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Our plan to address critical and strategic issues facing the profession over four years.

VISION | OUR IMPACT

Every person has access to quality professional counseling to thrive.

MISSION | WHAT WE DO

Promote the professional development of counselors, advocate for the profession, and ensure ethical, culturally-inclusive practices that protect those using counseling services.

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    FREE CONTINUING EDUCATION

    ACA members get free continuing education in 12 free annual online courses (a $264 value). Find out what we're offering this month. 
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    CODE OF ETHICS

    Find the tools needed to ensure compliance with the ethical standards of the counseling profession. Read
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    ACA ADVOCACY 

    Stay up-to-date on legislative news, policy updates and timely announcements that affect the counseling profession. Read
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    ACA NEWS

    Get quick access to the latest in counseling in our two, bi-weekly newsletters, Counseling Insider and Member Minute (members only), industry news updates and our three blogs. Read
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    COUNSELING TODAY

    Counselors who dream of the freedom and autonomy they would gain by being their own bosses should also be aware of the many challenges that accompany the rewards. Read more in Counseling Today's April cover story.
  • Journal of Counseling & Development

    A Native American-inspired ceremony, like those used to prepare warriors for return to village life, reduced symptoms of psychological trauma in a small group of veterans, researchers report in the April Journal of Counseling & Development.   Read

Latest News

  • ACA Offers a Helping Hand to Members Affected by the Argosy Closing

    Mar 14, 2019
    The American Counseling Association supports its members in many ways—and is pleased to be able to offer a helping hand to ACA members affected by the recent closing of the 22 Argosy campuses nationwide.
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  • Congratulations to the 2019 ACA National Award Winners!

    Feb 28, 2019
    The American Counseling Association and the American Counseling Association Foundation are pleased to announce the 72 winners of the annual ACA National Awards for counseling students, counselors in practice and ACA members who have made extraordinary contributions to the counseling profession.
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  • ACA Announces President-Elect for 2019-2020

    Feb 12, 2019
    Sue Pressman, nationally recognized as one of the country’s leading career management and transition experts, has been named President-Elect of the American Counseling Association (ACA) for 2019-2020. She will begin her term as ACA President-Elect on July 1, 2019, and will begin serving as American Counseling Association 69th President on July 1, 2020.
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State Licensure & Certification Boards

Licensed professional counselors (LPCs) provide mental health and substance abuse care to millions of Americans. LPCs are licensed in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Find the licensure board in your state.

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  • Talk Money To Me

    Apr 23, 2019
    Graduate school is a unique experience that is rewarding and exciting! However, one of the challenges typical for graduate students is financial support. You certainly know the value to your professional growth to attend conferences, network at events, and conduct research, however, finding a way to pay for all of the associated expenses can be a challenge.
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  • What your son needs from you…

    Apr 22, 2019
    We think your son needs everything from you. However, the following 10 things add up to a solid start, and they are significant concepts to raising a son you both can be proud of…
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ACA Publications

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  • Wellness Counseling

    Jonathan H. Ohrt, Philip B. Clarke, and Abigail H. Conley
    This innovative text presents a comprehensive review of the theoretical and empirical support for a wellness approach to counseling.... Learn More
  • The Counselor and the Law, Eighth Edition

    Anne Marie "Nancy" Wheeler and Burt Bertram
    This eighth edition provides a current and comprehensive discussion of counselors' legal and ethical responsibilities.... Learn More
  • Choosing the Right Counselor for You

    Samuel T. Gladding and Kevin G. Alderson
    This concise guide is for individuals seeking a counselor for themselves or others. It contains a treasure trove of information.... Learn More
  • The Counseling Dictionary, Fourth Edition

    Samuel T. Gladding
    Even more comprehensive than previous editions, the 4th edition of The Counseling Dictionary fills an important void in the counseling field.... Learn More
  • The Secrets of Exceptional Counselors

    Jeffrey A. Kottler
    Every profession has trade secrets that are passed on from one generation to the next and counseling is no exception.... Learn More
  • Counseling Research: A Practitioner-Scholar Approach

    Counseling Research: A Practitioner-Scholar Approach

    Richard S. Balkin and David M. Kleist
    This introductory text for counselors-in-training and emerging researchers focuses on research methodology, design, measurement, and evaluation.... Learn More
  • 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