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Nominations are now open for ORCA board leadership!

The Oregon Counseling Association is seeking nominations for the elected positions of President-Elect and Secretary!  This is your chance to get involved with professional development decisions and activities impacting counselors and therapists in Oregon.  ORCA is dedicated to promoting the counseling profession by being responsive to our members needs, fostering collaboration and collegiality across counseling degrees and specialties, nurturing a common purpose and a sense of unity within the counseling profession and advocating for counselors and their clients.  

If you are interested, you may self-nominate or encourage a colleague to nominate you. Both positions require membership in both ORCA and the ACA.

PLEASE NOTE: Nominees must have attended one ORCA board meeting within the last year, per ORCA's bylaws. The next ORCA board meeting is May 1.  You may attend this meeting to be considered for a position. Please email president@or-counseling.org for meeting information.

Board Positions up for election

President-Elect: We are looking for licensed clinicians (or soon to be licensed LPCs & LMFTs) that are passionate about leadership in this field and our organization.  You must be a member of ORCA & ACA, or plan to be.  This person must commit to a 3-year term on the ORCA Executive Council and attend Board meetings every other month.  

Secretary: We are searching for folks that are interested in being nominated for the Secretary position. The scope of this elected office includes primary responsibility for the secure storage and accuracy of all board records, including official board meeting minutes.  This person must commit to a 2-year term on the ORCA Executive Council, attend Board meetings every other month. We are opening this up to members (or soon to be members) of both ORCA and ACA.

Nominations are due by May 14, 2021 by 5pm PST. Please use the link to complete the nomination form:https://forms.gle/LXNnpW6rBjkxU4LY7.  

Voting will take place between May 17th and May 28th, with the announcement of election results the week of June 1st. New board officers must attend the July 2021 ORCA board meeting.

Thank you for your support of the Oregon Counseling Association!

The Oregon Counseling Association is deeply heartbroken by the hate crimes committed against Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities, which have risen drastically during the last year and which were called into sharp focus this week by the murders in Atlanta.

ORCA and our affiliated divisions mourn this tragedy—and we unequivocally denounce these acts of white supremacy.

We stand in solidarity with our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities and colleagues who continue to experience senseless acts of racism, oppression, and trauma.

ORCA and our divisions will continue to confront racism by challenging social injustices in our communities and profession, practicing anti-racism inside and outside of sessions, continuing to fight oppression on all system levels, and working toward sustainable change with our educational events and advocacy work. 

We hope you join this fight as well-- here are some helpful resources to start or continue your anti-racism work and advocacy to stop Asian hate: 

Boston College Racial Trauma Toolkit 

The Racial Healing Handbook by Anneliese A. Singh, PhD, LPC

Stop AAPI Hate 

Asian Law Caucus 

Powell’s Books reading recommendations 

Here are some helpful resources for folks within the AAPI community:

Asian Mental Health Collective 

Subtle Asian Mental Health Facebook group 

Please provide support, empowerment, healing, and a listening ear to what folks are going through.

We see you and we stand with you. Please take good care of yourselves and each other.

COVID-19 Information

ORCA is committed to sharing the latest information about the COVID-19 pandemic--particularly around access to vaccinations for counselors and therapists. To that end, please see Copact's dedicated vaccination webpage for the latest info.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer's office has compiled an extensive list of resources to help people affected by COVID-19. The resources include ones for food access/resources, shelter, utilities/rent, businesses/workers, tenants/landlords, college students, resources in Spanish, and more. We are grateful to Rep. Blumenauer and his staff for generously sharing this resource list

It is a viewable/downloadable Google Sheet and updated frequently. Click this link or the image below to view the resource list.


Upcoming Events

Past Events


COPACT (the Coalition of Oregon Professional Associations for Counseling and Therapy) recently uploaded a new, free webinar on navigating telehealth and insurance during the coronavirus national emergency.

Click the image below to watch the webinar and access the associated resources.



A very helpful update from COPACT (the Coalition of Oregon Professional Associations for Counseling and Therapy) on insurance coverage, supervision, training and free/low cost options for Telemental Health.Also check out Person Centered Tech, one of ORCA's partners, who has a recent informative webinar on telemental health.

ORCA, OAMCD, and ORSAIGE Statements in Support of Anti-Racism and in
Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

Click the images below to read statements from the Oregon Counseling Association, the Oregon Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development, and the Oregon Association of LGBTQ Issues in Counseling in response to the killings of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbrey, and other Black Americans.


OAMCD also has compiled a list of resources for resilience and empowerment, for both counselors of color and White counselors. Download and share the Word document here


Our partners at Person Centered Tech gave a great presentation last week on digital ethics and compliance when texting with clients...plus they answered member questions. ORCA members can access videos of all that great information here.

And, if you're not yet an ORCA member, join up now so you don't miss out on this great resource. 

Here's Roy from PCT with more details about ORCA's partnership with Person Centered Tech: 

Some of our favorite moments over the years...


ORCA was wholeheartedly represented at this year's ACA Institute for Leadership Training by ORCA President Gianna Russo-Mitma and ORCA Secretary Sofia Jasani. The two advocated for counselors, therapists, and our clients on Capitol Hill, networked with counselors from across the country, and met with Congressional staffers. Photos to the left!

Upcoming events


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