Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Professional School Counseling Journal: Latest Issue

 Professional School Counseling Journal: NEW Content Available
Professional School Counseling, the peer-reviewed flagship journal of the school counseling profession, publishes manuscripts on theory, research, and best practices for the profession, as well as techniques and ideas to assist school counselors and related practitioners.
Here's what's new in the current issue (Vol 20, Issue 1).
Also in Vol 20, Issue 1:
Coming soon:
  • Professional School Counseling special issue on counseling LGBTQ students
  • Manuscript summaries with implications for practicing school counselors (watch
Interested in submitting a manuscript? Access the author guidelines here.
Questions about the journal? Contact

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Chelsea Fullilove Awarded $8,000 Counseling Fellowship From NBCC and Affiliates

Fort Myers, FL—The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected Chelsea Fullilove of Fort Myers, Florida, for the NBCC Minority Fellowship Program-Youth (MFP-Y). As an NBCC MFP-Y fellow, Fullilove will receive funding and training to support her education and facilitate her service to underserved minority populations, with a specific focus on transition-age youth (ages 16–25).

The NBCC MFP-Y is made possible by a grant awarded to NBCC by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in September 2014. The Foundation is contracted by NBCC to administer the NBCC MFP-Y, as well as training and collaboration activities, such as webinars, that are open to all National Certified Counselors (NCCs). The goal of the program is to reduce health disparities and improve behavioral health care outcomes for racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the number of available culturally competent behavioral health professionals.

The NBCC MFP will distribute $8,000 education awards to Fullilove and the 29 other master’s-level counseling students selected to receive the fellowship award. Fullilove is a graduate of Webster University, in Saint Louis, Missouri, and is currently pursuing a master’s in the clinical mental health and school counseling programs at Florida Gulf Coast University, in Fort Myers. After graduating, Fullilove will continue to spend her time assisting adolescents and their families in finding paths for success. She plans to continue her education in the field of counseling psychology while also serving South Florida Hispanic youth through summer resiliency training programs. Her vision is to inspire hope, resilience and direction in transition-age minorities. Her nonprofit organization will seek to target at-risk Hispanic youth with education training, opportunity and fellowship to help stop the allure of substance abuse. She will also speak out about the consequences of college-age binge drinking in the hopes of raising awareness among college students in Florida. Earning this distinguished fellowship has called attention to her diversity and culturally competent bilingual skills in helping the underserved populations.

The NBCC Foundation has also awarded 23 $20,000 doctoral fellowships through the Minority Fellowship Program and 31 master’s-level fellowships of up to $11,000 through the MFP-Addictions Counselors (MFP-AC).The Foundation plans to open the next NBCC MFP-Y application period in September 2017. To learn more about the NBCC MFP and its fellows, please visit

The NBCC Foundation is the nonprofit affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), based in Greensboro, North Carolina. NBCC is the nation’s premier professional certification board devoted to credentialing counselors who meet standards for the general and specialty practices of professional counseling. Currently, there are more than 60,000 National Certified Counselors in the United States and more than 50 countries. The Foundation’s mission is to leverage the power of counseling by strategically focusing resources for positive change.

Monday, April 24, 2017

FSCA April 2017 E-News

FSCA April 2017 E-News
April 24, 2017
Important Announcements from FSCA...

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The mission of FSCA is to represent school counselors and promote professionalism and ethical practices. 
  • Legislative Advocacy
  • Professional Networking
  • Annual Convention
  • Newsletters
  • Professional Development

Welcome New and Returning Board Members

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Congratulations to our new or returning board members for the 2017-2020 FSCA board term!

Carmen Stephanie Larson 
Summer Kuba
Cindy Topdemir
Jeannie Maddox
Elizabeth Curran

Call for School Counselor of the Year Nominations

school counselor isNow is the time to make your nominations for Florida School Counselor Association Awards for 2017. We will be collecting nominations for School Counselor of the Year, Advocate of the Year, and School Counselor Administrator Advocate of the Year through September 15, 2017. Whether you’ve been nominated by your local School Counselor Association, a colleague, or are interested in nominating yourself, you are invited to submit an application to the FSCA awards portal. 

This is our second year to use the paperless FSCA portal, provided by ASCA, for submitting all nominations. Whether you are applying for School Counselor of the Year, nominating an Advocate or Administrator, your first step will be to create a log in at the link below. Once you have created your log in you will have access to the portal. There you may choose from three buttons, “Apply Today,” “Nominate Someone” or “Other Awards.” For School Counselors, you will click “Apply Today” to begin the application process for School Counselor of the Year. If you are nominating an Advocate or Administrator, you will choose the Other Awards button where you will find the nomination criteria and requirements. 

CLICK HERE to access the portal to get to the awards application, and nomination form.

