What are Chapters and what are Divisions? 

TCA is made up of two types of classifications: Chapters and Divisions

When you join TCA, you pick one Chapter and one Division to join as part of your membership.  You may also join additional Chapters and Divisions, for an additional fee.  

 Chapters: regionally defined areas of the state.  There are 9 Chapters in TCA.

Cumberland (CCA): Bledsoe, Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Smith, Trousdale, Van Buren, White

Lookout (LCA): Bradley, Hamilton, Marion, Meigs, McMinn, Polk, Rhea, Sequatchie

Martha Polk (MPCA): Benton, Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Dyer, Gibson, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Lake, Lauderdale, Madison, McNairy, Obion, Weakley

Middle Tennessee (MTCA): Cannon, Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Stewart, Sumner, Williamson, Wilson

Smoky Mountain (SMCA): Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, Union

South Central (SCCA): Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Marshall, Maury, Perry, Wayne

South Tennessee (STCA): Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Lincoln, Moore, Warren

Watauga (WCA): Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, Washington

West Tennessee (WTCA): Fayette, Shelby, Tipton

Divisions: specialty defined areas of counseling.  There are 12 Divisions in TCA.

Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities in Tennessee (SAIGE TN) - formerly Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling – Tennessee (ALGBTIC-TN)

This association is for those who seek to educate counselors to the unique needs of client identity development; and a non-threatening counseling environment by aiding in the reduction of stereotypical thinking and homoprejudice.

Tennessee Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (TACES)

This association is for those who are interested in the quality of education and supervision of counselors in all work settings.

 *Tennessee Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (TAMCD)

This association is for those who wish to improve cultural, ethnic and racial empathy and understanding by programs to advance and sustain personal growth.

 Tennessee Mental Health Counselors Association (TMHCA)

This association represents mental health counselors and advocates for client-access to quality services within the healthcare industry.

 Tennessee Association for Specialists in Group Work (TASGW)

This affiliate is for those who are interested in providing professional leadership in the field of group work, establishing standards for professional training, supporting research, and disseminating knowledge.

Tennessee School Counseling Association (TnSCA)

This association is for those who wish to promote school counseling professionals and interest in activities that affect the personal, educational, and career development of students.  TSCA members also work with parents, educators, and community members to provide a positive learning environment.

Tennessee Rehabilitation Counseling Association (TRCA)

This association is for those who wish to assist persons with physical, mental, developmental, cognitive, and emotional disabilities to achieve their personal, career, and independent living goals in the most integrated settings possible through the application of the counseling process.

 *Tennessee Association of Adult Development and Aging (TAADA)

This affiliate is for those interested in sharing information, professional development, and advocacy related to adult development and aging issues and addressing counseling concerns across the lifespan. 

 *Tennessee Association of Addiction and Offender Counselors (TAAOC)

This affiliate is for those interested in increasing development of counselors working with addiction and offender populations.


*Tennessee Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (TAMFC)

This affiliate is for those interested in developing healthy family systems through prevention, education, and therapy.

*Tennessee Career Development Association (TCDA)

This affiliate is for those who counsel clients in the achievement of career and life goals by providing professional development, resources, standards, scientific research, and advocacy.

 *Tennessee Employment Counseling Association (TECA)

This affiliate is for those interested in providing professional leadership to people who counsel in employment and/or career development settings.


 ACA Divisions without affiliation or charters in Tennessee

            Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC)

            Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC)

            American College Counseling Association (ACCA)

            Association for Counselors and Educators in Government (ACEG)

            The Association for Humanistic Counseling (AHC)

            Association for Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC)

            Counseling Association for Humanistic Education and Development (C-AHEAD)

            Counselors for Social Justice (SCJ)