Any professional who has an interest in the field of counseling and student development in higher education is encouraged to join the ACCA. Students engaged in graduate counseling and student development programs are also welcome. ACCA members are employed by universities, community colleges, vocational-technical schools and other institutions of higher education. In addition, ACCA members are engaged in college counseling in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, counseling center positions. The ACCA is a division of the American Counseling Association. Unified membership with the ACA is available, but is not required.
Types of Membership
Unified Membership (membership in both the ACCA and ACA)
- Professional: Individuals who hold a master’s degree or higher in counseling or a closely related field from a college or university accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
- Regular: Individuals whose interests and activities are consistent with those of ACA/ACCA, but who are not qualified for professional membership.
- New Professional: A New Professional is someone who has graduated with a master’s or a doctorate within the past 12 months. Status is good for one year.
- Student: Individuals who are enrolled at least half-time in a college or university program.
- Retired: Members who are retired from the counseling profession and have been active ACCA members for the past 5 consecutive years.
Open to those who support ACCA’s goals but do not hold membership in ACA. ACCA-only members shall have the right to vote, to have access to ACCA resources (including the Journal of College Counseling and the members-only section of the ACCA website), but cannot hold office.
- Regular Member: ACCA membership ($60) plus processing fee ($10) = $70
- Student Member: ACCA membership ($35) plus processing fee ($10) = $45
To become a member of the American College Counseling Association (ACCA), please select one of the following options:
- Register online.
- Print and mail the Membership Application PDF.
- Contact Membership Chair: Malvika Behl at email@example.com.
- Contact the American Counseling Association by phone at 703-823-9800 x 222 or 800-347-6647 x222.
The American College Counseling Association is the premier professional organization for counseling professionals working in higher education. The ACCA is dedicated to its members and providing exceptional member benefits has always been the cornerstone of the ACCA’s mission. Benefits include the following:
- Subscription to the highly acclaimed and respected Journal of College Counseling. The JCC contains practical and theory-based information and research to benefit the college counselor, educator, and practitioner. The editor of the Journal of College Counseling is Dr. Joshua Watson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 24/7 connections and conversations with college counseling professionals across the globe through the ACCA Twitter account, Facebook page, an active listserv, and regular, electronic updates from the ACCA Executive Council.
- Continuing education opportunities through ACCA sponsored webinars and drive-in workshops (including ACCA’s exclusive “Orientation to College Counseling” and “Advanced Topics in College Counseling” series) as well as our annual conferences.
- Access to ACCA advocacy materials; publications and resources designed to help you interpret the world of the college counselor and the college counseling profession to your students, your college and university officials, and to the public at large.
- Opportunities to develop leadership skills while helping to advocate for and shape the college counseling profession by joining one of ACCA’s active committees.
- Grant opportunities to support college mental-health research. Emerging Leader Grants (in the form of ACCA or ACA Conference registration awards) are also available to masters’ and doctoral level graduate students.
- Access to national college counseling statistics through the ACCA sponsored College Counseling Survey, the Community College Survey, and the Center for Collegiate Mental Health Annual Report.
- National recognition through professional awards for meritorious service and other significant contributions to the field of college counseling.
If you are a counseling professional working in a higher education setting and you are seeking a professional organization that strives to support, strengthen and enhance your work as a college counseling professional, please consider joining the 1,400+ members of the American College Counseling Association. For more information, please visit our newly redesigned and enhanced website at www.collegecounseling.org.