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Sunday, January 31, 2016

First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the 2nd Annual School Counselors of the Year

As part of her Reach Higher initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the 2nd Annual School Counselors of the Year in the East Room of the White House. January 28, 2016.

American School Counselor Association:
http://www.schoolcounselor.org/


Monday, January 25, 2016

GCMHC Legislative Video

Seminar: Contemplative Practices and Mental Training: Prospects for American Education


Coming up at Florida Southwestern College 

Friday, February 12th 11:00 in U102, Dr. Amishi Jha: Contemplative Practices and Mental Training: Prospects for American Education

Friday, February 12th 12:00-1:00 U102 Reception

Friday, February 12th at 1:00 in U102 Dr. Mike McCullough: Beyond Revenge: The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct

Website is: https://www.fsw.edu/newhumanity

Thursday, January 14, 2016

2016 marks the 40th Anniversary of American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)


Learn more: https://amhca.site-ym.com/page/Welcome2016conf/?

First International LGBTQ (Allies) Diversity Conference


The First International LGBTQ (Allies) Diversity Conference will be held in wonderful Valencia, Spain, early spring 2016.

See Conference link with some current presenters here.
  • Extended Oral Abstract deadline: January 17th 2016. 
  • Posters are accepted until January 27th. 
  • Please indicate if you wish to presented a paper or a poster.
  • PhD and Masters students are encouraged to submit their work.
The conference is designed to bring together researchers, scholars and therapists in a collaborative effort to share ideas, voice concerns and discuss ways in which we can assist the LGBTQ communities and their allies more effectively.

The global nature of this conference provides attendees with opportunities to share research in a face-to-face setting. The informal nature of this conference allows us all to engage in in-depth conversations about areas of concern in working with the LGBTQ community as well as share best practices. The networking opportunities for collaborative research and study also will be extensive.

If you are in group of 2 or more, let me know so that I can send you a discount code.

Any questions regarding conference details/topics or further clarification should be directed to Dr. A. Stones.

Any general questions should be returned to myself, Maria Jose Laguna

CONFERENCE WEBSITE

Thank you for your interest.

Maria Jose Laguna
Conference Coordinator
info@globalgraduateacademy.com

LUTHERAN SERVICES FLORIDA: COUNSELOR II

To apply online, go to the career opportunities page at www.lsfnet.org or use this link:
https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=lsfnet.adp&jobId=75351&lang=en_US&so
urce=CC3 or contact CDOLENC@LSFNET.ORG

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Leading American International School in Israel seeks full-time elementary school counselor

Leading American International School in Israel seeks full-time elementary school counselor with school counseling experience, to begin August 1, 2016. Job description available at www.wbais.net/employment. Interested candidates should send materials to (employment@wbais.net). Superintendent, Mike Downs, will be in US (Boston, Baltimore, Minneapolis and Atlanta) between January 28 - February 13 and able to interview qualified candidates in person.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Health Educator Position

Learn more by clicking here.


American School Counselor Association 2016 Webinar Series

ASCA 2016 Webinar Series

Learn more and register here
Clean Out Your Clutter and Prioritize
Jan. 12, 2016, 4 p.m. Eastern

Culturally Competent School Counseling
Jan. 27, 2016, 12 p.m. Eastern

Using Evidence-Based Practices in School Counseling
Feb. 5, 2016, 2 p.m. Eastern

Technology in School Counseling: Access, Privacy and Literacy
Feb. 16, 2016, 3 p.m. Eastern
Learn more
Register
 
The School Counseling Supervisor’s Role in Districtwide Program Advocacy and Development
Feb. 24, 2016, 1 p.m. Eastern
 
Saving for College With 529 Plans
March 10, 2016, 3 p.m. Eastern
 
Taming the Social Media Monster
April 12, 2016, 2 p.m. Eastern

Full STEM Ahead: Incorporating STEM Into Your School Counseling Program
May 5, 2017, 4 p.m. Eastern

Help Students Develop Executive Functioning Skills
May 10, 2015, 12 p.m. Eastern

 

Webinar: A Call to Action for Faith-Based Leaders

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Webinar: A Call to Action for Faith-Based Leaders

