President's Welcome

Greetings, and welcome to our website! The Pennsylvania Counseling Association (PCA) is one of the largest state branches of the American Counseling Association with over 500 members, 6 divisions, and two regional chapters. If you’re a counselor or counselor educator with ties to the Pennsylvania area, this is the organization for you! Not a member yet? Just click the “Join” box. 

With membership comes many benefits, including discounted rates on our annual conference, access to our professional peer-reviewed journal, Pennsylvania-based ethics consults, and a large network of counseling professionals including practitioners, educators, and students. We are always looking for board members and leaders, so feel free to let us know if you have interest in any of our committees or available leadership roles. 

While visiting the site, please be sure to access information about our fall conference. This annual event offers not only excellent programming and peer-reviewed scholarship, but also the opportunity to network with about 200 professional counselors, educators, and students while earning CEUs for your professional licenses and certifications. This year, our conference is November 11-13 at the Penn Stater in State College, PA. The theme for 2016 is “Celebrating Creativity and Ingenuity in Counseling,” with Dr. James Alexander – progenitor of Functional Family Therapy – scheduled to deliver the keynote address. For more information on Dr. Alexander’s work, please visit

As a clinician, educator, and long-standing member of PCA, I am honored to serve as president and I look forward to everything our organization has planned for the year to come. If you have any questions, comments, or ideas about how to make PCA more useful to the public or our members, please reach out to me directly at

Hope all is well,

Charles Jacobs 2016

Charles Jacob, Ph.D.

PCA President