American Counseling Association

American Counseling Association ACA is the world's largest nonprofit association representing professional counselors in various practice settings. The American Counseling Association stands ready to serve more than 56,000 members with the resources they need to make a difference.
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From webinars, publications, and journals to Conference education sessions and legislative action alerts, ACA is where counseling professionals turn for powerful, credible content and support. ACA has been instrumental in setting professional and ethical standards for the counseling profession. The ACA Code of Ethics is considered to be the accepted standard for the profession throughout the U.S. The Association represents the interests of the profession before the U.S. Congress, federal and state agencies, and state government. ACA also strives to promote recognition of the counseling profession to the public and the media.

From webinars, publications, and journals to Conference education sessions and legislative action alerts, ACA is where counseling professionals turn for powerful, credible content and support. ACA has been instrumental in setting professional and ethical standards for the counseling profession. The ACA Code of Ethics is considered to be the accepted standard for the profession throughout the U.S. The Association represents the interests of the profession before the U.S. Congress, federal and state agencies, and state government. ACA also strives to promote recognition of the counseling profession to the public and the media.

Mission: 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.

Have you met the 2021-2022 ACA President Elect candidates yet? The ACA Elections begins December 1st!https://www.counsel...
10/29/2020
Meet the 2021-2022 ACA President Elect Candidates

Have you met the 2021-2022 ACA President Elect candidates yet? The ACA Elections begins December 1st!

https://www.counseling.org/membership/aca-2020-elections

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are encouraging all of our members to vote electronically to help stop the spread of the virus. Please log into your ACA membership profile and update your email address. If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact our Membership Engagement Team at 8...

Technology can play an important role in supporting survivors’ safety, autonomy and empowerment as part of a trauma-info...
10/29/2020

Technology can play an important role in supporting survivors’ safety, autonomy and empowerment as part of a trauma-informed counseling approach. #CounselorsHelp #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth

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#WednesdayWisdom #CounselorsHelp
10/28/2020

#WednesdayWisdom #CounselorsHelp

Counselors can create spaces for individuals to work through feelings of guilt, shame, helplessness, hopelessness and fe...
10/27/2020

Counselors can create spaces for individuals to work through feelings of guilt, shame, helplessness, hopelessness and fear associated with simply surviving from day to day. #CounselorsHelp https://bit.ly/37QVDSF

Five ACA members have received $500 grants from the ACA Foundation to fund counseling-related projects designed to help ...
10/26/2020

Five ACA members have received $500 grants from the ACA Foundation to fund counseling-related projects designed to help clients and communities. The projects selected for support in this round of grants focus on the mental health of youth during COVID-19, students, and families.

More info: https://bit.ly/3mnBeZ7

It's a new week, let's start it off on a high note💪 #MondayMotivation #CounselorsHelp
10/26/2020

It's a new week, let's start it off on a high note💪 #MondayMotivation #CounselorsHelp

Let us know which one you are! #FeelGoodFriday #CounselorsHelp
10/23/2020

Let us know which one you are! #FeelGoodFriday #CounselorsHelp

Mister Rogers did not shy away from discussing challenging topics on his program. Let’s explore the tools he provided hi...
10/22/2020

Mister Rogers did not shy away from discussing challenging topics on his program. Let’s explore the tools he provided his television neighbors for this necessary struggle. #CounselorsHelp https://bit.ly/3mcnAZ0

10/21/2020
Our Community Gathers: A Conversation with Counselors about Mental Health in 2020 | ACA

#ICYMI: Counselors are helping clients cope with the trauma resulting from racism, stress, and COVID-19 while also dealing with their personal and professional well-being.

"Our Community Gathers: A Conversation with Counselors about Mental Health in 2020" is now available to stream here:

Counselors are helping clients cope with the trauma resulting from racism, stress, and COVID-19 while also dealing with their personal and professional well-...