Questions? Please email Jeannie Maddox or Charlena Durrance at

FSCA Website Launch!

websiteFSCA has launched a new website! Check out our new look: 

FSCA Website Subscription Plugin

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FSCA Convention

2017 FSCA Convention

2017 convention
 NOVEMBER 2-4, 2017
November 2
Opening Reception
November 3 & 4
Awards Luncheon
Breakout Sessions

Convention Location: Double Tree by Hilton at the entrance of Universal Orlando.

Professional Development

Spring 2017 Issue of Florida School Counselor

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Click Here to read the Spring 2017 Issue of the Florida School Counselor Newsletter. 

MUST READ Information- 13 Reasons Why: Considerations for Educators

Article from the National Association of School Psychologists about the Netflix Series- 13 Reasons Why. The series is based on a young adult novel that revolves around a 17-year old girl who takes her own life and leaves behind audio recordings for 13 people who she says were involved in the reasoning for taking her own life.

Producers for the show say that they hope the series can help those who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide; however, the series is raising concerns from suicide prevention experts about the potential risks posed by the sensationalized treatment of youth suicide. 

CLICK HERE for the full article including cautions, guidance for educators and families, safe messages for students, and additional resources.     

Calling All Leaders!

FSCA Emerging Leader Program

Are you interested in becoming more involved in FSCA? Are you interested in leadership mentoring and training? Then you should apply for the FSCA Emerging Leader Program. Applications are due May 24th. CLICK HERE for the application, benefits and commitments. 

Call for Webinars!

Are you a school counselor doing something amazing at your school? Do you wish you could share your knowledge and experience with other counselors around the state? We are always looking for counselors who are shining in their schools! 
If you are interested in leading the next webinar please send:
  • Title & Description of your webinar
  • Brief Presenter Bio and Photo
Please send information to Veritza Kostovski 
We look forward to hearing from you!

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Congratulations to Department of Counseling Chair, Dr. Madelyn Isaacs

This recognition is given to one FGCU Department Chair per year. The Department of Counseling is proud of and honored for Dr. Isaacs to receive this well-deserved award. To learn more about the FGCU Department of Counseling, visit

Watch Dr. Isaacs receive this prestigious recognition at the annual FGCU Banquet:

Immediate opening for a Vocational Evaluator

Vocational Concepts has an immediate opening for a Vocational Evaluator in the Fort Myers/Cape Coral area. This is an independent contractor position and some travel is required. Qualified candidates must hold a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation or Mental Health Counseling. Licensed Mental Health Counselor and/or Certified Rehabilitation Counselor designation is preferred. Registered MHC interns will be considered. Interested candidates must have some knowledge of psychometric assessment, medical/psychosocial aspects of disability, and counseling theories. Proficiency in Microsoft Word is required.

Essential Job Functions:
·         Scheduling, correspondence, and caseload management
·         Medical and psychological file review
·         Interview customers to ascertain employment, educational, medical, and psychiatric history
·         Administer, score, and interpret achievement, intelligence, interest, and aptitude assessments
·         Conduct transferable skills analysis and labor market research
·         Effectively utilize counseling techniques to facilitate development of vocational goals
·         Perform situational assessments/work site evaluations in the community
·         Produce written reports synthesizing all gathered information
Candidates must have their own professional liability insurance. We are looking for a candidate who would like to develop a career in rehabilitation counseling and grow to be a leader in our company as we expand. Our Vocational Evaluators set their own schedule. This would be a great position for an individual in private practice looking to supplement their income. Pay is contingent upon experience. Interested candidates should submit a resume/CV to

Christopher Hallissey
Associate Director & Vocational Evaluator
Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Thursday, April 20, 2017

SAVE THE DATE: FSCA 2017 Convention

The Florida School Counselor Association (FSCA) invites you to the 2017 Annual Convention from Thursday, November 2nd to Saturday, November 4th. The annual professional development event is the only state-wide convention that draws school counselors, school counselor educators, and child experts together with the goal of helping all Florida students experience school success and prepare for a world of opportunities.

Learn more:

Webinar: Unveiling of New Toolbox From SAMHSA

Webinar: Unveiling of New Toolbox From SAMHSA's Center of Excellence for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

Thursday, April 27, 2017 | 3–4 p.m. Eastern Time
This webinar, presented by SAMHSA's Center of Excellence for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC), will explore the practice of IECMHC and how the Center of Excellence supports states, tribes, and communities. Register for the webinar to learn more about this behavioral approach that improves social and emotional outcomes for young children. The webinar will introduce participants to the Center's new toolbox of resources for implementing and enhancing IECMHC in states, tribes, and communities. This webinar is being held in advance of National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, which takes place on May 4, 2017.
Register for the Webinar