October 2018

School Counseling News and Resources

By Sandy Tanner
Events, Reminders and Dates
  • Advocate for lower student-to-school-counselor ratios! Contact you member of Congress to support the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Act.
  • The next ASCA national convention is June 29-July 2, 2019, in Boston. Celebrate an early Independence Day discovering “Revolutionary Ideas.” Registration will open in January 2019.
  • The next PSSCA convention in Myrtle Beach is January 24-26, 2019 at the Embassy Suites Resort and Convention Center. Save the date to explore how to “Light the Way to Student Success”! For more information and to register, follow this link. Save money through early registration by November 21, 2018.
  • The Call for Presenters for the PSSCA convention was extended to September 17, 2018. Notification of acceptance will be sent via email by October 22, 2018.
Information, Articles and Resources
  • As one of the three domains, career counseling is an important aspect of what school counselors offer to students. Read this preliminary report about successful interventions used with students in poverty from the National Career Development Association.
  • The fight/flight/freeze concept can be a nebulous idea for younger students. Understanding the mechanics behind powerful emotions such as anxiety empowers children with basic knowledge of how the brain works in these situations.  This article outlines an easy-to-understand approach to helping children understand what is happening in their brain bringing them closer to self-regulation.
  • Mid-Carolina NAMI is offering Nami Basics, a free, six-session program designed for families with children/adolescents challenged by emotional or behavioral difficulties.
  • The Coca-Cola Scholars scholarship program is an achievement-based scholarship for graduating seniors. The application for 2018-2019 seniors is now open through October 31, 2018 at 5 p.m.
  • Is risky outdoor play necessary for child development, especially in developing the ability to listen and sit still? This article presents interesting insight into how the ever-increasing screen time plaguing our children might be a factor in decreasing the opportunities for crucial development in vestibular and proprioception sense.
  • Read how this Texas school mitigates the symptoms of ADHD by tripling recess time.
  • Follow this link for information on fall ETV Teacher Recertification courses.
For submissions, contact Sandy Tanner at sotanner@richland2.org or sandytanner68@gmail.com