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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  • Latest News

    ACA Announces President-Elect for 2021 – 2022

    by Katrina Lee | Feb 12, 2021
    Dr. Kimberly N. Frazier has been elected President-Elect of the American Counseling Association (ACA) for 2021 – 2022.

    Kimberly N. Frazier, Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Rehabilitation & Counseling at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans (LSUHSC-NO), has been elected President-Elect of the American Counseling Association (ACA) for 2021 – 2022. She will begin her term as ACA President-Elect on July 1, 2021 and will begin serving as the American Counseling Association’s 71st president on July 1, 2022.

    Dr. Frazier is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).

    She is a member of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and currently serve as parliamentarian, chair of the ethics committee and an ad-hoc reviewer for the Journal of the Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development. Dr. Frazier is also a past president of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD) and has served as an ACA Governing Council Representative. 

    “I am honored to work with counseling professionals who are passionate about the counseling profession as well as specific sub-areas where I share their interest,” said Dr. Frazier. “These three components— diversity in leadership, clinician involvement and representation, and student involvement and representation—are the life-blood of the organization that will keep ACA fresh with ideas and mirror the principles the organization was founded.”

    Dr. Frazier earned a PhD in Counselor Education from the University of New Orleans.

    Full Election Results: 2021 ACA Division and Region Elections

    A list of the individuals elected in American Counseling Association divisions and regions can be viewed here. Congratulations to all!