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.


8 Ways ACA Helped Counselors Help Others in 2018

2018 ACA Annual Report Infographic

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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 18 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 - May 2019

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 (July-2019)

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 2017 Public Version

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    ACA Co-Hosts the Asia Pacific Rim Confederation of Counsellors Conference

    by User Not Found | Aug 23, 2019
    The American Counseling Association, in partnership with the Australian Counselling Association and the Asia Pacific Rim Confederation of Counsellors, is co-hosting the sixth Asia Pacific Rim Confederation of Counsellors Conference.

    The event takes place Sept. 27 – 29, 2019, in Brisbane, Australia, at the Hilton Hotel Queensland.

    “The American Counseling Association appreciates the many opportunities and insights afforded by coming together as a global community of professionals,” ACA Chief Executive Officer Richard Yep said. “Our collaborative efforts will lead to the development and refinement of counseling theories, research, practices and skills training that are in the best interest of our clients, both in the Asia Pacific Rim and in the United States.”

    The three-day event will focus on insight and learning from around the Pacific Rim, with a special focus on meeting community mental health needs. The conference sessions are designed to help build the capacity of professionals in the Asia Pacific Rim who deliver front-line mental health services across a range of issues. Among other topics, the sessions will provide insight into the latest research and treatment strategies on alcohol and other drug use, trauma, suicide prevention, and telehealth.

    Mental health professionals attending the conference work in a wide range of areas, including research and development, policy, curriculum development, consumer advocacy, system design, lived experience of mental health issues, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander support.

    Detailed information on the conference, including registration information, is available online.