The Alabama Counseling
Association began as the Alabama Guidance Association, a
locally-organized autonomous group on January 24, 1954.
In 1964, at its state convention
at the Dinkler-Tutwiler Hotel in Birmingham, the question of
national affiliation was discussed. With those questions as
impetus, then President Wilbur Tincher appointed a committee of
seven to study the possibility of affiliating with the American
Personnel and Guidance Association and, following discussions 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 which
aligned 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 merger. 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 Fall Workshop meeting in Huntsville in 1992,
the state organization changed its name to the Alabama
Counseling Association again to coincide with the new national
affiliate name, the American Counseling Association.
ALCA has enjoyed remarkable
growth and success in its illustrious history. Today it
has a total membership of approximately 2000 members including
nine chapters and thirteen divisions. Each year the meeting
includes nationally known keynote speakers and a variety of