Thursday, August 31, 2017

Florida: School Counselors Needed in Lee County!

School Counselors Needed in Lee County! Two High Schools Hiring!

Estero High School
Please email resume and cover letter to  Mr. Clayton Simmons, Principal and Ms. Kim Baxa, Assistant Principal

Cypress Lake High School
Please email resume and cover letter to Ms. Angela Roles, Principal
Email address:

The certified school counselor provides leadership in the school through implementation of a data driven, comprehensive school counseling program aligned with the District and school’s mission to promote academic, social/emotional, and college/career development, while ensuring equity and access for all  students. School counselors have specialized knowledge and skills in the delivery of: individual and group counseling, curriculum development, assessment and interpretation, scheduling, consultation with students, families, and colleagues, coordination of school counseling and program activities and initiating referrals to educational and community resources. These skills are used to help students develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skill competencies to be successful in the areas of academic, career, and social/emotional development.

Enhancing Trauma-Informed Approaches in Behavioral Healthcare


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

NBCC Foundation Scholarship.

Please see attached for information regarding the NBCC Foundation Scholarship.
  • Available awards range from $8,000 to $20,000
  • Up to 30 master’s fellowships for mental health counseling students
  • Up to 40 master’s fellowships for addictions counseling students
  • Five master’s scholarships for students with military experience
  • Five master’s scholarships for students in rural areas
For more information, please visit:

Application Deadline is October 31, 2017

Click here to enlarge flyer.

Friday, August 25, 2017


Job Summary:  Responsible for promoting students’ success, providing preventive services, and responding to students’ needs by implementing a comprehensive program that addresses academic, career, behavioral and socio-emotional development through advocacy, leadership and collaboration with teachers, administration, parents and the community.

Supervisor:           Principal

Job Duties/Responsibilities:

1. Report suspected abuse in accordance with Florida Statutes.
2. Assess individual student’s needs that impact learning
3. Assess classroom and school-wide needs that impact learning
4. Develop intervention plans consistent with the school’s mission and beliefs, curriculum, students’ needs, strengths, diversity and life experiences, as well as social and emotional factors.
5. Provide individual short-term counseling to students with identified concerns and needs
6. Provide classroom instruction as needed to address issues that affect areas of need
7. Provide specialized services such as crisis intervention and consultation
8. Integrate the philosophies of Social Thinking and Love and Logic into practice with students and families
9. Consuls and collaborate with parents/guardians, teachers, administrators, and community resources regarding students with identified needs
10. Organize school and community resources to maximize academic, behavioral and socio-emotional success.
11. Consult with community mental health providers to provide a comprehensive continuum of care for each student.
12. Collaborate with parents/guardians and educational staff to assist students with academic, career and life planning.
13. Prepare and execute Student Support Plans annually.
14. Attend parent conferences.
15. Attend staff meetings as scheduled.
16. Attend training and school functions as requested by administration.
17. Perform auxiliary duties as specified (e.g. arrival, dismissal, etc.)
18. Other expectations as outlined in Staff Handbook and/or Therapist Agreement.

Qualification Skills:
1. Assessment of students’ social, emotional, developmental and mental health needs
2. Development and implementation of therapeutic interventions
3. Strong knowledge-base of the range of presenting diagnosis of students, including but not limited to autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, learning disabilities, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and language impairment.
4. Communication, verbal and written

1. Master’s degree in the field of social work or counseling
2. License in the State of Florida as a mental health professional (LCSW, LMFT, School Counselor, etc.)
3. Evidence of on-going professional development for maintaining appropriate licensure

Evaluation shall take place annually in accordance with standards identified in the Staff Handbook.

Position Parameters:
Full time (40 hours), 190-day school year, annual contract

Salary is negotiable. Position qualifies for medical and dental benefits.


Lori Riti
Ph:  239-245-8212 
Fx:  239-245-7951

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Denver Public Schools has some new positions open (School Counseling)

Denver Public Schools has some new positions open and are looking for highly qualified applicants! There is also a possibility for paid internships for those interested.

Please send me your resume at!

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Samantha Haviland
Director of Counseling Support Services
Denver Public Schools

FGCU: Mindfulness in Trauma Treatment

A day with Dr. Ronald Siegel discussing the use of mindfulness in the treatment of trauma. For more information see the event flyer or to register click here

Lee County Community Resource Guide (PDF)


Friday, August 18, 2017

FGCU FGCU Bower School of Music Offers Beginning Children’s Piano Class

Bower School of Music
Florida Gulf Coast University 

Beginning Piano Class for Children
Class plus Private or Partner Piano Lesson

Enrollment is under way for students in a Beginning Children’s Piano Class, to be held weekly during the 2017-18 academic year at the Bower School of Music, Florida Gulf Coast University.

Prerequisites for participation:

  • Students, ages 6-8 years old with fluent reading ability and no previous piano instruction.
  • Participation in a Musical Aptitude and Readiness Testing audition with Professor Cathy Albergo in August 2017 to both determine readiness and class placement (audition/interview is with both the child and parent or guardian). Audition dates to be arranged.
  • Access to a piano (full-size, 88 keys, pedals, weighted keys) for daily practice.
  • Commitment to daily practice and regular attendance at class.

