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.
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