IAC Conference 2024 | About IAC

The International Association for Counselling (IAC) is the world body for the counselling profession. Established in 1966, IAC is an International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) with United Nations consultative status. IAC advances the development of counselling in order to improve people’s lives andwell-being.

Our association and members strive for human rights and the inclusive, sustainable development of our profession through the promotion of counselling, best practice and international cooperation.


Our Vision

A world where counselling is available to all.


Our Mission

To develop the counselling profession worldwide through policy, education, practice, advocacy, and research initiatives.

Counselling changes lives for the better and reduces suffering. IAC advocacy influences governments and intergovernmental organisations to have counselling better recognised as a profession. In some countries, there is no counselling at all. IAC helps to establish counselling structures (e.g. National Associations or Education Programmes) in those countries. IAC is working to advance the counselling profession worldwide and we invite you to join us in our mission. Technology is moving the global circle of counsellors ever closer.

We embrace the modernisation of our profession and proudly serve to advance culturally relevant counselling practice, research, and policy worldwide.

For more info please visit IAC website.