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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    ACA Responds to the Recent Voter Suppression Law in Georgia and Upcoming Bills in Other States

    by Katrina Lee | Apr 01, 2021
    ACA stands with the many voters, voting rights organizations and lawyers, who have condemned legislation that imposes unconstitutional burdens on the right to vote.

    The American Counseling Association (ACA) believes that full and equal access to voting is a fundamental right for all citizens. The recent passage of SB 202 by the Georgia state legislature, which goes into effect on July 1, 2021, is in direct contrast to our mission and values which seeks to “empower diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals.”

    “The right to vote is critical to every American’s ability to essentially have voice and advocate for their beliefs including their overall health and well-being,” said Sue Pressman, ACA President. “It’s apparent that provisions included in the law intentionally makes voting harder for many previously disenfranchised voters and impedes the progress and recovery of a nation already reeling from the effects of the Covid pandemic and systemic oppression.”

    The controversial law does the following:

    • Imposes unnecessary and burdensome new identification requirements for absentee voting as it unduly restricts the use of absentee drop boxes;
    • Bans mobile polling places;
    • Prohibits the state from distributing unsolicited absentee ballot applications;
    • Invalidates ballots cast by lawful voters before 5:00 p.m. in a precinct other than the one to which they were assigned, regardless of the reason or their ability to travel to another location to cast their ballot;
    • Bans any non-poll worker from providing food or drink, including water, to voters waiting in line; and,
    • Compresses the time period for voting in the runoff election.

    ACA stands with the many voters, voting rights organizations and lawyers, who have condemned this legislation that imposes unconstitutional burdens on the right to vote. We also applaud the work of Governor Ralph Northam (VA), who recently approved the Voting Rights Act of Virginia, which provides protections against voter suppression, discrimination or intimidation. 

    Now, Congress must act quickly and pass the For the People Act to thwart forthcoming voter suppression attempts and modernize America’s voting systems and give its citizens the peace of mind and assurance that they matter, their voices will be heard and their votes counted.