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School Counselors, the School-Based Mental Health Professionals

You have chosen an exceptional and rewarding career. Choosing to become a school counselor is a selfless decision to support, guide and advocate to help others grow and thrive.

The American Counseling Association, the professional home for all counselors, is here to support, guide and advocate for you and your profession.

Support: Tools and Resources to Help You Every Day

We offer a resource page to provide ACA school counselor members with the latest resources to address topics such as the academic, personal/social and college- and career-readiness needs of students; counselor licensure requirements; ethics; career opportunities; legislative advocacy; trauma and disaster relief; and school counseling research.

Our resources include:

Practice Briefs: Written by scholars in the counseling profession, practice briefs are research-based summaries of best practices, evidence-based practices, and research-based approaches covering a wide variety of client-presenting issues and counseling topics. Each Practice Brief is several pages in length, includes references, and has been peer-reviewed by two co-editors before being accepted for publication. Practice Briefs are available to ACA members only.

Books to assist in designing counseling programs, addressing cyberbullying, using solution-focused counseling techniques, and planning and running group activities.

Webinars and Learning Modules

Guide: Best Practices




INSIGHTS AND TRENDS: Counseling Today, Journal of Counseling and Development, Online Member Forums, Blogs

Advocate: For Your Profession

PROFESSIONAL ADVOCACY: Build and promote the work of counselors in society.

LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY: Support legislation and policy that affects your career.

Professional School Counselors: Find out more about what the American Counseling Association can do for you!

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