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Counseling: Websites & Organizations
A research guide of recommended information resources for Counseling
"The American Counseling Association is the world's largest association exclusively representing professional counselors in various practice settings. 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."
Ohio Counseling Association (OCA)
"Ohio Counseling Association is the professional organization representing all licensed counselors, and those in graduate training to be counselors, in Ohio. In addition, OCA is a branch of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and it has eight divisions and seven chapters."
Home: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
NIMH: THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF MENTAL HEALTH'S "mission is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure. It is an offshoot of the NIH (National Institutes of Health) a U.S. government agency."
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.
The Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) emphasizes the need for quality education and supervision of counselors in all work settings. Through the accreditation process and professional development activities, ACES strives to continue to improve the education, credentialing and supervision of counselors.
The mission of CACREP is to promote the professional competence of counseling and related practitioners through the development of preparation standards; the encouragement of excellence in program development; and the accreditation of professional preparation programs.
NBCC is an independent not-for-profit credentialing body for counselors. It was established to monitor a national certification system. The certification program recognizes counselors who have met predetermined standards in their training, experience and performance on the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE).