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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College students in libraryPlease consider nominating any ACCA member that you feel has contributed to our work in any of the categories listed below. You can even nominate yourself! Nominations are due July 31st, 2015 and winners will be announced at the ACCA 2015 annual conference in Louisville, KY. Fill out the form below to submit your nominations.

2015 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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A student going through a college counseling sessionIt’s that time of year again when we are seeking nominations for the ACCA Executive Council!

We are currently accepting nominations (self-nominations are accepted and encouraged) for:

  • President-Elect (3 year term)
  • Secretary (2 year term)
  • Governing Council Representative (3 year term)
  • Member-at-Large with Community/Technical College Focus

Download the Nomination Form here.

The nomination form should be sent to Dr. Josh Gunn at jgunn6@kennesaw.edu by May 31, 2015.

If you are interested in learning more about any position, we encourage you to talk to a current or former holder of the office. Additionally, you can read more about the positions on the ACCA website: http://www.collegecounseling.org/acca-by-laws.

If you have questions regarding the election process, please contact Dr. Josh Gunn at jgunn6@kennesaw.edu.



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Conference LectureThe 2015 ACCA Regional Conference will be held at West Point Military Academy in New York April 1st-2nd. Online registration is now open at this link. The tentative schedule and hotel information is available via this previous post on our site. We hope to see you in April!

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College Student researching online

Great news! Now you can register for ACCA Membership online! Whether you’re an existing member who needs to renew, or you’re looking to join for the first time, you may register using the link below:

http://www.cvent.com/d/nrqmjw/3W

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ACCA Northeast Regional Conference to Be Held at West Point

January 21, 2015 Conferences

ACCA Northeast Regional Conference – West Point Where: West Point Military Academy When: April 1st and 2nd, 2015 Tentative Schedule: April 1 9-10am – Registration 10-10:30am – Welcome 10:30am-12pm – Breakout Session 1 12-1:30pm – Welcome and Lunch, Ike Hall  (lunch included) 1:45-3:15pm – Breakout Session 2 3:15-3:30pm – Break 3:30-5pm – Breakout Session 3 Dinner […]

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2015 Conference Call for Programs Now Open!

January 20, 2015 Conferences

We are now accepting conference breakout session proposals for the 2015 ACCA Conference! All proposals must be submitted by March 31, 2015. Program submitters will be notified via email by April 30, 2015 as to whether their proposals have been accepted by the program committee. We very much look forward to receiving your informative proposals […]

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FREE Webinar from ACCA: “Ideas of Awesomeness”

January 14, 2015 Webinars

ACCA is very pleased to offer the gift of a FREE webinar: “Ideas of Awesomeness: Creative Programs in College Counseling”! An annual tradition at ACCA conferences over the year, the “Ideas of Awesomeness” presentation showcases creative programs being offered by counseling centers across the United States. ACCA is now pleased to offer “Ideas of Awesomeness” on […]

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Webinar: “Mental Health at the Community College”

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The American College Counseling Association is pleased to join Paper Clip in presenting a new webinar April 8th, 2015, “Mental Health at the Community College: Emerging Models & Best Practices”. Summary Community colleges continue to explore how to best support a growing student population coming to campus with mental health issues and making serious attempts […]

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Webinar: Working with International Students from China

November 11, 2014 Webinars

The American College Counseling Association (ACCA) is very pleased to offer the second webinar in our series of multicultural competency webinars in collaboration with the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD)! The webinar description and objectives are attached as well as an evaluation form that must be completed and returned if you are requesting […]

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