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 19 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.

Policies, Bylaws & Forms


ACA Articles of Incorporation and Amendments
ACA Articles of Incorporation - August 1952 

ACA Bylaws
Bylaws - March 2015

ACA Policies Manual
Policy Manual - April 2018

ACA Code of Ethics

2014 ACA Code of Ethics

Code of Leadership Conduct

ACA Code of Leadership Conduct

Past Meeting Minutes
APGA/AACD/ACA Governance Meeting Minutes

Governing Council Motions
Governing Council Motions - 2003 - Present (April 2018)

IRS Form 1023, Exemption Application

IRS Tax Exemption Letter for ACA

IRS Tax Exemption Letter for ACA Group (ACA divisions that are listed)

IRS Form 990 - ACA 2016 Public Version




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Latest News

ACA Names National Award Winners

by Kathie Felix | 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.

A total of 35 recipients were named in the American Counseling Association National Awards program. The awardees are listed online here.

Eight award winners were selected in the American Counseling Association Ethics Competition, four in the category of Master’s-Level Awards and four in the category of Doctoral-Level Awards. The winners are listed online here.

The American Counseling Association Foundation/Corey/Ivey Tomorrow’s Counselors Essay Competition named 16 winners and the American Counseling Association Foundation/Ross Trust Future School Counselors Essay Competition named 17 winners. They are listed online here.

The award recipients will be recognized at a ceremony at the American Counseling Association 2018 Conference & Expo in Atlanta, Ga., in April.

Congratulations to all!