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SINCE 1954


The Alabama Counseling Association had its inception in 1954 as the Alabama Guidance Association, a locally organized, autonomous group. For years this group held state conventions and generally promoted professional development for counselors.


In 1964, during the Guidance Association’s state convention at the Dinkler-Tutwiler Hotel in Birmingham, the question of national affiliation was discussed.  With that question as impetus, then President Wilbur Tincher appointed a committee of seven to study the possibility of affiliating with the American Personnel and Guidance Association (APGA).  Following discussions with and visits from American Personnel and Guidance Association representatives Willie Dugan, Kenneth Hoyt, and C.Winfield Scott, the committee proposed affiliation on February 14, 1966.


A proposed new constitution aligning the state organization with the American Personnel and Guidance Association constitution was presented at the 1966 state meeting in Montgomery. The membership approved the new constitution and endorsed the alignment.  The Alabama Guidance Association then petitioned for national affiliation with APGA. Application for formal recognition was made in the Fall of 1966. Acceptance by the Senate of the American Personnel and Guidance Association was soon forthcoming.  The charter for affiliation of the Alabama group was presented at the national convention of the American Personnel and Guidance Association in Dallas, Texas in 1967.


On November 18, 1983, the General session of the Alabama Personnel and Guidance Association voted to change its name to the Alabama Association for Counseling and Development in compliance with the national association’s change to the American Association for Counseling and Development.


In the business session at its twenty-fifth Annual Conference in Huntsville in 1992, the state organization changed its name to the Alabama Counseling Association (ALCA) following the lead of the national organization once again.



In 2004, the Alabama Counseling Association celebrated its 50th anniversary. ALCA has enjoyed remarkable growth and success in its 50 year history.  Today it has a membership of approximately 2000 members represented in 9 Chapters and 15 Divisions.


ALCA boasts members statewide in various schools, colleges, agencies, institutions, and communities and in a variety of specialties. ALCA members are School Counselors, College Counselors, Marriage & Family Counselors, Counselor Educators & Supervisors, Career Counselors, Mental Health Counselors, Groupwork Specialists, Rehabilitation Counselors, Addictions & Offenders Counselors, and Counselors in Private Practice.


Each year the annual conference includes nationally known keynote speakers and a variety of professional opportunities. As the association has grown, it has continued to add services for its members.




ALCA’s Mission…


To enhance human development throughout the life span and to promote public confidence and trust in the counseling profession.


ALCA's Common Values…

Caring for self and others

Acquiring and using knowledge

Respecting diversity

Empowering leadership

Encouraging positive change


ALCA's Strategic Goals…

To promote the recognition of the counseling profession

To develop and expand diversity throughout the membership of the association

To promote unity of purpose and diversity of practice

To prepare and nurture effective leaders

To provide leadership as an association in governmental relations and public awareness



The Alabama Counseling Association is an organization of counseling professional who work in education, health care, residential, private practice, community agency, government, and business/industry settings.




Value One: Caring for Self and Others

Belief in the worth and dignity of the individual and caring for self and others.


Value Two: Respecting Diversity

Recognition of the importance of encouraging different perspectives and valuing the contributions of all cultures, groups, and individuals.


Value Three: Encouraging Positive Change

Belief that change in people, organizations, institutions, and society can be facilitated in a positive manner.


Value Four: Acquiring and Using Knowledge

Belief that we need to be aware of current and evolving knowledge on which professional practice is based.


Value Five: Empowering Leadership

Willingness to mentor and nurture leaders who will advocate on behalf of the profession and the clients its serves.


Value Six: Promoting Linkages

Belief in the benefit of working in a collaborative manner for the overall benefit of the association and the profession.




In keeping with the mission and common values of the Alabama Counseling Association, a number of purposes have been identified as fundamental to the roles of the members of the Alabama Counseling Association.


To stay focused on the mission of the Alabama Counseling Association as a professional association committed to providing caring, competent, and relevant services to clients through members whose purpose is to improve the quality of life for society at large through commitment to human dignity.


To inform and educate the public with respect to professional skills and services available from members of the Alabama Counseling Association.


To promote and ensure adherence to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the Alabama Counseling Association.


To pro-actively pursue public policy and legislative goals that affect the members of the Alabama Counseling Association.


To support and enhance standards of professional preparation.


To continue to develop a strong sense of community within the Alabama Counseling Association through increased attention to and emphasis upon goals held in common across chapters and divisions.


