About Us

Vision

The Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC) is an organization of counselors, educators, and other professionals that advances the counseling profession by promoting best practices in assessment, research, and evaluation in counseling.

Mission

The mission of AARC is to promote and recognize excellence in assessment, research, and evaluation in counseling.

Purposes

AARC is positioned to fulfill six fundamental purposes for counselors, clients, and other stakeholders:

  • Professional Development - to promote professional development which enhances competence in assessment, research, and evaluation;
  • Professionalization - to advance the professionalization of counseling through the appropriate use of assessment, research, and evaluation;
  • Research and Knowledge - to develop and disseminate knowledge regarding assessment, research, and evaluation procedures used in counseling;
  • Human Development - to advocate for optimal human development through culturally competent assessment, research, and evaluation practices;
  • Public Awareness - to support public policies and legislation that advance the ethical use of assessment, research, and evaluation;
  • Collaboration - to enhance communication and collaboration among AARC, leadership within ACA and its divisions, and other professional organizations that address common, assessment, research, and evaluation concerns.

2012-2013 AARC Executive Council

President
Casey Barrio Minton, University of North Texas

President-Elect
Shawn Spurgeon, University of Tennessee

Past President
Carl Sheperis, Lamar University

Treasurer
Jacqueline Swank, University of Florida

Secretary
Carrie Wachter Morris, Purdue University

Member-at-Large Membership
Elizabeth Prosek, University of North Texas

Member-at-Large Publications
Dale Pietrzak, University of South Dakota

Member-at-Large Awards
Amanda LaGuardia, Sam Houston State University

ACA Governing Council Representative
Joshua Watson, Mississippi State University - Meridian

Graduate Student Representative
Jessica DeGeorge, University of North Texas


Learn more about how you can become a member of AARC.

Testimonial

Danica G. Hays, PhD, LPC, NCC

As a member of AARC for over 10 years, I have had the opportunity to network and collaborate with emerging and seasoned scholars who are interested in advancing the world of research, program evaluation, assessment, and diagnosis to benefit counselors and their clients. I believe I am a stronger researcher and evaluator due to my membership and the benefits it affords. AARC is a great way to get involved in this profession, no matter your degree of "expertise" in assessment and research!

Danica G. Hays, PhD, LPC, NCC