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Colorado Voices

By CSCA | August 2020

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How Can We Grow in Our Advocate Role?

The murder of George Floyd changed the world by exposing racism and police brutality against people of color in 2020, and demonstrates the need for leaders to hold themselves accountable and step up to dismantle systemic racism. School counselor leaders are no exception and should play a significant part in this change during the 2020–2021 school year. In this month’s newsletter, CSCA Graduate Student Liaison Eric Pizana of UCCS, discusses a new curriculum being developed by experts at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs that aims to help school counselors enhance their skills to create equity and safety in their programs. Read about this exciting new curriculum and how school counselors around our state can get involved.
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Growing Your Program

CSCA Region 3 Representative shares the impact that shared trauma and grief in current events have had on all of us professionally. As school counselors, we are living this uncertain reality alongside the members of our community while simultaneously being tasked with imagining services that may be needed in a very unclear future. We do this while still searching for closure from our most recent school year. Katie Brown reflects on her opportunities during ASCA’s recent virtual conference that may be helpful as we conceptualize ways to make this current school year meaningful, safe and effective – and expand our counseling programs in ways we never imagined we would have to.
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Conference 2020 Update

The CSCA Conference Committee has spent time this summer looking at and creating a comprehensive conference plan for 2020 by gathering data, researching other conferences and consulting with ASCA on the latest conference trends. We have made the difficult decision for the safety and welfare of our conference attendees, speakers, exhibitors and event staff to move our 2020 CSCA Conference, “Be Brilliant,” to a virtual platform. We have a lot of work ahead of us to plan the outstanding conference we are all accustomed to experiencing. This will still provide the same high-quality professional development to school counselors across the state at a much more affordable rate.

We are very in tune with the uncertainty that school counselors are facing with the fall semester quickly approaching, and are committed to making our conference not only accessible and affordable but also a highlight of your school year. Here are some of the details that are already in place – stay tuned for more in the coming weeks!
  • Conference dates remain October 7–9
  • Reduced pricing
  • Pre-recorded sessions available on conference dates and until January 1
  • Live Q&A with presenter
  • Fabulous prizes for an online scavenger hunt
  • CSCA gift pack for all attendees