Heather Trepal, Licensed Professional Counselor and Board-Approved Supervisor (LPC-S, Texas), is the 68th president of the American Counseling Association.
Dr. Trepal is a professor and clinical mental health counseling program coordinator at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her research and publications focus on professional advocacy, self-injurious behavior, body image, bilingual counselor supervision and training, integrated behavioral health care, and relational-cultural theory.
A member of the American Counseling Association Professional Standards Committee, Dr. Trepal has been an ACA member for more than 17 years. She served as president of two ACA divisions—the Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC) and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). In addition, she was the ACC Governing Council representative and chaired the ACA Graduate Student and Mentoring Task Force and the ACA Professional Advocacy Task Force.
Dr. Trepal is active in her state ACA branch, the Texas Counseling Association, where she co-chaired the Graduate Student Involvement Committee.
She has worked in a variety of settings, including a college counseling center, a rape crisis center, and private practice. Dr. Trepal earned a PhD in Counseling and Human Development at Kent State University, an MEd in Community Counseling at Cleveland State University, and a BA in English at The Ohio State University.
Her term as ACA president runs from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020. She served as ACA President-Elect from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019.