May is Mental Health Awareness Month

This year, the American Counseling Association slogan for National Mental Health Awareness Month is #BeKindtoYourMind. 

Check out ACA resources here that highlight the significance of mental health awareness and how counselors are able to help.

See the White House Proclamation Here

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April is Counseling Awareness Month

The American Counseling Association has declared April as National Counseling Awareness Month.  In the same spirit, the North Carolina Counseling Association is excited to announce a proclamation by Governor Roy Cooper declaring April 2021 as Counseling Awareness Month for the state of North Carolina.

The Governor’s proclamation supports the mission of NCCA as we promote and advocate for counseling and counselors throughout North Carolina.

Your tireless work, devotion to the profession, and focus on the well-being of clients are greatly appreciated.  Thank you for all you do.  Be well and stay safe.

Read Governor’s Proclamation Here

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Upcoming Education Sessions and Events

Assessment and Counseling Approaches in Working with Military Families
Sponsored by Military and Government Counseling Association of NC (MGCANC) Wednesday, May 12, 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Visit the MGCANC webpage for more information

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2021 NCCA Annual Conference

2021 conference logo2021 NCCA Annual Conference
February 24-27, 2021

Stronger Together: Building for the Future of Professional Counseling

Visit our Conference Page to find the latest information.

Thank you Sponsors, Exhibitors, Keynote Speaker Dr. Butler, Presenters, Volunteers, and Attendees for making our first-ever virtual conference a huge success!

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Upcoming Education Sessions

Sponsored by NCAMCD and ALGBICNC Divisions

Free for NCCA Members; $30.00 per session for non-members
Each session counts for 2 clock hours

Friday, March 19, 2021 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Every Rose Has its Thorn: Multicultural Counseling Ethics

Visit the NCAMCD or AGLBICNC webpages for more information

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Human Rights Committee

Human Rights Committee

All NCCA members are invited to the monthly meetings of the Human Rights Committee held during the lunch hour on the first Monday of each month.

The purpose of the Human Rights Committee is to develop, articulate, and implement the human rights agenda for the association.

Meeting times and dates: All meetings take place at 12:00 noon

  • January 4, 2021
  • February 1, 2021
  • March 1, 2021
  • April 5, 2021
  • May 3, 2021
  • June 7, 2021

For future updates, check out Human Rights Committee webpage found under the “About” tab of the main menu.

Members, please check your email for the meeting links.  If you do not find the email containing the meeting link, please contact the NCCA office.

For further questions about the committee, please do not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Shon D. Smith, Human Rights Committee Chair at

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Message from NCCA President, John Nance

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NCCA Rejects Racism, Systemic Oppression and White Supremacist Ideologies

Dear NCCA Community,

The North Carolina Counseling Association rejects racism, systemic oppression, and white supremacist ideologies.

We come to you today with great sadness and anger over the recent events involving the senseless murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and the countless other human lives lost at the hands of individuals who weaponize the weight of an unjust system. This will not be another carefully-worded statement prepared by a professional association expressing our thoughts and concerns with links to where members can read more about the issues. We want to engage in more than ineffective and reactionary attempts to address the deeply systemic racism, injustice, and oppression perpetrated on black people by white people. Today we issue a call to action for the current and future leaders and members of the North Carolina Counseling Association.

Our organization and esteemed members must resist the trap of reactively waiting for the cries of the oppressed to serve as a rallying call for which to order our collective professional steps. We recognize that it is not only inappropriate, but it is shameful, to look toward the oppressed to tell us about the impact of the system that oppresses them. It is our personal responsibility to gain knowledge, understanding, and take action. We as an organization can and MUST do more. We recognize and take responsibility for our role as professional counselors and the ethics that the American Counseling Association calls us to uphold. We can no longer conduct “business as usual”, accept willful ignorance of these issues, or be complicit in this system that has been built to subjugate and dehumanize Black Americans and other BIPOC individuals.

These issues impact us all, both personally and within our profession.

