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Professional Organizations

Professional Organizations 

Counseling students are encouraged to join a professional organization and to become involved in the organization. As a member of the professional organization, student are entitled to benefits including:

(a)  Publications, including journals and newsletters
(b)  Reduced registration rates for attendance at professional meetings (e.g. conventions and workshops)
(c)  Member service that includes legal defense funds and library resources.

By being involved in a professional association, students increase their network and are also involved in shaping their profession.

National Professional Organizations

The diversity of interest and areas of expertise among the professions represented by programs are reflected in faculty and student memberships in several national professional organizations. These professional organizations include:

State Professional Organizations

Each of these national organizations has a state level counterpart such as the:

National Divisions

Most national and state level professional organizations have membership subsections, known as “divisions”, for members who have specific professional interest within the general organization. For example, the American Counseling Association has the following membership divisions:

  • American College Personnel Association (ACPA)
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
  • National Career Development Association (NCDA)
  • American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA)
  • American School Counselors Association (ASCA)
  • Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling (AMECD)
  • National Employment Counselors Association (NECA)
  • Public Offenders Counselor Association (POCA)
  • Association for Religious and Value Issues in Counseling (ARVIC)
  • Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD)
  • Military Educators and Counselors Association (MECA)
  • Association for Adult Development and Aging (AADA)

State Divisions

Similarly, the Florida Association for Counseling and Development has the following membership divisions:

  • Florida Association for Counselors Education and Supervision (FACES)
  • Florida School Counselors Association (FSCA)
  • Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development (FMECD)
  • Florida Employment Counselors Association (FECA)
  • Florida Association for Specialist in Group Work (FASGW)
  • Florida Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (FAMCD)
  • Florida Association for Marriage and Family Counselors (FAMFC)
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