March 28, 2019 - Pre-Conference Learning Institutes
ACA 2019 Pre-Conference Learning Institutes offer attendees an opportunity to come early and earn up to 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 book early to avoid disappointment!


March 29 - 31, 2019 – Conference Sessions
ACA 2019 Conference offers you up to 15.5 CEs in nearly 500 sessions, organized into 36 tracks. Choose to learn on more than 30 topics ranging from managing your educational experience to timely concerns such as opioid addiction - in classroom presentations and roundtable sessions. Your Conference Sessions registration also gives you access to our one-of-a-kind Expo Hall, Poster Sessions, networking events and much more!

One-day passes are also available for just $300, which include all education sessions and conference activities on the day of your choice.

For 2019, we’re taking our conference to the Big Easy! We can’t wait to explore this historic city, well known for its vibrant live-music scene and unique cuisine, whether your preference is for French, Cajun or Creole. When you’re through exercising your intellect at our groundbreaking event, take some time to enjoy the wide range of historic neighborhoods, top-rated museums and notable sights.

Located walking distance from the French Quarter, the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is just a short stroll from vibrant nightlife, unique cuisine and great shopping.

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
900 Convention Center Blvd.
New Orleans, Louisiana

The ACA 2019 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 should attend? 
We welcome licensed professional counselors, counselor educators, students, school counselors, substance abuse 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 2019 Conference and 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.

As in years past, we’re planning:

  • 500 sessions, organized into 36 tracks
  • Access to 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)
  • Inspiring keynotes and relevant education sessions
  • Intimate group discussions and lively networking events
  • A one-of-a-kind exhibit hall featuring products & services from more than 100 exhibitors

The ACA Conference & Expo is your opportunity to update your skills, enhance your knowledge and broaden your horizons. There’s no better place to demonstrate your commitment to your profession – and the many people you support.