Divisions, Special Interest Groups
& Regional Chapters

A PCA division is a unit of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association that focuses on a specific professional counseling specialty (as defined by the accreditation and board certification processes) or area of interest. A PCA special interest group (SIG), while also having as its focus an area of interest, is a unit that does not have a corresponding division at the national (i.e., American Counseling Association [ACA]) level.

The PCA's Divisions and SIGs are...

  1. Pennsylvania Association of Child and Adolescent Counselors (PACAC) As the name implies, this division seeks to provide resources and support for professional counselors who work directly or indirectly with children and adolescent clients. Working with children and adolescents can be very challenging. Counselors who work with children and adolescents must have a firm understanding of human development, family systems, learning styles, educational structures, and legal limitations.
  2. Pennsylvania Association of Counselor Education & Supervision (PACES)
    For professional counselors with an interest in research/teaching-related and/or clinical supervision issues.
  3. Pennsylvania Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Issues in Counseling (PALGBTIC)
    For professional counselors with an interest in issues related to counseling clients who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual or who are questioning their sexual orientation and/or clients who are exploring gender identity, including but not limited to individuals who are considering hormonal interventions, are participating in hormonal interventions, have undergone, or are currently undergoing sex-reassignment procedures. Click here for the PALGBTIC Membership Application.
  4. Pennsylvania Association of Multicultural Counseling & Development (PAMCD)
    For professional counselors with an interest in issues related to counseling clients from diverse backgrounds.  PAMCD is a division of the American Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development.  They also endorse the Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies (MSJCC) of AMCD.  See MSJCC for more information. Be sure to also read about the AMCD webinar series.
  5. Pennsylvania Association of Specialists in Group Work (PASGW)
    For professional counselors with an interest in issues related to the group counseling modality.
  6. Pennsylvania College Counseling Association (PCCA)
    For professional counselors with an interest in issues related to college counseling and other areas of student service in higher education. Professionals working within this realm can benefit from having expanded and appropriate resources for consultation and support from a network of like-minded professionals, as working with this population can present a unique set of challenges.
  7. Pennsylvania School Counselors Association (PSCA)
    The PSCA is the professional association which represents School Counseling in Pennsylvania. The mission of the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association is a to expand the image and influence of professional school counselors, to promote professional and ethical practice, and to advocate for equity and access for all students. PSCA's goals include providing professional development on best practices in school counseling; the ASCA National Model has been endorsed by the PSCA as the best practices framework for school counseling programs.

 

PCA Regional Chapters

A PCA regional chapter is a unit of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association organized geographically.

  • Greater Pittsburgh Counseling Association (GPCA)
    For professional counselors who live and/or practice in the Pittsburgh metro area and the following eight counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Westmoreland and Washington. The GPCA strives to promote professionalism in counseling along with the development of new and seasoned counselors. The GPCA encourages graduate students to become actively involved in the organization and seeks to support current practicing counselors through networking and CEU opportunities.
  • Northeast Pennsylvania Counseling Association (NEPCA)
    The Northeast Pennsylvania Counseling Association as a regional "branch" chapter of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association, accepts the responsibility to serve and represent the professional counselors of the Northeast area of Pennsylvania by providing leadership and professional development. The purpose of the regional branch chapter is to enhance human development throughout the life span and to promote professional counseling.
  • Greater Philadelphia Area Counseling Association (GPACA)
    The Greater Philadelphia Area Counseling Association is also a regional "branch" chapter of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association who represent counselors in the Philadelphia area. The purpose of this chapter is to promote professional counseling and to support students and practicing counselors through networking and CEU opportunities.