About ACA

About ACA

The American Counseling Association is a not-for-profit, professional and educational organization that is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession. Founded in 1952, ACA is the world's largest association exclusively representing professional counselors in various practice settings.

What Is Counseling?

According to 20/20: A Vision for the Future of Counseling, the delegates comprised of 31 counseling organizations agreed upon a unified definition of counseling: Professional counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals.

Divisions, Branches, and Regions

There are 20 chartered divisions within the American Counseling Association. These divisions provide leadership, resources and information unique to specialized areas and/or principles of counseling.  ACA has four regions, which serves members in those regions.  Lastly, ACA has 56 chartered branches in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America.  Please click the following links to get more information about ACA's Divisions, Branches, and Regions.


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Latest News

  • ACA in the News: Opt-out Rule for Counselors Gains Approval in Arkansas

    Jul 13, 2016
    Yesterday, Arkansas lawmakers passed a bill that permits a counselor to opt out of working with a client if the provider has a conflict of "conscience." ACA immediately issued a statement condemning the passage, citing a direct violation of the ACA Code of Ethics.
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  • ACA Responds to Shootings in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas

    Jul 08, 2016
    “We are all saddened by the latest shootings in Baton Rouge and outside of Minneapolis. This is all further heightened by the shooting in Dallas. We take comfort in knowing that ACA members provide valuable services to communities and individuals who are trying to make sense of these tragic events,” said Rich Yep, CEO of the American Counseling Association.
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