The heart of OCA lies in its members. We are more than an organization; we are a synergistic force driven to provide an inclusive space for all. From students to professionals to retirees, every member brings a unique perspective, and together we create a supportive community.
OCA ensures that members always remain at the forefront of the counseling profession. Our association offers numerous continuing education units (CEUs) and workshops, which not only help in fulfilling professional requirements but also ensure members are equipped with the latest methodologies, research findings, and counseling techniques. By joining OCA, you’re not only investing in your present but also ensuring a brighter future for your career.
In the realm of counseling, the value of a strong professional network cannot be overstated. OCA provides you with countless networking events, ranging from our annual conferences to specialized social gatherings. These events offer unique opportunities to connect with peers, mentors, and industry leaders, allowing for the exchange of knowledge, insights, and potential collaborations. It’s not just about who you know, but also about who knows you.
Being a member of OCA means having a robust advocate for your professional rights and interests. OCA actively engages in lobbying activities at the Oklahoma state capitol, working diligently with legislators and policymakers. Our aim is to influence public policy in favor of the counseling profession, promote mental health awareness, and ensure quality counseling services are accessible to all Oklahomans.
OCA members enjoy exclusive access to a plethora of resources. This includes our informative Oklahoma Counseling Association Newsletter, a comprehensive directory of OCA members, and timely legislative updates. Furthermore, we offer a platform to share your area of expertise through special interest sessions, ensuring your voice and knowledge contribute to the broader community.
Our association maintains strong ties with pivotal state departments such as The State Department of Education and The State Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. This involvement ensures that our members have an active role in shaping the future of counseling in the state, driving both the educational and mental health sectors towards excellence.
At the core of OCA is our vibrant, inclusive, and synergistic community. From students to retirees, every member is valued and supported. Whether you’re seeking guidance, mentorship, or simply a space where you can share your experiences and challenges, OCA provides that sanctuary. We believe that together, we can overcome challenges, share successes, and build a brighter future for counseling in Oklahoma.