Celebrating 16,000 Members at the ACA

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Celebrating 16,000 Members at the ACA

We are thrilled to announce a significant milestone for the Australian Counselling Association – reaching 16,000 individual members in our vibrant Australian Counselling Association community! This achievement wouldn’t be possible without the support and dedication of our passionate members. As we celebrate this milestone, we want to express our deepest gratitude and appreciation for each and every one of you who has contributed to making the ACA community what it is today.

Over the past 25 years, our association has become known for its strong strong position as a leading industry voice, acknowledged by the Australian Government. ACA also has established strong international affiliations, including observer status in the World Health Organisation’s Inter-Agency Standing Committee. Our organisation is highly respected by Australian Universities for its accreditation standards.

We have achieved these milestones with our values at centre of all we do, we would greatly appreciate a moment to reflect on these.

  • Progressive: We are committed to being at the forefront of new developments and innovations in the counselling profession. We seek to drive positive change in the industry by promoting best practices, advocating for the rights of counsellors and clients, and fostering a culture of continuous improvement and growth.
  • Consistent: We are dedicated to upholding the highest standards of professionalism and ethical practice among its members. We strive to ensure consistency and quality in counselling services by setting professional standards, providing training and support for members, and promoting a shared culture of excellence. Our goals and vision for our profession, in terms of equality of outcome, remain consistent in our message.
  • Inclusive: We value and respect our members’ and their clients’ diverse backgrounds and experiences. We seek to foster an inclusive and welcoming culture by promoting diversity and cultural awareness and providing resources and support for counsellors who work with marginalised or underrepresented groups.
  • Caring: Our community is driven by a deep sense of compassion and empathy for those needing counselling services. We seek to provide a safe, supportive, and caring environment for counsellors and clients alike, and to promote a culture of kindness, understanding, and healing.

Here at the ACA, our vision is to be the pre-eminent voice for Counsellors, representing an educated and accountable workforce that is availed the same professional opportunities as their industry peers. Our vision inspires us daily and instils us with confidence that we are making a change to the Australian mental health landscape.

Our mission is to strengthen our counselling profession, to advocate for, support, and uphold the highest standards for counsellors and psychotherapists in Australia, fostering a culture of quality care, accountability and continuous education.

As we celebrate this remarkable milestone of 16,000 individual members, let us reflect on the incredible journey we have shared and the positive impact we continue to make in the counselling profession. Thank you for being a part of our community, embodying our values, and contributing to the vision and mission of the ACA. Here’s to the continued growth, collaboration, and success of our community!

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