About ARCA

The mission of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA) is to enhance the development of people with disabilities throughout the lifespan and to promote best practices in the rehabilitation counseling profession. ARCA’s goal is to provide leadership that will encourage excellence in rehabilitation counseling practice, research, consultation, and professional development.

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Great news, we are moving forward with ARCA’s 60th Anniversary Conference!  As counselors, educators, and practitioners we are called to instill hope and encourage change. As such, we will be on the ground providing support to the community. These are truly the moments where our training and expertise are needed. As a part of our event, we will help with hurricane relief efforts, to include, creating care packages for those impacted, selecting an organization to volunteer with, and making a monetary contribution on behalf of ARCA. We encourage you to be a part of this momentous event. 

You can go to the sessions and events page to see the updated schedule of events. 

ARCA President's Message

President's Message

“Join us in enhancing the visibility and effectiveness with which ARCA contributes to the interface of the disability experience, rehabilitation toward wellness, and advancement of human rights.”

Henry McCarthy, Ph.D., CRC, LPC

Henry McCarthy, Ph.D., CRC, LPC

ARCA Research


  • Online peer network that connects members 24 hours a day
  • Provide resources/references geared towards rehabilitation counseling
  • Connect with researchers for collaboration
  • Recruit subjects for research
  • Provide discounts for Laerd Statistics – SPSS Statistics Tutorial & Statistical Guides
ARCA Public Policy, Legislation & Current Trends

Public Policy, Legislation & Current Trends

  • Current updates on Public Policy and Legislation
  • Current trends in rehabilitation counseling (i.e., CORE/CACREP)
  • Advocate for persons with disabilities
  • Accreditation
  • Certification
  • Human Rights
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  • Workshops and Trainings
  • Conference Updates
  • Legislative and Current Trend Updates
  • Newsletters
  • Awards
  • Access to professional liability insurance
  • Start an ARCA Student Chapter
  • And more, see full list here

Understanding Rehabilitation Counseling: Rehabilitation counseling is a systematic process which assists persons with physical, mental, developmental, cognitive, and emotional disabilities to achieve their personal, career, and independent living goals in the most integrated settings possible through the application of the counseling process. The counseling process involves communication, goal setting, and beneficial growth or change through self-advocacy, psychological, vocational, social, and behavioral interventions.