About ACA

The American Counseling Association is a not-for-profit, professional and educational organization that is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession. Founded in 1952, ACA is the world's largest association exclusively representing professional counselors in various practice settings.

What Is Counseling?

According to 20/20: A Vision for the Future of Counseling, the delegates comprised of 31 counseling organizations agreed upon a unified definition of counseling: Professional counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals.

Divisions, Branches, and Regions

There are 20 chartered divisions within the American Counseling Association. These divisions provide leadership, resources and information unique to specialized areas and/or principles of counseling.  ACA has four regions, which serves members in those regions.  Lastly, ACA has 56 chartered branches in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America.  Please click the following links to get more information about ACA's Divisions, Branches, and Regions.

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Counseling Today

Multicultural competence: A continual pursuit

  • Counseling Today
    In the September cover story, prominent figures in the field emphasize that multicultural competence in counseling involves consistent and career-long striving, not a one-time acquisition of knowledge. More

Featured Podcast

Integrated Care: Applying Theory to Practice

  • Podcast
    Dr. Russ Curtis is an LPC and associate professor of counseling at Western Carolina University; where he serves as coordinator of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. Eric Christian is an LPC, a national certified counselor, and has been working as an integrated care coordinator for the past five years.

ACA Achieves Climate Registered Status
The Climate Registry - Climate Registered logoAfter measuring its carbon footprint according to The Climate Registry's best-in-class program, having the information verified by a third-party, and reporting the data on The Registry's website, in 2012 ACA achieved Climate Registered status (view the full list of Client Registered organizations here). Measuring an entity's carbon footprint is the first step toward reducing it. Climate change is contributing to rising sea levels, floods and droughts, and the severity of adverse weather events like Hurricane Sandy.  ACA is continuing its work as a member of The Climate Registry this year, including setting goals for reducing emissions and expanding its emissions inventory.  We are proud to join a wide range of businesses, utilities, governments, and other nonprofits in leading work to address this crucial issue.

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Latest News

Morgan Spurlock is Opening Keynote Speaker for ACA's 2014 Conference And Expo

by Ashwini Yelamanchili | Sep 05, 2013
Morgan Spurlock is an award-winning writer, director, and producer best known for his immersive explorations of the social issues that both directly and indirectly shape the choices and life paths of our clients, students, colleagues… and ourselves. As a man with his finger on the pulse of a rapidly changing society, Spurlock will share experiences, insights, and reflections from the front lines of American culture.
Morgan Spurlock, Academy Award-Nominated Director of Super Size Me and Documentary Filmmaker
March 27, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.



His first feature length film, Super Size Me, played in more than 100 countries, influenced school lunch programs across the nation, empowered millions to change their own eating habits, and eliminated super size options from the world’s largest fast food chain. The film was also used by senators, congressmen, and lobby groups as a call to action for multiple food and education related causes.

Other accomplishments include: the critically acclaimed FX program, 30 Days, which dealt with such polarizing issues as the minimum wage, prison reform, abortion, and gun control; Where in the World is Osama bin Laden?, which was named “one of the most important films of the year” by the Islamic Society of North America; The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special in 3-D on Ice!; the film adaptation of the best selling book Freakonomics; and POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, a documentary about branding, advertising, and product placement, which was funded by branding, advertising, and product placement, and made some serious points about the ubiquity of branding in our daily lives. 

In April 2012, Spurlock’s released the documentary, Comic-Con Episode IV – A Fan's Hope, which follows a group of attendees around the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con. A month later, his doc Mansome hit theaters, which features an all-star cast of commentators including Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, and Zach Galifianakis who hilariously opine on the grooming habits of the 21st century man.

In 2013, Spurlock returned to TV as host and producer of the CNN original series, Inside Man. Each week Spurlock provides an insider’s view into rarely-seen sectors of American life that include gun lovers, marijuana growers, migrant farm workers, and end-of-life caregivers.