Ohio Counseling Association


NEW! OCA Leadership Certificate Program

Launching in January 2022

What is the Leadership Certificate Program? How does it work?

This brief, free, and practical experience is designed for any graduate student, new professional, or seasoned professional, who is either a current or emerging leader within OCA. As an alternative to attending a traditional, formal, one-time leadership conference, this certificate process utilizes a virtual and pre-recorded video approach that engages current and future leaders in an opportunity to explore and learn about OCA leadership at their own pace. Two brief live sessions are also required. The total time commitment is approximately four hours. 

The Leadership Certificate Program will equip leaders with the most important tools and information they need in order to either continue or begin an OCA leadership position. Participants will learn about important information related to OCA executive goals and plans, and gain the knowledge and skills need to successfully hold a leadership role in our state association. Learn to strengthen the effectiveness of your division, chapter, or committee by applying best practices. Participants will also benefit from meeting and networking with other leaders, and will receive mentorship and guidance for next steps for helping to grow and move our state association forward. 

What are the topics and who are the 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.


Focus Areas/Topics


Module 1: Introduction to OCA Leadership   (IN-PERSON)

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

Growing membership

Module 6: Discernment and Mentorship for Successful & Successive Leadership.          (IN-PERSON)

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

Will I be recognized?

Yes! After completing the series participants receive a certificate of completion from OCA and will be recognized at the All Ohio Counselors Conference or the Annual Spring Conference. 

How do I register for a series?

Participants must register in advance by selecting a series should complete all modules within that same series:

  • Winter: January - March 2022 (plan ahead for the required in-person Zoom modules: Module 1 - January 8, 9-10am & Module 6 - March 12, 9-10am)
  • Summer: May - July 2022
  • Fall: September - November 2022

Visit here to register! You will then be contacted with next steps.

Help us spread the word!Click here to download an overview handout to share with other interested leaders!

Questions?Contact Laura Lewis, OCA Leadership Committee Chair: laurajlewiscounseling@gmail.com

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