ORCA MISSION

The Oregon Counseling Association is a 501(c)(6) tax-exempt trade association that promotes and protects the counseling profession in Oregon.  ORCA is run by a 15-member Governing Board, including 6 elected officers, 2 Division Presidents, and 7 Committee Chair positions, appointed by the President.  ORCA has more than 500 members throughout the state.

The specific purposes of ORCA are to:

  • Function as the Oregon Branch of the American Counseling Association
  • Promote the professional and business interests of professional counselors and therapists engaged in the practice of Professional Counseling as described in ORS 675.705, including but not limited to:
    • political and professional advocacy for the profession of mental health counselors and therapists
    • promoting ethical practice of mental health counseling and therapy
    • promoting diversity and human rights, and advocacy for consumers of mental health counseling.

Mission and Vision (updated 2009)

Mission: Enhancing Human Development and Promoting the Counseling Profession

Vision:  ORCA will support the counseling profession in Oregon through:

  • Providing networking and professional development opportunities for counselors
  • Being responsive to our members needs
  • Creating modalities for counselor communication throughout Oregon
  • Fostering collaboration and collegiality across counseling degrees and specialties
  • Nurturing a common purpose and a sense of unity within the counseling profession in Oregon
  • Advocating for counselors and their clients


The Oregon Counseling Association is a 501(c)(6) tax-exempt trade association.
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Oregon Counseling Association 
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PO Box 2163 Portland, OR 97208
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