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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

  • 07 Oct 2019 2:34 PM | Anonymous member

    We are proud to announce the 2019 OCA Award Winners These outstanding members will be celebrated at the Awards Reception on November 7 during the All Ohio Counselors Conference (Hyatt Regency Downtown Columbus).  This year's winners are:

    Doris Coy, the Charles "Chuck" Weaver Award

    Michael Brubaker, the Dave Brooks Award

    Sean Gorby, the Graduate Student Award

    Stacey Litam, the Herman J. Peters Award

    Katie Gamby, the Professional Leadership Award

    Cassandra Storlie, the Research and Writing Award

    Help us congratulate these successful and capable OCA members.


    The Leadership Development Institute (LDI) has been announced and registration is open!  This four-CE credit event is free to OCA members and will prepare you for a leadership position with the OCA or one of our Chapters or Divisions. Join us during the AOCC at the Hyatt Regency Downtown on Wednesday November 6 from 10am - 4:30pm. CLICK HERE to learn more!


    Register today for the All Ohio Counselors Conference - we are setting records for registration and this year's conference is stacking up to be our best ever. Three days in the beautiful Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus, REGISTER TODAY!  The cost to register increases after Wednesday October 8!

  • 11 Sep 2019 8:47 PM | Anonymous member

    We have created a 2020 Calendar of OCA and ACA related events.  You can view it HERE.  It resides on our Events Page; if you find updates or changes, let Bob Thomas know!

  • 21 Aug 2019 12:14 PM | Anonymous member

    I’d like to share a new podcast with you. I’m a member of a phenomenal team of therapists dedicated to bringing mental health topics to listeners through transformative conversations, thoughtful discussions, and powerful interviews. 

    We focus on mental health issues including coping skills, resilience, trauma and healing, healthy relationships, and balance in a busy world. We hope you and your clients will find this podcast valuable and encouraging!

    Please check out “Community Routes” and it’s sister segment “Off the Beaten Path” on Apple, Google, and other podcast services:

    Thank you for all you do!

    Adrianne Johnson

  • 21 Aug 2019 11:22 AM | Anonymous member

    One week left to nominate your favorite counselor for one of our annual awards.  These awards will be presented at the AOCC.  These awards recognize outstanding efforts and talent by your peers in counseling from across Ohio.  Be sure to get your nomination in by the end of this month (Aug 31) to meet the deadline.  Then join us November 7 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus for our Annual Awards Reception.

  • 05 Aug 2019 2:46 PM | Anonymous member

    Register now for this groundbreaking training event at Cleveland State University.  Brought to you by the OCA, OSWA, and thr Ohio Psychological Association, this 15 CEU training will be held Friday and Saturday September 13-14 and the cost starts at $200.  Register Now!

    We will also accept sponsors for this event from $300 university and government groups to the Title Sponsor at $2000.  Contact Bob for more info.

  • 29 Jul 2019 9:11 PM | Anonymous member

    I added 5 new jobs to the OCA Career Opportunity Blog in the last 24 hours.  Be sure to look over the postings and improve your place in life!  CLICK HERE if you are logged in (this is a Member's Only benefit).  Or go to the menu at the top of the page, click on "For Members" then "Career Opportunities".  Have a great day Counselors!

  • 30 Jun 2019 1:13 PM | Anonymous member

    As the Chairman of your Government Relations Committee for OCA, I love that you all are engaging in conversation regarding legislative advocacy! All these questions (and more) are what we as professional counselors and stakeholders in the legislative process  must ask ourselves for ALL aspects of our work. 

    Although I will not address all of questions posed through this thread, I did want to clarify this bill and the legislative process at hand, as well as invite all of you who are passionate about this topic or other legislative issues to contact me or any of the Governmental Relations Committee Members (most chapters/divisions have a representative that serves on OCA's government relations committee as a liaison between the committee and a division/chapter). 


