ACA: American Counseling Association

ACA Legislative Institute
Saturday, February 23rd to Tuesday, February 26th, 2008
Alexandria, VA

Registration is closed.

Welcome to the 2008 American Counseling Association Legislative Institute!

The American Counseling Association is pleased to announce that it is holding its 2008 Legislative Institute in Alexandria, Virginia, on Saturday, February 23rd through Tuesday, February 26th.

The three day, intensive training—offered exclusively to ACA members—will prepare attendees to become effective legislative advocates for the counseling profession and its clients at the state and federal level. Topics covered will include:

  • ACA's public policy operations and resources;
  • major federal policy issues impacting the counseling profession;
  • the Congressional policymaking process;
  • life inside a Congressional office: structure and schedules;
  • organization of state-level advocacy efforts;
  • conducting a face-to-face lobbying visit with an elected official;
  • methods of communicating and establishing relationships with legislators.

Class of 2007

Photo courtesy of John Young, past
Legislative Institute attendee
Attendees will hear from a range of experts on federal and state policymaking, including ACA public policy staff, Congressional process experts and consultants, and members of Congress and their staff. At the Institute, ACA will present one or more legislators with the ACA Legislative Service Award, recognizing extraordinary leadership at the national level on policy issues affecting the counseling profession.

The Institute will culminate in attendees making lobbying visits to their Senators and Representatives, after first being thoroughly briefed and prepared on the issues to be discussed. These lobbying visits are a vital part of the Institute: Senators and Representatives listen more closely to constituents than they do anyone else, and no one is better prepared to talk about counselors, their work, and their qualifications than are counselors themselves. The lobbying visits conducted during the Legislative Institute establish the foundation for ACA's legislative initiatives throughout the year.

Attendees will receive significant written resources to complement the on-site training and networking opportunities. These resources will include briefing papers and talking points on the policy issues facing the profession, and ACA's proprietary notebook on legislative advocacy for counselors, including outlines for state organization trainings and examples of state counseling organization advocacy products and materials. Given the intensive nature of the training, attendees will receive continuing education credits for completing the training.

More information is available via the links below, or by contacting Christie Lum in the ACA Office of Public Policy and Legislation at 800-347-6647 x354, or by sending an e-mail to

We hope to see you in Washington!

Frequently Asked Questions

Hotel and Travel Information

Last year's (2007) agenda (PDF) (Although this is from the previous Legislative Institute, the agenda for the 2008 Institute will be similar.)

Testimonials from Past Legislative Institute Attendees


Registration is closed.

Washington Area Tourism Information

Official Tourism Site of DC: (
DC Visitor Information Center: (
Alexandria Tourism Information: (
Official Tourism Site of Virginia: (