ACA Divisions

Enhance your professional identity

Within the American Counseling Association there are 20 divisions. These divisions enhance professional identity and are organized around specific interest and practice areas. The divisions provide professional strength and satisfy the diverse needs of the counseling community. 

Association for Adult Development and Aging (AADA)
Chartered in 1986, AADA serves as a focal point for information sharing, professional development, and advocacy related to adult development and aging issues; addresses counseling concerns across the lifespan.

Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC)
Originally the Association for Measurement and Evaluation in Guidance, AARC was chartered in 1965. The purpose of AARC is to promote the effective use of assessment in the counseling profession.

Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling (ACAC)
Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling aims to focus on the training needs of counselors who work with children and adolescents, while also providing professional support to those counselors, whether they are school counselors, play therapists, or counselor educators.

Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC)
The Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC) is a forum for counselors, counselor educators, creative arts therapists and counselors in training to explore unique and diverse approaches to counseling. ACC's goal is to promote greater awareness, advocacy, and understanding of diverse and creative approaches to counseling.

American College Counseling Association (ACCA)
ACCA is one of the newest divisions of the American Counseling Association. Chartered in 1991, the focus of ACCA is to foster student development in colleges, universities, and community colleges.

Association for Counselors and Educators in Government (ACEG)
Originally the Military Educators and Counselors Association, ACEG was chartered in 1984. ACEG is dedicated to counseling clients and their families in local, state, and federal government or in military-related agencies.

Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
Originally the National Association of Guidance and Counselor Trainers, ACES was a founding association of ACA in 1952. ACES emphasizes the need for quality education and supervision of counselors for all work settings.

The Association for Humanistic Counseling (AHC)
AHC, formerly C-AHEAD, a founding association of ACA in 1952, provides a forum for the exchange of information about humanistically-oriented counseling practices and promotes changes that reflect the growing body of knowledge about humanistic principles applied to human development and potential.

Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC)
Educates counselors to the unique needs of client identity development; and a non-threatening counseling environment by aiding in the reduction of stereotypical thinking and homoprejudice.

Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD)
Originally the Association of Non-White Concerns in Personnel and Guidance, AMCD was chartered in 1972. AMCD strives to improve cultural, ethnic and racial empathy and understanding by programs to advance and sustain personal growth.

American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)
Chartered in 1978, AMHCA represents mental health counselors, advocating for client-access to quality services within the health care industry.

American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA)
ARCA is an organization of rehabilitation counseling practitioners, educators, and students who are concerned with enhancing the development of people with disabilities throughout their life span and in promoting excellence in the rehabilitation counseling profession's practice, research, consultation, and professional development.

American School Counselor Association (ASCA)
Chartered in 1953, ASCA promotes school counseling professionals and interest in activities that affect the personal, educational, and career development of students. ASCA members also work with parents, educators, and community members to provide a positive learning environment.

Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC)
Originally the National Catholic Guidance Conference, ASERVIC was chartered in 1974. ASERVIC is devoted to professionals who believe that spiritual, ethical, religious, and other human values are essential to the full development of the person and to the discipline of counseling.

Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW)
Chartered in 1973, ASGW provides professional leadership in the field of group work, establishes standards for professional training, and supports research and the dissemination of knowledge.

Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ)
CSJ is a community of counselors, counselor educators, graduate students, and school and community leaders who seek equity and an end to oppression and injustice affecting clients, students, counselors, families, communities, schools, workplaces, governments, and other social and institutional systems.

International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC)
Originally the Public Offender Counselor Association, IAAOC was chartered in 1972. Members of IAAOC advocate the development of effective counseling and rehabilitation programs for people with substance abuse problems, other addictions, and adult and/or juvenile public offenders.

International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC)
Chartered in 1989, IAMFC members help develop healthy family systems through prevention, education, and therapy.

National Career Development Association (NCDA)
Originally the National Vocational Guidance Association, NCDA was one of the founding associations of ACA in 1952. NCDA inspires and empowers the achievement of career and life goals by providing professional development, resources, standards, scientific research, and advocacy.

National Employment Counseling Association (NECA)
NECA was originally the National Employment Counselors Association and was chartered in 1966. The commitment of NECA is to offer professional leadership to people who counsel in employment and/or career development settings.

Division Presidents and Executives (2014-2015)

Association for Adult Development and Aging (AADA)
Robert Dobmeier
rdobmeie@brockport.edu

Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC)
Shawn L. Spurgeon
sspurgeo@utk.edu

Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling (ACAC)
Elsa Soto Leggett
meleggett@me.com

Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC)
Jacqueline Swank
jswank@coe.ufl.edu

American College Counseling Association (ACCA)
Tamara Knapp-Grosz
tknappgr@scad.edu

Association for Counselors and Educators in Government (ACEG)
Lynna Meadows Morton
lynnameadowsmorton@comcast.net

Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
Marty Jencius
mjencius@kent.edu

Marsha Wiggins
Executive Director
execaces@gmail.com

Association for Humanistic Counseling (AHC) 
Brandé Flamez
ndbrande@yahoo.com 

Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC) 
Jane Rheineck
jrheineck@niu.edu

Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD)
Carlos P. Hipolito-Delgado
Carlos.Hipolito@ucdenver.edu

American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)
Stephen Giunta
sgiunta@troy.edu

Joel Miller
Executive Director
jmiller@amhca.org

American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA) 
David Staten
dstaten@scsu.edu

American School Counselor Association (ASCA)
Chair of the Board
Sharon Sevier
seviersharon@rockwood.k12.mo.us

Assistant Chair of the Board
Doug Hauserman
dhauserman@westside66.org

Richard Wong 
Executive Director
Richard@schoolcounselor.org

Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC) 
W. Bryce Hagedorn
Bryce.Hagedorn@ucf.edu

Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW)
Jonathan J. Orr
jorr@gsu.edu

Janice DeLucia-Waack
Executive Director
asgwexd@gmail.com

Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ)
Fred Bemak
fbemak@gmu.edu

International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC)
Larry Ashley
Larry.ashley@unlv.edu  

International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC) 
Paul Peluso
ppeluso@fau.edu

Loretta Bradley
Interim Executive Director
loretta.bradley@ttu.edu

National Career Development Association (NCDA)
Mark Danaher
mdanaher@gmail.com

Deneen Pennington
Executive Director
dpenn@ncda.org

National Employment Counseling Association (NECA)
Seneka Arrington
seneka_arrington@yahoo.com

John Hakemian
Executive Director
sailorjohn@mindspring.com

 

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