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The OCA news blog gives information and updates on the association and the counseling profession in Ohio. If you have any questions on any of the posts or if you would like to contribute to the blog, email OCAExec@gmail.com.

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  • 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.  


    • CHARLES “CHUCK” WEAVER AWARD
    • DAVE BROOKS AWARD
    • HERMAN J. PETERS AWARD
    • SUSAN J. SEARS COUNSELOR OF THE YEAR AWARD
    • RESEARCH AND WRITING AWARD
    • PUBLIC POLICY AND LEGISLATION AWARD
    • GRADUATE STUDENT AWARD
    • PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP AWARD
    • TOM DAVIS OUTSTANDING MENTORING AWARD

     

    CLICK THE LINK: OCA Awards Nomination Form


    Any questions or concerns, please contact Carmella Hill, OCA Awards Chair, at carmonhill1@gmail.com


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




    REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

    All Ohio Counselors Conference

    Bridging the Cultural Divide

    OCTOBER 16-18, 2023

    THE HYATT REGENCY COLUMBUS

    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

     

    CALL FOR GRADUATE STUDENT POSTER PRESENTATIONS

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE 7/15/2023

     

    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 ocagraduatestudentcommittee@gmail.com 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)


    OCA LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATE PROGRAM (LCP)

    FALL SERIES

    DEADLINE TO REGISTER: AUGUST 7, 2023


    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


    REGISTER NOW!

    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 ohiocounselingconversations@gmail.com!  


    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

  • 21 Dec 2022 3:42 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 16-18, 2023 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus Downtown.

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


  • 21 Dec 2022 3:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Submit a Proposal

    Volunteer to Review Proposals


    OCA is pleased to announce our 2023 virtual Spring Conference, which will be held Friday, April 21-Saturday, April 22 via Zoom. Practitioners and counselor educators are invited to submit proposals. 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.

    This OCA event will attract professional and future counselors from across Ohio, including academic leaders, private practitioners, and student delegates. All sessions will be online and presented live - no recordings will be available for home study.

    If interested in submitting a proposal, please complete the continuing education application and upload your current resume and photo via this Google Form: https://forms.gle/5eNdA1ZFQyziAMx26 by the deadline of Sunday, January 29, 2023 at 9:00 pm. You may submit up to two 60-minute presentation proposals.

    Selected proposals will be blind reviewed by the proposal committee, certified for CSWMFT CE credit, and listed in the final program. All individuals submitting a proposal will be notified via email of whether or not the proposal has been accepted in early March.

    If your proposal is accepted, you must be available to present either Friday, April 21 or Saturday, April 22, 2023. OCA will set the schedule of presentations once the final presentations are approved, and you will be notified in early March of your presentation date and time. All presenters will be required to register for the Conference at a discounted rate. 

    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! Those selected as reviewers will be asked to review on average 5-10 proposals within the timeframe of January 30 through February 11, 2023. If you are willing to serve as a reviewer, please complete the following interest survey by Friday, December 30: https://forms.gle/Xj5BacYLf3pvAVVs7


    Contact Amy Barcelo at OCAexec@gmail.com or 216-438-1994 with any questions.

  • 21 Dec 2022 3:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    VISIT OCA’S LINKTREE TO REGISTER TODAY!

    OCA LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATE PROGRAM (LCP) OVERVIEW:

    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.

    • Winter Series: January - March 2023 
    • Required in-person attendance via Zoom for Module 1 (Sat. January 7, 9-10am) and Module 6 (March 4, 9-10am)
    • Registration deadline: Monday, January 2, 2023


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


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