As the world's largest association representing professional counselors in various practice settings, the American Counseling Association stands ready to serve more than 55,000 members with the resources they need to make a difference. From webinars, publications, and journals to Conference education sessions and legislative action alerts, ACA is where counseling professionals turn for powerful, credible content and support.

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  • New Year, New Congress

    As we begin a new year, we also welcome a new Congress in Washington. This is a great time to reach out to your federal representatives and introduce them to the counseling profession and help them gain a better understanding of the important work you do for your communities. Here some simple tips on developing a relationship with Congress members.
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    Free Podcast - When Grief Becomes Complicated

    How does a client stay connected to someone who has died, and move on with their life? Learn about that and more, including the assessment and treatment of various types of grief, such as Anticipatory Grief, Disenfranchised Grief, and Ambiguous Grief. Listen
  • Practice Briefs: Excoriation Disorder

    Excoriation disorder is characterized by compulsive and obsessive skin picking behaviors which cause skin lesions and scabs. In this Practice Brief, learn about assessments including Skin Picking Scales, and intervention strategies such as Habit Reversal Training. Read and download the Practice Brief here.
  • Counseling Today

    Counseling Today: Confronting loneliness in an age of constant connection

    The Internet, cell phones, smartphones and social media have made it nearly impossible to unplug and disconnect, but ironically, the age-old problem of loneliness appears to be as prevalent as ever. More
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    Video: The True Value of the ACA Conference

    In this short video, ACA's Theresa Holmes addresses several of the most common questions we receive about the financial investment of attending the ACA Conference. View the video and visit the Conference website!
  • Read Our Weekly Newspaper Columns

    "Counseling Corner" columns help educate the public about counseling issues, counselors, and the counseling profession. Read all columns to date, and learn how you can use them to promote counseling. More

Latest News

  • ACA in the News: Budget Cuts and School Violence

    Jan 30, 2015
    Brad Erford, ACA member and past-president, spoke with Al Jazeera America about the impacts that budget cuts are having on counseling services and school violence initiatives across the country.
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  • 2015 ACA National Awards Winners Announced

    Jan 29, 2015
    Each year, the American Counseling Association recognizes and celebrates the achievements of counseling professionals who have distinguished themselves professionally, as well as through service to others.
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  • ACA in the News: Self-Compassion

    Jan 28, 2015
    In her monthly Psychology Today column, ACA President-Elect Thelma Duffey explores living through adversity with self-compassion.
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  • CT Staff Interviews Conference Keynotes Balkin & Kottler

    Jan 23, 2015
    Relationships are the heart of counseling. No matter how the profession grows and changes, relationships will remain central to the good that counselors do in their clients’ lives. And counselors should never lose sight of that fact, say Jeffrey Kottler and Richard Balkin.
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  • The Only One Part II

    Jan 29, 2015
    Being the only person of color in a classroom is nothing new to me. This was the case when I was studying as an undergrad to be an engineer back in the 1980s and when I went to graduate school for a degree in intercultural studies in the late 1990s. In the workplace I was typically the lone person of color whether on the manufacturing floor, in a meeting discussing student support services or teaching English overseas.
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  • The Only One

    Jan 22, 2015
    Having worked as a director for diversity efforts in higher education, I knew that choosing a graduate program in clinical mental health counseling was contingent on its commitment to cultural competence (i.e. privilege, power, bias and discrimination) and diversity in the coursework, training and faculty. For my studies, I want to focus on race, sexual orientation and the intersection of identities that often marginalize people in US American society.
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University of Wisconsin — Whitewater

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Andrews University

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Winona State University

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ACA Publications

  • Culturally Responsive Counseling With Latinas/os

    Culturally Responsive Counseling With Latinas/os

    Patricia Arredondo, Maritza Gallardo-Cooper, Edward A. Delgado-Romero, and Angela L. Zapata
    In what may be the most comprehensive book published to date about counseling Latinas/os, the authors provide culture-centered assessment and intervention strategies for effective clinical practice with individuals and families.... Learn More
  • Eating Disorders and Obesity

    Eating Disorders and Obesity

    Laura H. Choate
    Both practical and comprehensive, this long-needed book provides a clear framework for the assessment, treatment, and prevention of eating disorders and obesity.... Learn More
  • Mastering the Art of Solution-Focused Counseling

    Mastering the Art of Solution-Focused Counseling, 2nd edition

    Jeffrey T. Guterman
    The most current trends in solution-focused counseling are explored in the latest edition of this updated and expanded text... Learn More
  • Family Violence

    Family Violence

    David M. Lawson
    Counselors-in-training, educators, and practitioners will benefit greatly from this in-depth and thought-provoking look at family violence, its effects, and treatment options... Learn More