ACCA President Josh E. Gunn, Ph.D.
Welcome to the official website of the American College Counseling Association, a division of the American Counseling Association. We are a professional organization with more than 1,400 members and affiliates dedicated to the promotion of the college counseling profession. I invite you to become a member and strongly encourage you to get involved. One of the best ways to connect is through our annual conference, which is coming up on October 1-4 in San Antonio. There is no better way to network and learn from peers, colleagues, and leaders in the field!
It’s ACCA Award Nomination Season!
Please consider nominating any member of our profession that you feel has contributed to our work in any of the categories listed below. You can even nominate yourself! Nominations are due June 3rd, 2014 and winners will be announced at the ACCA 2014 annual conference in San Antonio. Nomination form is below the description of each award.
Please fill out the form below with your nomination(s). You may also email Monica Osburn directly with your choices at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACCA Conference 2014 will be held October 1st-4th.
The 2014 ACCA Conference Call for Programs is now open! We will be taking proposals for pre-conference sessions, 90-minute breakouts, and poster presentations. To submit your presentation proposal, please click here. The call for programs will close on March 30, 2014.
The American College Counseling Association’s new Public Awareness and Professional Advocacy (PAPA) committee has completed their first paper together. This PAPA paper explores if “what’s in a name” hinders/helps higher education mental health professionals. We hope that you will take time to read the paper and the research regarding this topic. Under the Members tab please select the heading PAPA Papers and you will find this paper along with previous ones.
Tabitha Smith, LPC
The University of Virginia’s College at Wise
Theresa R. Perlman, LPC
Wayne State University
It’s not too hard to get excited about going to Hawaii for the 2014 ACA Conference, but for good measure, here is one additional reason to be excited. Each year at the ACA Conference, ACCA hosts a Day of Learning for counselors working or interested in working in college counseling. This year we have three great programs every college counselor will want to attend, and one special session for aspiring college counselors. On Saturday, March 29 at 7 a.m., we will host our annual roundtables that will be facilitated by current ACCA President Josh Gunn, President-Elect Tamara Knapp-Grosz, and Past-President Monica Osburn. The roundtables are a time to discuss your own triumphs and challenges, as well as hear from ACCA leadership and your college counseling colleagues about some of the most salient issues in college counseling today. At 10 a.m., Tamara Knapp-Grosz and Carolyn Russo will present “Outrageous Outreach: Utilizing Creative Outreach Programs to Engage Students and Decrease College Counseling Stigma. “ These seasoned professionals will share some of the most creative and successful outreach approaches you have ever heard about. After lunch at 2 p.m., Josh Gunn will present “Trending in College Counseling,” which will focus on hot topics in the counseling center world, such as the ever increasing demand for services and how counseling centers are adapting. And finally, back by popular demand, Monica Osburn will present her infamous “Breaking in and Rising up in College Counseling.” This unique program focuses on what it takes to land a job and climb the college counseling career ladder.
In addition to the Day of Learning sessions, ACCA will host its annual reception on Saturday, March 29, from 5-6:30. This is a very special time each year where those seeking to or already connected to ACCA can come together simply to enjoy each other’s company. We invite everyone, from graduate students thinking of entering the field, new professionals trying to land a job in college counseling, to seasoned clinicians and counseling center directors, to come, eat, and simply enjoy this special time together.
See you in Hawaii!