Presenter Requirements:

  • The primary presenter must be an expert in the field in which the proposal is submitted
  • The primary presenter must be an ACA member in good standing
  • The primary presenter is the contact person and is responsible for notifying all other presenters of acceptance, scheduling, and any other information provided by ACA
  • A primary presenter may be listed on no more than one Learning Institute; however, a co-presenter can be listed on up to two Learning Institutes


Presenter Benefit:

Each accepted Learning Institute session will receive one (1) complimentary 2018 Conference registration.



  • Attendees have many programs to select from and often choose those that have well written descriptions
  • Attendees are looking for practical techniques, tools, and strategies that they can use in their daily practice
  • Attendees desire brief reviews of research that support the skills, techniques, and approaches presented
  • Prepare your proposal in a word document, and use the grammar/spell check before copying and pasting into the online form
  • ACA is seeking advanced programs that provide in-depth knowledge or skills beyond the introductory or basic level
  • Save and print a copy of your submission for your reference and records


Grounds for Disqualification:

  • Do not submit the same proposal under different formats (i.e. submission as a Daytime Session and the same as an Evening Session)
  • Do not submit the same proposal as an Learning Institute and again as an Education Session


How will my proposal be reviewed?

  • Proposals are not blind reviewed; ACA is looking to recognize experts in the field
  • A committee of professional counselors representing all divisions, organizational affiliates, and regions will review proposals
  • Proposals will be rated using the below rubric and criteria


Scoring Rubric:

1 = Very Poor, 2 = Poor, 4 = Fair, 6 = Good, 8 = Very Good, 10 = Outstanding


Proposal Review Criteria

  1. Relevance to needs and goals of the counseling profession
  2. Organization and clarity
  3. Appropriateness of rationale
  4. Clearly stated and appropriate learning objectives
  5. Well-developed presentation to assure accomplishment of learning objectives
  6. Consideration of Cultural Diversity and Ethics
  7. Innovative and cutting edge or proven and effective evidence-based practices
  8. Substantive content to be covered in presentation
  9. Qualification and expertise of the presenter(s) in relationship to the topic