Counseling Associations and Liability Insurance

Students are required to become student members of one of the following professional organizations: American Counseling Association (ACA), American School Counselor Association (ASCA), or American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) prior to taking part in a practicum or internship experience. As liability insurance is required for students participating in practicum and internship courses, student membership in the ACA, ASCA, and AAMFT includes liability coverage for student members enrolled and engaged in a master's degree counseling curriculum at a post-secondary institution. This coverage is solely while performing counseling services (e.g. practicum and internship) related to coursework and must be activated prior to a student enrolling in a practicum or internship course.

Student membership in local chapters of national associations is also recommended, as student membership is relatively inexpensive and provides excellent professional development opportunities.

Counseling Associations

American Counseling Association (ACA)

Mission Statement
The mission of the American Counseling Association is to enhance the quality of life in society by promoting the development of professional counselors, advancing the counseling profession, and using the profession and practice of counseling to promote respect for human dignity and diversity.

More Information
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.

By providing leadership training, publications, continuing education opportunities, and advocacy services to nearly 45,000 members, ACA helps counseling professionals develop their skills and expand their knowledge base. ACA has been instrumental in setting professional and ethical standards for the counseling profession. The association has made considerable strides in accreditation, licensure, and national certification. It also represents the interests of the profession before congress and federal agencies, and strives to promote recognition of professional counselors to the public and the media.

The American School Counselor Association (ASCA)

Mission Statement
The American School Counselor Association (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. ASCA provides professional development, publications and other resources, research and advocacy to more than 25,000 professional school counselors around the globe.

The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

About the AAMFT

The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) is the professional association for the field of marriage and family therapy. We represent the professional interests of more than 24,000 marriage and family therapists throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.

Since our founding in 1942, the AAMFT has been involved with the problems, needs and changing patterns of couples and family relationships. The association leads the way to increasing understanding, research and education in the field of marriage and family therapy, and ensuring that the public's needs are met by trained practitioners. The AAMFT provides individuals with the tools and resources they need to succeed as marriage and family therapists.

Our members meet rigorous standards for education and training and are held to the highest ethical standards of the profession. Clinical Members have met the highest standards of the profession for education and clinical experience. Associate and Student membership categories are available for therapists in training for clinical practice. Members of allied professions and other persons who are interested in marriage and family therapy are eligible to become Affiliate Members.