May 2015

Philippines Counseling Association 51st Annual Convention
Dates: May 20-22, 2015
Location: Manila, Philippines

June 2015

Association for Humanistic Counseling (AHC) 2015 National Conference
Dates: June 5-6 2015
Location: Cleveland, OH

The American Counseling Association – Asia Pacific Counseling Conference 2015 (ACA-APCC 2015)
Dates: June 18-19 2015
Location: Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre

American School Counselor Association (ASCA) 2015 Annual Conference

Dates: June 28 – July 1, 2015
Location: Phoenix, AZ

National Career Development Association (NCDA) Global Career
Development Conference
Dates: June 30 – July 2, 2015
Location: Denver, CO

July 2015

American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) Annual Conference
Dates: July 9-11, 2015
Location: Philadelphia, PA

Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values (ASERVIC)
Dates: July 16-18, 2015
Location: New York, NY

ACA Governing Council Meeting
Dates: July 20-21, 2015
Location: Alexandria, VA

ACA Institute for Leadership Training
Dates: July 22-25, 2015
Location: Alexandria, VA

August 2015

Association for Adult Development and Aging (AADA) Conference 2015
Dates: August 6-7
Location: New York, NY

September 2015

Florida Counseling Association 66th Annual Convention
Dates: September 11-12, 2015
Location: Orlando, FL

Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC) Conference
Dates: Memphis, TN
Location: September 18, 2015

Louisiana Counseling Association 2015 Conference
Dates: September 27-29
Location: Baton Rouge, LA

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

Oregon Counseling Association 2015 Fall Conference
Dates: October 23-24, 2015
Location: Ashland, OR

November 2015

Kentucky Counseling Association Conference
Dates: November 4-6
Location: Louisville, KY

Texas Counseling Association 2015 Professional Growth Conference
Dates: November 4-7, 2015
Location: Corpus Christi, TX

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

Alabama Counseling Association Annual Conference 2015
Dates: November 17-21, 2015
Location: Montgomery, AL

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

Virginia Counselors Association Convention
Dates: November 20-22, 2015
Location: Williamsburg, VA

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

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

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

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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."