As professional counselors committed to this end, we ask you this — how can NCCA join, support, or advocate on behalf of you, your clients, students, and colleagues? What are the action steps we can take to make change?  We know that we have collective expertise in our membership, and we want to hear from you. Below is a list of ideas from NCCA leadership. But this list is just a start. Click below to submit ideas and suggestions for what we can do as a professional organization to stand up and say that we will not tolerate systemic racism or injustice and we will seek to eradicate systemic oppression and white supremacy within the counseling field. We will use our expertise and resources to create a collective list that we will guide our organization’s leadership into the future. We will share this work with you, other stakeholders, and other communities so that we can take action and stand up during this time of racial crisis.

We bare our vulnerability and sit in intentional reflection hoping that you are encouraged to do the same. We are committed to action. Join us in sharing your ideas.

Here are our ideas:

  1. Revitalize the Human Rights and Social Justice Committee of NCCA
  2. Dedicate NCCA resources to legislative advocacy working for racial equity and against racial injustice within the state of North Carolina in addition to other issues vital to our work as professional counselors
  3. Develop and disseminate policy and practice briefs with the goal of informing our membership of critical issues on local and state levels, introducing tangible action steps they can take to advocate on behalf of their clients and the citizens of North Carolina
  4. Partner with local organizations whose mission it is to work toward equity, justice, and the eradication of white supremacy
  5. Identify a list of North Carolina individuals and organizations who train on and speak about issues related to racial equity and anti-racism.
  6. Identify a list of North Carolina counselors who specialize in treating trauma resulting from racism.
  7. Develop a Book Club with a specified focus for discussion, furthering the knowledge base and challenging personal/ professional awarenesses around critical issues relevant to ourselves and to those we serve
  8. Encourage NCCA Divisions to address social justice and racial disparity within their current bylaws or governance structure
  9. Partner with the HBCUs in our state with a focus on emerging leaders

Please share your ideas and thoughts here.

Thoughtfully and motivated to create change,

The Executive Council
North Carolina Counseling Association

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Stronger Together: A Message to Our Members

Greetings NCCA and LPCANC Members,

The leadership of North Carolina Counseling Association (NCCA) and Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina (LPCANC) voted on April 30, 2020 and April 25, 2020 respectively to begin conversations about the possibility of merging to form one association for professional counselors in North Carolina.  Leaders from both associations believe that a merger may speak to a collective identity and vision that values the strengths of each organization for professional counselors in the state of North Carolina. These discussions will focus on unity and will more clearly communicate to members, consumers, and stakeholders our shared identity as well as support licensure portability and advocacy for the profession.

This expansion may also allow for a greater commitment to support not only our complex profession but to better meet the evolving needs of the professional counselor, who must continue to address the increasing challenges presented by our various clients and communities. Having a shared vision and goal to support and equip professional counselors with the best tools possible is a victory for all.  We are, in fact, stronger together.

These merger conversations are in the early stages. Leadership from both associations have asked ACA and AMHCA for consultation and support as we navigate uncharted territories, and we look forward to learning from other state associations who have similar structures. Because we value input from our members, leaders from NCCA and LPCANC also plan to be in communication with members throughout the process to answer questions, hear concerns, and create a shared vision for everyone.

While we still have much to discuss, we believe that merging will offer members clearer and stronger advocacy efforts at the state and national level. Additionally this merger will result in a larger and more robust membership and annual conference, with opportunities for even more professional development; a successful management company to handle administrative needs of the association; a governing structure composed of NCCA and LPCANC leaders, and many increased resources for members.

We send this message today for transparency purposes. Some of you may have questions. We encourage these, and ask that you contact Dr. John Nance, President-Elect of NCCA or Dr. Cori Costello, President of LPCANC who will be leading our merger task force in the months ahead.

Contact NCCA President-Elect Here

Contact LPCANC  President Here

We are excited about the future and look forward to continuing to serve the professional counselors of North Carolina.


Mark Schwarze, President of the North Carolina Counseling Association

Cori Costello, President of the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina

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Group Work Virtual Conference


NCASGW Conference Flyer

Conference at a Glance

Register Here for NCASGW Conference

Please register by Wednesday, June 17.
Zoom link will be emailed Thursday, June 18.

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