State Issues

Improving licensure portability is a top priority for ACA leadership and the government affairs team. ACA developed its own portability plan (below) and is working to arrive at the best approach for implementing portability in states across the country.

Licensure boards play a vital role in ensuring patient safety and validating counselor education and experience.  Counselors are licensed in every state.

Conversion or reparative therapy is the discredited practice of using "therapy" to attempt to change someone's sexual orientation.The American Counseling Association opposes conversion therapy because it does not work, can cause harm, and violates our Code of Ethics. It is an attempt to treat something that is not a mental illness. 

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