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 and group of multicultural students.The ACCA are very happy to announce our very first Joint webinar with the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development:

Multicultural Counseling Competency: What Every College Counselor Needs to Know about Working with International Students

This webinar is free for ACCA, SCCCP and AUCCD members but there is an additional cost if CEUS are requested. Download this PDF for full details and registration information. We hope to offer a series of Multicultural Counseling Competency Webinars if there is a good response to our initial webinar.

Webinar co-sponsored by:
American College Counseling Association
Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development

October 23, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

Facilitated by:
Tamara Knapp-Grosz, Ph.D., President, ACCA
Catharina Chang, Ph.D., President-elect, AMCD

Register online here.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of this webinar, participants will:

  1. Identify the benefits of having international students study in the U.S.
  2. Identity the major challenges that international students face in the U.S.
  3. Explain how the Multicultural Counseling Competencies can be applied to counseling work with international students.
  4. Identify culturally sensitive interventions for working with international students.
  5. Explain how the ACA Advocacy Competencies can be applied to counseling work with international students.
  6. The ACA, APA and NASW Ethical Standards that address Multicultural Competencies will be reviewed and highlighted.

Webinar Description:

According to the Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, the number of international students at colleges and universities in the United States reached a high of 819,644 students during the 2012-2013 academic year. This represents a seven percent increase from the previous year with the majority of the growth coming from China and Saudi Arabia (Institute of International Education, 2013). This increase in international students studying in the United States promotes connections between the two countries, develops relationships that can last a lifetime for the international students, enriches the classroom and university campuses, as well as positively impacts the U.S. economy (Institute of International Education, 2013). Despite these positive outcomes of international students, there are many challenges that international students face while studying in the U.S. Some of these challenges include: culture shock, acculturative stress, social adjustment, social isolation, discrimination, and language barriers (Gómez, Urzúa, Glass, 2014; Lee, 2013; Patron, 2014; Tummala-Narra & Claudius, 2013; Yakunina, Weigold, Weigold, Hercegovac, & Elsayed, 2013). In this webinar, participants will learn how to apply the Multicultural Counseling Competencies (Arredondo et al., 1996) and the Advocacy Competencies (Lewis, Arnold, House, & Toporek, 2002) in their work with international students. The presenters will: provide a brief description of the status of international students in the United States; describe the benefits of having international students; explore the challenges faced by international students; explain how the Multicultural Counseling Competencies and the Advocacy Competencies can be applied when working with international students within a college campus.



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Community College Counselor comforting a patientThe results of the 4th annual ACCA Survey of Community College Counseling for 2013-2014 have been released! The survey was conducted by Amy Lehnart from Collin College in Texas and Jon Edwards from Massachusetts Bay Community College. Responses were analyzed from 179 Counselors from Community and Two Year colleges representing 39 different states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Some of the findings included:

  • 81% of the counselors provide mental health counseling.
  • 88% have a Threat Assessment Team.
  • 70% offer Suicide Prevention Programs.
  • 56% hold licensure as an LMHC/ LPC
  • 99% have other regular duties/roles in addition to counseling.

The main issues that students discussed with counselors’ included: depression, anxiety disorders, stress, and academic challenges. The survey indicated that, across the United States, there continues to be different philosophies and structures regarding counseling services at community colleges. However, there is an increasing awareness of the importance of counselors at these institutions. ACCA is proud to provide a professional home to Community College Counselors!



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The 2014 Election will open in late fall and those elected will start their terms July 1, 2015. Be sure to watch for communications about voting. Below are the nominees in this year’s election:

Chris Corbett – President-Elect

LynnDee Horne – Member-at-Large State Divisions

David Julius Ford – Member-at-Large State Divisions

Liane de Souza – Member-at-Large State Divisions

Raime Thibodeaux – Treasurer

Janelle Johnson - Treasurer



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TCCA Conference in Austin, TX May 18-19th

April 18, 2014 Conferences

Please 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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Hawaii ACA Conference Recap

April 11, 2014 Conferences

Attending 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 […]

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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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