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: Finding balance with bipolar disorder

    Professional counselors have multiple skills they can bring to the table to help clients identify the presence and manage the symptoms of bipolar disorder. More

  • JCD: Easing Barriers to Portability: Next Steps

    The April 2018 issue of Journal of Counseling & Development is now available. Inside, authors David M. Kaplan and Kurt L. Kraus present an update on the counseling profession’s efforts to facilitate interstate licensure portability in the context of the 20/20: A Vision for the Future of Counseling initiative. Explore this topic and more in the latest issue. More

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  • “Why I decided to become a Counselor”

    May 17, 2018
    This quote from one of my favorite songs, “Conversations Rule the Nation”, inspired me to pursue a career in counseling. In therapy, it is all about the exchange of therapeutic conversations between counselor and clients, and that, the conversational aspect of therapy, has always stirred a passion within me to properly care for my clients.
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  • A Lesson in Joy

    May 17, 2018
    When I first met her, straight out of graduate school in my first job, I was terrified. My fear coming from a place of inadequacy and lack of knowledge. Sure, my school had prepared me for psychosis in the purest sense of the DSM; but it had not prepared me for the reality of it.
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  • ACA 2018 Conference Reflections

    May 15, 2018
    This year marked my third year at the ACA conference, during which I completed two presentations. I’ve presented in some capacity at the previous two conferences as well. I’m not sure what it is, but there’s something that draws me to presentations.
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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