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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    NOW ACCEPTING: 2022 ACA National Awards Nominations

    by Danny Le | Dec 01, 2021

    It's ACA Awards season again! Nominations are officially open for the next round of ACA National Awards. The Awards winners will be recognized at the upcoming 2022 ACA Conference & Expo in Atlanta, Georgia and the ACA 2022 Virtual Conference Experience.

    Each year, the American Counseling Association's National Awards program recognizes and celebrates the achievements of ACA members who have distinguished themselves through their work and enhanced the credibility and professionalism of counseling. The ACA National Awards salute outstanding achievements by counselors in a number of different categories.

    As an ACA member, you may nominate one or more fellow ACA members who have made noteworthy contributions to the counseling profession at the local or state levels. ACA Divisions/Organizational Affiliates, Branches, Chapters, Regions, or Committees can also submit nominations. All nominations must be submitted electronically by January 21, 2022.
     
    IMPORTANT DATES

    • Awards Nominations Open – December 1, 2021
    • Last Day to Submit Nominations – January 21, 2022
    • Award Winners Notified – Week of February 21, 2022

    For additional information, please contact Brandi McIntyre at awards@counseling.org.

    Learn more about the ACA National Awards.