It is my pleasure to extend greetings from the Pennsylvania Counseling Association (PCA)! We are proud of our rich history of representing and serving the professional counselors and counseling students of Pennsylvania. In accordance with our mission, we work to enhance human development throughout the life span and to promote professional counseling. We consistently provide a wide array of excellent leadership and professional development opportunities. The collegial spirit of our organization helps to make our events a great place to network, learn, and socialize with other professionals and students across the commonwealth.
I am honored to serve with the PCA Executive Council—a group of individuals who works tirelessly and efficiently to carry out the responsibilities of their positions. This group is constantly seeking new ways to better serve and represent the counselors in Pennsylvania and to make PCA more responsive to the needs of its members. As part of this responsiveness, we have several active divisions and branches that provide opportunities for individuals to interact with colleagues. I salute the dedication of the Executive Council and invite you to become part of the leadership team by joining a division. Here are some of the other resources and services provided by the PCA leadership:
We are a strong and vibrant organization. We need to be stronger! Legislation that affects your clients’ welfare and your livelihood is presented to Congress at the state and federal level regularly–the larger our numbers, the stronger our legislative voice. Remember, if you are a counselor or future counselor in Pennsylvania, PCA is YOU! Seek out anyone on the Executive Council if we can help address a concern or increase your involvement. If you are a member, please complete our needs assessment survey that is posted on our website. We need your input!
I personally extend to you an invitation to our 44th annual conference at Penn State University on October 19-21, 2012. This year’s theme is Transitions and Transformations and our keynote speaker is Dr. David Kaplan, Chief Professional Officer and Past President of the American Counseling Association.
There will be two pre-conference learning institutes offered. One will offer CEUs and Red Cross Disaster Relief certification and the other will offer CEUs in supervision ethics. The conference will offer dozens of excellent educational sessions and poster presentations. Mark your calendar to take part in this superb opportunity to engage with other counseling professionals on topics that affect you personally and professionally.
I look forward to meeting each of you and to renewing connections with old friends! I am humbled by this opportunity to serve Pennsylvania counselors and I am proud to work with such a distinguished leadership team.
All the best,
Becky Willow, Ed.D, LPC, NCC