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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Get Ready. April is Counseling Awareness Month!

by Kathie Felix | Mar 13, 2018
Each year, the American Counseling Association designates April as Counseling Awareness Month. The celebration, first held in 2002, was created to recognize the important work done by professional counselors and to draw attention to the many ways that counseling can help everyone.

For 2018, the American Counseling Association is focusing its Counseling Awareness Month efforts around the theme “A Counselor Can Help,” with an emphasis on spreading the word via social media using the hashtag #CounselorsHelp.

ACA member counselors—and all professional counselors—are an important part of countless life-changing moments across the globe. Professional counselors help in many ways, in many settings.

A counselor can help with:

  • recovering from trauma,
  • recovering from addiction,
  • making school choices,
  • making career choices,
  • getting a marriage on the right track,
  • getting a relationship on the right track,
  • getting a family on the right track,
  • rejoining civilian life after serving in the military,
  • helping everyone to reach their full potential
  • and much, much more.

During the month of April, the American Counseling Association will ask members to help spread the word, on social media and in other venues, about the many ways counselors can help. We hope you’ll share your stories through our April 2018 social media campaigns—and with your local media outlets.

If you’ll be joining us in Atlanta for the ACA Conference & Expo, we hope to see you at the Opening Night reception on Friday, April 27, where we’ll be ready to photograph you and your colleagues as you share your stories of the ways “A Counselor Can Help.”

Watch counseling.org and ACA social media for information on ways to join the celebration!