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

I don’t know if I’m in Phase 1a, how do I check? 

Please check the Oregon COVID-19 Vaccine Sequencing Plan. For additional questions:

Do I need to show any proof that I’m in Phase 1a? 

The Oregon Health Authority is not requiring verification and has no plans to request verification from vaccinating providers. Vaccine providers may require an individual to self-attest they are in a Phase1a group.

I’ve been turned away from getting a vaccine by a COVID-19 vaccine provider. What do I do now? 

If you believe you do fall under Phase 1a, please contact your local public health authority to be connected to a vaccine provider.


Upcoming Events

Click on an image below to learn more about these upcoming events!

ORCA, OAMCD, and OALGBTIC 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


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. 

Lobby Day 2019 at the Oregon Capitol was a huge success!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Ethics CE training and in meetings with legislators and legislative staff. What a great bunch of advocates you are!


Our partners at Person Centered Tech gave a great presentation last week on digital ethics and compliance when texting with 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: 


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 below!

Introducing your new orca officers...

Past-President Joel Lane today swore in (on the DSM of course) President Gianna Russo-Mitma, President-Elect Alana Ogilvie, and Treasurer Laurie Kerridge. Congratulations!
PHOTO GALLERY: Some of our favorite moments throughout the years...

NAMIWALK 2018 was a huge success!

Team ORCA worked hard (and played hard) to help make a statement that access to mental healthcare is fundamental! You helped us beat our goal - in all, we raised over $3500 to support NAMI's services and advocacy efforts. Make sure to join us next year!

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