About CDCA

The purposes of the Capital District Counselor's Association include:

 

  • To advance the discipline of counseling, guidance, and personnel work; to conduct and foster programs of education in the field of counseling, guidance, and personnel work; to advance high standards of professional conduct; to conduct, educational, and professional meetings and conferences.
  • In accordance with those of the American Counseling Association and are intended to promote the national and state purposes at the local level in the Capital District area of New York State, which includes the counties of Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Montgomery, Greene, Rensselaer, Schenectady, and the southern part of Saratoga.
  • To unite in one local organization those persons who are engaged professionally in any phase of counseling, guidance, and personnel work, or counselor education in the Capital District.
  • To cooperate with local public and private agencies in their guidance and personnel activities.
HISTORY

Capital District Counseling Association (CDCA) has a rich history. Starting in 1938 with George Hutcherson, chief of the bureau of guidance for the NYS Education Department, hosted informal gatherings called, "Counselors' Forum." 

In 1960, we formally became the Capital District Personnel and Guidance Association (CDPGA).

In 1983, we changed our name to Capital District Counseling Association (CDCA). We changed it again in 1989 to Capital District Association for Counseling and Development (CDACD) to align with our parent organization, New York State Association for Counseling and Development (NYSACD).

In 1994, we changed it back to Capital District Counseling Association (CDCA), once again aligning it with our parent organization, New York Counseling Association (NYCA). NYCA dissolved in 2009, but we maintained our name as CDCA.

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