Helping Children and Adolescents Thrive




Dear Valued ACACI Members,


We are grateful to each of you-- our wonderful members of ACACI-- for being dedicated to the well being of children and adolescents!  The 2019-2021 ACACI Board is dedicated to supporting the work you do each day. 

We also want to offer members opportunities to become involved and to grow as practitioners and leaders. 

Benefits of Membership

Networking Opportunities

Please join us for one of our regular networking events organized by our President-Elect and Networking/Outreach Committeee Chair, Greta Nielsen.  Or join us at our annual meeting at the fall ICA Conference at the Holiday Inn Skokie, November 8-9th 2019.   It is a great time to meet other members who share similar interests and to make new friends. We hold our division meeting at the conference and would LOVE to meet you in person!  Be sure to stop by our Exhibit Booth, also, to learn about opportunities on our committees and enter the raffle for the ACACI basket drawing! 

Professional Development

We offered our first conference in 2019 and plan to hold one every other year in odd years before license renewal.  In even years we offer periodic workshops, webinars, and trainings.  These offerings are organized by our President Elect-elect and Professional Development Committee Chair, Karolina Hogueisson.

Quarterly Newsletter 

We currently publish a quarterly newsletter edited by our Secretary and Newsletter Committee Chair, Christine Vinci.  We hope that you will submit an article for inclusion in one of our newsletters.  Please contact Christine directly at . She will be happy to help you achieve your dreams of having an article publish! 

Social Justice

We are exctied that Social Justice Committee Chair, Christine Brown will be an advocate for bringing the voices of children and adolescents to the foreground in ACACI and in the wider Illinois community.

Publication Opportunities 

Literature Committee Chair, Sarah Silva, is exploring the possibility of creating an intervention handbook which would provide counselors a way of sharing favorite interventions with children and adolescents.


Graduate Student Resources


Graduate Student Committee Chair, Karina Breezer is creating a pilot mentor program and a visual resource to help graduate students understand the alphabet soup of professional counseling organizations.  Past-president, Peggy Mayfield also runs an Emerging Leaders program for graduate students and new members. 

Social Media

In addition to this website, we have Facebook and Twitter accounts managed by Social Media Committee Chair, Marcia James . 


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We encourage you to follow us! 

Membership Support

Membership Committee Chair, Elizabeth House connects with potential members, greets new members, and checks in with existing members at renewal.  

Have an ACACI Speaker at Your Function


Would you like to introduce members of your organization or students at your university to ACACI?  Please let us know!  We would be happy to arrange for someone to contact you and work out the details.

Opportunities for Member Involvement!

Are you looking for other ways to get involved? We have so many opportunities for you!

Check HERE to find out what committees need your help.

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Mission Statement:

The mission of the Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling in Illinois is to enhance the quality of life for children and adolescents by promoting the development of professional counselors in this area, advancing the counseling profession by promoting training specific to the needs of children and adolescents, and using the profession and practice of counseling to promote respect and understanding of child and adolescent mental health issues.

Vision Statement:

The vision of the Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling in Illinois is to provide opportunities for Child and Adolescent Counselors to learn about mental health, network with one another, and contribute through their work and volunteer efforts to the mental wellness of children and adolescents in Illinois.