From the President
From the President's Desk - September 2021
Dear OCA Members and Friends,
I am truly honored and privileged to serve as the President of the Ohio Counseling Association (OCA). I acknowledge the leadership by the OCA predecessors, Executive Director, and the Executive Council members for their commitment to serve the OCA members and their continued motivation to strengthen the association. I welcome all new and returning members and I am thankful for your continuous engagement, participation, shared leadership, and contribution to the community. I cannot do this alone.
These challenging times and the increasingly complex cultural landscape profoundly impact our work and the clients we serve. It requires us to help each other and collaborate with our communities and the helping professions at large.
My vision for OCA includes leading with a beginner’s mindset, commitment, and humility. I hope that this “beginner’s mindset” enables my thoughtful listening to the needs of the members. Commitment brings responsibility and accountability to Ohio counselors and the populations they serve.
I hope that together we can strengthen the purpose of OCA “to advance the discipline of counseling” by embracing our diverse membership collectively (with inclusiveness and equity of all members including leadership). I need authentic feedback and collaboration of all those involved in counseling as a profession. I shall also seek constructive partnership and collaboration with other mental health professionals as I value integrative and interdisciplinary practice -- while strongly supporting the vision of the Counseling profession as a leader in Behavioral Health in Ohio.
With our shared vision, OCA hopes to focus on ensuring member benefits and enhancing member satisfaction by centralizing the information, resources, and communication, also increasing accessibility of the resources. OCA also hopes to strengthening collaboration between OCA divisions/chapters/committees while increasing diversity in leadership and membership, OCA stands firmly to advocate for our profession, while giving back to our communities.
OCA is proud to share the following initiatives:
I believe that we have the common vision of what we can become as a counseling association-- and sincerely thank you all for your part in OCA’s vision and collective leadership.
I look forward to serving you and collaborating with you.
DoHee Kim-Appel, OCA President
Past Presidents of the OCA