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About VCA


The Virginia Counselors Association (VCA) is a non-profit Association. VCA was founded in Richmond in 1930 as the Virginia Personnel and Guidance Association (VPGA). VCA is dedicated to the goal of meeting the needs of Virginia counselors in a variety of work settings. It is a dynamic and active organization that has been effective in responding to state-wide issues and in providing opportunities for professional interaction at the state and local levels.

Southern RegionVCA is the state branch of the American Counseling Association and a member of the ACA Southern Region. VCA members are expected to comply with the Ethics and Professional Standards established by ACA. The current ACA Ethical Code was revised in 2005 and is available using the link above or visit ACA's Ethics webpage. Our organizational chart demonstrates these relationships.


The vision and mission of VCA will be the driving force as the Association strives to meet the organizational goals with careful consideration of fiscal responsibility in carrying out the work of the Association. The organizational goals set forth shall be reviewed annually to evaluate areas in need as the board engages in work to improve and strengthen the organization.


Equity, unity and public support for professional counseling in a variety of settings for all people in Virginia.


VCA members in all settings will provide best counseling practices that enhance human development and functioning throughout the life span and promote public confidence in the counseling profession.


· VCA Foundation to provide long-term fiscal stability and fund innovative counseling research and community programs.

· Identify and implement ways to recruit and retain members.

· Increase membership by at least 5% each year, in each membership category, for the next five years.

· Provide more workshops on timely topics to generate revenue and provide a service to members.

· Engage VCA Board and Association Members in advocacy.

· Be socially and environmentally conscious in our administrative and professional practices.

· Commit to supporting leadership development, including commitment to the membership, organization, and counseling profession.


  • Spearheading legislation to be the first state to license professional counselors
  • Facilitating the introduction and passage of 2002 legislation that provides statutory authority for the Board of Counseling to establish continuing education requirements and regulations for Licensed Practical Counselors.
  • Providing professional development through an annual convention and co-sponsors other professional development activities for counselors in all settings.
  • Sponsoring an annual Legislative Day to advocate for public policy and legislative issues affecting counselors across work settings.


VCA has many committees to keep things running and to create more for our members. Committees denoted with * are standing committees as designated by the bylaws. Visit our Committee Page for more information about committees.

  • *Advocacy Relations
  • Awards
  • Journal
  • *Membership
  • *Newsletter
  • *Nominations and Elections
  • Professional Development


Formal business meetings are held on a routine basis to govern the activities of VCA. The minutes are available to members. Visit the Meeting Minutes Page for more information about the activites of the board.

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