Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling

ACAC of NC is a support and information network for counselors who work with children and adolescents. The American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics (2014) and the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs standards (2016) charges counselors with enhancing human development across the lifespan; therefore, ACAC of NC supports counselors working with children and adolescents from birth through age adolescent. The breadth of this developmental range offers its own unique experiences and challenges. ACAC of NC serves to bring a community of counselors together who strive to offer best practices to this under-served and distinct population.

ACAC-NC Newsletters:

Winter 2019 Newsletter

Summer 2019 Newsletter

Spring 2018 Newsletter

Spring 2017 Newsletter

Winter 2016 Newsletter

Spring 2016 Newsletter

Mission Statement:

The mission of ACAC-NC is to:

  1. Promote greater awareness, understanding, and advocacy for professional counseling services that aim to improve the educational, emotional, and social functioning of children and adolescents. Such services include, but are not limited to, individual and group counseling, consultation and collaboration, diagnostic assessment, program development, and referral services. This advocacy is founded on the premise that children and adolescents who receive appropriate assistance to handle personal, social, career, and educational issues and challenges will more likely meet with success in their overall development and in making important life decisions.
  2. Support the development of research-based, best practice models for delivering child and adolescent counseling in both community and school settings. The ACAC-NC provides and fosters professional development for counselors who serve children and adolescents, families, and related practitioners in the community. At the same time, ACAC-NC endorses preparation standards and certification and licensure processes sanctioned by the counseling profession (such as, the Council for Accreditation and Related Educational Programs, the National Board of Certified Counselors, State Licensing Boards, and the American Counseling Association.
  3. Publicize research-based, best practice models to verify effective models, programs, interventions, and strategies used in the ethical practice of counseling and related services when working with children and adolescents in a variety of professional services. Its purpose in these endeavors is to raise the standards of practice with children and adolescents in counseling, psychotherapy, and mental health.

Who Joins ACAC of NC?

ACAC of NC is open to all counselors who work with children and adolescents in a variety of settings, including schools, agencies, hospitals, and private practice. Counselors who benefit from membership in ACAC of NC include:

  • Mental Health Clinicians
  • School Counselors
  • Play Therapists
  • Counselor Educators
  • Any counselor working with children and/or adolescents

ACAC of NC is proud to offer continuing education credit opportunities, as an incentive of membership!

For more information:

Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling

American Counseling Association

ACAC of NC Board for 2019-2021:

  • President: Dr. Courtney Evans-Thompson,
  • President-Elect: Dr. Andrea Barbian-Shimberg
  • Past President: Dr. Theresa Kascsak; Professor, Capella University
  • Secretary:
  • Trustee-Membership: Jenna Taylor
  • Trustee-Communications: Amy Grybush
  • Trustee-Special Projects: Jonathan Ricks

History of ACAC-NC:

Devoted Service Award

2015-2016   Patti Admundsen

2016-2017 Sarah Moore

‘Beginning Child and Adolescent Counselor’ Award :  honor someone that has been in the field for less than 2 years and has shown commitment to meeting the therapeutic needs of children and adolescents.

2016-2017 Camila Pulgar