On behalf of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association (PCA), welcome! PCA is a state branch of the American Counseling Association and part of the North Atlantic Region. An important part of the mission of PCA is to represent and promote professional counseling in Pennsylvania and to provide leadership and professional development for our state’s professional counselors.
I hope that you will join us in that mission as an active member of the organization. Opportunities for involvement are available at many levels within the organization, so please contact me with your interests.
Membership in PCA can help keep you informed about what is happening with regard to the profession of counseling in Pennsylvania through our quarterly newsletter, annual conference, state journal and periodic special email correspondence. Resources and services provided by PCA include:
Since learning is life long, please join us for a quality professional development opportunity at our 45th annual state conference in State College, PA, November 8-10, 2013. The theme of the conference is Efficacy and Advocacy: Advancing the Profession of Counseling and our keynote speaker is Dr. Bradley Erford, immediate Past President of the American Counseling Association. A variety of posters and presentations are slated for the conference providing many opportunities to grow professionally and to earn CEUs!
One of the special benefits of a professional organization, such as PCA, is the opportunity for networking and interaction with fellow professionals from across the state. You may meet at the annual conference, chapter/division meetings or through service on a committee. Spending time with colleagues has many professional benefits along with the pleasure of forming lasting friendships. I hope that you also will take advantage of these opportunities!
Finally, it is increasingly clear that we must stay aware of legislation that affects the counseling profession in Pennsylvania. PCA has been exploring avenues for more active monitoring of this legislation, and hopefully you will consider supporting these efforts through membership in our organization and participation in advocacy activities. If we don’t speak for ourselves, others who may not share our values and intentions will be our voice. In addition, PCA and its members can support the advocacy efforts of the American Counseling Association at the national level, addressing issues such as access to Medicare reimbursement and consideration for paid internships and regular staff positions in the VA system for counselors.
I look forward to serving as your president over this next year and welcome your ideas for our organization.
Brian Wlazelek, Ph.D.
President, Pennsylvania Counseling Association 2013-14