Tamara Knapp Grosz

ACCA President Tamara Knapp Grosz

Welcome to the American College Counseling Association (ACCA), a division of the American Counseling Association!   We are a professional organization with more than 1,400 members dedicated to the promotion of the college counseling profession. As College Counselors we shape not only the mental health and wellbeing of our students, but our campus communities as well. We are excited to have you as one of the thousands of professionals from diverse educational backgrounds who choose college counseling as your career.

I would also like to encourage you to become involved in ACCA. Years ago when I first entered the College Counseling profession, I was amazed by the mentoring opportunities available from colleagues across the country who offered not only their expertise but their support and guidance. Today, I continue to find the networking opportunities that ACCA provides to be an essential component to my professional and personal development. I know I can count on my ACCA connections to provide me with thoughtful feedback that is both practical and firmly grounded in best practices and current research.

ACCA is a volunteer organization that has endless opportunities for member participation on both the state and national level.  If your state does not have a state division-call us-we can help you make that a reality! We are here to assist and provide you with a wealth of resources and opportunities.

If you are not a member, 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! I encourage you to contact me directly if there is anything I can do to assist you in this coming year.



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ACCA Counseling Conference GroupOnline registration for the 2014 ACCA Conference in San Antonio is now open! Click here to sign up and join us in October!

Click here for more information about the 2014 Conference. If you have any questions regarding the conference event, please contact Casey Earle.

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A college counselor lectures her colleagues.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 Casey Earle directly with your choices at CaseyE@cmcglobal.com. Deadline for nominations is August 22nd.

2014 Awards Nomination Form

  • Your Nominations

  • Nominee has demonstrated leadership in some aspect of college counseling as it relates to the purposes and goals of ACCA, or leadership and contributions to ACCA as a professional organization.
  • Please describe your reasons for nominating this individual.
  • Demonstrated service to the profession of college counseling and/or to ACCA; this award will be offered in three categories: community/technical college setting; college or university population under 5000; and college or university population over 5000.
  • Please describe your reasons for nominating this individual.
  • Demonstrated contribution to the advancement of college counseling theory and/or practice by means of a dissertation/thesis, publication, or scholarly presentation.
  • Please describe your reasons for nominating this individual.
  • Demonstrated evidence of meritorious service to the profession of college counseling and/or ACCA.
  • Please describe your reasons for nominating this individual.
  • Demonstrated advocacy of college counseling services or an organization which has made a significant contribution to the improvement of college counseling services; may honor a college president, vice president, dean, board member, or legislator who has made a significant impact on the national, state, or local level. Need not be a member of ACCA.
  • Please describe your reasons for nominating this individual.
  • Demonstrated evidence of scholarly work; publication of relevant college counseling peer reviewed articles or papers presented that advance the profession of college counseling. Research conducted should add to the improvement of college counseling services on campus for the practicing professional counselor in a university or college setting. Successful nominees possess writing and publication skills that enhance our field.
  • Please describe your reasons for nominating this individual.
  • Honors a College Counseling Director who has made a significant impact on the national, state, or local level. Need not be a member of ACCA.
  • Please describe your reasons for nominating this individual.
  • Honors a College Counselor who has made a significant impact on the national, state, or local level. Need not be a member of ACCA.
  • Please describe your reasons for nominating this individual.
  • Honors a Program that has made a significant impact on the national, state, or local level.
  • Please describe your reasons for nominating this individual.



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Austin, TX city skylinePlease join the Texas College Counseling Association and the Texas Career Development Association for the 2014 Texas College Counseling & Career Development Conference. The dates are May 18-19th, in Austin, Texas. Please see link below for more details and registration information:

http://www.txca.org/assnfe/ev.asp?ID=121%20



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Honolulu, HI - home of the 2014 ACA Counseling ConferenceAttending American Counseling Association’s national conference in Hawaii gave us an opportunity to connect with college counselors from the US and nationwide. Some of the highlights include Dr. Josh Gunn’s hot topics in college counseling presentation, as well as Dr. Monica Osburn’s presentation on breaking in and rising up in college counseling. Dr. Brian Van Brunt demonstrated threat assessment with college students and Dr. Perry Francis lead several sessions and meetings for the 2014 ethics revision.

We ended the conference with an amazing reception connecting with new and old friends. We have lots of work to do to keep the energy going in college counseling. Looking forward to continuing to connect with our new friends in Mexico, Norway, China and Japan, as well as staying caught up with the wonderful initiatives happening in states such as Georgia, West Virginia and California!



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New PAPA Paper: “What’s in a Name?”

January 14, 2014 News

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 […]

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ACCA Day of Learning at 2014 ACA Conference in Hawaii

December 19, 2013 Conferences

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 […]

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Upcoming Webinar: “Assessing Threats Made with Technology”

October 18, 2013 News

  The ACCA, in cooperation with PaperClip Communications, are presenting a webinar Thursday February 12th. Click here to sign up and join host Brian Van Brunt Ed.D. for this event. Product Summary A faculty member is in jail after allegedly posting on FacebookTM that he might climb a campus facility with a high-powered rifle “with […]

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2013 National Survey of College Counseling Centers

October 2, 2013 News

The results of the 2013 National Survey of College Counseling are now available. Our thanks go out to Dr. Bob Gallagher, who has dedicated his time and expertise to creating these important reports. Note that this is the first time the Survey has included data from non-directors and community colleges; therefore, for 2013 there are 3 reports: […]

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