Counseling Association (ACA), and Divisions (with a Web presence on 12-18-03)
Counseling Association (ACA)
Founded in 1952, ACA is a nonprofit, professional
and educational organization, which is dedicated to the growth
and enhancement of the counseling profession. ACA is the
world's largest association exclusively representing
professional counselors in various practice settings. Many
valuable links to: professional resources; branches and
divisions; employment; government relations; ACA leadership;
and Counseling Today, a monthly publication of ACA. Refer to
of Ethics and Standards of
Association for Assessment in Counseling and Education
AACE is a leader, advocate, provider of professional development services related to assessment and diagnosis within the profession of counseling.
American College Counseling Association
ACCA’s membership includes college counselors and student development personnel. The promotion of efficacious college counseling is supported, in part, by cooperating and collaborating with a range of higher education personnel and organizations.
School Counselor Association (ASCA)
Chartered in 1953, ASCA is the single national
organization that represents the profession of school
counseling. ASCA's mission is to promote excellence in
professional school counseling and the development of all
students. Excellent list of links to: K-12 school counseling
centers; counseling and mental health resources; career
counseling; education and government resources; etc. Refer
to ASCA's Ethical
Standards for School
Association for Counselors and Educators in Government
A network of helping professionals, which provides counseling and related services associated with government agencies and the U.S. Military.
for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
The history, organization, and leadership of ACES. There
are internal and external links to: organizational
information; the executive council, regional presidents;
committees; position announcements; etc.
for Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Issues in Counseling (AGLBIC)
AGLBIC is a division of American Counseling Association.
Its mission it to educate mental health service providers
about issues confronting gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender (GLBT) individuals.
for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD)
The mission of AMCD is to provide global leadership,
research, training and development of multicultural
counseling professionals with a focus on racial and ethnic
American Rehabilitation Counseling Association
ARCA is an organization of professional and student rehabilitation counselors--it focuses on research, leadership, advocacy, and counseling services that improve the lives of disabled individuals.
Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling
ASERVIC addresses evolving spiritual, ethical, and religious values within professional counseling and allied professions. This ACA Division is commitment to the to integration of spiritual, ethical, and religious values into counseling systems and activities.
for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW)
Public access is provided to professional resources, including a
mailing list and discussion forum, related to group counseling and
psychotherapy. Also, a resources directory provides a number
of links to information about group counseling options and
Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ)
An advocacy organization of student and professional counselors that promotes critical thinking, equity, justice, and emphasize systemic changes that will eliminate (or minimize) injustice within government, business, and other organizations.
International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors
IAMFC is dedicated to providing distinguished and effective counseling services for couples and family. Professional development services and other learning options are available to assist practitioners with the application of research results, theories, and practice principles.
Career Development Association (NCDA)
Originally the National Vocational Guidance Association,
NCDA was one of the founding associations of ACA in 1952.
The mission of NCDA is to promote career development for all
people across the lifespan through public information,
member services, conferences, and publications. The primary
publication of the NCDA is the Career Development
Employment Counseling Association (NECA)
NECA is division of the American Counseling Association,
and it represents professionals dedicated to helping people
enter, understand, and progress within the world of work.
This site includes a comprehensive list of links to
professional associations, and relevant organizations that
provide job and career planning information.
Related American Counseling Association (ACA) Organizations
Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)
This association represents "...(the) profession of
mental health counseling through licensing, advocacy,
education and professional development." However, this Web
site does not include useful information related to
the areas identified in its mission statement.
College Personnel Association (ACPA)
ACPA offers student affairs professionals the
opportunity to enhance their effectiveness on campus
through: annual conventions; leadership opportunities; and
collaborative relationships. Refer to ACPA's Statement
of Ethical Principles and
Counseling Support and Information
for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC)
ADEC is an interdisciplinary organization devoted to
practices related to dying, death, and bereavement. Members
include: educators, counselors, nurses, physicians, hospital
and hospice personnel, mental health professionals, clergy,
funeral directors, social workers, philosophers,
psychologists, sociologists, physical and recreational
therapists, health well-being specialists, and volunteers.
Useful resources for student and professional counselors
Title; and Learning
Chi Sigma Iota, established January 1, 1985, is the
International Counseling Academic and Professional Honor
Society. Members of this honor society include students,
educators, practitioners, and administrators who have common
interests and diverse specializations within the profession
for Equity in Standards and
The Consortium for Equity in Standards and Testing
(CTEST) focuses attention on how educational standards,
assessments, and tests can be used more fairly.
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is
an international professional organization with the primary
goal of advancing educational research and its practical
application. AREA has more than 22,000 members from a range
of disciplines, and it is concerned with improving the
educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry,
promoting the dissemination of information, and the
practical application of research results. This site
includes Spanish and French language options.