ORCA's Emerging Leader (EL) Program
Through a competitive application process, ORCA will select one outstanding newly licensed LPC or LMFT (eligible up to the first 5 years of licensure) to participate in the EL Program. The selected individual will gain leadership skills to support ORCA’s state-wide efforts promoting the counseling profession.
As an Emerging Leader you will engage in leadership development and opportunities focused on fostering collaboration and collegiality across counseling degrees and specialties, nurturing a common purpose and a sense of unity within the counseling profession and advocating for counselors and their clients.
The year-long program equips you to seek nomination for ORCA’s 3-year term of President-Elect, President, and Past-President. By ORCA’s bylaws only licensed counselors and therapists may be elected to this leadership term. ORCA seeks to promote the development of effective leaders who feel prepared to assume this executive board position.
Emerging Leaders should demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities such as excellence in counseling, service, and leadership in the profession. EL awardees must commit to the one year EL program. As an EL participant you will receive comprehensive benefits including complimentary ORCA membership, CE trainings and mentorship by another board member.
The EL program is focused on early-career licensed counselors & therapists. To be eligible, you must be newly licensed up to the first 5 years of licensure. Both LPCs and LMFTs are eligible to apply. If selected, you must fulfill the one year EL program commitment. ORCA encourages individuals who identify with marginalized communities to apply.
After completing the program, EL awardees are then eligible for nomination to the ORCA President-Elect position and future service with the ORCA Board.
You will be asked to submit:
Requirements of EL Awardee
ORCA Emerging Leader Awardees will commit to a one-year program and will be required to attend:
EL Program Benefits
The ORCA Emerging Leaders Program connects early-career professionals with leaders and board members from ORCA. The EL awardee will also be awarded:
Timeline for EL Program selection and participation
The following outline is the timeline for successful development and execution of the ORCA Emerging leaders Program.
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