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

ACA Nominations and Elections Handbook - February 2020
2020-2021 ACA Nominations and Election Handbook Feb 2020

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 (August 2020)

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 2018 Public Version

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    Great News for Licensed Professional Counselors! HHS Extends the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

    by Katrina Lee | Jul 24, 2020
    Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar has signed a continuation of the COVID-19 public health emergency, ensuring greater access to mental health services.

    On Thursday, July 23, 2020, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar signed a continuation of the COVID-19 public health emergency, ensuring that critical resources to fight the COVID-19 pandemic can continue as the nation continues to battle an unprecedented health crisis. Public health emergencies last for 90 days, so without another extension this latest renewal will expire in late October.

    The public health emergency declaration has helped the emergency approval of new drugs and tests, flexibility for government-run health insurance programs and the deployment of federally funded personnel to focus on the virus. The declaration has also allowed licensed professional counselors to provide quality mental health services and greater access to care, while waiving certain telebehavioral health restrictions.

    Changes like this start with you! If you would like to become a change agent and get involved in ACA’s advocacy efforts, please email the ACA Government Affairs and Public Policy team at advocacy@counseling.org.