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American Counseling Association

In 1952, four independent associations convened at a joint convention to form the American Personnel and Guidance Association. In 1983, this organization changed its name to the American Association of Counseling and Development, and 10 years later shortened its name to the American Counseling Association (ACA). Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, the ACA sees its role as promoting public confidence in the counseling profession. With members in the United States and 50 other countries, the ACA maintains a network of 56 branches and 18 divisions.

Mission Statement

The ACA's brief mission statement underscores its commitment to respecting human diversity: 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 ...

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