20/20: Consensus Definition of Counseling

The delegates met at the ACA Conference in Pittsburgh in March 2010 and agreed on a unified definition of counseling.

Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals.

The delegates made it clear that the definition was a basic framework and that each participating organization is welcome to add a statement that fleshes out the particular specialty or area of focus.

The definition was then submitted to the leaders of the participating organizations, and was approved by 29 of the organizations. Click here for 2020 JCD Article!

Endorsing organisations are:

  • ACA
  • ACA M/W/R
  • ACA N/A/R
  • ACA S/R
  • ACA W/R
  • AADA
  • AARC
  • ACC
  • ACCA
  • ACEG
  • ACES
  • AMCD
  • ARCA
  • ASGW
  • CORE
  • CRCC
  • CSI
  • NBCC
  • NCDA
  • NECA
  • NRCA

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