From the President
It has been a little more than a month that I have been in the role of President of The Ohio Counseling Association (OCA). Over the last month I have seen the passion, advocacy and care of counselors all over Ohio and across the globe as we are faced with tragedies in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas. I want you to know that your leadership team of OCA is committed to working with our government representatives to ensure that practices are in place to assist with addressing and attempting to prevent continued acts of violence.
Ohio, for the second year, has been ranked number 2 in the nation for accidental overdose deaths. The OCA has made a commitment to assist our state with reducing accidental overdose deaths from opioids and other drugs by educating counselors about the disease of addiction and evidenced based treatment models for intervention and prevention efforts. In addition, the OCA has begun to work with the Ohio Chemical Dependency Counselors Board (OCDP) in an effort to strengthen our reach and expertise in the practice of substance use disorders.
I am excited to announce that our keynote speaker for this year’s All Ohio Conference is Sam Quinones, author of the book entitled Dreamland, (Bloomsbury Press, 2015), which is the true tale of the evolving opioid epidemic in Mexico and the United States.
I look forward to seeing you at the All Ohio Conference in November.
Martina Moore, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, CEAP, SAP
President & CEO, Moore Counseling & Mediation Services, Inc.
Coordinator of the Substance Use Disorder Concentration, John Carroll University