Breakthrough For Yourself, Your Profession & Your Clients 

Access the highest-quality resources and training.

  • Learn new strategies for self-care (and teaching self-care).
  • Advocate for the counseling care of tomorrow. This is the place where you can learn, engage and take action.
  • Access the latest tools and resources to support your clients and students. This is your one-stop-shop for continuing education credits on the latest strategies and techniques. 

Attending the ACA 2020 Conference & Expo is an investment in your career. There's no better place to demonstrate your commitment to the counseling profession by updating your skills, enhancing your knowledge, and broadening your horizons—all in one very special place!

Return Home With Up to 28 CE Credits Earned Over 4 Days of Learning!

Attendees have access to  20 CE credit hours in Conference Sessions, and additional 8 CE hours in the Pre-Conference Learning Institutes (additional fees apply).

As an attendee, take advantage of this opportunity to: 




April 16, 2020 - Pre-Conference Learning Institutes>
ACA 2020 Pre-Conference Learning Institutes offer attendees an opportunity to come early and earn 8 additional CEs. Learning Institutes are organized in 5-hour daytime sessions and 3-hour evening sessions. Attendees can learn with well-qualified, highly rated presenters. We host both introductory level and advanced level courses. Class sizes are limited and some fill up fast, so plan to book early to avoid disappointment.

April 17 - 19, 2020 – Conference Sessions
ACA 2020 Conference offers you continuing education credits in nearly 500 sessions, organized into 36 tracks. Choose to learn on more than 30 topics ranging from counseling ethics to timely concerns such as opioid addiction - in variety of educational styles from classroom presentations to roundtable sessions. Your Conference Sessions registration also gives you access to our one-of-a-kind Expo Hall, networking events and much more!

One-day passes are also available, which include all education sessions and conference activities on the day of your choice.

For 2020, we’re taking our conference to San Diego, California - America's Finest City! We can’t wait to explore this waterfront city, well known for its gorgeous, year-round sunshine and mild climate, breath-taking natural harbor, and recent emergence as a healthcare development center.

When you’re through exercising your intellect at our groundbreaking event, take some time to enjoy the wide range of waterfront views, top-rated tourist destinations including the San Diego Zoo, and notable beachside sights.

Located downtown along majestic San Diego Bay, the San Diego Convention Center is just a short walk from the vibrant Gaslamp Quarter and the San Diego Padres' PETCO Park. 

San Diego Convention Center 
111 West Harbor Drive,
San Diego, CA 92101

The ACA 2020 Conference & Expo is hosted by the American Counseling Association, 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. Our conference aligns with our mission: to promote the professional development of counselors, advocate for the profession, and ensure ethical, culturally inclusive, practices that protect those using counseling services.

Who attends? 
We welcome nearly 5,000 licensed professional counselors, counselor educators, students, school counselors, substance abuse counselors, career counselors, psychologists and others eager to interact with the latest and greatest products and services that help mental health professionals help others thrive. Attendees work in all settings including private practices, counseling agencies, schools and universities, government/military, treatment centers and more.


Held annually, the ACA 2020 Conference & Expo is the ACA’s flagship educational event focusing on the professional development of counselors in various practice settings. The event attracts nearly 5,000 mental health professionals who come to learn new strategies for self-care, advocate for the counseling care of tomorrow and access the latest resources to support clients and students. No other professional counseling conference delivers the range of topics and the depth of knowledge found at ACA’s annual gathering.