Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

American Counseling Association (ACA)

  • Thelma DuffeyEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_609

Name of Organization or Institution

American Counseling Association (ACA)




The American Counseling Association is the largest professional membership organization for counselors in the world. With a membership of over 55,000, ACA serves counselors working in diverse settings and across specialties. ACA is dedicated to strengthening professional identity and unity within the counseling profession, promoting clarity within the public about the counseling profession, and advocating for legislation serving the interests of counselors and their clients. ACA also supports the professional development of counseling students and promotes research in counseling. These goals are grounded in ACA’s mission to promote respect for human dignity and diversity.


ACA is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, and serves counselors in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Philippines, and the Virgin Islands. There are 4 ACA regions (Midwest, North Atlantic,...

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  1. American Counseling Association. (2005). ACA code of ethics: As approved by the ACA Governing Council, 2005. Alexandria: American Counseling Association.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Texas at San AntonioSan AntonioUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kelley Quirk
    • 1
  • Adam Fisher
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Human Development and Family StudiesColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA
  3. 3.Brigham Young UniversityProvoUSA