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.
The mission of AARC is to promote and recognize excellence in assessment, research, and evaluation in counseling.
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.
2014-2015 AARC Executive Council
Shawn Spurgeon, University of Tennessee
Carrie Wachter Morris, Purdue University
Casey Barrio Minton, University of North Texas
Jacqueline Swank, University of Florida
Donna Sheperis, Walden University
Elizabeth Prosek, University of North Texas
Andrew Burck, Marshall University
Amanda LaGuardia, Sam Houston State University
ACA Governing Council Representative
Joshua Watson, Mississippi State University - Meridian
Graduate Student Representative
Jessica Holm, University of North Texas
Learn more about how you can become a member of AARC.
Membership in AARC is a great way to become involved in the counseling profession. As a graduate student, AARC was one of the first counseling organizations I joined. Its members were quick to make me feel at home and let me know that my voice and participation were welcomed. In addition to meeting many colleagues whom I now call my friends, AARC helped me become a better advocate for the counseling profession.Joshua C. Watson, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, ACS