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ORCA's 2024/2025 Emerging Leader (EL) Program

Through a competitive application process, ORCA will select one outstanding newly licensed LPC or LMFT (eligible up to the first five years of licensure) to participate in the EL Program.  The selected individual will enhance 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.  Only licensed counselors and therapists may be elected to this leadership term by ORCA's bylaws. 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 professional leadership. 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, an invitation to our Annual Retreat, and mentorship by another board member.  

To Apply:

The Emerging Leader (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.  

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:

  • Contact and licensure information

  • A brief bio

  • A personal statement addressing how your professional experiences and future goals are aligned with the ORCA Mission.  Please include proposed initiatives you would like to develop as a leader of ORCA that would positively support the counseling profession and mental health advocacy in our state.

  • Professional resume or CV highlighting experiences in leadership, counseling, and service.

Requirements of EL Awardee

ORCA Emerging Leader Awardees will commit to a one-year program and will be required to attend: 

  • a minimum 3 ORCA meetings within the fiscal year

  • a minimum of 1 COPACT meeting within the fiscal year.

  • EL Awardee will be assigned to work on an ORCA project and/or committee to provide service to ORCA.


Emerging Leader 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:

  • Complimentary 1-year membership to ORCA. ($111 value)

  • Complimentary registration to the Annual ORCA Conference (over $250 value)

  • Complimentary registration to ORCA CE events such as Lobby Week and Ethics CE trainings (up to $200 value)

  • Recognition in ORCA Newsletter 

  • ORCA Board mentorship

  • Invited to attend ORCA’s Annual Retreat in May 2024

  • Opportunity to help EL committee with the development and execution of subsequent year’s Emerging Leader Programs. 

Timeline for EL Program selection and participation

The following outline is the timeline for successful development and execution of the ORCA Emerging leaders Program.

  • January 29th, 2024:  Call for applicants

  • March 25th, 2024:  Application window closes, and review of applicants begins. 

  • April 15th, 2024:  ORCA Emerging Leader awardee is notified and invited to attend our Annual Board Retreat in May! 

  • May 2024:  ORCA’s announcement of the Emerging Leader awardee. The EL awardee’s one year term begins in July 2024. 

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