IAC Vision and Strategy

Vision:  A world where counselling is available to all.

Mission: To serve as an international leader and catalyst for counsellors and counselling associations by advancing culturally relevant counselling practice, research and policy to promote well being, respect, social justice and peace worldwide.

Core Values:

  •   Respect:            For the dignity, value and human rights of individuals and communities.
  •    Integrity:          Honesty, accountability and ethical behaviour.
  •    Excellence:       Demonstrated by the quality and professionalism of IAC’s work.
  •    Service:            To our membership and wider society.
  •    Commitment:   To benefit humanity and improve people’s lives.
  •    Collaboration:  An inclusive culture that values diverse perspectives, the power of common vision, and equality among peers.


IAC Strategy

Going into 2023, many countries and people are at a time of unprecedented strain. As a global community of counsellors it is crucial that we come together and work towards the IAC vision of “a world where counselling is available to all”. Counselling is growing worldwide and it is important that counsellors have a leading, unifying voice that represents them internationally. Through our strategy, we have committed IAC to playing our part in advancing the field of counselling worldwide and promoting health, well-being, respect, social justice and peace. As counsellors and responsible individuals of the international community we have an unparalleled opportunity to succeed by working together through common principles and goals.

The recent IAC Strategic planning process took place over two years. In essence, the strategy was formulated by asking basic questions about where IAC has come from, where we are now, and where we want to be in the future. A crucial element of the process was the IAC member survey. Through this, we received a large volume of honest and heartfelt views about the current state of IAC and recommendations for the future. Following analysis of the responses, we reviewed the IAC mission, vison and values and examined the relevant internal and external factors. We derived inspiration from kindred international organisations that successfully achieve their aims, and considered the wider political, economic, social and technological environment that impacts IAC. Following identification of our goals and objectives, we reviewed and adjusted the plan to ensure a match with our capacity and resources.

Read: IAC Strategic Plan 2016-2021