American Counseling Association

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Statement Summary

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.

The American Counseling Association is committed to nondiscrimination and to the prevention of harassment in all forms—verbal, physical, sexual, emotional, and psychological—including protections for transgender, gender non-conforming, and LGBTQ+ individuals.

The American Counseling Association's Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling has issued competencies for counseling transgender clients that include "affirm[ing] transgender mental and medical health care (e.g., hormone therapies, sexual reassignment surgery, safe and trans-positive general medical services) through the entire lifespan."

Full Citation

Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling. (2009). Competencies for counseling with transgender clients,

American Counseling Association, Nondiscrimination: Policy Statement,