Washington Counseling Association

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Washington Counseling Association


Call for Executive Board Position Nominations

The Washington Counseling Association is excited to begin the call for nominations for Executive Board Positions to begin July 1, 2015. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about our field and want to contribute to our mission to promote the counseling profession and to promote public confidence and trust in the counseling profession. Executive Board members often come with a wide variety of skills and strengths, which furthers the growth of our association and commitment to our members and the profession. Please consider volunteering your time.

Below are the open officer and board positions. Please look at the descriptions below, and if interested, please send us a paragraph with the following information to be used as your campaign to voting members (drbeckyrudd@gmail.com):

  • ·         Name & credentials
  • ·         Position sought
  • ·         Membership (ACA, WCA or other divisions and national memberships)
  • ·         What are your reasons for running for this office?
  • ·         Describe your leadership positions you have held – especially in counseling associations

We would like to have your candidate statements by March 1, 2015. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Open Positions:

President Elect (2015-2016 as President elect, 2016-2017 as President, 2018-2019 as past president)

The President- Elect shall perform the duties of the President in his/her absence or incapacity and coordinate the annual WCA conference.

President Elect-Elect (2015-2016 as President elect-elect, 2016-2017 as President-Elect, 2018-2019 as

President and 2019-2020 as past president)The President elect-elect will serve their first term as a non-voting member of the board. The President elect-elect will serve as a consultant to the board and remain involved in board and association activities.

Board Positions (one year term):

  • ·         Bylaws and Ethics
  • ·         Graduate Student
  • ·         Government and Community Relations
  • ·         Nominations and Elections
  • ·         Professional Development
  • ·         Awards and Recognition
  • ·         Publications
  • ·         Membership


Duties of board positions:

Be prepared to report for the committee at the Board meetings; Submit a written report, including a summary of committee activities and recommendations, to the President no later than June 15.



Interested in Membership?

The Washington Counseling Association is excited to announce that we reduced membership rates to make it more accessible and affordable. We also introduced a "new Professional" category for counselors just entering the field.
Benefits of membership include:
  1. Quarterly Newsletter with the latest news, updates and stories.
  2. Regular emails from WCA around opportunities for training and CE's, employment opportunities, legislative news, etc.    
  3. Reduced rates to WCA events.
  4. Quick ability to network with counselors across Washington State.
  5. Up-to-date information on legislation & advocacy networks.
  6. Annual Conference every Fall. 
  7. Access to Membership only Forums around a variety of topics (e.g., public policy, private practice, military issues, experiential therapies, etc.) 
  8. And Much, much more . . .

    Not a Member?
Staying connected to our community of counselors is an 
important element of being informed and united within the 
profession. Please join us by becoming a member today!


 Online Membership Application

WCA Happenings

•Interested in Volunteer Opportunities? WCA is seeking volunteers on numerous levels, whether it be 2 hours,to lead or be involved on a task committee or with leadership/board positions, all are invited to join us.

•We have started the planning for an Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) and have opportunities with this on numerous levels. For questions about any of the above happenings, please contact us.

WCA Board and Volunteers

See below: A glance at some of our board members and volunteers behind the scenes, working hard and having fun preparing for our upcoming annual conference and representing at the ACA's Institute for Leadership Training in DC for the last two years. Amidst the hard work, we have a whole lot of fun! Interested in being a part of our Board and leads? If yes, please contact us!


Connect with us on Facebook! 



Board and Volunteers


Above: Layne Stoops, Lindsay Hatch, Dr.Phyllis Erdman, Nasreen Shah, Ashley Sylvester, Suzanne Apelskog, Jessica Iunker, Diane Thompson, Dr. Marty Slyter, Eunice Huang, Janel Wuest, Dr. Tom Trotter, Leondra Holman                    

WCA Representation at the

2013 ACA Leadership Training Institute


WCA Leads marched on Capital Hill (with variousother leads to advocate about important issues(e.g. Medicare (Access, VA Hiring, Expansion ofCounselors in schools, etc.) with U.S. Senators and Representatives. From Left to right (front): Suzanne Apelskog, President; Rachel Kristianson, ACA Advisory Board and Past President; (Back) Lindsay Hatch, Publications Co-Editor and Conference Volunteer Coordinator; Isaac White, Veteran/Military Rep.       



                            Western Region at the Capital 2013



             International and National Counselors unite in 2013


                              WCA Representation at the 2012

                                 ACA Leadership Institute



   WCA Reps: Diane Thompson, Secretary; Suzanne Apelskog, President; 

    Ashley Sylvester, Graduate Student Rep.

WCA Reps with Rachel Kristianson, ACA Advisory
Board and ACA President, Bradley T. Erford
One of the perks of attending LTI,
a night out on the town.
Western Region 2012 - at the Capital 
Representative counselors from numerous state associations
united and advocating together at our Nations Capital. 
Powerful Day! 

502 E Boone Ave

Spokane, WA 99258

The Washington Counseling Association (WCA) is a State branch of the American Counseling ASsociation (ACA).  The WCA is comprised of professionals in mental health, school counseling, education, private practice, business, government, and agency settings.  Striving for excellence and cultivating community, the WCA works to engage professionals within the counseling community. 
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