Our History

Four independent associations convened a joint convention in Los Angeles, CA in 1952: The National Vocational Guidance Association (NVGA), the National Association of Guidance and Counselor Trainers (NAGCT), the Student Personnel Association for Teacher Education (SPATE), and the American College Personnel Association, in hopes of providing a larger professional voice. They established the American Personnel and Guidance Association (APGA), later changing names in 1983 to the American Association of Counseling and Development. On July 1, 1992, the association changed its name to the American Counseling Association (ACA) to reflect the common bond among association members and to reinforce their unity of purpose.

Headquartered in Alexandria, VA, just outside Washington, DC, the American Counseling Association promotes public confidence and trust in the counseling profession so that professionals can further assist their clients and students in dealing with the challenges life presents. The American Counseling Association services professional counselors in the U.S. and in 50 other countries including Europe, Latin America, the Philippines and the Virgin Islands. In addition, the American Counseling Association is associated with a comprehensive network of 19 divisions and 56 branches. The American Counseling Association also collaborates with several corporate and related organizations to enhance member services.

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ACA Names National Award Winners

by Kathie Felix | Feb 28, 2018
The American Counseling Association and the American Counseling Association Foundation are pleased to announce the 76 winners of their annual awards competitions for professional counselors and counseling students.

A total of 35 recipients were named in the American Counseling Association National Awards program. The awardees are listed online here.

Eight award winners were selected in the American Counseling Association Ethics Competition, four in the category of Master’s-Level Awards and four in the category of Doctoral-Level Awards. The winners are listed online here.

The American Counseling Association Foundation/Corey/Ivey Tomorrow’s Counselors Essay Competition named 16 winners and the American Counseling Association Foundation/Ross Trust Future School Counselors Essay Competition named 17 winners. They are listed online here.

The award recipients will be recognized at a ceremony at the American Counseling Association 2018 Conference & Expo in Atlanta, Ga., in April.

Congratulations to all!