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