MGCA was developed in an effort to reach out to governmental workers operating in Federal, State, and Local agencies. Their aim was to enhance their American Counseling Association (ACA) membership and allow for more networking opportunities. Additionally, the development of MGCA ensured that counselors and educators in government were included within ACA.
In effect, it became the framework for a dynamic support group of professional counselors and educators working at all levels of government. MGCA members aspire to high ethical standards and deliver government counseling and education services to schools, communities, as well as postsecondary continuing education support and services to veterans and active duty military personnel.