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ACA Committee/Task Force Statement of Commitment 2016

2016-2017 ACA Committees

Audit Committee
The Committee’s primary duties and responsibility are to:
In working with the auditors, review the adequacy and the reliability of ACA’s internal controls and financial reporting; review the independence and performance of ACA’s external independent auditor (“Auditor”); review the ACA’s compliance with tax requirements; review allegations of violations of the ACA’s stated policies on Business Conduct, Conflicts of Interest, and Business Ethics; and the committee will report to Governing Council and recommend appropriate actions at regularly scheduled meetings.

Awards Committee
The Awards Committee shall develop procedures and administer the awards program for the Association.

Branch Development Committee
The Branch Development Committee shall promote information sharing and mentoring at the Region and Branch level regarding a) membership recruitment and retention plans and programs that have proven effective or successful; b) sources of and ways to enhance non-dues revenue; c) leadership recruitment, retention and revitalization; d) website design, operation and maintenance; and Branch evaluation and planning for present and future technology needs.

Bylaws Committee
The Bylaws Committee shall review all proposed additions, revisions and deletions to  the ACA Bylaws and the Bylaws of branches, divisions, organizational affiliates, and forward their review to the ACA Governing Council.

Compensation Committee
The Compensation Committee recommends policies and processes to the Executive Committee and the Governing Council for the regular and orderly review of the compensation and benefits, the CEO and other senior executives (disqualified individuals).

Conference Program Selection Committee
The Conference Program Selection Committee is a group of counseling leaders who select the programs that will make up the ACA Pre-Conference Learning Institutes and Conference Education Sessions.

Ethics Committee
The Ethics Committee protects the public through the adjudication process and assists ACA with educating the membership concerning the Code of Ethics, monitoring and providing input into the revision of the Code of Ethics, and receiving and processing complaints of alleged violations of the Code of Ethics of the association. The Ethics Committee shall assist with the development of an annual statistical report of cases, which is published in an ACA publication. The Ethics Committee shall assist with the interpretation of the ACA Code of Ethics for members. 

Ethics Appeals Panel

Financial Affairs Committee
The Financial Affairs Committee shall advise the Governing Council and Executive Director on such matters as budget planning and development and financial management. The Financial Affairs Committee shall monitor the Association’s finances and fiscal health.

Graduate Student Committee
The ACA Graduate Student Committee shall promote graduate student members interest in the ACA. The committee shall work toward establishing active communication between ACA leadership, divisions, branches, and regions in order to promote graduate student involvement in the organization. The committee shall prepare an annual report detailing its activities, goals, and objectives.

Human Rights Committee
The Human Rights Committee shall promote programs that proactively address human rights, societal trends, and social issues most relevant to the profession and react to the barriers that interfere with human rights. The Committee shall administer the Human Concerns Fund and shall address human concerns as they affect the counseling profession.

International Committee
The International Committee shall promote, respect, and recognize the global interdependence among individuals, organizations, and societies. The Committee shall build bridges and promote meaningful relationships between ACA and other organizations outside the United States. The purpose of international professional collaboration shall be to promote the commonalities across these international organizations and their missions.

Investment Subcommittee

Nominations and Election Committee
The Nominations and Election Committee shall conduct the nominations and election of the Association, and annually review and recommend procedures for carrying out the annual election in accordance with the nominations and elections policies as adopted by the Governing Council.

Professional Standards Committee
The Professional Standards Committee shall promote the professionalization of counseling. The Committee shall be responsible for counselor advocacy and for monitoring graduate program accreditation, counseling center accreditation, and national voluntary counselor certification programs.

Public Policy and Legislation Committee
The Public Policy and Legislation Committee shall promote and support public policy and legislation that promotes the profession and enhances human development. The Committee shall be responsible for national and state legislative efforts related to counseling, including state licensure, and for government relations training of members.

Publications Committee
The Publications Committee shall make recommendations to the Governing Council and the Associate Publisher on such matters as media policy and procedures, planning, and development.  The Committee shall develop policies for the publication of the Journal of Counseling & Development, Counseling Today, books, and other media developed by the Association.

Research and Knowledge Committee
The Research and Knowledge Committee shall promote the advancement and dissemination of research and knowledge in counseling.

2016-2017 ACA Targeted Task Groups

Division/Region Partnerships: Focus on Leader Development, Targeted Task Group
This TTG will explore ways in which to meet two specific goals: 1) In the spirit of targeted inclusion of various diversities, this group of leaders will devise a plan and strategies, to enhance the leadership 'pipeline' to higher level ACA and professional leadership; and 2) increase communication and advocacy by three-way sponsorship with ACA, and co-sponsorship, intentional sharing of activities, and increasing membership for ACA divisions and regions.  
Division/Region Partnerships: Focus on Leader Development TTG Roster

LGBT Adult Lifespan Development: Counseling, Targeted Task Group

Through developmental stages of young adult, midlife adult, and older adult, this TTG will explore the diversity within each stage of the LGBT population. With a lens of intersectionality, aspects of the group such as identity/multiple identities; culture and minority status; physical ability; and gender for example, will be examined. Counseling needs can be specific for the LGBT group; this TTG will examine risk factors in various counseling settings, and demographics create the need for counseling, advising, and mentoring strategies built on self-awareness, empathy and skills/knowledge. The culmination will be the creation of a training guide on the intersectionality of counseling LGBT adults within a lifespan perspective, which will be used initially at an ACA Training Conference/Institute called ILLUMINATE! on the same topic.
LGBT Adult Lifespan Development: Counseling TTG Roster

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ILT 2013 Attendees Spend a Day on the Hill

by User Not Found | Jul 29, 2013
More than 130 ACA leaders spent the day on Capitol Hill meeting with members of Congress and their staff to lobby for legislation in the areas of mental health, school and career counseling, and veterans affairs.

ACA members meet with Representative Steve Womak (R-AR) during ACA's 2013 Institute for Leadership Training "Day on the Hill."

Counseling leaders from around the country visited Capitol Hill on Thursday, July 25, where they lobbied for important legislation.

Participants were dropped off in front of the Capitol building where they posed for a photo on the Capitol’s historic steps before heading off to meetings with members of Congress. The first stops were the Russell, Dirksen, and Hart Senate Office Buildings, where participants had in-person meetings with their respective senators. After that, the group made its way to the Cannon, Longworth, and Rayburn House Office Buildings to meet with representatives.

During these face-to-face meetings with members of Congress and their staff, Day on the Hill participants discussed three specific policy initiatives (as well as an existing piece of legislation) that would benefit both professional counselors and Americans with mental health needs:           

  • Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program – helps school districts establish or expand school-based counseling services by providing funding to hire qualified state licensed or certified school counselors, school psychologists, and school social workers in order to improve school safety and increase students’ academic achievement.
  • Counseling for Career Choice Act – a grant program that will allow professional school counselors to better prepare students for making educated decisions about post-secondary options, and will increase career planning resources and services for students through partnerships with state industries and businesses.
  • Seniors Mental Health Access Improvement Act of 2013 – establishes Medicare coverage of both licensed professional counselors and licensed marriage and family therapists for the provision of medically necessary outpatient psychotherapy, at the same reimbursement rates as clinical social workers.
  • Veterans Affairs Integration – despite the fact that the Veterans First Contracting Program (which explicitly recognizes licensed professional mental health counselors as clinicians within VA facilities) was enacted in 2006, there is little evidence that many of the 1,600 newly hired mental health professionals in VA facilities are counselors.

ACA member Chad Mosher with Senator John McCain (R-AZ) during ACA's 2013 Institute for Leadership Training "Day on the Hill."