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SD School Counselor Association Awards 2020: Nominate the best of the best!!
Are you working with an amazing School Counselor who has successfully implemented new programs?
Do you know a School Counseling colleague who makes their school a better place
by doing the work they are passionate about?
Would you like to recognize them?
Three of the five SDSCA awards are specifically geared toward Professional School Counselors. Recipients of these awards will receive a SDSCA membership for the 2020-21 membership year. Our School Counselor specific awards are:
Use this link for online nominations https://forms.gle/vvFKncUAYZNYtckRA. To learn more about the following awards, the qualifications for each, and/or to nominate a deserving School Counselor, please click HERE. All materials from the paper application (attached) or the on-line nomination supplemental recommendation letters can be sent to email@example.com.
Nominations are now open with a deadline of March 6th.
These awards will be presented at the SD Counselor Association conference in April 2020 located in Spearfish.
**Also looking for 3-5 individuals to sit on the Awards Selection Committee – duties would include scoring nomination applications per the rubric and assisting in selecting winners. Let me know if interested**
Mark your calendars for February 3rd-7th so you can join in the fun of National School Counseling Week 2020!
This yearly event is the perfect opportunity to educate your stakeholders, say thank you to your supporters, and have some fun showcasing the work you do!
ASCA has resources available, including the NSCW photo challenge, to help you celebrate to advocate for your role as a school counselor. Click here to visit their website and see what all they have to offer.
SDSCA is once again happy to be offering ASCA publications at reduced rates.
Grow and strengthen your program with the brand new 4th edition of the ASCA National Model, just released this summer. Also available is the new 2nd edition of the ASCA National Model Implementation Guide and 2018's 4th edition of Making Data Work.
Limited numbers of these titles will be available in Brookings during Counselor Connections on October 25th. Please bring cash or check to bring home any of these titles or buy all three for an even bigger discount!
SDCA's Sioux Chapter invites you to participate in an afternoon or professional development.
Kris Miner, who was a keynote speaker at last spring's annual SDCA conference, will be the featured presenter on November 1st from 12:30-4:30 at the USD Community College of Sioux Falls (formerly University Center). For more details or to register, please see the flyer below.
If you are in or around the Sioux Falls area and have students and families that are grieving the loss of a loved one, Sad Isn't Bad is a great resource to share.
A free four week session begins October 15th at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls.
See the flyer below for more details.
Or visit: sadisntbad.com
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/sadisntbad
Please see the message below for information on an upcoming event aimed at mental health for those in the agricultural industry, their families, and communities.
The South Dakota Counseling Association is partnering with the SDSU Extension Rural Behavioral Health Team to provide a three-day educational & awareness event, the South Dakota Farm and Ranch Stress Summit. This Summit is in response to the levels of stress, anxiety, and depression that farmers, ranchers, and ag community members, that rely on the agricultural industry , are currently dealing with. These challenges have been caused by weather and market fluctuations. The purpose of the Summit is to provide the agricultural community with information on working through individual hardships and how to provide support to farmers, ranchers, and other producers dealing with stress. In addition, we want to connect farmers with other professionals such as counselors, social workers, bankers, consultants, clergy, crop insurance agents and other business members. These conversations will strengthen communities across SD. This is an excellent time to come together as a state wide community of support.
The Summit will be held September 23-25 at the Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center in Oacoma, SD (formerly Cedar Shores). A block of rooms has been reserved until Sep 1, under SD Farm & Ranch Stress Summit.
Monday, Sep 23, we will start with Amber Dykshorn (a farm widow who lost recently lost her husband to suicide) & Michael Rosmann, who is a national speaker who specializes in farmer suicide. We will then have a variety of educational breakout sessions in the afternoon. The evening will be the presentation "Weathering the Storm" a 1.5 hour workshop designed to help understand the signs and symptoms of chronic stress, and how to handle stress for a more productive mindset on the farm.
