American Counseling Association

The American Counseling Association (ACA) is a membership organization representing licensed professional counselors (LPCs), counseling students, and other counseling professionals in the United States. It is the world's largest association exclusively representing professional counselors.[1]

American Counseling Association
HeadquartersAlexandria, Virginia, United States
Kimberly N. Frazier
Main organ
Counseling Today

Its stated mission is to "enhance the quality of life in society by promoting the development of professional counselors, advancing the counseling profession, and using the profession and practice of counseling to promote respect for human dignity and diversity".[2]

The association headquarters is located in Alexandria, Virginia.[3]

History edit

Former headquarters of the American Personnel and Guidance Association in Washington, D.C.

The group was founded in 1952[4] as the American Personnel and Guidance Association (APGA), formed by the merger of the National Vocational Guidance Association (NVGA), the National Association of Guidance and Counselor Trainers (NAGCT), the Student Personnel Association for Teacher Education (SPATE), and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). The American Personnel and Guidance Association changed its name to the American Association of Counseling and Development (AACD) in 1983.

On July 1, 1992, the association adopted its current name.[5]

Divisions, regions and branches edit

There are 19 chartered divisions within the American Counseling Association.[6] They are listed here with their founding date:

  • Association for Adult Development and Aging (AADA) (1986)
  • Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC) (1965)
  • Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling (ACAC) (2010)[7]
  • Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC) (2004)[8]
  • American College Counseling Association (ACCA) (1991)
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) (1940)[9]
  • Association for Humanistic Counseling (AHC) (1931)[10]
  • Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD) (1972)
  • American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA) (1958)[11]
  • Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC) (1974)
  • Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) (1973)
  • Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ) (1999)[12]
  • International Association for Resilience and Trauma Counseling (IARTC) (2021)[13]
  • International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC) (1972)
  • International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC) (1989)
  • Military and Government Counseling Association (MGCA) (1984)
  • National Career Development Association (NCDA) (1913)
  • National Employment Counseling Association (NECA) (1966)
  • Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities (SAIGE) (1975)[14]
  • Affiliate: Association of Counseling Sexology and Sexual Wellness (ACSSW) (in or before 2018)

The ACA also has multi-state regional bodies, and branches for various US states and territories. There is also a "Europe" branch.

Publications edit

ACA publishes books, journals and other educational materials on counseling topics.[15] The organization's flagship magazine, Counseling Today,[16] is published once a month and sent to all ACA members via U.S. mail.

2017 conference edit

In 2016, ACA moved its 2017 San Francisco Conference & Expo from Nashville, Tennessee to San Francisco, California after Tennessee's legislature passed a bill, HB 1840/SB 1556, targeting members of the LGBTQ community and others. The bill allowed counselors in Tennessee to turn clients away based on "strongly held principles". The ACA stated that the legislation "denies services to those most in need, targets the counseling profession, and violates the ACA's code of ethics".[17]

References edit

  1. ^ "About ACA". American Counseling Association. Retrieved 2022-07-04.
  2. ^ "Our Mission & Strategic Plan". ACA: About us. Retrieved 2022-07-04.
  3. ^ "Contact Us". Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  4. ^ "History (Dr. Pope Welcomes You)". University of Missouri - St. Louis. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Our History". ACA: Our History. Retrieved 2022-07-04.
  6. ^ "Divisions Regions and Branches". ACA Divisions. Retrieved 2022-07-04.
  7. ^ "About Us - Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling". 2016-11-21. Retrieved 2023-03-16.
  8. ^ "ABOUT ACC". creative-counselor. Retrieved 2023-03-16.
  9. ^ Administrator (2016-10-09). "Professional Associations - IResearchNet". Psychology. Retrieved 2023-03-16.
  10. ^ "Association for Humanistic Counseling: The Heart and Conscience of the Counseling Profession | Request PDF".
  11. ^ Bartle, Lisa. "Library Guides: Rehabilitation Counseling: Organizations". Retrieved 2023-03-16.
  12. ^ "History". COUNSELORS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE. Retrieved 2023-03-16.
  13. ^ "IARTC History". IARTC. Retrieved 2023-03-16.
  14. ^ "Our Story – Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities". Retrieved 2023-03-16.
  15. ^ "Overview". ACA Publications. Retrieved 2022-07-04.
  16. ^ "Counseling Today - A Publication of the American Counseling Association". Counseling Today. Retrieved 2022-07-04.
  17. ^ Rauber, Chris (June 16, 2016). "Convention moves from Nashville to S.F. over anti-LGBT legislation". Retrieved August 23, 2018.

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