ACCA President Amy M. Lenhart, MA, LPC, NCC

ACCA President Amy M. Lenhart, MA, LPC, NCC

Hello ACCA! Welcome to the American College Counseling Association webpage. We are a division of the American Counseling Association, focusing  on professionals who work in  community colleges, technical schools, and colleges and universities.

We are a volunteer organization made up of an executive council with professionals across the United States. We strive to promote counselors with continuing education opportunities, such as our ACCA Conferences, webinars, networking, research, and professional and personal development opportunities.

Now more than ever, we need your participation and voice to assist with the promotion of college counseling.  I would also invite you to become active by advocating for college counseling on both the state and national level. There are several ways for you to be active in your state as well as the national level. Your voice is important in promoting the mental health, career development concerns, and overall wellbeing of our students. I welcome you to contact me to if you are interested in becoming more involved or if there is any way that I might be able to assist you.

I would invite you to come to our next ACCA Conference which will be October 1st through October 4th, 2015 in Louisville, KY! We are excited with so many great learning opportunities as well as a chance for you to meet with fellow college counselors!



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Counseling College Students on Issues Relating to Development, Spirituality and Religion

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Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain insight into the cross-relevance of competencies delineated by the American College Counseling Association (ACCA) and the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC) as they relate to counseling clients.
  2. Understand developmental principles that help guide counselors when working with young adults on college campuses.
  3. Explore the specialized issues that can arise in this population as they pertain to issues relating to religion/spirituality, decision making, and lifestyle choices.

Webinar description:

Traditional aged college students (18-23) often come to campus in an exploratory phase of their development and non-traditional aged students may also question prior belief systems. These explorations may challenge students’ spiritual and religious beliefs as well as lead them to reevaluate their worldview as it pertains to their belief systems and values. College students may face crises away from their family of origin, such as questioning sexual identity, career decision making, or more serious incidents such as hazing and death of loved ones. In this webinar, the presenters discuss the ACCA and ASERVIC competencies that can help guide counselors in their practice as it pertains to these issues and offer case-studies, and theories to illustrate these complex issues.

Presenter bios:

Amy Lenhart, MA, LPC, NCC

ACCA President Amy M. Lenhart, MA, LPC, NCCAmy is the president of the American College Counseling Association, and has served on the board as a Member at Large, and was the first chair for the Community College Task Force for ACCA, which resulted in a national survey for community/2 year counselors. Amy has also served on the Texas College Counseling Association as president, treasurer, and senator. Awards and honors include two awards from ACCA; a leadership award and a presidential honor award, and an award from the Texas College Counseling Association (TCCA) for the TCCA Outstanding College Counselor, as well as a merit award from the Texas Career Development Association. Amy Lenhart has worked at Collin College since 2000 providing mental health and career counseling to students, has prior experience in a four year university, as well as a domestic violence agency. Amy holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Psychology in Education, and graduated with honors. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas and is also a Nationally Certified Counselor.

Elizabeth R. O’Brien, Ph. D., LPC

obrien-oden-elizabeth-01Elizabeth is a professional counselor and counselor educator in the Chattanooga, TN area. She is the current president for the Association of Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling, a division of the American Counseling Association. She currently serves as the Counselor Education program director at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and is a UC Foundation Associate professor. She has presented both internationally and nationally on issues related to wellness and beginning counselors, marriage and couples counseling, and spirituality and supervision. She recently completed a co-edited text book entitled “Supervision and Agency Management for Counselors” and has published articles on the aforementioned presentation subjects.



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It’s that time of year again when we are seeking nominations for the ACCA Executive Council beginning in 2017!

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

  • President-Elect (3 year term)
  • Treasurer  (2 year term)
  • Member at Large Graduate Students and New Professionals (3 year term)

Download the nomination form here.

The nomination form should be sent to Dr. Tamara Grosz at tamara.knapp-grosz@unt.edu by May 31, 2016.

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. Tamara Grosz at tamara.knapp-grosz@unt.edu.



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A college student coping with stressThe April 2016 Counseling Today cover story “Coping with College” quotes current ACCA President Amy Lenhart, as well as past Presidents Josh Gunn and Brian Van Brunt. Here is an excerpt and link:

Often parentally micromanaged, pressured by high expectations, grappling with depression and anxiety, a bit socially awkward or just a little bit lost in a strange new world, today’s college students are seeking counseling in greater numbers than did previous generations, according to college counselors and other experts.

Those who counsel students point to various factors for this surge in clients, including greater overall awareness of mental health issues, higher rates of depression and stress, and a huge increase in the overall student population at colleges and universities. According to the Institute of Education Sciences, the research and statistical arm of the U.S. Department of Education, between 1992 and 2012 (the latest year for which statistics are available), the number of students enrolled in degree-granting institutions has grown by 39 percent.

Read the full article here.



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ACCA Members and non-members alike are invited to view this webinar, recorded at our 2015 conference, held in Louisville, KY. You may view the video for free below, and pay the CEU fee securely via Paypal to be redirected to the quiz. CEU certificates will be issued via postal mail upon completion.

“College Students’ Attitudes About Using Internet-based Mental Health Intervention” by Kathleen Palmer, Ph.D., LLP, LMHC

Presentation Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the types of Internet-based mental health interventions undergraduate college students are likely to use.
  1. Describe the ways terminology is influencing undergraduate college students’ use of Internet-based mental health interventions.


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Register for Webinar: 2015 Conference Keynote Speech

March 24, 2016 Webinars

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ACCA Featured Presentations at the 2016 ACA Conference

February 16, 2016 Conferences

The 2016 American Counseling Association Conference will take place March 31st through April 3rd in Montreal. Representatives for the ACCA will be on hand to deliver presentations. Read a list of speakers and topics below: ACCA Featured Education Sessions Friday, April 1 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ACCA Featured Session Program ID #185, Room 511B “’Postvention’: […]

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ACCA President Interviewed on College Enrollment Boom

December 16, 2015 News

Current ACCA President Amy Lenhart was recently interviewed by the ACA’s Counseling Today publication. The article, entitled “College Enrollment Boom Expected in 10 Years”, details why the freshman class of 2025 will be the largest and most diverse in US history.  Thus, the need for larger counseling staffs with specialized training will grow, Lenhart details. Read […]

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ACCA Past-President Interviewed for Counseling Today

November 24, 2015 News

ACCA Past-President Tamara Knapp-Grosz was interviewed for this week’s Counseling Today cover story. The article, entitled “Extending the Reach of Counseling”, examines how counselors are being proactive to raise awareness of their availability for those in need. Knapp-Grosz speaks on developing creative outreach activities during her tenure at SCAD. During extremely stressful times, she was able […]

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Free Webinar: Counseling South Asian International Students, Part 1

September 15, 2015 News

Webinar Recording co-sponsored by: American College Counseling Association, Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development 1.5 CEU Presenter: Farah Ibrahim, Ph.D., LP Facilitator: Tamara Knapp-Grosz, Ph.D., Past President of ACCA The American College Counseling Association (ACCA) is very pleased to offer the third webinar in our series of multicultural competency webinars in collaboration with the Association for Multicultural […]

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