To the members of the North Carolina Counseling Association (NCCA):
Greetings to each of you with hope of good health.
As the leadership of NCCA, we find it necessary to communicate regarding the recent breakdown in the merger conversations with the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina (LPCANC).
The NCCA Executive Committee was notified Saturday, August 8 by the LPCANC leadership that future merger conversations would not occur. We were informed that the LPCANC Board of Reference, an Advisory Standing Committee of LPCANC, was halting the conversations. Subsequently, LPCANC’s president, president-elect, and treasurer resigned.
We strongly believe that the divisions of the past have no place in the future of professional counseling in the state of North Carolina. The leadership of today is focused on the issues of tomorrow – strengthening the national reputation of professional counseling, licensure reciprocity, minimizing the stigma associated with mental health treatment, contributing to a more equitable world for those we serve, and supporting professional counselors in their pursuit of continuing education and connection. We also intend to support counseling education programs, counselor educators, and counseling students.
We are saddened because we looked toward the future in unity as we consider ways to strengthen our legislative advocacy, promote counseling initiatives, and continue critical conversations to advance our profession.
Below, you will see the communication our executive group sent to the LPCANC Executive Committee. We want you to know we will continue to pursue unifying our profession as we are able. We are deeply saddened by the decisions of the LPCANC Board of Reference.
Please know that NCCA is in a strong position with a very bright future. We will continue planning a successful virtual conference for February and work to deliver meaningful and transformative training opportunities throughout the year. Most importantly, our mission will remain intact.
We will be available to our membership in the weeks to come as questions arise. We will reserve one of our Friday open forum sessions to answer any questions you may have.
NCCA Executive Committee
Communication sent 8/11/20 to the LPCANC Executive Committee:
Greetings to each of you.
We feel sadness this morning as we send this email. We want to express our sincere appreciation for the work you have been doing on behalf of the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina. Specifically, the work toward uniting the counseling profession through conversations with the North Carolina Counseling Association.
After speaking with Cori Costello this weekend, we are aware the conversation around uniting our associations is no longer an option for your organization. We understand the Board of Reference does not believe this is in your best interest. We are disappointed as this opportunity would benefit our profession, practitioners, and clients with greater legislative advocacy and social justice initiatives. We do believe as a profession, we are stronger together. Please know that the NCCA executive committee will remain open to potential future conversations.
To this end, we will independently continue our preparation for the NCCA annual conference. We will plan and conduct our annual conference as we have in the past, open to all counselors.
Please know we hold no animosity toward your decisions. We clearly see your contributions to our profession throughout the state, believe in your legislative advocacy, and therefore, we hope for a united future.
With deep sincerity,
North Carolina Counseling Association Executive Committee