Ohio Counseling Association

   LEADERSHIP



Overview of the Leadership Certificate Program

The OCA Leadership Certificate Program (LCP) is designed for any graduate student, new professional, or seasoned professional, who is either a current or discerning future leader within our association. This free and practical membership benefit experience equips leaders with the most important tools and information they need in order to successfully hold an OCA leadership position in OCA. Participants learn how to strengthen the effectiveness of a division, chapter, or committee by applying best practices and important information related to OCA executive goals and plans. They also benefit from meeting and networking with their fellow participant leaders, and receive mentorship and guidance for getting involved and helping to move the work of OCA forward. 

As an alternative to attending a traditional one-time leadership conference, LCP utilizes a virtual and pre-recorded learning video approach that allows participants to explore and learn about OCA leadership at their own pace. Modules are taught by past and present OCA leaders who share their experiences and insights related to some of the most significant aspects of being a leader in our association. Topics include membership growth, servant leadership, OCA history and governance, finances, legislative advocacy, the CE approval process, and mentorship. Attendance at two one hour live sessions is required and the total time commitment is approximately 4.5 hours. All modules must be completed within that time frame. 

Click here to download an overview handout. Questions? Contact Laura Lewis, OCA Leadership Committee Chair laurajlewiscounseling@gmail.com

Learning Modules, Topics, and Presenters

Modules are taught by past and present OCA leaders who bring their latest insight to some of the most significant aspects of being a leader in our association. Topics include membership growth, servant leadership, OCA history and governance, finances, legislative advocacy, the CE approval process, and mentorship. Presenters currently include Dr. Tom Davis, Dr. Sean Gorby, Dr. DoHee Kim-Appel, Laura Lewis, Hannah Lowe, Dr. Jason McGlothlin, Dr. Alma Moore, Dr. Martina Moore, Dr. Yegan Pillay, and Bob Thomas.

Modules

Topics

Module 1: Introduction to OCA Leadership   (LIVE SESSION via Zoom)

Welcome, community building, orientation to certificate program, survey results

OCA presidential leadership and vision

Reflections from a past president

Module 2: History of OCA & Current Governance (RECORDED)

History and development of OCA

Current governance and structure

Module 3: Legislative Advocacy & Government Relations (RECORDED)

Legislative advocacy and government relations

Module 4: Budgets, Finances, and CE’s, Oh My! (RECORDED)

Managing budget & finances

Professional development/CE submission and approval process

Module 5: Servant Leadership & Growing Your Membership (RECORDED)

Servant leadership style


Module 6: Discernment and Mentorship for Successful & Successive Leadership.         (LIVE SESSION via Zoom)

Growing membership

Community building, tips for successful successive leadership, role discernment and mentorship, next steps


Participant Recognition

After completing the series participants receive a certificate of completion and are recognized at either the All Ohio Counselors Conference or the Annual Spring Conference. Graduates are also added into the "LCP Alumni Group" (see below).

How to Register

Advance registration is required. Visit hereYou must be a paid OCA member and register using your OCA membership email address (otherwise the event sign up page will prohibit you from registering).  

    • Winter Series 2023:  January - March 2023 (Registration deadline is January 2, 2023)
      • Required in person live Zoom sessions: Module 1 (January 7, 9-10am) & Module 6 (March 6, 9-10am)
    • Fall Series:  August 21 - October 2 2022 (in progress)
      • Required in-person live Zoom sessions: Module 1 (August 21, 9-10am) & Module 6 (October 2, 9-10am)
    • Summer Series 2022: May - July 2022 (completed)
      • Required in-person live Zoom sessions:  Module 1 (May 14, 9-10am) & Module 6 (July 16, 9-10am)
    • Winter Series 2022 : January - March 2022 (completed)
      • Required in-person live Zoom sessions: Module 1 (January 8, 9-10am & Module 6 (March 12, 9-10am)

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