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Apply for the 2023/24 Emerging Leader (EL) Program!

17 Feb 2023 2:56 PM | Anonymous

OREGON COUNSELING ASSOCIATION is pleased to announce the 


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.    

To Apply:

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


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: 

  • 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. 

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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