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    Online Nominations are open! Deadline is December 1st.


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    Call for Proposals for the 2017 Southeastern School Behavioral Health Conference!

    The Call for Proposals to the 2017 Southeastern School Behavioral Health Conference is now live. This conference is a key opportunity for southeastern education and mental health representatives from K-12 schools and child and youth-serving agencies to network, collaborate, and learn new strategies to improve school behavioral health outcomes for children and families. This year’s conference will be held in Myrtle Beach, SC, on April 27 & 28, 2017 and will feature keynote speakers George Sugai, PhD, Carole J. Neag Endowed Professor in Special Education in the  ...

    Sunday, 23 October 2016
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    Submit your nomination today for the 2017 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 giv ...

    Tuesday, 06 September 2016

    Submit your nomination today for the 2017 PSSCA School Counselor Advocate of the Year Award!

    PSSCA will award a School Counselor Advocate of the Year Award. The nominator must be a member of PSSCA. Nominees may be district or building level administrators, school board members, legislators, or supervisors of school counseling services who have made significant contributions to the implementation and improvement of school counseling programs. The purpose of the Advocate of the Year Award is to recognize persons who have demonstrated their beliefs in and support of school counseling programs that have had an impact on counselors and their students at the local, state, or national leve ...

    Monday, 05 September 2016
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    Gina Hilger Named Sumter School District Teacher of the Year.

    Gina Hilger, the school counselor at Chestnut Oaks Middle, was named the Sumter School District Teacher of the Year. She has served in this capacity for the past three years. Prior to becoming a school counselor, Hilger was a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force and deputy director of intelligence for Air Force’s Central Command at Shaw Air Force Base. Hilger earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the Air Force Academy and master’s degrees in international security from the University of Maryland, strategic management from George Washington University, and counseling from the Univ ...

    Tuesday, 23 August 2016
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    2017 PSSCA Conference Jan 19th - 21st

    Soaring to the Top!  2017 PSSCA Conference  January 19-21, 2017 at the Embassy Suites Resort & Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, SC.  More details coming as they become available.       Click here for more info ...

    Tuesday, 07 June 2016
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    The PSSCA Governing Board has been very busy!

    Your PSSCA Governing Board worked hard Saturday, May 14, 2016. We had  a full agenda with ASCA Updates, Committee Updates, SDE Updates, and Annual Conference planning!! The Governing Board was able to get a lot of work accomplished on behalf of the school counselors of South Carolina. We hope to see you at the ASCA National Conference in New Orleans. We are also in our final planning stages for our own PSSCA 2017 conference. Check back soon for all the details! ...

    Monday, 23 May 2016
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    Connecting Beyond Difference - President's Message

      Read the latest from Shawn F. Hoehn, NBSC, PSSCA President!   ...

    Monday, 23 May 2016
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    Professional Development Opportunities

    We have some excellent professional development opportunities coming up in the near future! Please review these events and take advantage of furthering your knowledge as an educator and mentor. The Military Pathways 101:  June 21st - 23rd.  Visit their website. The Education & Business Summit : June 26th - 29th. Visit their website. CACRAO - Aug. 30th - Sept. 2nd.  More Info     About Us Contact Us FAQs Submit aProposal       ...

    Wednesday, 18 May 2016
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    Congrats to our New Officers!

    Meet our New Officers! President Elect - Anna Duvall, Elemetary Level VP - Sara Beckman, Secondary Level VP - Crissy Roddy, Secretary - Michelle Privette... ...

    Monday, 07 March 2016
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    South Carolina School Behavioral Health Conference April 21-22, 2016‏

    On behalf the South Carolina School Behavioral Health Community and the School Mental Health Team at the University of South Carolina, I would like to invite members of your organization to the 3rd Annual South Carolina School Behavioral Health Conference.This conference is a premier opportunity for representatives from schools and youth-serving agencies in South Carolina to network, collaborate, and learn new strategies to improve school behavioral health outcomes for children and families. This year’s conference will be held in Myrtle Beach, SC, on April 21 & 22, 2016 and will ...

    Saturday, 20 February 2016
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    Read our Newsletter from our State Department Liaison, Dr. Ed Johnson

    SC Department of Education, Office of Student Intervention Services: A newsletter for School Counselors and Career Specialist “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X   Click HERE to read "The Messenger" ...

    Wednesday, 10 February 2016
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    The Student to Counselor Ratio: Does It Really Matter?

    Public schools today face a lot of challenges including meeting the needs of students with learning disabilities, managing disruptive students in the classroom, dealing with bullying and reaching under achieving students. Counselors deal with on demand cases which means you may have to drop your small group lesson or classroom guidance and deal with the high priority incidents. Will you have to do that if there was one than one counselor in the schools? One area that is impacted by the things counselors take on is students’ mental health. We’ve seen a lot of tragedies ...

    Friday, 31 July 2015
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    Wellness & Self Care

    So you’ve returned from the conference with an arsenal of skills and techniques. You enjoyed the sand, beach, and connecting with colleagues. You were able to let your hair down and enjoy some adult fun with others who understand what it is to be a professional school counselor. Now you are back to reality! Now you are back to your grind!  What are your plans for wellness and self-care?  For many of us as professional school counselors, we spend a considerable portion of our day assisting and encouraging others to develop healthy routines and coping skills but what about us?  Pr ...

    Thursday, 12 February 2015
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    Dealing With Anxiety

    During the course of a school year, many students experience stress and anxiety.  Stressors may include grades, college applications, standardized tests, and peer pressure.  Anxiety can affect a student’s school work and state of mind. When students become overwhelmed with such feelings, they may begin to feel alone or isolated with their emotions which can lead to negative reactions in order to relieve the stress, such as drugs or alcohol.  It is always best for the student to employ sound positive strategies in order to deal with this problem.  Music therapy, writing, and ...

    Tuesday, 16 December 2014
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    Collecting School-Wide Behavior Data

    As Professional School Counselors we are always seeking ways to improve or craft and reach more students and utilize data to prove it.  For me, utilizing a school-wide Universal Behavior Screener helped me do this.  As educators, we also know that academic success and behavioral success go hand in hand.  If you are successful academically, chances are you are behaving in expected ways.  Universal Behavior Screeners can help educators (Counselors, Teachers, Admin) understand what behavioral supports a student may need to be successful.  In conjunction with discipline ...

    Friday, 31 October 2014
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