The children's class will meet for 50-60 minutes beginning between 3:30 and 4:30 PM weekly (day and exact time to be determined), for a total of 14 sessions each semester in the Bower School of Music.  It is taught by Dr. Cathy Albergo, Director of the Bower School of Music & the Arts, piano and pedagogy faculty member, assisted by college students enrolled in Piano Pedagogy I & II (fall and spring semester).

The beginning piano class includes all fundamental music skills with an emphasis on music making and reading.   Weekly performance in class builds confidence and provides a creative and joyful environment for musical growth.   During the first year of study, all piano instruction takes place in a class plus private or partner lesson setting with the children participating in end-of-semester recitals.

Parents who are interested in making an appointment to determine their child’s readiness for piano study should e-mail Dr. Albergo, and include a phone number to enable individual scheduling.

Cost of the class is normally $500 per semester but is offered to all FGCU faculty and staff families at $300 per semester.   This fee includes all books and materials needed.  An initial payment of $150 is required after readiness for study has been determined. The balance of $150 is due before the fourth week of classes. Full tuition for the spring second semester is due by January 5, 2018. Payable to the Bower School of Music. 

In addition to two weekly pedagogy lecture/seminars, the college students enrolled in Piano Pedagogy I and II attend the weekly children's classes as part of their pedagogical training.  Pedagogy student course work with the children involves full participation in all of the children's learning activities, analysis of age/behavior/responses; sequencing of content; planning and teaching assigned video taped segments; written evaluation and discussion of the teaching of their pedagogy classmates.

The class/private combination of lessons provides the best learning environment for both group and peer motivation and learning and attention to individual learning needs.  The college students’ teaching is supervised by Dr. Albergo in both direct and video-taped observations.  These supervised college students work directly with the children, offering a 30 minute private/partner lesson in addition to the weekly class.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Opioid Epidemic Southwest Florida

Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council is hiring F-T paid VISTA person ($990/month plus $5815 education award) to develop integrated assessment of opioid crisis in SW Florida. 

VISTA will interview providers, gather data, create network for shared resources and information, develop regional Task Force and be involved in strategic regional plan to address opioid crisis. One-year commitment. Minimum age 18. 

For information, contact Beth Nightingale,; for information and application for VISTA opportunity, go to:

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Public Invited to Learn About FGCU Counseling Programs at Orientation Meeting


September 30, 2017
For information contact:
Dr. Russell Sabella at (239) 590‑7782

Public Invited to Learn About FGCU Counseling Programs at Orientation Meeting

FORT MYERS, FL ‑ Current and prospective students interested in Florida Gulf Coast University's Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling programs are encouraged to attend the Fall 2017 Orientation meeting from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., Monday, October 9, 2017 in Merwin Hall, Room 231.

     The Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares students for licensure as mental health counselors. Graduates work in a variety of community, social service, and private arenas.

     The Master of Arts program in School Counseling prepares students for certification as school counselors. Graduates in school counseling are prepared to work in preK‑12 settings.

     Goals for both programs are reflective of national standards and include the development of professional competence, respect for clients, self‑awareness, individual growth, professional identity, an effective professional philosophy, and research orientation. Goals unique to FGCU include accountability, advocacy, technological literacy, professional leadership, and field‑based learning.

            Both programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs ( In addition, the School Counseling program is approved by the Florida Department of Education.

     For more information, contact Professor Russell Sabella, Department of Counseling, Marieb College of Health Professions & Human Services, by phone at (239) 590‑7782 or via email at You can visit the Counseling Department's website at to learn more.

Applications for the Fall 2018 class are due in February 15 so it isn't too early to start thinking about next year.

No sign‑up is required although you may RSVP online by visiting‑rsvp


Monday, August 14, 2017

Behavioral Health Coordinator

Licensed Mental Health Professional: AMIkids Southwest FL (Fort Myers, FL)

Licensed Mental Health Professional
AMIkids Southwest FL (Fort Myers, FL)

Every child has potential. Your role is to find it.
Are you the sort of individual who believes that every child-even the most challenging one-deserves a fair chance to succeed? Do you feel that if we resolve their problems and treat them with respect, they will respect us in return? If you embrace the belief that every life matters, and everyone has the potential for greatness, then you belong on the team at AMIkids . Nationally recognized, our non-profit organization is dedicated to offering the resources and support that every child within our community needs to become a well-adjusted, productive adult.
Offering motivating programs that inspire learning, leadership and personal growth, AMIkids has been helping at-risk kids shape promising futures since 1969. Through the years, others have shown their appreciation for our commitment to bettering the lives of children.
Learn more here

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Call for Manuscripts: Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling

Call for Manuscripts

Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling

Focus: The Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling is the national, peer-refereed journal of the Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling, a division of the American Counseling Association. The Journal publishes manuscripts that report cutting-edge empirical research, best practices, and emerging trends and issues focused on counseling the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, ally, pansexual, or other sexual minority communities at all developmental stages of life. Manuscripts should be of interest to clinical mental health and school counselors, counselor educators, and other helping professionals who work in a variety of settings including schools, mental health agencies, family service agencies, colleges and universities, addiction and offender treatment settings, and sexual health centers.

