Wednesday, July 29, 2015

School Counselor Position Opening-Florida Virtual School. Application due AUGUST 6TH!


POSITION OPEN UNTIL 5:00 P.M. ON August 6, 2015 
Join more than 1,900 dedicated professionals who are working to transform education worldwide – one student at a time. Florida Virtual School (FLVS) was founded in 1997 as the country’s first statewide, Internet-based public high school and continues to be a nationally recognized and award-winning e-Learning model. Our team develops, delivers, and supports Kindergarten-12th grade e-Learning solutions to students all over Florida, the U.S., and the world. 

At FLVS, all instructors and staff work with a common commitment in mind – the student is at the center of every decision we make. FLVS employees are passionate about delivering a high- quality, technology-based education that provides the skills and knowledge students need for success. 
Now’s your chance to truly make a difference! 

The Position: 
The School Counselor directly counsels students and their parents regarding FLVS courses and procedures. The School Counselor provides support to FLVS instructors assisting with proper student placements, FLVS policy as it relates to student status in courses, and individualizing education. 

 • Serve as the primary contact between parents and Florida Virtual School
• Provide direct consultation and guidance to students and parents on 
matters relating to courses, procedures, learning strategies, and college selection• Provide advice and consultation to teachers of students with special needs
• Provide information on graduation requirements to administration and faculty
• Assist in 
training support staff• Serve as a liaison with the Department of Education Office for Home Education and Non-public Schools• Achieve a 90 percent or better satisfaction rating on surveys regarding the quality of service provided to teachers, students, and parents• Assume responsibility for FLVS meeting all of its student performance goals
• Participate in a minimum of three (3) FLVS presentations, in person or virtually, to various 
community contacts and/or educational groups each year• Meet professional obligations through efficient work habits such as, meeting deadlines, honoring schedules, coordinating resources and meetings in an effective and timely manner, and demonstrate respect for others• All work responsibilities are subject to having performance goals and/or targets established 
(These essential functions are not to be construed as a complete statement of all duties performed.
Employees will be required to perform other job related duties as required.) 

The Benefits & Compensation:
FLVS offers more than just a paycheck! FLVS is a Florida Retirement System (FRS) employer who understands the value in offering a competitive benefits package to attract top talent. FLVS employees have access to many programs 403(b) participation and workplace wellness initiatives
to help our employee manage their own health and financial security for them and their families. Exposure to cutting-edge technology, world class business development initiatives and career advancement opportunities only add to our comprehensive benefits package that includes: 
Full-time Positions: 
• Medical Plan Blue Cross Blue Shield with Rx Benefit • Dental
• Vision
• Basic Life and AD&D 

• Short Term Disability
• Long Term Disability
• Employee Assistance Program
• Flexible Spendin
g Account• Optional Life Insurance
• Florida Retirement System
• Educational Assistance Program • Paid Vacation
• Paid Holidays
• Sick Leave
• Lifestyle Management Program • Discounts and Deals
• Employee Recognition Program • 
Tax Deferred Annuities (403b) 
Interview Process and Training:
Candidates considered for a support (non-instructional) position with FLVS must successfully complete a multi-level interview process, which includes a thorough review of credentials, application and resume information, and phone and in-person interviews. If selected for a position, new hires must attend orientation and training sessions at the FLVS corporate office in Orlando, as well as required virtual training sessions provided thereafter. 


Education• Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling
• Valid Professional Florida certificate in Guidance and Counseling 

Experience:• Three years’ high school or middle school guidance experience; or two years high school or middle school guidance experience AND one year experience as an FLVS instructor in a full time capacity 
Knowledge, abilities and skills:• Knowledge and understanding of all state and federal education guidelines• Knowledge of university admission requirements and procedures
• Knowledge of all state rules, laws, policies, and procedures applicable to middle 
and high school students• Strong verbal and written communication skills• Knowledge of technical issues affecting the organization
• Proficiency in organization and coordination skills
• Ability to work as part of a team
• Ability to employ innovative problem solving techniques to accomplish objective
• Skills with all required and recommended FLVS computer applications 
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS: • Location: Remote (working out of your home office) 
• Frequency of travel: Occasional travel is required for meetings, trainings and conferences; location may vary and may require overnight stays• Light physical activities and efforts required working in an office environment 
(Reasonable accommodations will be made in accordance with existing ADA requirements for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability.) 
FLVS does not discriminate in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, genetic information or any other reason prohibited by law. 

