ACA Standing Committees
The Committee’s primary duties and responsibility are to:
In working with the auditors, review the adequacy and the reliability of ACA’s internal controls and financial reporting; review the independence and performance of ACA’s external independent auditor (“Auditor”); review the ACA’s compliance with tax requirements; review allegations of violations of the ACA’s stated policies on Business Conduct, Conflicts of Interest, and Business Ethics; and the committee will report to Governing Council and recommend appropriate actions at regularly scheduled meetings.
The Awards Committee shall develop procedures and administer the awards program for the Association.
Branch Development Committee
The Branch Development Committee shall promote information sharing and mentoring at the Region and Branch level regarding a) membership recruitment and retention plans and programs that have proven effective or successful; b) sources of and ways to enhance non-dues revenue; c) leadership recruitment, retention and revitalization; d) website design, operation and maintenance; and Branch evaluation and planning for present and future technology needs.
The Bylaws Committee shall review all proposed additions, revisions and deletions to the ACA Bylaws and the Bylaws of branches, divisions, organizational affiliates, and forward their review to the ACA Governing Council.
The Compensation Committee recommends policies and processes to the Executive Committee and the Governing Council for the regular and orderly review of the compensation and benefits, the CEO and other senior executives (disqualified individuals).
The Ethics Committee protects the public through the adjudication process and assists ACA with educating the membership concerning the Code of Ethics, monitoring and providing input into the revision of the Code of Ethics, and receiving and processing complaints of alleged violations of the Code of Ethics of the association. The Ethics Committee shall assist with the development of an annual statistical report of cases, which is published in an ACA publication. The Ethics Committee shall assist with the interpretation of the ACA Code of Ethics for members.
Ethics Appeals Panel
Financial Affairs Committee
The Financial Affairs Committee shall advise the Governing Council and Executive Director on such matters as budget planning and development and financial management. The Financial Affairs Committee shall monitor the Association’s finances and fiscal health.
Governance and Board Operations Committee
The Governance and Board Operations Committee is charged with reviewing the ACA governance structure, representational makeup of the Governing Council, reviewing organizational decision making, board behaviors, and intentional recruitment of diverse organizational leaders for the leadership pipeline, among other tasks, as charged by the ACA President.
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Graduate Student & New Professionals Committee
The ACA Graduate Student & New Professionals Committee shall promote graduate student and new professionals interest in ACA. The committee shall work toward establishing active communication between ACA leadership, divisions, branches, and regions in order to promote graduate student involvement in the organization. The committee shall prepare an annual report detailing its activities, goals, and objectives.
Human Rights Committee
The Human Rights Committee shall promote programs that proactively address human rights, societal trends, and social issues most relevant to the profession and react to the barriers that interfere with human rights. The Committee shall administer the Human Concerns Fund and shall address human concerns as they affect the counseling profession.
The International Committee shall promote, respect, and recognize the global interdependence among individuals, organizations, and societies. The Committee shall build bridges and promote meaningful relationships between ACA and other organizations outside the United States. The purpose of international professional collaboration shall be to promote the commonalities across these international organizations and their missions.
Nominations and Election Committee
The Nominations and Election Committee shall conduct the nominations and election of the Association, and annually review and recommend procedures for carrying out the annual election in accordance with the nominations and elections policies as adopted by the Governing Council.
Professional Standards Committee
The Professional Standards Committee shall promote the professionalization of counseling. The Committee shall be responsible for counselor advocacy and for monitoring graduate program accreditation, counseling center accreditation, and national voluntary counselor certification programs.
Public Policy and Legislation Committee
The Public Policy and Legislation Committee shall promote and support public policy and legislation that promotes the profession and enhances human development. The Committee shall be responsible for national and state legislative efforts related to counseling, including state licensure, and for government relations training of members.
The Publications Committee shall make recommendations to the Governing Council and the Associate Publisher on such matters as media policy and procedures, planning, and development. The Committee shall develop policies for the publication of the Journal of Counseling & Development, Counseling Today, books, and other media developed by the Association.
Research and Knowledge Committee
The Research and Knowledge Committee shall promote the advancement and dissemination of research and knowledge in counseling.