Manuscripts typically represent one of the following categories:
·      Empirical research in the field of counseling
·      New/innovative practices within the counseling profession
·      Theoretical or conceptual pieces including literature reviews that reflect new ideas or new ways of integrating previously held ideas.

Manuscript Preparation: Manuscripts should adhere to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) and should not exceed 25 typed, double-spaced pages in 12-point font including all cited references. The Journal is distributed quarterly by Taylor & Francis.

Past year acceptance rate: 24.5%

Abstracted/Indexed in: Academic Search Complete, Academic Search Premier, CINAHL Plus, Current Abstracts, Education Research Complete, Education Research Index, Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Family Index Database, IHLIA – Homodok-LAA, Index Copernicus, LGBT Life with Full Text, MasterFile Complete, MasterFile Premier, PsychInfo, Social Work Abstracts, SOCIndex with Full Text, and Violence and Abuse Abstracts.

Editorial Information: For detailed submission guidelines, please visit the Journal website ( or contact:

Editor: Dr. Michael P. Chaney, Oakland University,
Editorial Assistant: Carol Burns-Wortham, Oakland University,

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Louisville High School is seeking a counselor

Louisville High School is seeking a counselor with experience working with students through the college admissions process. This position would primarily work with 11th grade students with the potential to adjust case loads next year.

We are a small private, all-girls Catholic high school in the Los Angeles area. Our department will consist of 4 counselors, and we are looking to grow and update our counseling program. Our school community is close-knit, and the administration is supportive of the counseling department's efforts.

Here is a link to the job description for anyone interested in the position:

Please feel free to also reach out to me at if you have any additional questions! Good luck to all who are preparing for the start of the upcoming school year.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Emerging Leader Grant

The American College Counseling Association (ACCA) is pleased to invite applications from graduate students and new professionals for the Emerging Leader Grant to attend the 2018 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 2018 ACCA Annual Conference.

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

Learn more:

Friday, August 4, 2017

Academic Counselor at FGCU Wanted

The Academic Counselor provides academic advising to students in a multifunction advising center.
Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Psychology, Education, or related field.

Two years of experience in student personnel services or related area.

Experience operating a personal computer and proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook).
Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree from an accredited institution in College Student Personnel Services, Counselor Education, Psychology, or other graduate level study.

Three years of experience in academic advising in a higher education environment.

Experience with Banner Information System and website design (through Front Page).
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of theoretical models of college student development and issues related to first year students and students in transition.

Knowledge of advising theory and models of developmental advising.

Knowledge of state statutes and rules of higher education within the state of Florida.

Knowledge of and proficiency in using Microsoft Office software (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook) for publication development and data compilation.

Knowledge of or ability to learn website design (through Front Page) and web editing.

Strong leadership skills and working knowledge of effective decision making and conflict resolution techniques.

Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to function in a team environment.

Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and flexibility in problem solving.

Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing to a broad constituency (administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents, and vendors).

Ability to coordinate and implement assignments in order to meet an extensive workload within a fast paced environment.

Ability to learn and use the Banner Information System.

Ability to demonstrate a personal philosophy of care for others.

Must value diversity and possess the ability to work with others from diverse backgrounds.
Salary Range $36,500 - $38,000

Read more:

LMHC, LCSW, LMFT, or Registered Intern for full or part time work.

SWFL Employment Opportunity

Job Opening
Southwest Florida Counseling Center
1777 Tamiami Trail Suite 201
Port Charlotte, Florida 33948

Private practice - Southwest Florida Counseling Center in Port Charlotte is seeking LMHC, LCSW, LMFT, or Registered Intern for full or part time work. Flexible scheduling available. Ability to see children preferred.

Interested and qualified persons who would like to join our team may submit their resume directly to

Program Assistant- Part Time

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast is seeking a highly organized individual for a part time position in our Ft. Myer Office. Individual should be capable of fast paced multitasking in regards to database management skills, customer relations, answering phones, and filing. Working within a multidisciplinary team and excellent customer service is key. The successful applicant will be computer literate in Word, Excel, and database navigation. Strong verbal and written communication skills are a must. Bi-lingual a PLUS. 20 hours per week. Please submit cover letter including salary requirements and resume to

Dad's Grief Toolkit

To atend, please contact

Lorrie McCann, LMHC
at 239.985.7716 or e-mail

Lee County VA Healthcare Food Distribution

Breast Health Caravan

The 2017 FSCA 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.

Stay tuned for more information!

Professional school counselor wanted

Professional school counselor wanted for approx. 220 students in grades 4-6.  Located in Wolf Point, Montana on the Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Reservation.  We are a free and reduced breakfast and lunch school.  We are on a 4-day school week but will look at going back to 5-day during the 2018-19 school year.  Teachers receive 13 discretionary days each year.  We have a competitive salary.

School starts on Aug. 14 for staff and on the 22 for students.  School link is  I have been in the district for 15 years and I serve the K-3 grades and love the students!  Feel free to call me if you have any questions. 406-650-7825.