Application Deadline Aug 6, 2015 

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

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Your Phone Knows If You’re Depressed

Phone data could predict with 87% accuracy whether someone had depressive symptoms

Most of us are pretty attached to our phones, and researchers are starting to figure out what that connection can tell us about our health, including our mood. In fact, your phone may be able to tell if you’re depressed even better than a self-assessment of your own depression can, according to a small new study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

ACCA Conference

American College Counseling Association
2015 Emerging Leader Grant
ACCA Annual Conference in Louisville, KY

The American College Counseling Association (ACCA) invites applications from graduate students and new professionals for the Emerging Leader Grant to attend the 2015 ACCA Annual Conference. The ACCA Graduate Student & New Professionals (GSNP) Committee oversees the selection process in order to encourage graduate students’ and new professionals’ attendance and participation in the 2015 ACCA Annual Conference.

Six grants will be awarded: two for master’s students, two for new professionals, and two for doctoral students. Any unused grants may be awarded to other applicants, as seen fit by the GSNP. The Emerging Leader Grant covers the cost of the conference registration.

ACCA Emerging Leaders responsibilities include:
* Attend the ACCA business lunch at the 2015 ACCA Annual Conference to be recognized.
* Assist with the session check-in process for five (5) sessions during the conference.
* Participate in a structured video interview before leaving the conference OR write a reflection blog within one (1) month after the conference. Additional information will be provided to recipients.

The Process
1) Applications are due electronically by email no later than 11:59 PM on Monday, August 10, 2015. Please submit all materials as PDF files. No applications will be accepted in any form other than electronically. The GNSP will examine all applications for eligibility.

2) Applications must include ALL four of the following categories:

A.  A resume’ or curriculum vitae

B.  A typed, double-spaced summary (one page only) of financial need.

         C.   One letter of recommendation from a faculty member, supervisor, or employer.
D.  Professional narrative:
A typed, double-spaced narrative (one page minimum, two page maximum) describing your scholarly activities (presentations, publications, research projects) and/or professional service (within college campus community, professional organizations, committees, etc.) contributing to the future of the college counseling profession.
3) Decisions are based on the quality of the submitted information and each category is given consideration in the overall score. Members of the GNSP will conduct a blind review of the applications to select grant recipients.
4) Awardees will be notified by August 24, 2015 and will be provided further information in regards to fulfilling the responsibilities of the award.

Eligibility requirements:
1) Applicants must be a student or new professional member of ACCA. Individuals who are not current members must affiliate with ACCA in order to be considered for this award. To join ACCA, please visit the ACCA web page for membership information ( The GSNP will confirm verification of membership in ACCA before considering applications.

2) Applicants cannot have previously received an Emerging Leaders Grant from ACCA.

Questions and applications can be directed to:

 Gregory Bohner, MA, LPC

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Bilingual Therapist Position

St. Francis Community Services
Southside Center
4172 Delor St. • St. Louis, MO 63116
Phone: 314.773.6100 • Fax: 314.664.6200
Bilingual Therapist Position
St. Francis Community Services Southside Center has an immediate opening for a Bilingual Therapist. The Bilingual Therapist is a specially trained professional who is primarily responsible for providing culturally competent individual, couple, family, and group outpatient mental health counseling services to a diverse Spanish-speaking population in multiple office locations. Full benefits available; salary based on experience.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
·         Conduct intakes, screen for suicidality and homicidality, and provide appropriate referrals when necessary.
·         Maintain a caseload of mental health clients, conducting and interpreting appropriate assessments, diagnosing through use of the DSM-5, preparing treatment plans, and implementing treatment interventions.
·         Drive to multiple parishes and/or schools to provide mental health outreach, education, and clinical services.

Knowledge and Expertise Requirements
·         Education: Must have Masters of Social Work (MSW) degree or a Master of Arts or Science degree in Counseling, Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, or a related field from an accredited school.
·         Must be eligible for full or provisional licensure in the State of Missouri.
·         Bilingual (oral and written) Spanish required.
·         A minimum of 2 years direct experience in social services or mental health setting providing treatment and support services to Spanish-speaking individuals and/or families.
·         Strong knowledge of trauma and trauma-related mental health disorders in immigrant and refugee populations.
·         Knowledge of individual, family and group treatment strategies, including evidence-based and non-traditional treatment/service modalities.
·         Computer skills including Microsoft Office, word processing, and data entry.
·         Able to work independently and as part of a team.

To apply, please send resumes and cover letters to Meredith Rataj, Director, by July 3, 2015.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

FSCA 2015 Convention: Proposals Due July 10th!

     FSCA 2015 Convention: Proposals Due July 10th!

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Submit a Proposal to Present

Be an active participant at this year’s FSCA Convention. Share your expertise and evidence based practices, programs, or interventions. The convention committee is accepting program proposals for 90 minute presentations. 

To submit your proposal, CLICK HERE.

Deadline for proposals has been extended to July 10th!

Graduate students: The call for graduate student poster sessions will come out in August, so stay tuned!