The American Counseling Association is the world's largest organization representing professional counselors in various
practice settings.



  • ACA Newsletters


    Two, bi-weekly newsletters, Member Minute and Counseling Insider, give you easy access to the latest in counseling.
  • ACA Government Affairs Blog

    The ACA Government Affairs team strives to keep the counseling community connected with important legislative news, updates, and announcements that affect the profession. Click here to explore.
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    Free Podcast - Values & Ethics in Counseling

    Dana Heller Levitt and Holly J. Hartwig Moorhead provide an overview of the ethical code and how counselors need to address their personal values in the counseling relationship. Case examples and practice guidance is offered throughout this conversation. Listen
  • CTMarch2018

    Counseling Today: Parenting in the 21st century

    Raising children has never been easy, but given the extreme expectations placed on today’s parents and the range of modern-day challenges confronting them, the support and guidance of counselors can be invaluable. More

  • JCD: Using Hip-Hop Culture and Rap Music in Counseling Black Men

    The Jan. 2018 issue of Journal of Counseling & Development is now available. Inside, author Ahmad Rashad Washington proposes that counselors can effectively use rap music with Black male clients who identify with Hip-Hop culture to facilitate discussion about the social injustices they face. Explore this topic and more in the latest issue. More

Latest News

  • American Counseling Association and the American School Counselor Association Announce New Collaborative Relationship

    Mar 21, 2018
    The American Counseling Association (ACA) and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) are pleased to announce a new collaborative relationship that will support continued growth of both organizations as we continue to serve the best interests of school counselors nationwide. As of April 1, both organizations will operate independently and autonomously – a formal recognition of the existing relationship, which was voted on by the ACA Governing Council on March 21, 2018. ACA and ASCA will continue to work together on common advocacy issues that strengthen the work of school counselors to support children and adolescents.
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  • In Support of Counselors and Students Seeking a Reduction in Gun Violence

    Mar 14, 2018
    The American Counseling Association recently adopted a resolution calling for more school counselors to support children affected by gun trauma.
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  • Get Ready. April is Counseling Awareness Month!

    Mar 13, 2018
    Each year, the American Counseling Association designates April as Counseling Awareness Month. The celebration, first held in 2002, was created to recognize the important work done by professional counselors and to draw attention to the many ways that counseling can help everyone.
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  • ACA Calls for More School Counselors to Support Children Affected by Gun Trauma

    Mar 01, 2018
    On Tuesday, Feb. 27, the Executive Committee of the American Counseling Association adopted a resolution supporting and highlighting the role that school counselors play in addressing the anxiety, stress, and trauma students experience after a school shooting. The resolution underscores the vital role that school counselors play in helping students cope with adverse conditions.
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  • ACA Names National Award Winners

    Feb 28, 2018
    The American Counseling Association and the American Counseling Association Foundation are pleased to announce the 76 winners of their annual awards competitions for professional counselors and counseling students.
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  • When Therapists Struggle

    Mar 23, 2018
    When our clients get into “slumps” or “moods”, counselors encourage, offer suggestions, find resources and above all, demonstrate kindness. We wouldn’t think twice about our willingness to go above and beyond when we discern a genuine need for a client whom needs a little extra.
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  • The Why and How of Wellness for Counselors

    Mar 23, 2018
    Wellness is a multidimensional concept in which an individual maintains well-being in several domains. Counselors interact with these domains on a regular basis as we promote comprehensive health. It is imperative for counselors to embrace and engage more fully in the concept of wellness in their personal and professional lives.
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  • The Generalization of Hate: Reaction to the Austin Bombings

    Mar 23, 2018
    Austin, Texas was recently shaken to its core by a spree of seemingly targeted package bombs. Despite some compelling evidence of potential racial motives, the FBI and local authorities are still unclear as to what the true motive was.
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ACA Publications

  • The Counseling Dictionary, Fourth Edition

    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

    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

    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