Pierce County Counselors Association (PCCA) started as a small group in 2007 with seed money provided by Seattle therapist and webmaster Floyd Else. Phil Prudhomme was the first President and Mary Phillips-Green was the first President-Elect. Mary developed the bylaws which have undergone various revisions and are still used today. The small organization was started with the mission of providing education and the opportunity for networking and exchanging of resources among counselors of various stripes. PCCA met on the third Friday of every month at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church near Allenmore Hospital for several years, then moved to nearby Destiny City Church. After about three years, PCCA relocated back to Gloria Dei, where it stayed until the COVID pandemic, during which time events were held over Zoom. In October 2022, PCCA held its first hybrid event, and has been doing that since then – speakers, council members, and attendees meet in person at the Trinity Presbyterian Church on 6th
Ave., while others attend over Zoom.
Annual ethics trainings have covered various topics and have been facilitated by panels and individual trainers such as Laura Groshong, Joseph Shaub, Roy Huggins, and, most frequently, Eric Ström. Topics covered at regular monthly workshops have included eating disorders, internet addiction, Emotion Focused Therapy, the cycle of deployment, TRE, nutrition and mental health, EMDR, clinical supervision, and many, many others. PCCA continues to address the needs of the counseling community in the greater Puget Sound region by providing a forum for learning and networking.