletin from the American Counseling Association. Published every other Thursday and delivered via e-mail, ACAeNews is free to counseling professionals, students, and other helping professionals.

1999

CSJ Chartered

2002

ACA 50th Anniversary

2004

ACC Chartered

2005

The first professional identity initiative to involve all 30 professional counseling organizations (including all ACA divisions and regions), 20/20: A Vision for the Future of Counseling was initiated as a co-sponsored project between the American Counseling Association and the American Association of State Counseling Boards.

2006

Law enacted recognizing counselors as mental health specialists within the Veterans Affairs health care system.

2008

The historic 20/20 Principles for Unifying and Strengthening the Professions was promulgated and endorsed by 29 counseling organizations, including 18 ACA divisions and all four ACA regions.

ACA's monthly member publication, Counseling Today, debuted its new format as a four-color magazine. Counseling Today first began publishing in December 1958 as a newsletter called The Guidepost before later converting to a tabloid-size newspaper and changing its name, first to Guidepost and later to Counseling Today.

2009

Counselor licensure enacted in all 50 states.

2010

A consensus definition of counseling was promulgated by the delegates to 20/20: A Vision for the Future of Counseling: "Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals."

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CACREP/CORE Announce New Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Standards

by Ashwini Yelamanchili | Oct 09, 2013
CACREP and its corporate affiliate CORE have released the newly adopted Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Standards (ClRC) for immediate use by master’s degree counseling programs seeking to become accredited.

The new standards can be found on the web at either www.cacrep.org or www.core-rehab.org.

Along with the release of the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Standards, CACREP and its corporate affiliate CORE have developed a conversion policy that outlines a process for 60 semester hour clinically-based programs that are currently accredited by CORE to seek dual accreditation as both a clinical rehabilitation counseling and a clinical mental health counseling program. While it is the intent to develop additional processes for applying for accreditation as a Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program, currently only applications meeting criteria for the conversion policy process are being accepted for review. The conversion policy is accessible at www.cacrep.org and www.core-rehab.org.

CACREP and its corporate affiliate CORE will be presenting details of their new agreement and processes at the ACES conference in October 2013, the NCRE conferences in November 2013 and March 2014, the AASCB conference in January 2014, and the ACA conference in March 2014. Additional updates will be published on the CACREP and CORE websites, in ACA’s e-News and Counseling Today, as well as posted on CESNET, NCRE, and other counseling listservs.

Download the CACREP/CORE press release here