Students have a strong voice in the American Counseling Association! And it is growing every day as ACA seeks student input on products and services that will be in demand by these future professionals.
Today’s students will be tomorrow’s volunteer leaders of ACA. From a seat on the Governing Council to active roles on various committees, there are multiple ways for the needs and views of students to be heard. Below is a brief overview of some of the ways that student members get involved with ACA.
ACA Governing Council. A Student Representative sits on the ACA Governing Council, which meets several times each year. The Council actively engages the Student Representative in all governance, membership, and policy issues.
Conference. Students can register for the ACA Conference at a reduced student registration rate. Graduate students gather at ACA Conferences at a special Graduate Student Lounge—a gathering place for students to network with peers from around the country and meet distinguished counselor educators, scholars, and authors.
Divisions. Many divisions hold Graduate Student functions at the ACA convention. These functions range from meetings to networking receptions and mentor/mentee get-togethers.
ACA Foundation. Through the ACA Foundation, ACA student members can enter the Graduate Student Essay Contest, apply for the Glen E. Hubele National Graduate Student Award, and apply for Graduate Student Grants–scholarships to attend the ACA Convention. The ACA Foundation places a major emphasis on supporting ACA student members while they are enrolled in counseling programs.
Counseling Today. In-depth articles of interest to students appear in a special feature entitled “Student Focus.” This section appears in each issue of the monthly member newspaper Counseling Today. The articles are written by students, offering another valuable publishing opportunity.
Also Of Interest to Students:
Student liability insurance. ACA has done the shopping for you and endorses only one carrier for ACA student members—Healthcare Providers Service Organization (HPSO). HPSO offers a special rate for students.
Job bank and year-round career support. At the convention, in Counseling Today, and year-round through the Career Center on the ACA Web site, ACA provides a wide range of career support services to student members.
For more information on the role of students within ACA, contact ACA at 800-347-6647, x222.