Combat Substance Use Disorders in Your Communities

January 15, 2016 | 1–2 p.m. Eastern Time
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, in collaboration with SAMHSA and the HHS Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, cordially invites you to join an important webinar—A Call to Action for Faith-Based Leaders: Combat Substance Use Disorders in Your Communities. The webinar will take place on Friday, January 15, 2016, from 1 to 2 p.m. Eastern Time.
Faith groups play an essential role in supporting health and wellness in communities across the country.
During the webinar, faith leaders will share their stories on how they are engaging their communities to address the opioid epidemic, building coalitions, reducing stigma, and building trauma-informed congregations. In addition, speakers will highlight the unprecedented opportunities that exist with the Affordable Care Act's defined substance abuse treatment benefits and the new parity requirements.
You will be able to share questions when you register. Presenters will also respond to live questions during the webinar. We look forward to your participation!
Register for the Webinar
 
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Follow SAMHSA on Twitter
Subscribe to SAMHSA's YouTube Channel
Visit the SAMHSA Dialogue Blog
 

Friday, January 8, 2016

Webinar: A Call to Action for Faith-Based Leaders - Combat Substance Use Disorders in Your Communities


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Webinar: A Call to Action for Faith-Based Leaders

Combat Substance Use Disorders in Your Communities

January 15, 2016 | 1–2 p.m. Eastern Time
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, in collaboration with SAMHSA and the HHS Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, cordially invites you to join an important webinar—A Call to Action for Faith-Based Leaders: Combat Substance Use Disorders in Your Communities. The webinar will take place on Friday, January 15, 2016, from 1 to 2 p.m. Eastern Time.
Faith groups play an essential role in supporting health and wellness in communities across the country.
During the webinar, faith leaders will share their stories on how they are engaging their communities to address the opioid epidemic, building coalitions, reducing stigma, and building trauma-informed congregations. In addition, speakers will highlight the unprecedented opportunities that exist with the Affordable Care Act's defined substance abuse treatment benefits and the new parity requirements.
You will be able to share questions when you register. Presenters will also respond to live questions during the webinar. We look forward to your participation!
Register for the Webinar
 
Like SAMHSA on Facebook
Follow SAMHSA on Twitter
Subscribe to SAMHSA's YouTube Channel
Visit the SAMHSA Dialogue Blog
 
United States Department of Health and Human Services

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Florida Mental Health Counselors Association Conference 2016


http://www.flmhca.org/member-info/keynote-pre-conference-flyer

FGCU’s Renaissance Academy

FGCU’s Renaissance Academy Announces its Winter/Spring 2016 Program Guide & Open Houses

RA 2016 Winter-Spring Catalog ThumbnailRegistration for 2016 Winter-Spring Renaissance Academy programming is now open with more than 900 single lectures, short courses, day trips and special events available.

This
season we are offerings a rich and varied set of programs for individuals seeking to stay active, engaged, and informed.  Join friends, neighbors and peers and experience learning for the joy of learning without homework, grades or exams.

CLICK ON THE PICTURE OF THE CATALOG ABOVE TO BROWSE OUR DIGITAL ONLINE CATALOG.

You can also  
CLICK HERE to download a printable PDF version of our catalog.

For those who prefer a hard copy of our catalog, they are available in local libraries beginning as well. Participants who have taken classes in the past 12 months will also receive a copy via mail.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

FGCU Students: Get Ready for Career Fair

WGCU Special - Sex Trafficking in Florida




We invite you to participate in a    live studio audience broadcast

Home Grown Girls:
Sex Trafficking in Florida
On Gulf Coast Live!
January 20, 2016 12:30 - 2 pm
(Audience members should be seated by 12:30 pm / on-air at 1 pm)

WGCU Television Studio @ Florida Gulf Coast University 10501 FGCU Blvd South, Fort Myers, FL 33965
(Follow event signs to the NE corner of the Broadcast Building’s parking lot)

RSVP by Jan. 6 @ WGCU.org/events


Home Grown Girls: Sex Trafficking in Florida
Florida has the third highest number of sex trafficking cases reported to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. Victims of human trafficking are children, women and men who are sexually exploited or coerced to work through force or fraud.
We’ll talk about the changes in the way Florida’s criminal justice system is handling prostitution — as victims, not criminals, and going after pimps as traffickers instead. We’ll talk about efforts to eradicate human trafficking, especially in Florida. And we’ll discuss ways to identify, protect and prevent people, especially women and girls from the U.S., from  becoming victims.
This special studio audience broadcast of WGCU’s weekly call-in show Gulf Coast Live! will air on 90.1/91.7 FM and will be video streamed live @ wgcu.org/gulfcoastlive.

