The Association of Counseling Sexology & Sexual Wellness (ACSSW) was developed by a group of counselors and counselor educators focused on the promotion of research and training for all counselors in the area of sexuality and who view this as a core competency in the field of counseling.
Members of ACSSW recognize sexuality as a universal human experience which warrants a united perspective in the counseling field in valuing increasing competency and resources for all counselors.
On March 5, 2021, ACSSW became the newest Organizational Affiliate of the American Counseling Association. In the the words of ACA President, Sue Pressman,
"We [ACA Governing Council] understand and support ACSSW’s interest in promoting research and training for counselors on the areas of sexual health and recognizing sexuality as a universal human experience that deserves perspective in the counseling field. We applaud the growth you’ve achieved and investments you’ve made in the last three years by providing a network to counselors who are interested in resources and community."
Promote sexuality as a central aspect of being human that includes the intersection of interpersonal and intrapersonal influences on sexual expression and identities inclusive of age, race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender and gender expression, physical and mental health and abilities, and socioeconomic status.
Improve standards and delivery of sexuality counseling services provided to clients and communities with a goal of enhancing overall wellness.
Produce scientific, educational, and professional materials with the purpose of raising the standards of practice for all who address sexuality in the counseling process.
Develop, implement, and foster interest in counseling-related charitable, scientific, and educational programs designed to contribute to awareness and advocacy for all persons' rights to sexual wellness.