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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  • ACA Fights for School Counselors

    ACA, along with overwhelming support from our members, was instrumental in the reinstatement of the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program (ESSCP). In an April 28th letter, ACA requested that $50 million in funding be provided to sustain the ESSCP. We are hopeful that Congress will continue to support the program as it has in the past. Read letter
  • Practice Briefs: Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD)

    DMDD, a new diagnosis in the DSM-5, is characterized by chronic, severe persistent irritability in children and adolescents. In this Practice Brief, learn about this new diagnosis, assessments for the diagnosis, and intervention strategies.
  • Counseling Today

    Counseling Today: Fresh thinking on old issues

    The 2015 ACA Conference provided fertile ground for innovative thinking in counseling, including some emerging perspectives on trauma, suicide and bullying. More
  • 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 Supports Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act

    May 20, 2015
    Yesterday, Dr. David Kaplan, Chief Professional Officer of the American Counseling Association (ACA), stood with Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) to introduce the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act (TFPA), which, if signed into law, would mandate the first federal ban on conversion therapy.
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  • ACA in the News: Summer Camps and Separation Anxiety

    May 13, 2015
    ACA’s Chief Professional Officer, David Kaplan, spoke with the Connection Newspapers about separation anxiety at summer camp and how to prepare for it.
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  • More LPCs to Be Included Under New TRICARE Language

    May 12, 2015
    The House Armed Services Committee has included language advocated for by the American Counseling Association (ACA) that creates a true grandparenting process for Licensed Professional Counselors to serve as Independent Practitioners under TRICARE. This groundbreaking language is part of the House version of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)–the legislation that sets the policy and rules for the nation’s armed forces.
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  • US Supreme Court Allows NJ Conversion Therapy Ban to Stand

    May 11, 2015
    As CBS News reports the Supreme Court’s decision to turn away the challenge to ban gay conversion therapy, the American Counseling Association stands with other mental health associations in supporting counselors to help youth thrive, whether they are transgender, gay, lesbian, bisexual or queer.
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  • How to Delegate a Task: 9 Important Steps

    May 19, 2015
    Delegation is one of the most important skills for a business owner to master. Done well, delegation will help get you out of the day-to-day minutia and allow you to focus your attention on broader company issues. In addition, good delegation can increase the morale, confidence and productivity of your team.
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  • 8 Tips for Naming Your Counseling Practice

    May 11, 2015
    What's in a Name? Naming your practice is like getting a tattoo. It’s painful. And, excluding expensive surgery, it’s something you’re stuck with for life. As difficult as it may be to decide on what, you know, you want to be known as to the public, I’ll provide some pointers on picking a good name for your practice.
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Sara Brandt

University of Wisconsin — Whitewater

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Brad Hinman

Andrews University

“One of the things I love the most about being a student member of ACA is that I can be part of an organization that includes veteran counselors and therapists as well as students. It is a great way to connect to my future career and learn from others who have gone before me”

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Dawn Riley

Eastern New Mexico University

“What I love about being a student member of ACA is the security I have in knowing that I have a professional family to turn to for all things counseling…”

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Heather Fuller

Capella University

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Pat Baranczyk

Winona State University

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ACA Publications

  • ACA Ethical Standards Casebook, Seventh Edition

    ACA Ethical Standards Casebook, Seventh Edition

    Barbara Herlihy and Gerald Corey
    The seventh edition of this top-selling text provides a comprehensive resource for understanding the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics and applying its principles to daily practice.... Learn More
  • A Contemporary Approach to Substance Use Disorders and Addiction Counseling, Second Edition

    A Contemporary Approach to Substance Use Disorders and Addiction Counseling, Second Edition

    Ford Brooks and Bill McHenry
    Written as an introduction to the field of addiction counseling, this text covers the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to counsel people who are struggling with addiction.... Learn More
  • Career Counseling: Holism, Diversity, and Strengths, Fourth Edition

    Career Counseling: Holism, Diversity, and Strengths, Fourth Edition

    Norman C. Gysbers, Mary J. Heppner, and Joseph A. Johnston
    The latest edition of this bestseller presents a holistic, strengths-based, and theoretically sound model of career development and the career counseling process.... Learn More
  • 78086

    A Counselor's Guide to Working With Men

    edited by Matt Englar-Carlson, Marcheta P. Evans, and Thelma Duffey
    Focusing on the unique opportunities and challenges associated with counseling men, this book examines a variety of critical issues pertaining to the psychology of men and masculinity and presents successful, evidence-based strategies for treatment.... Learn More