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 Response to the Derek Chauvin Trial

    by Katrina Lee | Apr 20, 2021
    ACA is built on a mission that promotes human dignity and diversity, respect, the attainment of a quality of life for all, empowerment, integrity, social justice advocacy, equity and inclusion.

    The increasing terror and constant trauma of racial injustice and systemic racism in the United States reached a new emotional tipping point with the trial of Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd. Many people across the world saw this as a test of the criminal justice system. Police who violate the law must be held accountable. It is vital to know that – despite our individual or collective thoughts – this case had serious implications for the counseling profession.

    “The trial of Derek Chauvin coupled with other high-profile police killings of Black Americans in recent months, has been excruciatingly retraumatizing for many people, and Black people in particular,” said Dr. Sue Pressman, ACA President. “Professional counselors will need to assess themselves with a hypervigilant and transparent scope to root out any unidentified biases to help facilitate the racial and individual healing that is needed for our country.”

    ACA is built on a mission that promotes human dignity and diversity, respect, the attainment of a quality of life for all, empowerment, integrity, social justice advocacy, equity and inclusion. It is incumbent that we all think critically about what the Chauvin case really means within the context of the greater societal good—specifically its impact on racial justice.

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    ACA is committed to actively listening and working to achieve the promise of a greater America for all. For more information about racism, racial trauma and healing, we strongly urge you to visit our Racism page.