Professional Development

HDC students are encouraged to join both the American Counseling Association (ACA) the professional association serving the counseling profession and the Illinois Counseling Association (ICA).

ACA Student Membership Video

Students preparing for a career in marriage, couple, and family counseling are encouraged to join the International Association for Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC) and the Illinois Association for Couples and Family Counseling (IACFC), divisions of the American Counseling Association. In addition, students can join the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and the Illinois Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (IAMFT).

Members of these organizations receive professional literature and are eligible for professional liability insurance. Members also have the opportunity to attend local, state, and national meetings for professional counselors.

Faculty endorsement is required for student membership which is available for one-half the cost of standard membership.