Student Organizations

The Student American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA)

The Student American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA) at VCU is a student chapter of the American Counseling Association (ACA). We are committed to working with the community, enhancing the learning of our students, and advocating within the rehabilitation and mental health field. We would like to welcome you to our organization. Joining ARCA gives students the opportunity to participate in educational training and certification opportunities, Lunch and Learn meetings with guest speakers, study sessions, mentoring, social and networking events, and more.

As members of the Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program, we want to follow the example that the national chapter has set. We are excited to step into the new school year and look forward to connecting with our members. If you are looking for a chance to grow within the Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling field then joining ARCA at VCU is right for you!

Chi Sigma Iota

Chi Sigma Iota (ΧΣI) is a rapidly growing international counseling academic and professional Honor Society that has invited over 14,000 individuals and 150 chapters to membership since its formation in January, 1985. ΧΣI was established in order to create a link between students, educators, practitioners, and supervisors in various counseling settings. The objective of ΧΣI, as stated in its bylaws, is “to promote scholarship, research, professionalism, and excellence in counseling, and to recognize high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in the field of counseling.” 24 

The VCU ΧΣI chapter, Omega Lambda Iota, is a collaborative chapter with the Counselor Education program on the Monroe Park Campus. This is a wonderful opportunity to join a national, professional honor society for the profession of counseling. The Omega Lambda Iota chapter is established in the VCU and Richmond community and participates in philanthropic and educational events throughout the year. Additionally, there are opportunities to run for leadership positions. Finally, it is a great opportunity to network with students in a different department and increase professional and social connections. Members will also have the option to wear honors cords at graduation to showcase academic and professional success. 

In order to be eligible for induction, students must complete at least 9 credit hours and maintain a 3.5 GPA. Formal initiation ceremonies are held in the spring. 

Other Organizations

Students are encouraged to participate in various University and professional organizations. Examples of appropriate professional organizations include: 

  1. National Rehabilitation Association
  2. International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals
  3. American Counseling Association
  4. Virginia Counselors Association

Membership in a professional association gives students a chance to become acquainted with the literature in their chosen profession, to come into personal contact with practicing counselors and other rehabilitation workers, and to learn about potential career opportunities.