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
ACA PUBLICATIONS, BOOKS AND JOURNALS
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.
Professional Membership: $185
LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY: Support legislation and policy that affects your career.
Membership Dues Categories
Individuals who hold a master's degree or higher in counseling or a closely related field from a college or university accredited when the degree was awarded by one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Professional members must present proof of academic credentials upon request.
New Professional Membership: $102
For individuals who have graduated with a master's or doctorate degree within the past 12 months. Professional Membership status is good for one year.
Student Membership: $102
Individuals enrolled at least half-time in a college or university program.