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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

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  • 20 Feb 2019 7:43 PM | Anonymous member

    When you log in, go to Profile then Membership tab to print your membership card.  Instructions on how to print, laminate, and carry with you!  Thanks to Vicki Kress for the Great Idea!

  • 18 Feb 2019 2:47 PM | Anonymous member

    Any student (through doctoral) that joins or renews at the $50 Insured Student level gets complimentary liability insurance through CPH & Associates compliments of the OCA.  Join or renew at the Insured Student Level today!

  • 07 Feb 2019 2:26 PM | Anonymous member

    The 2019 All Ohio Counselors Conference Call for Proposals is now open. This year’s AOCC will be held November 6-8, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus.

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

    Click here to submit a proposal.

    You may submit more than one proposal.

    The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2019.

    To assist in submitting a quality proposal, see:

     Tips for a Successful Proposal and Blind Review Rubric.

    Please direct all questions to

  • 10 Jan 2019 11:07 AM | Anonymous member

    Amanda Sines, our Lobbyist announced this morning that Lori Criss has been named the Director of ODMHAS. Criss is currently a leader in the Ohio Council of Behavioral Health Provider’s. Amanda works with her often on issues of importance to OCA. This is a very strong choice by Gov Elect DeWine and good for OCA members!

    Remember to register for Legislative Advocacy Day (March 19) to learn more and meet with your representatives in downtown Columbus!   

  • 02 Jan 2019 3:32 PM | Anonymous member

    Registration is open for the March 20-21, 2019 Spring Conference.  10 CE Credit Hours over 2 days including Ethics, Supervision, and General topics.  A networking reception with student Poster Sessions caps off Day One and a special track for Grad Students on Day Two will be a real career booster!  Keynotes, breakouts, and invited speakers will fill your Counselor Head with all the current info you've been seeking!  REGISTER HERE and see the program details.

    The Conference will be held at the Embassy Suites Dublin which is now completing a full remodel.  Enjoy their huge guest suites and awesome food after getting your learn on!

  • 03 Dec 2018 11:41 AM | Anonymous member

    Next week the Ohio House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on H.B. 81 which exempts individuals who were seriously mentally ill at the time of their crime from the death penalty.  Anything you can do to contact your legislators in the House and urge them to vote yes would be greatly appreciated!  All members of OCA and their peers/coworkers/staff are encouraged to take action.

    Find your Legislator here: OHIO HOUSE DIRECTORY

    Sample Tweets: 

    Ohio's bill to prohibit executing individuals with serious mental illness is scheduled for committee vote on Dec 4.  Learn more and contact your #Ohio legislators to urge passage!

    The Ohio Counseling Association supports HB81 to prohibit executing those with serious mental illness. Learn more and contact your #Ohio legislators to urge passage.

  • 15 Nov 2018 4:43 PM | Anonymous member

    Tuesday March 19 is the date for our 2019 LA Day at the Riffe Center in downtown Columbus.  Join your OCA colleagues at the important event where you will learn about current issues for Counselors, how to lobby your representative, earn CE credits, and visit your representative to let them know your thoughts and how you would like them to vote!

    Registration is not yet open but Save the Date and bring your counselor friends with you to the Columbus Statehouse!  

  • 15 Nov 2018 4:40 PM | Anonymous member

    Would you like to add that second "C" to your name?  Dawn Freidman has openings for a clinical supervision group for those who are looking to get their second C. Meetings will happen in Columbus but because they are once a month those outside of the area may be able to commute; individual supervision is available via phone to meet Ohio licensing requirements. Please share with anyone you think might be interested. Space is limited!

    Contact Dawn at to claim your seat!

  • 04 Nov 2018 4:04 PM | Anonymous member

    Save the Dates!  The second annual OCA Spring Conference will be held at the Embassy Suites Dublin on March 20 & 21, 2018.  We plan to announce the program content at AOCC this week so stop by the OCA Exhibit to see the content for this great conference.  Ten (10) CSWMFT hours can be earned over two days including Ethics, Supervision, and General topics.

  • 04 Nov 2018 4:00 PM | Anonymous member

    The All Ohio Counselors Conference kicks off on Wednesday with Pre-Conference workshops, Leadership Development Institute, and Welcome Reception.  If you haven't registered, you can do so online until Midnight Monday 11/5/18 then on-site starting Wednesday 11/7/18.

    Join your colleagues from across Ohio at this amazing annual conference!

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