Tuesday, will again start with Dr. Rosmann, moving into additional educational breakout sessions, with the workshop, Communicating with Farmers, in the afternoon. Communicating with Farmers will help you recognize and respond when you suspect a farmer or farm family member might need help. This is an excellent way for helping professionals, such as counselors and social workers to learn more about life on the farm and the impact that production has on our community.
To register, please visit this link. https://extension.sdstate.edu/event/south-dakota-farm-and-ranch-stress-summit
There are options for single day or multi day registrations. 10 Continuing education credits will be available- 6.5 on Monday & 3.5 on Tuesday. Additional information can be found on the attached brochure.
Please feel free to pass this on to other professionals that may be interested and don't hesitate to reach out to me with any additional questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebecca Christiansen, LPC-MH, LPC, NCC
SDCA Executive Director
From the South Dakota Counseling Association...
The Call for Programs for the 2020 SDCA Conference is now open!
Our theme this year is Strengthen CommUnity Strengthn YoU. Special consideration will be given to proposals that give a voice on how a community is addressing an issue, meaning that instead of the usual connections to the theme we encourage people to share a problem being faced in a community and how that problem is being tackled. This will provide others with great insight, and hopefully tools, to then tackle that issue on their community.
Please note, while we do give special consideration to presentations connected to the theme, our goal is provide a well rounded conference experience for all community mental health, private practice, and school counselors, and welcome a varsity of presentation submissions.
Not sure what to present on? Here are some suggestions from last year...
Call for Programs can be submitted through our Members Only portion of our website! Then it is saved to your profile for future reference! Not a member, take the opportunity to join SDCA!
Call for Programs can also be submitted via email with the attached form.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at email@example.com
The latest issue of our ASCA partnered news letter is here!
This issue features:
An article in the Fall 2019 edition of Harvard Ed. Magazine highlights the shift in the nature of school counselor, from it's primarily vocational roots to the wide range of social, societal, academic, and other concerns addressed today. It further explains that school counselors entered the field because they cared about and wanted to help students, but staggering ratios, non-counseling duties, and role confusion prevents us from doing the work we were trained to do.
A worthwhile read for school counselors and a potential advocacy for you and your program.
Our 11th Annual Counselor Connections brings a special opportunity to partner with the South Dakota Early Childhood Mental Health Collaborative.
To learn more and register today, please see the following message from Amanda Bender, SDSCA Preside-Elect :
Hello Fellow School Counselors!I hope this finds you recharged from your summer break and ready to make a difference in the lives of students across the state! Your SDSCA board wants to support your efforts by providing relevant professional development opportunities. Below you will find information regarding our 11th Annual Counselor Connections Workshop as well as a FREE Play Therapy opportunity for the day before. I am including a tentative agenda. You can register via Eventbrite or mail-in registration (see below). Registration for the two events are separate – we encourage you to take advantage of both! If you register for Counselor Connections before October 15th you will be put into a drawing for a FREE registration to the SDCA PreConference in Spearfish SD on April 23rd 2020. Let me know if you have any questions! (Amanda.Bender@k12.sd.us)*2019 Counselor Connectionsby South Dakota School Counselor Association
Friday, October 25thLink to online tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-counselor-connections-tickets-67484569163 Join mental health and education professionals from across the state at the 11th Annual Counselor Connections! This year the SD Early Childhood Mental Health Collaborative is joining us to provide even more presentation opportunities. Presentations include: Career Development Activities, Mindfulness, Play Therapy Techniques, community resources and MORE!*Play Therapy with Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disordersby South Dakota Early Childhood Mental Health Collaborative
Thursday, October 24th (Free before October 15th)Link to tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/play-therapy-with-autism-and-neurodevelopmental-disorders-tickets-68005302691
Come explore how play therapy can be a viable and effective treatment for neurodevelopmental disorders! This training will focus on learning play therapy approaches and interventions that address the core struggle areas of children with autism, ADHD, and other neurodevelopmental disorders which include: social skill deficits, emotional regulation challenges, relationship development issues, concentration and focus issues, and anxiety struggles.