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

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Every person has access to quality professional counseling to thrive.

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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

    Highly treatable but often passed off as shyness or awkwardness, social anxiety can bring clients to a counselor’s door when they’ve reached a breaking point and are no longer able to get by with their long-held coping mechanisms. Read more in Counseling Today's August cover story.
  • Journal of Counseling & Development

    Fears and triggers resulting from child sexual abuse can affect survivors’ parenting practices in adulthood, leading them to overprotect their children in a world they view as unsafe. This unique research is detailed in the July issue of the Journal of Counseling & Development.   Read

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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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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