The ACA Conference & Expo offers nearly 500 educational sessions delivered in education (presentation and interactive learning)roundtable and poster formats, all organized into 36 tracks. Attendees can access up to 23.5 continuing education credits: 15.5 CEs during the Conference Session days (March 29 - 31) and 8 CEs during the Pre-Conference Learning Institutes (March 28 – additional fees apply).

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Featured Sessions

The following Featured Sessions include some of the unique offerings for counseling professionals. Please note, this is not an exhaustive list and may change or be updated as necessary.

Client-Focused Research Sessions

ACA aims to increase the visibility of research with a focus on improving the services that professional counselors provide to their clients. Whether evidence-based practice research, best practices research, or outcome research, the ACA Client-Focused Research Series sheds light on what works best with the various populations served by professional counselors. Sessions in this series include:

  • Are the Kids Alright? Mental Health of College LGBTQ+ Students, Faculty, and Staff
  • Group Therapy with Buprenorphine for Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders
  • How Can We Support Women Veteran in Their Transition into the Civilian World of Work?
  • Implications from a Randomly Assigned Group Mindfulness Intervention for Caregivers
  • Inside Diversity: The Educator, The Influencer
  • Introducing the Multicultural Differentiation Inventory (MDI)
  • Mental Health Concerns, Supports, and Stigma in School Counselors: Help for the Helper
  • Mental Health Literacy in the High School Setting
  • Multicultural Counselor Supervision and Perceived Differences on Client Outcome
  • Predictors of Vicarious Trauma for Black Students in Current Sociopolitical Climate
  • Stress and Burnout Among School Counselors: A Review of the Research
  • The Effects of Naturescapes on Counselor Trainee Development and Client Outcomes
  • The Empirical and Clinical Significance of Spiritual Bypass
  • Training Counselors in Conducting Culturally Responsive Trauma Treatment
  • Understanding the Body Image Experiences of Nigerian American Women
  • Working with At-Risk Youth: Outcomes from an Inter-Professional Training Program

Clinician Education Sessions

Attend clinical-focused educational sessions for the latest evidence-based practices and trends for clinical utility in daily practices.

  • Affirming Our Sexual Selves: Therapeutic Strategies to Heal from Sexual Shame
  • Counseling Poems and Personal Narratives: A Writing Wellness Approach for Counselors
  • Hidden Clients: Psychosocial Development, Assessment, and Treatment of Adoptees
  • Honoring the Place of Spirituality and Religion in the Counseling Process
  • Neurological Benefits of Art Interventions on Substance Use: Implications for Therapy
  • Put Your Oxygen Mask on First: Buffering the Impact of School Shootings on Counselors
  • Recreating Black Clients Stories with Narrative Therapy
  • Strategies for Addressing Politically Divided Relationships in Counseling
  • The Presence of Community Violence within the African American Population
  • The Psychophysiological Toll of Being a Black Woman: Implications for Counselors
  • Trauma-Informed Application of the Seven-Stage Crisis Model
  • Using a Relational Depth Model to Improve Counseling Effectiveness
  • Working Ethically in a Small Community Where Everyone Knows Everyone


  • “My Advocacy Looks Like": How Today’s Counseling Professionals Engage in Advocacy
  • Assessment and Treatment of Disordered Eating: Guidelines for Ethical Practice
  • Bringing Research to the People: Adapting EBPs for Diverse Populations
  • Case Conceptualization in Eight Steps
  • Creative Group Counseling for Anxiety (CGCA): Run an Effective Group in Your Setting
  • Crisis and Grief in Schools: Creative Group Interventions for Counselors
  • Evidenced Based Counseling in Juvenile Detention Centers and Court Schools
  • Existential-Integrative Strategies for Counseling in Judicial Settings
  • Sexuality Counseling 101: Sex Therapy Information and Techniques for Non Sex Therapists
  • Using Theatre of the Oppressed Techniques in Adolescent Grief and Loss Groups