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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    Apply Now: American Counseling Association Foundation Seeks Proposals for Spring 2021 Grants

    by Katrina Lee | Nov 19, 2020
    The American Counseling Association Foundation is seeking proposals from American Counseling Association members for grants of up to $500.

    The American Counseling Association Foundation is seeking proposals from American Counseling Association members for grants of up to $500.

    In response to the double pandemic of COVID-19 and systemic racism that our nation is combatting today, the ACA Foundation is able to provide up to ten awards for $500 for the January 2021 grant cycle. Grant proposals related to the eradication of systemic racism and/or support for professional counselors who are working with clients impacted by racism, oppression, discrimination, and COVID-19 related proposals will be prioritized. 

    The following criteria must be met:

    • Applicants must be an active member of the American Counseling Association currently working as a counselor or counselor educator, or 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 when the application is submitted.
    • 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.

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

    The current grant cycle is open and funding requests must be submitted by January 15, 2021.