ACA Conference & Expo

Held annually, the ACA 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 develop their careers, advance the counseling field and promote human dignity. No other professional counseling conference delivers the range of topics and the depth of knowledge found at ACA’s annual gathering.

Browse through past conferences, below, and join us for our upcoming 2021 Virtual Conference Experience.

ACA Conference & Expo

2020 - CANCELLED

Breakthrough for Yourself, Your Profession & Your Clients
April 16-19 | San Diego, CA
Though cancelled in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Conference & Expo would have offered CE credits for 36 topic-focused tracks in hot topics for counselors and clients alike – including ethics, trauma, suicide, anxiety, grief, multicultural counseling, and more.

2019

Develop, Advance, Promote
March 28-31 | New Orleans, LA
At the 2019 Conference & Expo, attendees were provided access to the highest quality resources and training, opportunities to advocate for the counseling profession and occasions to share how they have helped others.

2018

The Future of Counseling
April 26-29 | Atlanta, GA
Looking toward a brighter future, attendees at the 2018 Conference & Expo took advantage of powerful learning opportunities, including a series for grad students and new professionals only. Counseling peers from all walks of life collaborated, grew and recharged together.

2017

March 16-19 | San Francisco, CA
ACA’s 65th annual conference was an opportunity to protect the integrity of the counseling profession and the essential roles counselors play in communities nationwide. All attendees were encouraged to make their voices heard.

2016

March 31-April 3 | Montreal, QC, Canada
In 2016, the ACA Conference & Expo was held in partnership with the Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association. Highlights included new roundtable sessions, designed to provide attendees with additional spaces to share ideas in a comfortable and informal setting.

2015

March 12-15 | Orlando, FL
Counselors, clinicians, and other mental health professionals gathered in the Sunshine State to network, learn, and hear from keynote speakers featuring actress Mariel Hemingway and Dr. Jeffrey Kottler for the 2015 ACA Conference & Expo.

2014

March 27-30 | Honolulu, HI
At the 2014 Conference & Expo, counselors were encouraged to take their careers to the next level – from empowering their practice with research and data to learning tips and strategies for being a “waiting list only” clinician.

2013

March 20-24 | Cincinnati, OH
Whether interviewing for jobs in the career center or attending comprehensive education sessions and keynotes, the attendees of the 2013 ACA Conference & Expo enjoyed three days of invigorating professional development and networking.