ACA Government Affairs: Join Us

Members recently submitted photos and stories, which added tremendous value to ACA's government affairs initiatives on Capitol Hill.

The montage is just a glimpse of the commitment and passion behind our membership. Make your voice heard!


AARP Supports Counselors

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), issued a letter to Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senator John Barrasso endorsing S. 562, the Seniors Mental Health Access Improvement Act. This bill would allow Licensed Professional Counselors to be reimbursed by Medicare, an issue we have all fought long and hard for.

ACA is very grateful for AARP’s support and thankful to have another ally in this important fight. You can read the entire letter here.

The ESSCP Deadline is approaching!

The deadline to submit applications for the Elemantary and Secondary School Counseling Program is April 28th! grant program This is a three-year grant program and each annual award ranges from $250,000-$400,000.

Click here to obtain an application!

For further information please view the announcement in the Federal Register.


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TRICARE is certifying counselors for independent practice.  Click here for a briefing sheet listing the requirements for certification—both during the current transition period and beginning in 2015—and contact information for each TRICARE region’s managed care support contractors, who are implementing certification.

The President has presented his budget…

President Obama has submitted his budget for fiscal year 2015. ACA staff has been attending numerous budget briefings from the administration and reviewing the document to bring you highlights that pertain to the counseling profession. Beginning this week we will be posting items about funding for those particular programs. If you would like to review the full budget, you can do so by clicking here.   

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Priorities of the 113th Congress

Personal Stories

  • One Member's Influence on Medicare Bill

    Apr 08, 2013
    One of my first advocacy experiences occurred in 2007 when I contacted Senator Sherrod Brown’s (D-Oh) office to discuss his supporting and cosponsoring Medicare legislation that included counselors. This was one of my first experiences advocating for the profession of counseling. I placed the call to his local office and...
    Full story
  • Staff and counselors come together at a Pennsylvania middle school to combat bullying

    Jan 17, 2013
    Stories about bullying in schools have been making headlines across the country for a number of years. The results from an anonymous student survey detailing the rates of bullying incidents in our school prompted our building to implement Olweus last year.
    Full story
  • Laura Gallo: Doing what is best for students in a complex role

    Jan 17, 2013
    Laura Gallo, a school counselor at Linn-Mar High School in Marion, Iowa recognizes firsthand the complexities in her profession. She has worked in challenging situations, such as with students who have abusive parents but refuse to leave their homes in order to care for their younger siblings.
    Full story



The department of Ethics is responsible for providing access to and interpretation of the American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics.

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Licensure Requirements

Professional education program accreditation is the process whereby a college or university professional program (e.g. counseling or psychology) voluntarily undergoes review by an accrediting body.

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