#WednesdayWisdom #CounselorsHelp
10/21/2020

#WednesdayWisdom #CounselorsHelp

With everything going on in the world, it's important to remember that it's okay to not be okay. #CounselorsHelp
10/20/2020

With everything going on in the world, it's important to remember that it's okay to not be okay. #CounselorsHelp

Are your clients struggling with active communication? How are social media and the pandemic contributing to this challe...
10/20/2020

Are your clients struggling with active communication? How are social media and the pandemic contributing to this challenge and how can we as counselors address it? #CounselorsHelp

https://bit.ly/3lZpyeU

October is #ADHDAwarenessMonth. Millions of people across the country have been diagnosed with ADHD, and professional co...
10/19/2020

October is #ADHDAwarenessMonth. Millions of people across the country have been diagnosed with ADHD, and professional counselors can play a central role in helping those with ADHD successfully manage this disorder. #CounselorsHelp

#ICYMI: The 2021 ACA Conference & Expo is going virtual! After serious consideration and out of concern for our attendee...
10/16/2020

#ICYMI: The 2021 ACA Conference & Expo is going virtual! After serious consideration and out of concern for our attendees and staff, we have decided to bring the ACA Conference to you.

More info: https://bit.ly/2FOOUwx

On #SpiritDay and every day, we are proud to stand with #LGBTQ youth against bullying. #CounselorsHelp #BullyingPreventi...
10/15/2020

On #SpiritDay and every day, we are proud to stand with #LGBTQ youth against bullying. #CounselorsHelp #BullyingPreventionMonth #StompOutBullying

We join the Human Rights Campaign Foundation in highlighting the importance of ensuring youth-serving professionals are ...
10/15/2020

We join the Human Rights Campaign Foundation in highlighting the importance of ensuring youth-serving professionals are giving LGBTQ youth the support they need to thrive. #CounselorsHelp hrc.im/ProjectTHRIVEYRBS

If you or someone you know are experiencing domestic violence, there are always resources available to help. #Counselors...
10/15/2020

If you or someone you know are experiencing domestic violence, there are always resources available to help. #CounselorsHelp #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth

#WednesdayWisdom #CounselorsHelp
10/14/2020

#WednesdayWisdom #CounselorsHelp

TOMORROW: The counseling community has the opportunity to play a vital role in improving race relations throughout our c...
10/13/2020

TOMORROW: The counseling community has the opportunity to play a vital role in improving race relations throughout our country, and ensuring that your profession has a seat at the table to bring about the change needed to support you, your clients, and the community you live in.

Tomorrow at 2 pm EST, ACA will host a briefing about legislative proposals on law enforcement and mental health, moderated by CNN and MSNBC political commentator Aisha Mills.

More info: https://bit.ly/34POY85

“We can do more as counselors by providing these clients with behavioral support as they work to change. We must give th...
10/12/2020

“We can do more as counselors by providing these clients with behavioral support as they work to change. We must give the clients real, behavioral techniques that they can use in the moment.” #CounselorsHelp #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth https://bit.ly/3jSMLPw

ACA is proud to celebrate #WorldMentalHealthDay. These past few months have brought many difficult challenges, such as t...
10/10/2020

ACA is proud to celebrate #WorldMentalHealthDay. These past few months have brought many difficult challenges, such as the ongoing pandemic and racial injustice. Licensed professional counselors play a critical role in providing care and guidance for those who are struggling with mental health. #CounselorsHelp

In your journey to progress, sometimes you might experience speedbumps and setbacks. Remember to be kind to yourself and...
10/09/2020

In your journey to progress, sometimes you might experience speedbumps and setbacks. Remember to be kind to yourself and just keep moving forward. #FeelGoodFriday #CounselorsHelp

(Quote by Frederick Douglass)

Today is National Depression Screening Day. Taking an online screening is one of the quickest ways to determine whether ...
10/08/2020
Take a mental health test

Today is National Depression Screening Day. Taking an online screening is one of the quickest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of depression. #MentalIllnessAwarenessWeek #CounselorsHelp

Online screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, are real, common and treatable. And recovery is possible.

