Theme: “Advocacy, Counseling, Training and Research for Individuals with Disabilities”

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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.



Theme: “Advocacy, Counseling, Training and Research for Individuals with Disabilities”

SEPTEMBER 15-17, 2017


The ARCA conference is a unique occurrence which happens every 10 years; this year marks ARCA’s 60th Anniversary.  This conference offers certified rehabilitation counselors, mental health counselors, licensed professional counselors, nationally certified counselors, licensed social workers, public and private practitioners, state VR professionals, human resources professionals, administrators, graduate students and undergraduates an educational and professional opportunity to network, engage, and learn with peers about working with individuals with disabilities.

The three-day conference, held at the Caribe Royale Orlando Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, will feature prominent and well known counseling professionals as keynote speakers, panelists, and workshop facilitators.

There is still room for YOU!

Pre-Conference Workshops Thursday, September 14, 2017

Our pre-conference workshops will precede the conference and offer either six (6) hours or three (3) hours of continuing education for CRC and NBCC.  Registration and separate payment is required for these sessions. 

Professional Ethics (6 CEUs) Presented By David Kaplan

NCMHC Exam Prep Course Presented By Paige Dunlap and Valerie Russell

CACREP Self-Study Workshop Presented By the CACREP Administration

Conference Sessions & Featured Speakers

Friday, September 15 to Sunday, September 17, 2017

We are pleased to announce the following featured speakers for this year’s conference:

Gerard Lawson, President, 66th President for ACA

David Kaplan, ACA Chief Professional Officer

Michelle Bradham-Cousar, ARCA President-Elect and ARCA’s 61st President

 Conference Events

 Networking Reception and Exhibitor Showcase on Friday evening, September 15

State of the Profession Town Hall Meeting on Saturday, September 16 with all of our special speakers

Legacy (Past President) Reception and Poster Presentations, Saturday evening, September 16

 ARCA has submitted for CRCC and NBCC approval for upwards of 17 hours of CEUs — 8 of which are in ethics.  Visit our Session and Events page for more information. 

 Notices and News

  • Sponsorships and advertising space available.  Deadline August 31! For more information contact David Staten at
  • Online registration available

Thanks to our Sponsors!!

For more Information contact: Quiteya Walker at For

registration information contact: Vickie Leeming at