American Counseling Association - ACA

Organization URL(s)

Other Contact Information

5999 Stevenson Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22304-3300
1-800-347-6647 (Voice - Toll-free)
703-823-9800 (Voice)
1-800-473-2329 (FAX)
703-823-0252 (FAX)


In 1952, four independent associations established the American Personnel and Guidance Association to provide a stronger voice for related counseling professions. In 1983, the association became the American Association for Counseling and Development, and in 1992, it became the American Counseling Association. Today, ACA includes 19 divisions, 56 branches, and 4 regions in the United States, Europe, Latin America, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Philippines. Branches allow members to network with peers and advocate for professional and government relations issues at a local level. ACA's mission is 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.

Print Resources

Counseling Today, monthly newspaper, distributed free of charge to members; A full line of professional journals and books is available. To receive a catalog of these publications, call (800) 422-2648.

Review Date

Friday, Feb 20, 2009