Founded in 1991 | A division of the American Counseling Association

Membership Benefits

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 JCCcontains 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 (
  • 24/7 connections and conversations with college counseling professionals across the globe through the ACCA Twitter accountFacebook 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.  

Unified Membership

If you would like to start or renew your unified membership with ACA and ACCA, you will need to do that through the American Counseling Association.  A hard copy membership application form is available for download below, or you can visit the ACA membership website.

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July 13, 2022

Advocating For Yourself in College Counseling Workshop
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July 22, 2022 | 1-2:30PM EST

2023 Annual Conference
Savannah, GA
March 2-5, 2023


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ACCA Members in the News

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Janelle Johnson comments on the state of mental services at community colleges.

Janelle Johnson on College Counseling” Interview. Follow the link to read the full interview.

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