October marks #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth, a time where we bring awareness and show support for those fighting this dise...
10/08/2020

October marks #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth, a time where we bring awareness and show support for those fighting this disease. Counseling Today senior writer Laurie Meyers’ own experiences with the disease inspired her to ask counselors about life after breast cancer. #CounselorsHelp

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The counseling community has the opportunity to play a vital role in improving race relations throughout our country, an...
10/07/2020

The counseling community has the opportunity to play a vital role in improving race relations throughout our country, and ensuring that your profession has a seat at the table to bring about the change needed to support you, your clients, and the community you live in.

Join ACA on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 2 pm EST, for a legislative briefing, where you will hear from the experts on policy and how to get and stay involved in the process. #CounselorsAdvocate #SayNoToRacism

Register here: https://bit.ly/2SBFdV6

History has long elevated men’s voices and achievements over women’s voices and achievements, and the psychotherapy prof...
10/06/2020

History has long elevated men’s voices and achievements over women’s voices and achievements, and the psychotherapy profession is no exception. Even though this has been an accepted and unquestioned norm for a long time, there is a growing awakening and resistance amongst female counselors against this patriarchal thinking. #CounselorsHelp https://bit.ly/3jCqXay

This week is #MentalIllnessAwarenessWeek. While millions of Americans live with a mental health condition, mental illnes...
10/05/2020

This week is #MentalIllnessAwarenessWeek. While millions of Americans live with a mental health condition, mental illness can affect everyone. In these uncertain times, mental health issues can be exasperated for a number of reasons so it is critical to raise awareness of mental illness. #CounselorsHelp #MIAW

College campuses right now bears little resemblance to the experience most students hoped for. College counselors all ac...
10/02/2020

College campuses right now bears little resemblance to the experience most students hoped for. College counselors all across the country are working to help students with the mental health issues stemming from both their personal and academic lives. ACA’s Free CE opportunity for October 2020 is "College Counseling and Student Development: Stress and Anxiety". #CounselorsHelp

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This month acknowledges the issue of intimate partner violence and how to ...
10/02/2020

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This month acknowledges the issue of intimate partner violence and how to address it. Professional clinical counselors are capable of knowing how to spot red flags and then carefully respond to a complicated and emotionally charged issue that is present in an uncomfortably large percentage of intimate relationships. #CounselorsHelp

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#MentalHealthMatters: As the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the ongoing and exacerbated mental health challenges t...
10/01/2020
Teletherapy platforms extend reach of college counseling centers

#MentalHealthMatters: As the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the ongoing and exacerbated mental health challenges that students face, it has also opened the door to virtual counseling companies at colleges wanting to meet a serious and growing need to provide services to increasingly anxious and stressed-out students.

College counseling centers are increasingly relying on platforms that provide virtual therapy services to continue helping students cope with mental health issues during the pandemic and beyond.

The work that counselors do, while very important and rewarding, can also be stressful. Self-care is an essential tool t...
10/01/2020

The work that counselors do, while very important and rewarding, can also be stressful. Self-care is an essential tool that can help in dealing with stress. #CounselorsHelp

https://bit.ly/3ioZCal

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10/01/2020

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Join ACA in the fight to stop discriminatory legislation affecting counselors; to ban “Conversion Therapy” for minors; to ensure hiring of LPCs within the Veterans Administration; to ensure Medicare coverage of LPCs; to fund the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program (ESSCP); and more. Members receive government affairs updates in the Member Toolkit email each month, and legislative “action alerts” are issued to members in particular zip codes when urgent matters arise. Learn more at counseling.org/government-affairs Posting of commercial messages in our comments by entities other than ACA, ACA Divisions, ACA Regions, ACA Branches, or the ACA Foundation is prohibited, including but not limited to program, product, service, membership, or conference promotion on any topic area, discussion list, community, interest area, or resource library entry. If you would like to purchase an advertisement with ACA, please submit your request to [email protected]

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