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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    Dr. S. Kent Butler Begins Term as 70th President of the American Counseling Association

    by Katrina Lee | Jul 01, 2021
    Dr. Butler will begin serving as the American Counseling Association’s 70th president on July 1, 2021, after serving as ACA President-Elect for the last year.

    S. Kent Butler is a Professor of Counselor Education and the Interim Chief Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Officer at the University of Central Florida. A licensed professional counselor (LPC), Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and Nationally Certified School Counselor (NCSC), Dr. Butler will begin serving as the American Counseling Association’s 70th president on July 1, 2021, after serving as ACA President-Elect for the last year.

    An ACA member and fellow, Dr. Butler was selected as a 2020 Chief Diversity Officer Fellow within the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE). Throughout his academic career, his research has focused on how to effectively enrich the lives of all people through the preparation of highly qualified, culturally competent helping professionals.

    On the national level, Dr. Butler has served as the 2011 – 2012 President of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD) and was honored to be a member of AMCD’s Multicultural Counseling Competencies Revisions Committee (2014 – 2015), which produced the ACAAMCD endorsed Multicultural Social Justice Counseling Competencies (MSJCC).

    In April of 2016, Dr. Butler was bestowed with the prestigious ACA Fellow Award and served as an ACA Governing Council representative from 2015 to 2018. His research and academic interests lie in the areas of multicultural and international counseling, social justice, mentoring, group counseling, school counseling, multicultural supervision, and counseling work with African American males.

    Dr. Butler is a member of several national and regional organizations including the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD), Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies (MSJCC) Committee, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), the Association for Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC), and Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ). He is also founder and co-chairperson of the AMCD Writer’s Consortium.

    He holds a doctorate in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Counseling Psychology from the University of Connecticut and has worked as an educator at the University of Central Florida, the College of William & Mary, and the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

    Please join us in warmly welcoming our 70th ACA president, Dr. S. Kent Butler!