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 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 - 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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    The American Counseling Association Foundation Offers Grants of Up to $500

    by User Not Found | Oct 10, 2019
    The American Counseling Association Foundation is seeking proposals from American Counseling Association members for grants of up to $500.

    The grant funding may be used in a variety of ways, including:

    • The purchase of materials of an educational or therapeutic nature.
    • The purchase of food supplies directly related to the specific aims of the proposed project. (Up to 10 percent of the total requested funds may be used to purchase food supplies.)
    • For graduate students, the funds may be used to maintain enrollment in a graduate program (e.g., for student fees, books).

    Applicants for American Counseling Association Foundation grants must be an active member of the American Counseling Association and currently working as a counselor or counselor educator or currently enrolled as a graduate student in a counseling program. If a team of applicants submits an application packet, at least one applicant on the team must be an active ACA member upon submission of the application.

    All grant requests must be submitted by completing the online American Counseling Association Foundation funding application.

    Applicants are required to answer all of the questions included in the online form and to submit a preliminary budget detailing the use of the requested funds.

    The application deadline is January 15, 2020. Additional information, including a point of contact for any questions, is available online.