Call for ARCA Awards & Research Competition

The American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA) is now seeking nominations for Specialty Awards and Student Awards recognizing outstanding scholars, practitioners, and students in rehabilitation counseling and announces a new Doctoral Student Research Proposal Competition.
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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.
ARCA President's Message

President's Message

“Dear ARCA Members, it is with great pride, humility, and honor that I introduce myself as your current President of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA), a division of the American Counseling Association (ACA)…” Full Message

Daniel Balva, Ph.D., LMHC, NCC, CRC

Daniel Balva, Ph.D., LMHC, NCC, CRC

ARCA President (2023-2024)

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
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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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ARCA Recommendations: 2024 CACREP Standards Revisions

Date: December 27, 2021
To: 2024 CACREP Standards Revisions Committee
From: The American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA) Board

Dear Standards Revisions Committee:The ARCA board would like to extend our gratitude to you for the work you are doing to revise the CACREP Standards. Please consider ARCA as a resource as you move forward with incorporating more disability-related competencies in the CACREP core standards. The ARCA-endorsed Disability-Related Counseling Competencies are available on the ACA website at
Our recommendations are listed below. We hope that you will consider our feedback as you move forward with finalizing the 2024 revisions to the CACREP standards.

Full ARCA Response: 2024 CACREP Standards Revisions


Approved by the ARCA Board of Directors on 5-29-18

Approved by the ACA Governing Council on 3-27-19

Having a disability is an experience that is shared by many individuals across every segment of the population. Therefore, it is highly likely that counselors of all backgrounds and specializations will, from time to time, work with persons with disabilities (PWDs). This set of competencies is intended to serve as a resource and provide aspirational guidelines to help shape best practices in counseling by expanding meaningful understanding and support of PWDs in contemporary American society. The goal of this document is to encourage counselors to pursue the competencies identified below to better understand and assist PWDs and is not intended as a mandatory list of standards that must be met in order to provide effective counseling to PWDs. It is recommended that counselors and counselor training programs support the attainment of these competencies among all counselors, in recognition of disability as a part of personal identity and cultural diversity and in affirmation of their professional commitment to social justice.

Full ARCA Disability-Related Counseling Competencies 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