    1. Many have pointed this out, but practicing conversion therapy as a licensed counselor is a violation of our code of ethics, specifically as it relates to "doing harm" to clients as research has identified conversion therapy as holding great potential for harm (see ACAs website)

    2. 6 cities in Ohio already ban the practice of conversion therapy with minors


    3. The practice of conversion therapy with a minor in the state of Ohio by an individual that holds a license issued by the OCSWMFT board may result in board discipline, including license suspension. This was an initiative championed by Equality Ohio that OCA and the Government Relations Committee supported a couple years ago. Out of this initiative came a strong statement from the board regarding conversion therapy with its licensees. Equality Ohio provides information on this board statement as well as the boards official statement regarding the change:


    4. The proposed bill is more expansive than the OCSWMFT board, but in essence, will place the boards current stance on conversion therapy with a minor into Ohio Revised Code language, ORC 4757.46. The current ramifications for practicing conversion therapy with a minor involve licensure discipline. If enacted in law, would involve both licensure discipline and legal discipline. I would encourage all of you to review the details and history of the bill here:


    If you have any specific questions or concerns regarding OCA's legislative efforts through our Governmental Relations Committee, please feel free to reach out to me or one of our committee members! I love legislative advocacy and our hope within OCA is to connect you as a member to the process of legislative advocacy. 


    Also, every spring we hold a Legislative Advocacy Day in Columbus Ohio at the State House where we engage in may aspects of the legislative process (Conversion Therapy was a heavy topic of discussion 2 years ago). Dont miss out on your opportunity to be proactive in the legislative process instead of just reactive to supporting or fighting legislation others propose. 


    WITH ALL OF THIS SAID, I always encourage every individual to advocate and promote a legislative agenda that is congruent with YOUR BELIEFS, even if that goes in opposition of OCA. 


    Peace be the journey,



    Sean Gorby, M. Ed, LPC, Certified Wellness Counselor

    Doctoral Candidate 

    The Ohio Counseling Association

    Government Relations Committee, Chairman 

  • 27 Jun 2019 10:30 AM | Anonymous member
    OCA is pleased to request nominations for the 2019 awards to be presented at AOCC.  

    Nominations are due by midnight on Friday, August 31st.  Please send all nominations to Marlise Lonn at  A copy of the nomination form is attached to this e-mail.


    You can find the nomination form and a description of the 8 awards on the OCA webpage at


    Awards include:

    Charles "Chuck" Weaver Award: One who has shown long, consistent and distinguished service to the counseling profession and who has shown exemplary caring for people.

    Dave Brooks Award: One who has demonstrated a willingness to serve and take responsibility, while creating new paths in the counseling profession.

    Herman J. Peters Award: One who promotes innovative ideas and theories in the counseling field and has a significant impact on future trends.

    Susan J. Sears Counselor of the Year Award: One who has gone beyond the call of duty by demonstrating exceptional service as a practitioner and/or counselor educator, through the application of OCA goals.

    Research & Writing Award: One who has demonstrated extraordinary research and writing ability, as evidenced by journal publications for the counseling profession.

    Public Policy & Legislation Award: One who has demonstrated excellent advocacy by engaging in meaningful lobbying on behalf of the counseling profession.

    Graduate Student Award:  The purpose of this award is to recognize a counseling graduate student who has excelled: in service to OCA and the counseling profession; counseling-related extracurricular or co-curricular involvements; and has demonstrated excellence and commitment to the profession.  

    Professional Leadership Award:  This award recognizes and honors persons who through their vision, leadership, and concern for others and the profession have strengthened, expanded, and enhanced the counseling profession within Ohio.



    Marlise Lonn

    Chair, Ohio Counseling Association Awards Committee

  • 25 Jun 2019 12:32 PM | Anonymous member

    The OCA is soliciting Grad and Doc Student Poster Presentations for the All Ohio Counselors Conference November 6-8, 2019.

    • ·         Deadline is Thursday, August 1, 2019
    • ·         Posters will be presented on Wednesday, November 6th from 5:30-7:00pm during the welcome/networking reception
    • ·         All presenters must register for the Conference
    • ·         All presenters must be OCA members (student membership is $25)

    Please share this with anyone you think can spread the word to all counseling students across Ohio!  CALL FOR PROPOSALS

  • 05 Jun 2019 1:23 PM | Anonymous member

    Remember one of the great benefits of membership is our Career Opportunities Blog where we post job openings several times a week.  From internships to director positions, this is THE place to go to look for that new job!


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