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American Art Therapy Association (AATA)

"The American Art Therapy Association, Inc. (AATA) is an organization of professionals dedicated to the belief that the creative process involved in the making of art is healing and life enhancing. Its mission is to serve its members and the general public by providing standards of professional competence, and developing and promoting knowledge in, and of, the field of art therapy."   from the website

American Association Of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC)

"The American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) represents and sets professional standards for over 3,000 Pastoral Counselors and 100 pastoral counseling centers in North America and around the world. AAPC was founded in 1963 as an organization which certifies Pastoral Counselors, accredits pastoral counseling centers, and approves training programs. It is non-sectarian and respects the spiritual commitments and religious traditions of those who seek assistance without imposing counselor beliefs onto the client."  from the website

American College Counseling Association (ACCA)

"ACCA is a professional organization for those who work as professional counselors in higher education settings- including vocational/ technical colleges, community colleges, private colleges, and universities."  from the website

American Counseling Association (ACA)

"The American Counseling Association is a not-for-profit, professional and educational organization that is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession. Founded in 1952, ACA is the world's largest association exclusively representing professional counselors in various practice settings."   from the website

American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)

AMHCA Is For Mental Health Counselors. The section on State Counselor Licensure and Certification Boards has a complete list of state boards to locate your state board, get contact information, and link directly to their web site.

American Psychological Association, Division 17: Counseling Psychology

"Division 17 - Counseling Psychology was founded in 1946 to promote personal, educational, vocational, and group adjustment in a variety of settings. Presently, Division 17 brings together psychologists, students, and international and professional affiliates who are dedicated to promoting education and training, scientific investigation, practice, and diversity and public interest in professional psychology."  from the website

American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA)

"ARCA is an organization of rehabilitation counseling practitioners, educators, and students who are concerned with improving the lives of people with disabilities. Its mission is to enhance the development of people with disabilities throughout their life span and to promote excellence in the rehabilitation counseling profession. Other goals are to help members develop their leadership skills through participation in ARCA's organizational activities and to work with state officials to develop appropriate licensure requirements." from the website

American School Counselor Association (ASCA)

"The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is a worldwide nonprofit organization based in Alexandria, Va. ASCA supports school counselors' efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social and career development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. The association provides professional development, publications and other resources, research and advocacy to nearly 17,000 professional school counselors around the globe." from the website

Association For Counselor Education And Supervision (ACES)

"The Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) emphasizes the need for quality education and supervision of counselors in all work settings. Through the accreditation process and professional development activities, ACES strives to continue to improve the education, credentialing and supervision of counselors."  from the website

Association For Death Education And Counseling (ADEC)

"ADEC is one of the oldest interdisciplinary organizations in the field of dying, death and bereavement. The almost 2000 members are made up of a wide array of mental and medical health personnel, educators, clergy, funeral directors, and volunteers. ADEC offers numerous educational opportunities through its annual conference, courses and workshops, its certification program, and via its acclaimed newsletter, The Forum." from the website

Association For Multicultural Counseling And Development (AMCD)

"The Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development seeks to develop programs specifically to improve ethnic and racial empathy and understanding. Its activities are designed to advance and sustain personal growth and improve educational opportunities for people from diverse cultural backgrounds."  from the website

Association Of Family And Conciliation Courts (AFCC)

"AFCC is an international and interdisciplinary association of family, court, and community professionals dedicated to the constructive resolution of family disputes. AFCC is Interdisciplinary Members include judges, lawyers, mediators, mental health professionals, court administrators, researchers, educators and other professionals who work with families in conflict."  from the website

Chi Sigma Iota

"Chi Sigma Iota is the international honor society of professional counseling. It was established for counselors-in-training, counselor educators, and professional counselors whose career commitment is to research and service through professional counseling."  from the website

Council For Accreditation Of Counseling And Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

"Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) is over twenty (20) years old. CACREP was created in 1981 to be the independent accrediting arm for the American Counseling Association, a membership organization for over 50,000 practicing counselors." from the website

Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA)

 "Established in 1971, the Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) is the world's oldest and largest membership organization for employee assistance professionals, with approximately 5,000 members in the United States and more than 30 other countries. EAPA hosts an annual conference, publishes a journal for the employee assistance profession, and offers trainings and other resources to enhance the professionalism of its members and the industry."  from the website

Institute For Integrative Psychotherapy

"The Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy provides professional continuing education in the practice of psychotherapy and counseling. Since 1976 the Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy has been dedicated to the personal and professional development of the psychotherapist, emphasizing in our teaching and supervision both personal wholeness and integrity and the achievement of professional excellence in the practice of psychotherapy and counseling."  from the website

International Association Of Counseling Services (IACS)

"The basic purposes of the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS) are to encourage and aid counseling services throughout the United States and internationally to meet high professional standards, to inform the public about those which are competent and reliable, and to foster communication among counseling services operating in a variety of settings. Accreditation is open to University and College Counseling Centers and Public and Private Counseling Agencies. IACS is committed to furthering the visibility of the counseling profession and improving its quality. "  from the website

International Association Of Marriage And Family Counselors (IAMFC)

"IAMFC is an organization that promotes excellence in the practice of couples and family counseling by creating and disseminating first-class publications and media products, providing a forum for exploration of family-related issues, involving a diverse group of dedicated professionals in our activities, and emphasizing collaborative efforts."  from the website

International Family Therapy Association (IFTA)

IFTA is the professional association of choice for those interested in the field of marriage and family therapy. 

National Board For Certified Counselors (NBCC)

"The National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. and Affiliates (NBCC®), an independent not-for-profit credentialing body for counselors, was incorporated in 1982 to establish and monitor a national certification system, to identify those counselors who have voluntarily sought and obtained certification, and to maintain a register of those counselors. The  NBCC has over 36,000 certified counselors." from the website

National Credentialing Academy for Marriage and Family Therapists (NACFT)

"The National Credentialing Academy was initiated as a result of the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselor’s (IAMFC) professional concerns and efforts in the area of credentialing. "  from the website

National Employment Counseling Association (NECA)

"A Division of the American Counseling Association(ACA) NECA is dedicated to helping people prepare for, enter, understand and progress in the world of work through legislative advocacy, establishing standards and guidelines, showcasing best practices and networking." from the website

National Rehabilitation Counseling Association (NRCA)

The National Rehabilitation Counseling Association is a professional association which began in 1958 and is a division of the National Rehabilitation Association. NRCA represents professionals in the field of rehabilitation counseling in a wide variety of work settings.

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