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Stronger Together:  A Message to Our Members

Greetings LPCANC and NCCA 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 LPCANC  President Here

Contact NCCA President-Elect Here

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


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

Mark Schwarze, President of the North Carolina Counseling Association


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NC Response to COVID-19

Like many of you, the LPCANC has been monitoring the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and how it is impacting the world as well as local communities. The health and well-being of our membership is of utmost importance to our organization as we highly value safe health practices.

The LPCANC encourages members to take the time to review these resources:

Special Bulletin from DHHS:

DHHS Coronavirus Webpage

Governor’s Most Recent Press Release:


COVID-19 Coronavirus Safety Tips

1 HANDS Wash them often
2 ELBOW Cough/Sneeze into it
3 FACE Don't touch it
4 FEET Stay more than 6ft apart
5 FEEL sick? Stay home


The Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina (LPCANC) promotes the development of LCMHCs through professional excellence and advocacy. LPCANC provides a voice for public policy, directs the activities of our professional lobbyist, and responds to the continuing education needs of LCMHCs in North Carolina.

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