Background and Purpose

The ACA State Branch Advocacy Award recognizes a state counseling organization for excellence in legislative advocacy efforts. While, in some cases, legislative accomplishments of importance to the counseling profession at the state and local level are primarily the work of one or more individual counselors, a coordinated effort on the part of the state counseling organization is more likely to lead to success. Effective state counseling organization legislative efforts require collaboration, energy and cooperation of the organization’s leaders and members. The ACA State Branch Advocacy Award was established to help recognize and encourage such collective efforts on the part of a state organization.

Deadline: Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, 11:59 PM EST
Judges: ACA Public Policy & Legislation Committee
Prize: Complimentary ACA Conference & Expo registration (travel and lodging not included) for the president of the branch during the year of the branch's submission. Recognition and presentation of the award at the Conference.

Eligibility, Rules, and Criteria

  • The awardee must be a state counseling organization.
  • Self-nominations are welcome.
  • Award recipients must have engaged in a concerted activity aimed at achieving a specific legislative, regulatory or organizational goal. Although actual legislative accomplishments are particularly worthy of recognition, an even greater emphasis will be placed on the effective, collaborative and productive efforts of a state organization’s team of leaders and members working on a specific task or objective
  • Nominations must come from an ACA member.

Nomination Guidelines

Submit a nomination of not more than three pages in length (additional appendices and exhibits are welcome). In it, briefly describe the legislative program(s), activities or accomplishments that qualify the organization for this award, and the effects that these had on counselors and their clients in the state. The nomination should describe the various state organization office-members and other leaders and members involved in the effort.  

Nomination Checklist

  • Identify a contact person and contact information for the organization.
  • Nomination Letter
  • Supporting Materials
  • Maximum of two supporting letters


**NOTE:  If this is the first time you have submitted a nomination, you must create an account.  The email and password for the awards submission system may or may NOT be the same as your ACA website email and password.  They are different systems, and are not linked.

Submissions must be received by Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, 11:59 PM EST.

Send questions about eligibility criteria or other parts of the application process HERE

Supported and sponsored by the American Counseling Association Foundation.

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