ACCA is an Association for those persons in higher education to include colleges, universities, community and technical college settings, whose professional identity is counseling and whose purpose is fostering students’ development. ACCA strives to support and enhance the practice of college counseling, to promote ethical and responsible professional practice, to promote communication and exchange among college counselors across service areas and institutional settings, to encourage cooperation with other organizations related to higher education and college student development, and to provide leadership and advocacy for the profession of counseling in higher education. ACCA is a division of the American Counseling Association (ACA). “The mission of the American College Counseling Association is to be the interdisciplinary and inclusive professional home that supports emerging and state of the art knowledge and resources for counseling professionals in higher education.”
Adopted by the ACCA Executive Council March 22, 2009
The members of the American College Counseling Association (ACCA) provide programs and services that adhere to the mission of ACCA and that enhance the learning experience for students through the promotion of social justice, community development, civility, and stewardship. ACCA recognizes that multidimensional diversity enriches the campus community and enhances opportunities for human understanding, both of which contribute to the collegiate experience for all. Therefore, we pledge to provide college counseling services that nurture environments where similarities and differences among people are recognized, respected, and honored.
Adopted by the ACCA Executive Council, March 22, 2000
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ACCA Members in the News
Janelle Johnson comments on the state of mental services at community colleges.
Janelle Johnson on College Counseling” Psychotherapy.net Interview. Follow the
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Janelle Johnson is quoted in the Inside Higher Ed article Colleges Use Technology to Help Students Manage Mental Health, October 5, 2018.
Lisa Adams is quoted in the Washington Post article College Students are forming mental-health clubs - and they're making a difference.
June 28, 2018
Lisa Adams is quoted in the Inside Higher Ed article Flawed Judgement in Use of Force Against Students.
April 19, 2018
Lisa Adams is quoted in the Inside Higher Ed article A World Without Depression.
April 3, 2018
Lisa Adams is quoted in the Time article Record Numbers of College Students Are Seeking Treatment for Depression and Anxiety - But Schools Can't Keep Up.
March 19, 2018
Lisa Adams is quoted in the Inside Higher Ed article Moving Away from Charging for Counseling
February 7, 2018
Lisa Adams is quoted in the Inside Higher Ed article Suicide Data
January 11, 2018
Lisa Adams is quoted in the Inside Higher Ed article All by Myself
October 26, 2017
Lisa Adams is quoted in the Inside Higher Ed article Suicide Victims as Art Subjects
October 10, 2017