The American Counseling Association is the world's largest organization representing professional counselors in various
practice settings.



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    Two, bi-weekly newsletters, Member Minute and Counseling Insider, give you easy access to the latest in counseling.
  • ACA Government Affairs Blog

    The ACA Government Affairs team strives to keep the counseling community connected with important legislative news, updates, and announcements that affect the profession. Click here to explore.
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    Free Podcast - Values & Ethics in Counseling

    Dana Heller Levitt and Holly J. Hartwig Moorhead provide an overview of the ethical code and how counselors need to address their personal values in the counseling relationship. Case examples and practice guidance is offered throughout this conversation. Listen
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    Counseling Today: Integrated interventions

    Counselors working as part of integrated care teams in hospitals, outpatient medical centers and community mental health clinics are helping to erase the artificial boundaries between mental and physical health. More

  • JCD: Young Adults: Attachment, Relationships, and Social Media

    The July 2018 issue of Journal of Counseling & Development is now available.  Distress within intimate relationships is a common reason for clients to seek counseling. For young adults, romantic experiences also play an important role in the development of their identity. Inside, authors Renee S. Sherrell and Glenn W. Lambie begin to explore the directional relationship between college students’ attachment styles, their use of social media, and the quality of their relationship development. Explore this topic and more in the latest issue. More

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  • Father’s Day Reflections

    Jun 18, 2018
    Congratulations to all the fathers out there being celebrated this Father’s Day of 2018! Those of us who feel fortunate enough to be loved and wanted by our significant others and our children need to relish this special day.
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  • “Physician, heal thyself”

    Jun 09, 2018
    I had the distinct pleasure of attending the American Pharmacy Association’s Institute on Alcohol and Drug Dependencies at the University of Utah last week. The Institute is an opportunity for pharmacy students and other professionals that work with the pharmacy profession to have a life-changing experience learning about substance misuse, the science of addiction, and recovery options.
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  • How caring flows backwards from daughter to mother

    Jun 01, 2018
    In this blog I talk about a dynamic I see often between mothers and adult daughters, where “the river of nurturing flows backwards” up the generations from the adult daughter to the mother.
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ACA Publications

  • The Counseling Dictionary, Fourth Edition

    The Counseling Dictionary, Fourth Edition

    Samuel T. Gladding
    Even more comprehensive than previous editions, the 4th edition of The Counseling Dictionary fills an important void in the counseling field.... Learn More
  • The Secrets of Exceptional Counselors

    The Secrets of Exceptional Counselors

    Jeffrey A. Kottler
    Every profession has trade secrets that are passed on from one generation to the next and counseling is no exception.... Learn More
  • Counseling Research: A Practitioner-Scholar Approach

    Counseling Research: A Practitioner-Scholar Approach

    Richard S. Balkin and David M. Kleist
    This introductory text for counselors-in-training and emerging researchers focuses on research methodology, design, measurement, and evaluation.... Learn More
  • ACA Ethical Standards Casebook, Seventh Edition

    ACA Ethical Standards Casebook, Seventh Edition

    Barbara Herlihy and Gerald Corey
    The seventh edition of this top-selling text provides a comprehensive resource for understanding the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics and applying its principles to daily practice.... Learn More