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  • 12 Mar 2024 10:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The All Ohio Counselors Conference 2024 Call for Proposals is now open through Friday, April 26!


    Do you have a successful program you run? A unique way of addressing client/student needs? A community partnership that brings value to your work? An area of expertise or passion? These all make for quality sessions at the All Ohio Counselors Conference (AOCC).

    Preferential consideration will be given to proposals that demonstrate creative, novel, and/or advanced techniques and approaches to counseling.

    The AOCC is a joint conference hosted by the Ohio Counseling Association (OCA) and the Ohio School Counselor Association (OSCA).


    This year's AOCC will be October 28-30, 2024 at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Columbus.

    NOTE: The AOCC will be held again on a Monday-Wednesday.


    The AOCC seeks quality proposals that focus on relevant and practical topics related to the school and mental health counseling professions. Please consider sharing your expertise, creative programs and best practices with colleagues from across the state.


    Visit to begin your proposal!



    Thank you for your support of the All Ohio Counselors Conference!

  • 07 Mar 2024 12:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Registration for the OCA 2024 Virtual Spring Conference is now open! Click here to register and click here to view the event program.

    The OCA Spring Conference brings together Counselors from across Ohio to teach, learn, and collaborate on a variety of topics. This year's conference offers two pre-cons and 30 workshops covering ethics, supervision, and general credits. Additionally, plan to join OCA President, Dr. Sherdene Simpson, for a virtual coffee hour and a meet & greet for new members, new professionals, and first-time participants.

    We invite all OCA members to attend the keynote presentation with Dr. Casey Barrio Minton, who will be speaking on the conference theme - Shaping the Future of Counseling: Trends and Insights for Tomorrow - on Friday, April 26th from 9:00-10:30 a.m. Registration for the conference is not required for members to attend the keynote presentation.

    Spring Conference sessions take place:

    • Thursday, April 25th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
    • Friday, April 26th from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
    • Saturday, April 27th from 8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

    We hope you can join us!


    Spring Conference Program


    Register for Spring Conference

  • 07 Mar 2024 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Registration is now open for the 


    Summer Series 2024: May 25 - July 20, 2024

    *Required in-person live Zoom sessions:

    Module 1 (Saturday, May 25, 9-10am) &
    Module 6 (Saturday, July 20, 9-10am)


    Registration deadline: Monday, May 20, 2024

    The OCA Leadership Certificate Program (LCP) is an 8-week experience that is a FREE membership benefit for any graduate student, new professional, or seasoned professional discerning a possible future leadership role or who may already be serving in a position. LCP equips leaders with the most important tools and information they need to successfully hold a leadership position in OCA. Participants learn how to strengthen the effectiveness of a division/chapter/committee by applying best practices in successive leadership and through succession planning. They meet and network with their fellow participant leaders and receive mentorship and guidance for getting involved and helping to move the work of OCA forward.

    Except for two 1 hour required in person Zoom gatherings, LCP allows participants to move through the program at their own pace through a series of pre-recorded learning modules. 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. All in person and recorded modules must be completed within the same series for which the participant is registered. The total time commitment is approximately five hours and participants receive a certificate of completion and recognition at the All Ohio Counselor’s Conference.

    Topics include:

    • Reflections from a past president/current presidential vision
    • OCA history and governance
    • Membership growth
    • Servant leadership
    • Budget/finances
    • Legislative advocacy
    • Recruiting for diversity and inclusion
    • The CE approval process
    • Marketing and social media strategies

    Participant OCA membership must be up to date in order to register.

    Questions? Contact Laura Lewis, OCA Leadership Committee Chair, at

    For more info, CLICK HERE to visit the Leadership Webpage.



  • 05 Dec 2023 3:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    You are cordially invited to join us for three days of excitement and continuing education at the All Ohio Counselors Conference (AOCC) Monday-Wednesday, October 28-30, 2024 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus Downtown.

    More information will be available in the spring. We hope to see you there!

