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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    Biden Administration Invests in Pediatric Mental Health Access

    by Guila Todd | Sep 01, 2021
    This announcement is a part of the Biden administration’s larger push to increase the accessibility of mental and behavioral health care services for children.

    On Friday, August 27, 2021, the Biden administration announced it had invested $10.7 million in American Rescue Plan funding to expand the Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program, also known as the HRSA MCHB 21st Century Cures Act Programs. This program supports state and regional efforts to provide tele-consultation, training, technical assistance, and care coordination to pediatric primary care providers treating children with behavioral health conditions.

    "I'm proud to announce nearly $11 million in grants to expand access to pediatric mental health care through telehealth, made possible by President Biden's American Rescue Plan," said Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra. "The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on all of us, especially children. This critical funding will not only improve the livelihoods of children and their families, but also secure the future of our country. We will continue to make investments that ensure our youngest Americans grow up strong and healthy."

    The expansion broadens the program’s reach from 21 funding awards in 21 states to 45 awards in 40 states, as well as the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Republic of Palau. It also provides support to two Tribal areas – the Chickasaw Nation and the Red Lake Band of the Chippewa Indians. The announcement is a part of the Biden administration’s larger push to increase the accessibility of mental and behavioral health care services for children.

    Twenty-four organizations received funds to expand pediatric mental health care access by integrating telehealth services into pediatric care. The American Counseling Association is communicating with the Health Resources & Services Administration to advocate for licensed professional counselors being permitted to apply for grant funding and access it independently if they are not employed by their states’ Department of Social Services office. We will continue to monitor progress on this issue and update you on these funding opportunities.

    Want to get involved in ACA’s advocacy efforts? Contact the ACA Government Affairs and Public Policy team at advocacy@counseling.org.