October 2015

Nebraska Counseling Association 2015 Conference
Dates: October 1-2, 2015

West Virginia Counseling Association Fall Conference
Dates: October 1-3, 2015
Location: Flatwoods, WV

Wyoming Counseling Association Annual Conference
Dates: October 1-3, 2015
Location: Cheyenne, WA

American College Counseling Association (ACCA) 2015 Conference
Dates: October 1-4, 2015
Location: Louisville, KY

European Counseling Association Annual Conference
Dates: October 1 – 4, 2015
Location: Naples, Italy

Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Conference
Dates: October 7 – 11, 2015
Location: Philadelphia, PA

Nebraska Counseling Association
Dates: October 8-10, 2015

Oklahoma Counseling Association
Fall Conference,
Dates: October 23, 2015
Location: Midwest City, OK

Oregon Counseling Association 2015 Fall Conference

Dates: October 23-24, 2015
Location: Ashland, OR

November 2015

Mississippi Counseling Association
Mississippi Fall Conference
November 4-5, 2015
Biloxi, MS

Kentucky Counseling Association Conference

Dates: November 4-6, 2015
Location: Louisville, KY

Ohio Counseling Association
All Ohio Counselors’ Conference
November 4-6, 2015
Columbus, OH

Texas Counseling Association 2015 Professional Growth Conference

Dates: November 4-7, 2015
Location: Corpus Christi, TX

Virginia Counselors Association Convention
Dates: November 5-7, 2015
Location: Williamsburg, VA

Washington Counseling Association
Dates: November 6 - 7, 2015
Location: Spokane, WA

Pennsylvania Counseling Association Conference
Dates: November 6-8, 2015
Location: State College, PA

Illinois Counseling Association 5th Annual Conference
Dates: November 11-14, 2015
Location: Skokie, IL

Maryland Counseling Association
Dates: November 12-13, 2015
Location: Annapolis, MD

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - Friday, November 13, 2015 Annapolis, MD
Alabama Counseling Association Annual Conference 2015

Dates: November 18-20, 2015
Location: Montgomery, AL

Tennessee Counseling Association 58th Annual Conference
Dates: November 21-24, 2015
Location: Murfreesboro, TN

Washington Counseling Association Annual Conference
Dates: November 2015
Location: Spokane, WA

January 2016

Idaho Counseling Association
Dates: January 29-30, 2016

February 2016

North Dakota Counseling Association Annual Conference
Dates: February 14-16, 2016

Association for Specialist in Group Work (ASGW) 2016 National Conference
Dates: February 18-20, 2016
Location: Washington, DC

South Carolina Counseling Association 52nd Annual Conference
Dates: February 25-27, 2016
Location: Hilton Head, SC

Oklahoma Counseling Association
Mid-Winter Pre-Conference,
Date: February 26, 2016
Location: Midwest City, OK

Oklahoma Counseling Association
Mid-Winter Conference, Dates: February 226-27, 2016
Location: Midwest City, OK

March 2016

ACA Governing Council Meeting
Date: March 29-30, 2016
Location: Montreal, Canada

ACA Annual Conference and Expo Dates: March 31 – April 3, 2016 Location: Montreal, Canada

April 2016

Maine Counseling Association
Dates: April 11-12, 2016
Location: Rockport, ME

New Jersey Counseling Association
Dates: April 15-17, 2016

June 2016

The American Counseling Association
Executive Committee Meeting Dates: June 23-24, 2016
Location:  Alexandria, VA
Information: Holly

National Career Development Association
NCDA Regional Annual Conference
June 30 – July 2, 2015
Chicago, IL

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ILT 2013 Attendees Spend a Day on the Hill

by Ashwini Yelamanchili | 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."