CAS015 - Reflections on the American Counseling Association  w/ Mr. Richard Yep, Executive Director
Airdate 4/13/2006

Contributing Editor:

Jeffrey Freiden is a Licensed Professional Counselor and practices at Children’s Counseling Resource in Memphis Tennessee. He is OSHA certified in Critical Incident Stress management and is a National Certified School Counselor working as a school counselor at Kingsbury High school in Memphis. He is also an adjunct professor at The University of Memphis in the department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Research where he teaches Crisis Intervention Strategies. He is also a Board member of the American Counseling Association Southern Region and is past President of the Tennessee Counseling Association. Email him at   


Richard Yep is the Executive Director of the American Counseling Association, the largest membership organization of professional counselors in the world. He currently oversees a 57 member staff and a $9 million budget. In addition to management of all staff functions, Mr. Yep works closely with ACA governance in implementation of the policies that they adopt. Rich is also the chief staff officer for the ACA Foundation. 

Mr. Yep has worked for ACA for seventeen years and was appointed Executive Director in 1999. Prior to his most recent appointment, he served ACA in a variety of positions including Director of Government Relations, Assistant Executive Director, and Senior Associate Executive Director for Corporate Planning.

As a speaker Mr. Yep has delivered presentations on various issues impacting not-for-profit organizations relative to public policy, leadership development, ethics, membership retention, and product development. He is also writes a column in Counseling Today, and is a co-editor of “Terrorism, Trauma, and Tragedies: A Counselor’s Guide to Preparing and Responding”, the second edition of which was released last year.

Currently, Mr. Yep is a member of the American Society of Association Executives, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and serves on the Board of Trustees of Excelsior College.

For more than twenty years, Mr. Yep has been involved in not-for-profit organizations. He began his career in a human service agency working with the Native Americans in Northern Arizona as a Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA). He then went on to do direct service work in summer youth employment programs and the U. S. Department of Education’s TRIO programs. He has also served as project director for an Asian American AIDS education program.

Mr. Yep’s work in the public policy arena included staff positions in the California State Legislature and in the U.S. Congress as a legislative assistant, where he focused on education, human service and civil rights issues. He received his Bachelors degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Masters in Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California.

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