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Four independent associations convened a joint convention in Los Angeles, CA in 1952: 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, in hopes of providing a larger professional voice. They established the American Personnel and Guidance Association (APGA), later changing names in 1983 to the American Association of Counseling and Development. On July 1, 1992, the association changed its name to the American Counseling Association (ACA) to reflect the common bond among association members and to reinforce their unity of purpose.

Headquartered in Alexandria, VA, just outside Washington, DC, the American Counseling Association promotes public confidence and trust in the counseling profession so that professionals can further assist their clients and students in dealing with the challenges life presents. The American Counseling Association services professional counselors in the U.S. and in 50 other countries including Europe, Latin America, the Philippines and the Virgin Islands. In addition, the American Counseling Association is associated with a comprehensive network of 19 divisions and 56 branches. The American Counseling Association also collaborates with several corporate and related organizations to enhance member services.

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Teachers College Hosts Tribute to Albert Ellis

by Amber McLaughlin | Sep 12, 2013
On September 25, 2013, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the Teachers College will host a special event to honor the legacy of Albert Ellis in the Milbank Chapel of Columbia University.
This September marks the birth centennial of Albert Ellis.

After his time at Teachers College, Ellis went on to become the father of cognitive-behavioral therapy and founder of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), discovering that people’s beliefs strongly affect their emotional functioning. By the time he died at age 93, Ellis had become considered by many to be more influential than Freud.

On September 25, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the Teachers College will host a special event to honor the legacy of Albert Ellis in the Milbank Chapel of Columbia University.

The evening will be a tribute to his impact in the field of psychology presented by Lisa Miller, Professor of Psychology and Education and Director of Clinical Psychology and his wife, Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis, who worked alongside Ellis for many years.

A Tribute to Albert Ellis, the Father of Cognitive Therapy
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th St.
New York, NY 10027

Milbank Chapel
September 25, 2013
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


If you are interested in attending, please register here.