President’s Message

Welcome to WCA’s website and thank you for visiting!

I am pleased to be serving as president for the coming year and am excited about the plans on the horizon. WCA had a great year as it reemerged on the professional scene. We held two meetings which offered professional development and networking opportunities for attendees, a spring planning and organization meeting, and, what I think was our greatest accomplishment for the year, a one-day workshop on legal and ethical issues with Dr. Remley. This workshop was attended by school, mental health, and private practice counselors from the across the Tri-Cities. We are very grateful for our partners in this venture, ETSU and counseling student group there.  Our membership is growing, but there is always room for more!

For the coming year, we as a group would like to make our presence in the profession more widely known. Last year, Julina encouraged us to “Reach Out” to our colleagues and let them know that WCA was back. I hope you will continue that and “Speak Out” about what we did this past year and what is coming for this year. We want to create excitement about WCA, counseling and our role in our community.  What can you “Speak Out” about? I am glad you asked. First of all, we will be working with ETSU on the college fair at Freedom Hall, August 30. If you are a former member you may remember that WCA used to host this event, and we hope to again beginning next year.  ETSU is graciously working with us to help us transition back to this task. We will also have two fall meetings, a spring workshop and spring meeting.  While we are in the planning stages for these events, we would love to hear what you would like to learn more about. What topics are important to you for professional development? What locations have you found that would be good, centrally located meeting places for our group? Your input is important. Please feel free to email me with suggestions or other feedback at lorieannmccorkle@gmail.com.

The other thing to “Speak Out” about is what membership in WCA can offer in terms of networking and support. I am beginning my 14th year as a school counselor this fall and for most of my career I was the only counselor in my schools (yes, plural). I am very fortunate to have two other fabulous counselors in my department now, but I know that counseling can be a very solitary profession in terms of colleague support and day-to-day involvement. WCA has always been an avenue for me network with other counselors and get new ideas, support and to rejuvenate my spirit. Laughter is never in short supply when we as a group gather to meet (and eat) together. This is always good for my soul and that, to me, is one of the best reasons for membership.

So, if you would like to join or need to refer someone else for membership, go to TCA’s website and choose WCA for the local chapter after joining TCA: http://www.tncounselors.org/join_tca_today.htm.

Keep checking the website for meeting dates and locations. I look forward to the year ahead and to seeing many new faces at the fall meetings!

See you soon,

Lorie McCorkle

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