Welcome! As President of the North Central Ohio Counseling Association, I would like to welcome you to our newly refurbished website! We are a work in progress (aren’t we all?), so what you see here is the beginning of what will be. Our goals are to make this website a place that is useful to you as counselors, as well as to the community in which you serve. You’ll notice that one of the tabs on the Home Page is for a member directory. One of the benefits of joining OCA and indicating on the membership application an affiliation with NCOCA is that you’ll be able to list your name, specialty, contact information, and website on this directory if you wish. This will enable other professionals who may be in need of your expertise for a client to make a referral to you directly. It will also allow members of the community to find you as they look for providers. This benefit will be at no charge for current members of NCOCA.
So, why join NCOCA, apart from the free advertising? Why pay your membership dues and go to meetings? The answer is simple for me. I’ve been a member of NCOCA since the mid-90’s, and have found it to be an invaluable source of connection to other counselors. We tend to get fairly insulated or isolated in our work, interacting with our colleagues in the office setting, but rarely looking at what is going on in other parts of the counseling world (unless we happen to need a resource in another agency). NCOCA helps to break that isolation by putting us together as professionals so that we can see the big picture of what we are about in our work. It gives us that sense that we are all part of something larger than ourselves; career counselors, mental health counselors, school counselors, counselor educators and supervisors, all working together to bring health to the world around us, all working to make a difference for our community. Without NCOCA, I’d never have really seen that big picture. NCOCA also gives its members the chance to develop leadership skills. Whether serving on a committee, holding an office, leading a seminar, or simply writing a letter to a legislative representative, we are enabled and encouraged to find new strengths within ourselves and to use them for the good of the community and of the profession. Those are a couple of the reasons why I joined NCOCA and why I continue to be a part of this organization. Well, those reasons, and the fact that I’ve made good friends here who continually remind me, especially on my burn-out days (tell me you have those, too!), WHY I do what I do and why I love my work!
If you have questions about NCOCA, would like to be involved on any level, if you have ideas about our website, please let me know! I’ll look forward to talking to you soon, and hope to see you all at an NCOCA meeting in the very near future.
Martha S. Flemming, MA., LPCC-s, LICDC