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    PSSCA 31st Annual Conference: January 22- January 24
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    PSSCA School Counselor of the Year Awards

    The Palmetto State School Counselor Association is the only charted state division of the American School Counselor Association. Beginning this year, the award committee will go to an online nomination and application process as we recognize the best professionals in our field including: an outstanding elementary counselor, a middle school counselor, and high school counselor. We acknowledge each counselor for the quality of service he/she provides students, families, schools, districts and other stakeholders in which he/she works. By nominating a school counselor in your district, you are giving a well-deserved tribute to a colleague. Additionally, winners of the Palmetto State School Counselor of the Year Award will be nominated for the national American School Counselor Association (ASCA) School Counselor of the Year Award. PSSCA guidelines for nominating a school counselor are as follows: *The nominee must be a school counselor who is currently a member of the Palmetto State School Counselor Association. *Nominee must be currently employed as a full-time school counselor, in addition to practicing for at least five years in the field of school counseling. *Nominee must hold at least a Master’s Degree in school counseling. *Members of the PSSCA Awards Committee are ineligible for nomination. *Counselors are not eligible if they received the award within the last three years. An administrator, school counselor, counselor-educator or colleague can nominate by going to the PSCCA Awards Website. Deadline for Nominations is October 24th. Nominees will be notified by PSSCA Awards Committee of their nomination and will be sent a link to begin the online application process.   ...

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    Register Now! 2015 Palmetto State School Counselor Association Conference

    We are very excited about our 2015 Palmetto State School Counselor Association Conference: Find Your Oasis...Reflect, Refresh, Recharge.  We invite you to join us as at the The Embassy Suites in Myrtle Beach from January 22-24. We are also excited about our new partnership with the National Center for Youth Issues. This organization will be handling all of our conference planning and management services. The conference webpage is now ready and includes links for conference registration, hotel reservations, call for presenters, and call for exhibitors. Don't delay. Register for the conference NOW! Did I mention that our luncheon keynote speaker for the PSSCA annual conference is Julia Cook? Julia Cook is a former teacher, school counselor, speaker and one of the nation's foremost authors of guidance storybooks for children. Julia has published over fifty successful storybooks, earning numerous national awards and recognition. In Julia's presentation, "Unlearning Helplessness – Motivating the Underachiever," she shares how underachieving occurs when students have a significant gap between their abilities, and what they achieve in school. In this interactive session, she will discuss the four types of underachievers, explore the characteristics and causes of underachieving, and present effective solutions that can reverse this problem. We also have three dynamic pre-conference presenters lined up and we know that your presentation proposals are going to be outstanding. If you are interested in submitting a proposal, the deadline is October 15. We expect this to be our best conference yet and we hope to see YOU there! Jennifer H. Adams. & Marci Newman PSSCA President PSSCA 2015 Conference Committee Chair ...

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    Why Balance?

    Here it is – a new school year filled with new faces, new opportunities, new tasks, and new obligations. As educators, it is easy for one to become overwhelmed with the requirements of work and home life. Planning and commitment are essential to create balance among these requirements. There are several things to take in to account as you are planning. Remember your priorities. Your priorities may or may not change from year to year. Organizing your schedule to create balance among your priorities is essential. Doing so would allow you to focus on the tasks that are to be completed. Start with the most difficult or demanding task first. Once completed, you will have more time to attend to the other items on your list. Create a calendar or schedule and adhere to it. Today calendars are available in many forms. There are calendars on our desks, phones, tablets, or almost any other electronic device. As you create your calendar, be sure to carve out time to unwind. Physical fitness is essential to a balanced life. Think of reserving a few minutes out of your evening for a brisk afternoon or evening walk or run. In order to be the best in our field we must prepare. Our administration, teachers, students, parents, and staff members rely on our talent to assist in every way. Counselors are the heartbeat in the schools. If we are not prepared to handle and mold our students toward success where will they go? Who would they have? What would happen? It is our duty to be organized, committed, healthy and prepared. After all, how can we teach students about balancing their lives if we are not living examples? Falecia Dickson, M.Ed. School Counselor Conder Elementary ...

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    The Data Driven School Counselor

    The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is, and has been, pushing for school counselors to use data when considering counseling services, goals, and objectives. This includes both quantitative and qualitative data. Data helps school counselors direct their efforts in the right direction. In addition, data helps paint a portrait of what services are needed in the schools. Teachers are being held accountable for student achievement, and guess what? So are school counselors. The best and most efficient way for school counselors to show their worth is through actual numbers (data). Data shows stakeholders what we are doing, and the impact that our services have on the students. For the school counselor who dreads numbers, qualitative data is the way to go. For example, observing a classroom is an effective way to collect qualitative data. In this case, just be sure to write your observations so that you can study and revisit the observations when needed. Getting information through a survey is, in my opinion, one of the most effective ways to receive data. Creating a survey in Google Docs is stress-free. Further, a Google Doc survey does the number crunching for you, giving you charts and percentages that you can use. Gathering school related data isn’t enough; we actually have to use it. I am guilty of creating a survey, getting the data, looking at it, and for a lack of better terms, putting it on the shelf to let it collect dust. Collecting data and not using it is futile. The data must be used to drive what we do, because counseling on a hunch is not effective. Will Pickens School Counselor Spring Valley High School PSSCA Midlands Regional Chair ...

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    A Welcome from your President

    Greetings School Counselors of South Carolina! As President of the Palmetto State School Counselor Association, I want to welcome you back to a new school year. This is always a time of great excitement as we begin a new school year with our students, faculty, staff, and parents. We are very excited about our upcoming conference. We have partnered with the National Center for Youth Issues ( to manage our conference and it's shaping up to be the best one yet. The theme is Find Your Oasis: Reflect, Refresh, Recharge. It will again be held in Myrtle Beach, at the Embassy Suites. The dates for the conference are January 22-24, 2015. Please note the slight change in scheduling format. We listened to our membership, and many asked that we go to a Thursday-Saturday schedule, and that we did. Call for proposals will be sent out very soon, and everything will be electronically managed via a conference website. Please contact any of your PSSCA board members with questions, concerns, or suggestions regarding how we can best serve YOU, the school counselors of South Carolina.  Warmest Regards,  Jennifer H. Adams    PSSCA President                                                                                                                                                                           ...

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