A Branch of the American Counseling Association 

Serving Counselors for 50 Years - 1967-2017


About the Ohio Counseling Association


                  2016-17 ACA 5-Star Award

The Ohio Counseling Association, a Branch of the American Counseling Association, represents professional counselors in various practice settings across the State of Ohio. 

The purpose of OCA shall be to advance the discipline of counseling, acting at all times in accordance with the purpose and bylaws of the American Counseling Association.

OCA offers counselors an opportunity for professional networking, advocacy, and professional development. Some member benefits include:

  • Online access to the Journal of Counselor Practice, a peer-reviewed journal focused on the practice of professional counseling
  • Discount pricing on professional liability insurance from HPSO
  • Reporting and Representation on Legislative critical to Ohio Counselors
  • Representation to the CSWMFT Board for Counselor Licensure 
  • CE Credit Education via live and online coursework for OCSWMFT and NBCC Credit
  • Online Events Calendar with CE and Advocacy Events across Ohio
  • Speakers Bureau, Awards, Grants, Mentoring, and Leadership Opportunities
  • Free ListServ for Counselor to Counselor Communications

Here is our latest membership flyer explaining  more benefits of OCA Membership.

As part of their membership to OCA, members may elect to join an OCA Chapter, based on the geographic region in which they work or live.   You can select any region for your dues to benefit and participate in that or any chapter that you wish.

The 7 Chapters of OCA are: 

  • Eastern Ohio (EOCA)
  • North Central Ohio (NCOCA)
  • Northwest Ohio (NWOCA)
  • Miami Valley (MVCA)
  • Central Ohio (COCA)
  • Greater Cincinnati (GCCA)
  • Southeast Ohio (SEOCA)
OCA Members may also choose to join one or more of the ten discipline-based OCA divisions.  More detail on these divisions can be found HERE  


Questions or problems with the OCA website can be sent to Bob Thomas, Executive Director at:

OCAExec@gmail.com / 3227 Mountview Road / Columbus OH 43221 / 614.395.3341


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