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 (June 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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    H.R. 945 – Medicare Reimbursement for Mental Health Counselors Takes a Step in the Right Direction

    by Katrina Lee | Sep 10, 2020
    Medicare Reimbursement is on the Move

    On September 10, 2020, the House Energy & Commerce Committee held a full committee markup of 38 different bills, including the Mental Health Access Improvement Act (H.R. 945). The bills considered today included many health-related bills intended to expand access to mental health services, combat the opioid epidemic, reauthorize key public health programs and improve Medicare enrollment.

    H.R. 945 was labeled as “premature” by House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Michael Burgess (R-TX).  However, Subcommittee Chairperson Anna Eshoo (D-CA) voiced her support and labeled the bill a “priority”. She stated, “It is imperative that we expand the pool of qualified mental health professionals who are eligible to treat Medicare beneficiaries.”

    H.R. 945 was voted favorably out of committee. The Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) stated his intent is to have all bills that were voted out of committee voted on by the full House of Representatives within the next three weeks. Once the bill passes a full House vote, the U.S. Senate will need to vote on the bill in order to move it to the President’s desk to become law.

    The American Counseling Association would like to thank our ACA advocates and our bill supporters for helping this bill move forward in the United States House of Representatives.