To communicate with other professional groups for the purpose of promoting inter-professional and international collaboration.


To enhance the dissemination of knowledge through publications, conferences, and professional development workshops.


To provide support for the development of theory, research, and professional practice.



The Alabama Counseling Association (ALCA) is a state branch of the 50,000 member American Counseling Association (ACA). Serving as a dynamic network of professional counselors in the State of Alabama, ALCA is devoted to the professional development and maintenance of high standards for those involved in the counseling profession. It provides continuing education opportunities, professional resources, advocacy services, and leadership training for its members. Additionally, it offers members a statewide support system that fosters a sense of professional identity and a feeling of camaraderie.

ALCA offers opportunities for professional growth through various activities and resources including the annual fall conference, drive-in workshops, opportunities for CEU credits, the newsletter, the journal, chapter and division newsletters, affiliation with ACA, liability and personal insurance, legislative monitoring and advocacy, counselor locator service, free legal advice service, liaison with licensure board, active up-to-date on-line list serve, an informative website, and access to a network of counselors statewide.




ALCA's Executive Office is located in Livingston, Alabama.  The office functions as the central headquarters and primary facilitator for the business and activities of the Alabama Counseling Association.  It also serves as the records and archives depository for the association.  The Executive Director and staff provide a viable presence statewide and maintain the continuity of the organization from year to year.


Since its inception in 1966, one of the stated objectives of ALCA was to establish a central office and staff to maintain the continuity of the organization and to insure an efficient, effective, and ongoing operation of activities.  In 1986, Dr. Wilbur Tincher was chosen as the association's first Executive Director, then called an Executive Secretary.  Upon his retirement in 1991, Dr. Ervin L. (Chip) Wood was named the association's second Executive Director. 

The ALCA Executive Office operates on a total budget of approximately $54,000 including all salaries, administrative support, and operational expenses.  This figure represents approximately 25% of the association's total budget.  According to industry standards, normal administrative overhead for an organization would run 50-75% of the total budget.  ALCA is financially sound and has been successful in keeping administrative costs to a minimum.


The ALCA Executive Office operates full time from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily.  The office is well equipped with features such as voice mail, e-mail, fax machine, web page, computer support, databases, and other standard office equipment required to facilitate a well organized operation.




1965 – 1966   Wilbur Tincher                  

1966 – 1968   Clay Sheffield *                 

1968 – 1969   Frances Davis *                 

1969 – 1970   John Seymour                    

1970 – 1971   Reba Clark                        

1971 – 1972   Richard Ward                     

1972 – 1973   Ethel Hall                          

1973 – 1974   Hugh Donnan                     

1974 – 1975   Leman Joslin                     

1975 – 1976   Nell Oden                          

1976 – 1977   Fannie Cooley                   

1977 – 1978   Sanford Colley                  

1978 – 1979   Don Schmitz                      

1979 – 1980   Barbara Echols Jackson       

1980 – 1981   Mary McKinnon Ledford *     

1981 – 1982   Jean Cecil *                      

1982 – 1983   Don Belcher                       

1983 – 1984   Richard Canada                  

1984 – 1985   Susan Parker                     

1985 – 1986   Nancy Fortner                   

1986 – 1987   Linda Mahan                      

1987 – 1988   Anne Hartline                     

1988 – 1989   Bob Comas                        

1989 – 1990   Ervin (Chip) Wood              

1990 – 1991   Helen McAlpine                   

1991 – 1992   Paulette Pearson                

1992 – 1993   Karole Ohme                      

1993 – 1994   Joe Creel                          

1994 – 1995   Thelma Robinson                

1995 – 1996   Margaret (Meg) Smith        

1996 – 1997   Cheri Smith                       

1997 - 1998   Marcheta McGhee Evans     

1998 - 1999   Sherry Quan                      

1999 - 2000   Ingie Givens                      

2000 - 2001   Carol Turner                      

2001 - 2002   Nancy Cole                        

2002 - 2003   Annette Bohannon              

2003 - 2004   Irene McIntosh                 

2004 – 2005   Michael Lebeau                  

2005 – 2006   Paul Hard                          

2006 – 2007   Shirley Barnes                    

2007 - 2008   Jerri Lynn Morrow               

2008 - 2009   Katharine Nichols                

2009 - 2010   Judy Childress                    

2010 – 2011   Nancy Fox                         

2011 - 2012   Melanie Drake Wallace