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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

  • 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: 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:

    Contact Amy Barcelo at or 216-438-1994 with any questions.

  • 21 Dec 2022 3:25 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.

    • 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.

  • 07 Dec 2022 10:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join us on the rescheduled date of Thursday, December 15th from 4:00-5:00 PM for our winter meet and greet! This is a great opportunity for members and those interested in joining OCA to connect and network with one another. OCA Leadership will be present to provide updates on the organization, along with special guest Sean Gorby, Government Relations Committee Chair.

    We encourage you to invite your colleagues and spread the word!

    The zoom link is provided below.

    I hope to see you there!

    Staci Tessmer

    2022-23 OCA President

    OCA Moderator is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

    Topic: OCA December Meet & Greet
    Time: Dec 15, 2022 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
    Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 847 4160 6224
    Passcode: 383191
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  • 06 Dec 2022 10:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Due to an unforeseen circumstance, we need to reschedule our winter meet and greet that was scheduled for this Saturday, December 10th. We will be sending out the new date/time as soon as possible.

    Thank you, and we hope to see you soon!

  • 02 Nov 2022 10:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join us on Saturday, December 10th from 10:00-11:00 AM for our winter meet and greet! This is a great opportunity for members and those interested in joining OCA to connect and network with one another. OCA Leadership will be present to provide updates on the organization, along with special guest Sean Gorby, Government Relations Committee Chair.

    We encourage you to invite your colleagues and spread the word!

    The zoom link is provided below.

    Topic: OCA December Meet & Greet
    Time: Dec 10, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
    Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 810 9614 4626
    Passcode: 154276

  • 22 Sep 2022 10:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Register to attend the All Ohio Counselors Conference (AOCC) from October 17-19, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus. Visit our AOCC Webpage for links to registration, hotel reservations, and volunteering!

    Early bird discount ends on October 1!

  • 21 Sep 2022 3:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AHC Emerging Leaders Program 2023-2024

    Thank you for considering our Emerging Leaders Program!

    The AHC Emerging Leaders program was developed to allow students and new professionals to participate in AHC activities, receive mentorship, and connect with professional networking opportunities.

    Emerging Leaders are selected to serve from July to July of each AHC fiscal year. Master’s level students, doctoral level students, and new professionals (having graduated in the past year) will be selected as AHC emerging leaders. Recipients must be an AHC member at the time of application. Emerging Leaders choose an area of interest within the division and receive mentoring related to that area. Emerging Leaders will provide a minimum of 50 hours of service to an AHC committee, project, or task over the course of the year, and they will be assigned a mentor with whom they will connect each month. Emerging Leaders will also have opportunities to learn the responsibilities associated with serving in elected leadership positions within AHC. They will also receive FREE conference registration for the AHC conference for the year they are an Emerging Leader.

    Emerging Leaders will be featured in our newsletter and recognized at the annual AHC conference.

    Please email the Emerging Leaders Program Co-Chairs at with questions. Emerging Leaders Program Co-Chairs are Drs. Amy Barth and Caroline Perjessy.

    Interested applicants should submit their application to by December 1, 2022.

    1. The Emerging Leaders application
    2. Your Curriculum vitae/resume
    3. Two brief reference letters describing your leadership skills and experiences, and your value of humanistic practices (letters cannot come from members of the AHC selection committee of the AHC Board) 

    Send application materials to the Emerging Leaders Program Chair no later than December 1 of the year you wish to apply (Note your Emerging Leader year would begin the following July).  The selection committee will notify you of the status of their application within approximately 30 days.
  • 16 Sep 2022 10:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Counseling graduate students*, are you interested in volunteering at AOCC 2022 for a discounted registration rate❓

    We have several opportunities available❗️ Conference greeter and line manager, registration desk help - badge distribution, and/or badge scanner for CEUs❗️

    For more info and to schedule your volunteer time slot(s), click here:❗️

    *Counseling graduate student volunteer only; student ID will be verified on site

  • 03 Sep 2022 10:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join us on Monday, September 12th from 7:00-8:00 PM for the first of our quarterly meet and greets! This is a great opportunity for members and those interested in joining OCA to connect and network with one another. OCA Leadership will also be present to provide updates on the organization. Save the date and spread the word!

    The zoom link is provided below.

    September 12th, 2022; 7-8pm

    Topic: OCA September Meet & Greet
    Time: Sep 12, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
    Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 876 7012 6153
    Passcode: 895248

Questions and comments can be directed to Amy Barcelo, Executive Director at: PO Box 470001 | Broadview Heights, OH 44147 | 216.438.1994

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