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
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    Counseling Today: Integrated interventions

    Counselors working as part of integrated care teams in hospitals, outpatient medical centers and community mental health clinics are helping to erase the artificial boundaries between mental and physical health. More

  • Licensure Portability—A Priority for Counselors and ACA

    Explore this topic and more in the April Journal of Counseling & Development. Despite the need for mental health providers in many underserved communities, professional counselors continue to face roadblocks to practice when moving to another state.  These barriers exist because state licensing boards have developed rules and regulations independently of one another for decades, resulting in inconsistent requirements for becoming and practicing as a licensed professional counselor. More

Latest News

  • ACA Asks White House to End Forced Family Separations at U.S. Border

    Jun 20, 2018
    The American Counseling Association called on the Trump Administration to immediately end its practice of separating children from their families at the international border and ports of entry. The practice, part of the Administration’s new “zero tolerance” policy, has separated more than 2,000 children from their families and placed them in facilities at multiple sites throughout the United States.
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  • Gun Violence Trauma: ACA Offers Free Resources for Counselors

    May 21, 2018
    ACA members—and all professional counselors—are fully prepared to assist anyone in need of support following an episode of trauma.
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  • 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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  • 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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  • A New Job…One Year Later

    Jun 22, 2018
    As a new professional in clinical mental health counseling, specifically at a university, it was a remarkable first year that took me from Providence, RI to a little village called Alfred in upstate NY. I also had an article published last month, and passed my licensure exam! All seemed good, right?
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  • Psychedelic Assisted Treatments - Testing the Waters

    Jun 22, 2018
    At this year’s ACA conference, I had the privilege of presenting an education session on how psychedelic (such as LSD and psilocybin) and psychedelic-like (MDMA) drugs have and are and have been being used as treatments for mental health and substance use disorders.
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  • Strong Fathers Are Involved Fathers

    Jun 20, 2018
    One of the greatest impacts a father can have is to be involved in the life of his child. An involved father is a strong father. Involved fathers are able to encourage and discipline with more confidence, because being involved opens doors to speak into the lives of their children.
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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