OREGON COUNSELING ASSOCIATION is pleased to announce the
2023/2024 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, 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 five 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
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You will be asked to submit the following:
1-page professional 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.
License date, type, and license number
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 the following:
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, along with ORCA Board voting ability
Opportunity to help the EL committee with the development and execution of subsequent year’s Emerging Leader Programs.
Requirements of EL Awardee
ORCA Emerging Leader Awardees will commit to a one-year program and will be required to attend the following:
Timeline for EL Program selection and participation
The following outline is the timeline for the successful development and execution of the ORCA Emerging Leaders Program.
February 1, 2023: Call for applicants
March 1, 2023: The application window closes, and the review of applicants begins.
April 1, 2023: Committee Meets to decide an EL awardee
April 30, 2023: ORCA Emerging Leader awardee is notified, an announcement of the Emerging Leader awardee, EL invited to May Retreat.
May 20, 2023: At ORCA Retreat, the EL awardee’s one-year term begins.
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