Founded in 1966, the Alabama Counseling Association (ALCA) is an organization of counseling professionals who work in education, health care, residential homes, private practice, community agencies, and government and business/industry settings. It is a state branch of the American Counseling Association (ACA).
In the same vein, Chapter VIII serves as a Chapter Branch of the ALCA as the southwesternmost chapter. The Chapter seeks to implement activities that serve the purposes of both our parent and grandparent organizations.
Residents of Baldwin, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe, and Washington counties who are members of Alabama Counseling Association are automatically members of Chapter VIII.
Our Chapter has approximately 200 members,and we continue to grow. We are fostering collaborations with our seven counties and with like-minded community agencies such as the Mobile Licensed Professional Counselors Association (MLPCA), Chi Sigma Iota (international honor society for counseling), and local Universities to increase our membership.
We encourage you to explore the site and consider becoming an active member of our Chapter. Welcome to Chapter VIII!

"If your actions inspire others to
dream more, learn more, do more and
become more, you are a leader.” 

~ John Quincy Adams 


ALCA Mission

Formerly the Alabama Association for Counseling and Development, a branch of the American Counseling Association, the Alabama Counseling Association is an educational, scientific, and professional organization whose members are dedicated to the enhancement of human development throughout the life span. Association members recognize diversity in our society and embrace a cross-cultural approach in support of the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of each individual.
Our mission is to enhance human development throughout the life span and to promote public confidence and trust in the counseling profession.

Our Common Values

  • caring for self and others
  • respecting diversity
  • encouraging positive change
  • acquiring and using knowledge
  • empowering leadership
  • promoting linkages

Our Strategic Goals

Serving as a dynamic network of professional counselors in the State of Alabama, ALCA is devoted to professional development and maintenance of high standards for those involved in the counseling profession.

  • To promote the recognition of the counseling profession
  • To develop and implement 
  • a set of strategies that responds to the needs of a diverse membership
  • To develop and expand diversity throughout the membership of the association
  • To promote unity of purpose and diversity of practice
  • To prepare and nurture effective leaders
  • To provide leadership as an association in governmental relations and public awareness


For Further Information - Contact

Carol Thompson
Chapter VIII President