  • 10 Nov 2023 7:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    OCA is pleased to announce our 2024 virtual Spring Conference, which will be held Thursday, April 25-Saturday, April 27 via Zoom. The theme is Shaping the Future of Counseling: Trends and Insights for Tomorrow. Practitioners and counselor educators are invited to submit proposals from November 1-November 30, 2023. We seek quality, creative proposals that focus on relevant and practical topics related to the mental health counseling professions. We hope you consider sharing your expertise, creative programs, and best practices with colleagues from across the state.

    Additionally, we are looking for at least 10 people to volunteer to review proposals. This is a great opportunity for professional development, and proposal reviewers play a crucial role in ensuring that the Spring Conference has quality sessions! 

    Stay tuned for more information about Spring Conference 2024!

  • 22 Aug 2023 10:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello OCA Members!

    We are pleased to announce the opening of the OCA Awards NominationsSubmissions are being received now until September 18th. Don't wait...submit TODAY!! 

    Did you know that electronic submissions in the form of a letter(s) of support in Word, Presentation/PPT, Video, and/or Audio options are accepted? Be creative and show how deserving your nominee is of an OCA Award. Nominate someone today!

    Here is the list of awards. Check out the nomination form OCA Awards Nomination Form for details about each award, the criteria, and submission guidelines.  



    CLICK THE LINK: OCA Awards Nomination Form

    Any questions or concerns, please contact Carmella Hill, OCA Awards Chair, at

  • 28 Jul 2023 4:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    All Ohio Counselors Conference

    Bridging the Cultural Divide

    OCTOBER 16-18, 2023


    Early bird deadline: Sunday, October 1

    Register Now

    Schedule & Prices

  • 20 Jun 2023 3:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    OCTOBER 16-18, 2023 | COLUMBUS, OHIO





    The Ohio Counseling Association is calling for master’s and doctoral students to submit to the Graduate Student Poster Session being held at the 2023 All Ohio Counselors Conference (AOCC)

    All graduate students are welcome to apply in their research area or topics of interest in the counseling profession. The Poster Session will be held the morning of Tuesday, October 17th. 

    For interested participants, please see this link: Call for Posters 2023 for more information on how to submit a proposal or follow the link on the document to submit your proposal! 

    Also, see the "Poster Presentation Guidelines" on the document to help you design your poster. Proposals are due July 15th 2023, and in order to be accepted you must be a member of OCA and register for AOCC by August 30, 2023. Please feel free to email with any questions you may have.

    Thank you!

    Nora Flanagan, MFA RASS

    OCA Graduate Student Committee Co-Chair

    Alexandria L. Argenti-Gibb

    OCA Graduate Student Committee Co-Chair

  • 15 Jun 2023 1:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    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 an in-person 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. Attendance at two brief in-person modules 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 needed 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. 

    Participants must register in advance by selecting a series and should complete all modules within that same series. You will be contacted with more information as the series start date approaches.

    • Fall Series: August 12 - September 30, 2023 
    • Required in-person attendance via Zoom for Module 1 (Saturday, August 12, 9-10am) and Module 6 (Saturday, September 30, 9-10am)
    • Registration deadline: Monday, August 7, 2023


    For more info, CLICK HERE to visit the Leadership Webpage.

  • 09 Feb 2023 11:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Ohio Counseling Association (OCA) Podcast Subcommittee, under the auspices of the OCA Media, Public Relations, and Membership (MPRM) Committee, is pleased to announce the launch of Ohio Counseling Conversations, the official podcast of the Ohio Counseling Association!

    Our first episode is live and highlights OCA member, Kailey Bradley (she/her), M.A., LPCC-S, CT, with an important conversation discussing grief, the common misconceptions surrounding it, and why it is important to allow ourselves and our clients to move through this journey in ways that work for them. We hope you'll tune in! 

    You can currently listen on Apple podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and here! We hope to expand to other platforms soon! If you’re a counselor in Ohio and would like to get involved as part of production or as a guest, or know someone who might be interested, please email us at!  

    Thank you,

    Marisa Cargill (she/her), Ph.D., M.Ed., LPCC

    Chair, OCA Podcast Subcommittee

    Chase Morgan-Swaney (he/him), LPCC, NCC, CCMHC, ACS

    Chair, OCA MPRM Committee

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