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.

Learn more about what ACA does for its members here.
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Latest News

In Support of Counselors and Students Seeking a Reduction in Gun Violence

by Kathie Felix | Mar 14, 2018
The American Counseling Association recently adopted a resolution calling for more school counselors to support children affected by gun trauma.

A link to the resolution is available here.

In addition to the work of professional counselors who deal with clients and students facing gun trauma, ACA is supportive of activities that call attention to this growing crisis in American public education.

On March 24, “March for our Lives” gatherings will take place across the country, organized by many students. If you are interested in participating in such an event, you will find more information online here.