If you cannot attend in person please participate:
Call: 1-877-GCU-TALK
Facebook: WGCU Public Media
Twitter: twitter.com/wgcu -  #GulfCoastLive
Listen and Watch Live at wgcu.org

“High Speed, Drug-Free Treatment for Anxiety Disorders”

Due to University closing over Winter Break, we have extended the Early Bird discount until Friday, January 8th @ 5:00 PM.


Presenting its 8th Annual all-day workshop
Scared Stiff
High Speed, Drug-Free Treatment for Anxiety Disorders”
Dr. David Burns
Author of The Feeling Good Handbook

Friday, February 26, 2016
Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers Florida

Dr. Burns’ best-selling books, Feeling Good and The Feeling Good Handbook have sold over five million copies worldwide, and most frequently
recommended by American and Canadian mental health professionals for  clients suffering from depression and anxiety.
Dr. Burns will illustrate how to integrate the Motivational, Cognitive,  Exposure, and Hidden Emotion Models in the treatment of all forms of  anxiety.

The goal of  treatment is high-speed recovery with lasting change. This workshop will have a hands-on, practical emphasis.

Click here to register. 

FSCA Bill Filed! Contact Your Legislators ASAP



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FSCA Bill Filed!
Contact Your Legislators ASAP
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How often have you said, “If only …. “

WHY:            
FSCA recognized that school counselors are far too frequently tapped to use their work time on “other” services, rather than directly impacting students and applying graduate degree level skills and knowledge. Does this sound like YOUR work week?

WHAT:
FSCA worked with the FSCA lobbyist and Senator Detert’s office to draft a bill, now filed as SB 1162 and HB 1045 to address how school counselors can better use their time and knowledge/skills to help students. CLICK HERE for more information about these bills.  

WHERE:
The legislative session begins in Tallahassee January 12th at 10:00 a.m. and bills will begin to be reviewed.  Each Florida school counselor CAN make a difference for this bill. 

HOW: 
This does not require you to take a great deal of your time!
Action is not up to a few of us but each of us.
We all have to depend on each one of us to do AT LEAST one of the following:
  • Email – call - or send a postal letter to your Florida House Representative and Senator.  Click HERE for a sample email. You can copy and paste segments of this email, but please personalize it as well to make it more meaningful.
  • Visit your Legislators at their district office. See talking points on the web or contact summerkuba4@gmail.com

The FSCA Website has a Find Your Legislator link to assist you with locating the contact information needed

WHEN: 
NOW!! The legislative session begins January 12th… it is critical you act today, tomorrow, this week. Take 15 to 30 minutes of your time to contact your representatives… one voice is nice but the collection of 6,000 school counselor voices is powerful and loud! Time for school counselors to ROAR!

Help YOU and YOUR COLLEAGUES turn the phrase of
“If only…”
into
“Remember When…”
FSCA will track and post the progress of the bill to the FSCA Blog &/or the FSCA Website.

Questions?
Please contact Advocacy Chair, Summer Kuba, at summerkuba4@gmail.com


Sample Email Text to Send Legislators (remember to add your personal touch!):

The Honorable_______________________,

My name is ________________________ and I am a constituent in your area.  I am currently a school counselor for grades ___________________at _________________________school.  I am writing about a specific piece of legislation, (SB1162/HB1045).  This bill is particularly important for the overall success of Florida's students now and in the future because as you know, State and national workforce projections predict that over 60% of Florida jobs will require some form of postsecondary education or training by the year 2020, yet currently, only 38% of working-age Floridians holds an associate’s degree or higher.  School counselors are able to provide the services students need to help reach this goal such as academic, social and emotional counseling, core curricula programing with structured lessons designed to meet student standards and competencies of the Florida Framework for School Counseling Programs, career and educational counseling, including helping students make informed academic and career choices using multiple student data sources and education and career placement services, individual and group counseling, crisis intervention and preventive counseling, referrals to community agencies, educational consultations and collaborations with teachers, administrators, parents, and community leaders, follow-up counseling services, conflict resolution and peer mediation.  Through all of these direct services, certified school counselors are able to help ensure the academic success, social emotional development, and college and career readiness of our students. 

I am asking you to please consider supporting this critical piece of legislation, our children’s future depends on it.

Sincerely,






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Florida School Counselor Association
P.O. Box 752
Safety Harbor, Florida 34695-0752
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