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ORCA is the Oregon branch of the American Counseling Association, representing the state in the Western Region.

ORCA’s mission is to empower Oregon's counselors and therapists to do our best, most healing work. The work we do is important, difficult, and life-changing. To care for our clients—not only in difficult moments, but also in the day-in-and-day-out and in the larger, societal sense—we need each other.

That’s where ORCA comes in. If your job is to support the mental health of Oregonians, then ORCA is here to support you.

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ORCA is volunteer-run and membership driven, which means that our work depends on counselors coming together as members. Some benefits of joining ORCA include: 

  • Access to a members-only listserv—great for finding referrals, joining groups, advertising, and finding resources.
  • Continuing education events with discounted fees for members 
  • Supporting a strong lobbying presence in the Capitol on behalf of counselors and family therapists. Part of our membership money funds COPACT, which advocates for things like improving clients access to mental health care  and supporting counselors’ ability to treat clients ethically, responsibly, and with care. 

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Members, be sure to log in to our site to access members-only benefits like newsletter archives, ethics consultation requests, and more!

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Our Divisions & Affiliates

Yes, we're all in this together...but sometimes it helps to have conversations with focused interest groups.

These organizations have a focus on specific aspects of the counselor and therapist identity that may further support your personal journey.

With the exception of OACES, these organizations do not require you to also be a member of ORCA or the ACA.

The Oregon Counseling Association is a 501(c)(6) tax-exempt trade association.

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Oregon Counseling Association 
(503) 722-7119 
PO Box 2163 Portland, OR 97208

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