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Catherine Roland, Ed.D. assumes president-elect role with ACA

After being elected as the 65th president of the American Counseling Association (ACA) Dr. Catherine Roland, professor and chair of the Counselor Education Program at the Washington, D.C. Campus of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP), began her role as president-elect on July 1, 2015. Dr. Roland has accepted a three-year commitment to the world’s largest organization that exclusively represents counselors in all practice settings. She will begin her year as president on July 1, 2016, and her year as past president on July 1, 2017. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is a nonprofit university, and one of the leading institutions devoted to psychology, and related behavioral and health sciences.                                                                                                                                                                      

“My job as president-elect is to support the current president, and to take a role in helping the national divisions of ACA and regional associations, and ACA as a whole accomplish goals. I will also advocate on behalf of counselors, as well as the counseling profession,” said Dr. Roland. “I’m excited. The ACA is unlike any other organization, and there is a lot of work to be done. I hope to continue to make educated decisions and plan to be open and empathic, involving as many new and emerging leaders in the profession along the way as I can.”

The nonprofit ACA represents counselors in the U. S. and in 50 other countries, including in Europe and Latin America. Made up of a network of 19 divisions, four regional associations and 56 branches, the association counts more than 56,000 counselors as members. Tenets of the ACA’s mission include enhancing the quality of life in society by promoting the development of professional counselors, advancing the counseling profession and using the profession and practice of counseling to promote respect for social justice, human dignity and diversity.

“Being elected president is the top honor in my field and I’m humbled by it,” said Dr. Roland. “When I think of the thousands of members of ACA and that I will have any role at all in assisting and shaping the vision of the profession, I am in awe. I hope I can fulfill the expectations that are set for me, and I will certainly do the best that I can.”

Having participated as an active member in a relationship with the ACA that spans close to 30 years, Dr. Roland has held previous leadership positions in the organization. She has served as president of the Association for Adult Development and Aging Division, as editor for that division’s peer-reviewed journal, “ADULTSPAN,” and has served three terms as a representative for the ACA Governing Council.

“I have no doubt that Dr. Roland‘s leadership will serve the American Counseling Association well,” said Heather Sheets, Psy.D., campus dean, The Chicago School, Washington D.C. Campus. “She is an experienced, highly respected counselor educator whose passion for her field comes across in everything she does. She is a tremendous asset as a mentor and educator to her students and will bring that passion to her role in the ACA as well.”

About The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Founded in 1979, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) is a nonprofit, private university devoted exclusively to psychology, and related behavioral and health sciences. The university serves nearly 4,500 students across campuses in Chicago; Southern California (Los Angeles and Irvine); and Washington, D.C., as well as through online programs. The Chicago School is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, (WSCUC), and its Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program in Chicago is accredited by the American Psychological Association. A member of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, TCSPP is recognized for its distinguished service and outstanding contributions to cultural diversity and advocacy. The community service initiatives on the Chicago Campus have also earned recognition on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for six consecutive years. The Los Angeles Campus gained its second recognition in 2014, and its Washington, D.C. Campus received its first award in 2014. With more than 20 graduate degree programs, thousands of hours of real-world training, and a wealth of international opportunities, TCSPP is the leader in professional psychology education. To learn more, visit



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