Ohio Counseling Association

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Why Join?

OCA offers a variety of benefits to both the individual counselor and the counseling profession as a whole. These benefits include:

  • Access to a comprehensive website that provides a wealth of information.
  • Reduced cost to professional development such as the All Ohio Counselors Conference, workshops and other sponsored programs.
  • Receipt of Continuing Education Units for counselor license and certificate renewal.
  • Ability to pose questions, comments and concerns to the OCA Executive Council.
  • Participation in the OCA listserv, which keeps members to connect with each other by asking questions and sharing information.
  • Increased professional identity through participation with state divisions/chapters and national associations.
  • Receipt of quarterly newsletter, Guidelines.
  • Legislative advocacy support to promote professional counseling and the rights of counselors to provide public service.
  • Liaison support to the Ohio Counselor and Social Worker board, Ohio Department of Education and other professional boards.
  • Recognition of accomplishments of members through the annual awards program.

Membership Levels

  • Professional Membership: Intended for individuals working as professionals counselors, supervisors or counselor educators.
  • New Professional Membership: Intended for individuals who are working as professional counselors and who are within the first two years of professional licensure / post-graduation.
  • Student Membership: Intended for graduate students currently enrolled in a counselor education program.
  • Retired Membership: Intended for counselor or other related professionals who are currently retired and not actively working in the profession.
  • Associate Membership: Intended for individuals with a vested interest in the counseling profession but do not work as a counselor, supervisor or counselor educator.
  • Lifetime Membership: Intended for a professional who wishes to purchase a lifetime membership, not requiring them to renew on a yearly basis. Cannot join/renew OCA Division memberships at this level.


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