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



  • ACA Newsletters


    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:The battle against burnout

    Many counselors accept burnout as a hazard of the job, but by focusing on prevention and making self-care a priority, the outcome doesn’t have to be inevitable — either for counselors or for their clients. More

  • JCD: Easing Barriers to Portability: Next Steps

    The April 2018 issue of Journal of Counseling & Development is now available. Inside, authors David M. Kaplan and Kurt L. Kraus present an update on the counseling profession’s efforts to facilitate interstate licensure portability in the context of the 20/20: A Vision for the Future of Counseling initiative. Explore this topic and more in the latest issue. More

Latest News

  • American Counseling Association and the American School Counselor Association Announce New Collaborative Relationship

    Mar 21, 2018
    The American Counseling Association (ACA) and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) are pleased to announce a new collaborative relationship that will support continued growth of both organizations as we continue to serve the best interests of school counselors nationwide. As of April 1, both organizations will operate independently and autonomously – a formal recognition of the existing relationship, which was voted on by the ACA Governing Council on March 21, 2018. ACA and ASCA will continue to work together on common advocacy issues that strengthen the work of school counselors to support children and adolescents.
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  • In Support of Counselors and Students Seeking a Reduction in Gun Violence

    Mar 14, 2018
    The American Counseling Association recently adopted a resolution calling for more school counselors to support children affected by gun trauma.
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  • ACA Calls for More School Counselors to Support Children Affected by Gun Trauma

    Mar 01, 2018
    On Tuesday, Feb. 27, the Executive Committee of the American Counseling Association adopted a resolution supporting and highlighting the role that school counselors play in addressing the anxiety, stress, and trauma students experience after a school shooting. The resolution underscores the vital role that school counselors play in helping students cope with adverse conditions.
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  • ACA Names National Award Winners

    Feb 28, 2018
    The American Counseling Association and the American Counseling Association Foundation are pleased to announce the 76 winners of their annual awards competitions for professional counselors and counseling students.
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  • ACA Announces 68th President

    Feb 15, 2018
    Heather Trepal, Licensed Professional Counselor and Board-Approved Supervisor (LPC-S, Texas), will begin her term as ACA President-Elect on July 1, 2018, and will begin serving as American Counseling Association President on July 1, 2019.
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  • Book Review: What Do You Do With A Problem?

    Apr 24, 2018
    When I purchased What Do You Do With A Problem? written by Kobi Youmada and illustrated by Mae Besom, I wasn’t sure of the power of the text in my hands. I had heard good things; that it would be great for my son when he got older. Also, it was on sale. What was there not to love about this purchase?!
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  • How to incorporate meditative techniques into an intense counseling session

    Apr 24, 2018
    When a client decides to receive counseling, it is never an “easy decision”. Specifically, some of the more common reasons a client decides to attend counseling may be due to the following: drug addiction, anger issues, infidelity, or domestic violence.
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  • The Science of Selfies: Empowering or Narcissistic?

    Apr 20, 2018
    When you see someone taking a selfie, what thoughts come to mind? Do you smile at a young person taking a picture, or do you roll your eyes and complain about people being too narcissistic? Everyone seems to have an opinion about these modern self-portraits, and scientific research can be used to back up different points of view.
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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