NYSSCA Today
Mar. 12, 2015

NYSUT's Professional Issues Forum for health care professionals including school counselors
NYSUT via NYSSCA
Register now for the 13th annual NYSUT Professional Issues Forum on Health Care to be held April 18 at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany. The registration deadline is April 3.

With an expanded program offering 18 workshops, this conference provides professional development and networking opportunities for pre-K-12 school nurses; higher education health care faculty and professionals; school psychologists, and school counselors; VNA nurses; nurses and health care professionals in hospitals and other health care facilities.

For more information, contact Marianne Perry in Program Services at 800-342-9810, ext. 6297. More

Save the date and apply to Present a Program
NYSSCA

New York State School Counselor Association Annual Conference 2015

"School Counselors: Advocating Access for All!"

The Sagamore Resort, on Lake George, Bolton Landing, NY
November 20-21, 2015

Call for Programs

The New York State School Counselor Association is seeking qualified presenters for the 2015 Conference! Topics addressing comprehensive school counseling program design and implementation and accountability for school counselors are welcome. Workshops relevant to the following topics will also receive special consideration:

Counselor Preparation Programs; Access to College and College Prep Programs; Partnerships with agencies and foundations; Career Transition ; Social emotional development and the comprehensive model; Principal — Counselor Partnerships

Our Call for Programs application for this event is linked HERE. We will be accepting all applications online again this year. The link is also posted on the NYSSCA website. Please consider proposing a workshop to share your best practices, collaborations, research, resources and/or wisdom! The deadline for submission is May 1.

We encourage you to forward this correspondence to other school counselors in your school district and/or local counseling association. Conference information including hotel reservations can be found on the NYSSCA website at www.nyssca.org. More

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