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ACA 2017 Conference & Expo Will Be Held in San Francisco

by Shahab Shokouhi-Behnam | Jun 13, 2016
After withdrawing from Nashville due to the passage of Tennessee HB1840/SB1556, which is a discriminatory law that clearly targets the LGBTQ community, the American Counseling Association (ACA) has decided to relocate its 2017 Conference & Expo to San Francisco, CA.
HB1840/SB1556 denies services to those most in need, targets the counseling profession, and is a violation of ACA’s Code of Ethics. In light of its passage, ACA members vocalized their opinions about the location of the conference, and after much discussion and consideration, it was determined that it would not be held in Tennessee.

The ACA leadership team received 13 bids from cities across the country and determined that San Francisco was the best option. The 2017 Conference & Expo will take place March 16-19, 2017 at the Moscone West Convention Center. (Pre-conference Learning Institutes: March 15-16).

“This is a historic time for ACA as we have never had to make a decision like this before. We believe that San Francisco will be an enjoyable and active city for our conference,” says Richard Yep, CEO of ACA. “This change signals that we are committed to serving our diverse members and helping them provide the support their clients need.”

For more information, visit the ACA 2017 Conference & Expo website here.

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