Ohio Counseling Association

   LEADERSHIP



What is 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. 

How Does the Program Work?

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

What Are the Topics? How Are They Taught?

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


How are Participants Recognized?

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 Do I Register?

Participants register here in advance for either the Winter, Summer, or Fall series. You must be a paid OCA member (the event sign up page will prohibit you from registering if not).  

  • Winter Series: January - March 2022 (completed)
    • Required in-person live Zoom modules: 
      • Module 1 - January 8 from 9-10am
      • Module 6 - March 12 from 9-10am
  • Summer Series: May - July 2022 (registration closed on May 9)
    • Required in-person live Zoom modules: 
      • Module 1 - Saturday, May 14, 9-10am
      • Module 6 - Saturday, July 16, from 9-10am
  • Fall Series: September - November 2022 (Registration will open in July and in-person live Zoom modules will be announced soon!)
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