ACA 2019 Institute for Leadership Training


ILT 2019

Arlington, Virginia: July 15-18, 2019

Making a Difference Every Day

Are you an ACA leader? Are you interested in becoming an ACA leader? 

The 11th annual Institute for Leadership Training (ILT) presented by the American Counseling Association focuses on preparing you to excel in advocacy with your Federal and State Representatives. We will also offer a variety of sessions that will help you learn about effective leadership, finance, social media and counseling ethics.

This three-day workshop, held in Arlington, Va., will help you strengthen the effectiveness of your division, region, branch or committee by emphasizing best practices in advocacy and government relations. When you leave, you will be equipped with the tools needed to competently and confidently represent important issues facing your counseling community.

At ILT, your advocacy skills will be developed and activated so that you can play a vital role in influencing federal, state, and local policies that support the advancement of the counseling profession on Capitol Hill and in your home district. You will put these skills into practice when you meet with your Members of Congress or staff on Capitol Hill during ILT. In addition, you can learn more about ACA’s goals and plans as you meet, and network with, members of the ACA Governing Council.

Professional advocacy is a key component of the work of all ACA members. The 2019 Institute for Leadership Training will help current and emerging leaders find the best ways to advocate effectively for the counseling profession. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how ACA can support you in advocating for counseling!



2019 ILT Travel Grant Information:
We are opening the 2019 ILT Travel Grant application process this year. There will be a possibility of $400—$1,400 available for each grant recipient. Please fill out the application: ILT Grant Application 2019 and email it to All ILT travel grant applications must be received no later than Thursday, May 30th. All applications will be reviewed by a panel which consists of the ACA Region Chair-elects. All grant recipients will be notified via email by Wednesday June 12th. If you have any questions concerning the grant process, please email For more information, see: ILT Travel Grant FAQ 2019.

If you require a printable version of the registration form, please email Angela Brown at or call her at 703-823-9800 x338.

DOWNLOAD ILT 2019 Continuing Education Report Form


ILT HOUSING rates: $179 per night plus applicable taxes and fees. Please reserve your room accommodation by June 28th to take advantage of the discounted rate by following the link below.
The Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel
801 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22203
Ph. 703-717-6200

Book your group rate for ILT here. If calling in your reservation, please reference AM1565 to take advantage of the group rate. 

Valet Parking: $34/day

The closest airport is Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) at 5.5 miles away which is approximately a $20.00 ride via cab. There is NOT a shuttle from the hotel. The hotel is also .3 miles from the Ballston-MU Station Metro stop.

If you have any questions about the ACA Hotel block, contact Beth Burchill, ACA Meetings Manager, at or call 703-823-9800 x204.

2019 ILT Schedule

Comprehensive session information will be provided on the ACA app at ACA app/Events/ACA 2019 Institute for Leadership Training. Download the ACA app on your mobile device. The app is available for iOS and Android devices here

Download the VoterVoice app on your mobile device to help us track feedback from your meetings with Members of Congress. The app is available for iOS or Android.
After you have downloaded the VoterVoice App, you will be prompted to enter your email address. A verification code will be sent to that email account. Once your email is verified, you will be brought to a 'Find Association' page. Start typing in 'COUNSELING' and an option for 'COUNSELING' will appear directly below where you were typing. Click/touch that full name & you'll then have access to our new mobile app. For a brief video click here.