Associations & Organizations
American Association for Christian Counselors (AACC)American Association for Christian Counselors (AACC)
AACC is committed to assisting Christian counselors, the entire “community of care,” licensed professionals, pastors, and lay church members with little or no formal training. It is our intention to equip clinical, pastoral, and lay care-givers with biblical truth and psychosocial insights that minister to hurting persons and helps them move to personal wholeness, interpersonal competence, mental stability, and spiritual maturity.
American Association of State Counseling Boards (AASCB)American Association of State Counseling Boards (AASCB)
The American Association of State Counseling Boards (AASCB) is the alliance of governmental agencies responsible for the licensure and certification of counselors throughout the United States.
AASCB collects, interprets, and disseminates information on legal and regulatory matters, and works to further cooperation among individuals and associations involved in providing counseling services to the public. Furthermore, AASCB publishes materials for training programs and member boards.
American College Counseling Association (ACCA)American College Counseling Association (ACCA)
The American College Counseling Association is made up of diverse mental health professionals from the fields of counseling, psychology, and social work. Our common theme is working within higher education settings.
ACCA membership includes professionals and student members who work largely in college counseling settings. There are a growing number of community college counseling professionals who comprise the second largest group within ACCA. Members hold primarily a master’s or doctoral degree with the largest group being master’s level professionals. Counselor educators and Supervisors are also part of ACCA membership.
American Counseling Association (ACA)American Counseling Association (ACA)
The American Counseling Association (ACA) is an organization of counseling professionals who work in educational, health care, residential, private practice, community agency, government, and business and industry settings. Its mission is “to enhance human development throughout the life span and to promote the counseling profession.” The website contains links to divisions, conference information, an online newsletter, and information for the public.
American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)
American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) is now a separate organization from the American Counseling Association although some ties still exist. The mission of AMHCA is “to enhance the profession of mental health counseling through licensing, advocacy, education and professional development.” The web site contains links to state chapters, client information and related mental health areas. AMHCA holds an annual convention and publishes The Journal of Mental Health Counseling quarterly.
American Psychological Association (APA)American Psychological Association (APA)
The American Psychological Association is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA is the world’s largest association of psychologists, with nearly 130,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.
American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA)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)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 Adult Development and Aging (AADA)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 Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)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.
Association for Counselors and Educators in Government (ACEG)Association for Counselors and Educators in Government (ACEG)
Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC)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.
Association for Humanistic Counseling (AHC)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)Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC)
Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD)Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD)
The Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development seeks to develop programs specifically to improve ethnic and racial empathy and understanding. Its activities are designed to advance and sustain personal growth and improve educational opportunities for members from diverse cultural backgrounds.
AMCD is charged with the responsibility of defending human and civil rights as prescribed by law. It encourages changing attitude and enhancing understanding of cultural diversity. Provisions are made for in-service and pre-service training for members and for others in the profession. Efforts are made to strengthen members professionally and enhance their ability to serve as behavioral change agents. Operationalization of Multicultural Counseling Competencies by AMCD represents a benchmark for the counseling profession and the American Counseling Association.
Association for Specialist in Group Work (ASGW)Association for Specialist in Group Work (ASGW)
The National Association of Social Workers, a 145,000 member organization of professional social workers, advances and enhances social policies, professional growth and development, and professional standards. The NASW code of ethics is a guide for professional conduct of social workers and for dealing with ethical issues or dilemmas in social work practice. The NASW provides publications, an online encyclopedia, books, journals, continuing education, webinars, advocacy, legislative and media rooms, resources for students and research, and membership benefits.
Association for Specialist in Group Work (ASGW)Association for Specialist in Group Work (ASGW)
The Association for Specialists in Group Work is a division of the American Counseling Association. As Counseling Professionals who are interested in and specialize in group work, we value the creation of community; service to our members, their clients, and the profession; and leadership as a process to facilitate the growth and development of individuals and groups.
Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC)Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC)
ASERVIC is an organization of counselors and human development professionals who believe spiritual, ethical, and religious values are essential to the overall development of the person and are committed to integrating these values into the counseling process.
ASERVIC has developed a list of competencies designed to assist the helping professional best address the spiritual and religious issues in counseling. These competencies can be found by clicking here.
Broward Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (BAMFT)Broward Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (BAMFT)
The Broward Association for Marriage and Family Therapy is South Florida’s premier association of marriage and family therapists. BAMFT provides MFTs and their professional colleagues the opportunity to network, collaborate, and fulfill the State of Florida’s continuing education requirements for licensure and renewal.
The Broward Association for Marriage and Family Therapy is a chapter of the Florida Association for Marriage and Family Therapy which is a Division of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Through the Florida Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (http://www.famft.org), BAMFT advances the interests of the profession and its members, locally and throughout Florida.
Broward Mental Health Counselors Association (BMHCA)Broward Mental Health Counselors Association (BMHCA)
In the processes of forming.