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In this issue: Mental Health in Schools
Will You Help New Jersey Advance?
Building Mental Health Alliances in the School and Community
Through case examples, explore how you can build alliances to help students with a wide range of mental health issues.
School-wide Depression Screenings
Learn how one high school implemented depression screenings for all students, and the outcomes of their program.
Using Origami in Counseling
Simple paper folding—the shapes and the shaping—can be a powerful therapeutic tool for students. With printable and video instructions!
A School Counselor's Experience Using Check-in/Check-Out
How can a structured daily routine reduce and prevent problem behaviors in the classroom?
Supporting Traumatized Students
Learn the vital steps you can take to help students recover from trauma or loss..
The world of college admissions can be a confusing one, and often school counselors haven't received formal training in this arena. Earn the ASCA College Admissions Specialist designation to be best prepared to help your students on the path to postsecondary success. The College Admissions Specialist training is $99 for members. Learn more and register today:
The Ronald H. Fredrickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research has just completed an analysis of the major publications since 2000 that have implications for educational policy related to school counseling. This analysis can be downloaded at: http://www.umass.edu/schoolcounseling/research-monographs.php
On Monday, December 15, from 12:45-2:00pm, White House and Department of Education staff will host a call-in Q&A for NACAC members to discuss and answer questions about the First Lady's two new initiatives: the Near-Peer Mentoring Challenge and the FAFSA Completion Challenge. If you would like to participate in the call, please RSVP here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/J2XD7GB.
Here is an overview of the two challenges:
The first challenge is the FAFSA Completion Challenge, aimed at creating and fostering a FAFSA culture in high schools. Students and schools will use social media and videos to share how their community is coming together to boost or maintain high levels of FAFSA completion. The second challenge is the Near-Peer Mentoring Challenge, designed to encourage admission, student affairs and other relevant divisions to develop opportunities for underrepresented students to spend time on college campuses with their near-peers: students from similar backgrounds who are only a few years ahead. Colleges should submit short videos documenting their programs.Full details are available at the following websites:
FAFSA Completion Challenge: http://www.whitehouse.gov/reach-higher/fafsa-commencement
Near-Peer Mentoring Challenge: http://www.whitehouse.gov/webform/submission-form-take-near-peer-mentoring-challenge
Reach Higher website: http://www.whitehouse.gov/reach-higher
Higher education leaders met at the White House to build on the momentum generated at January’s College Opportunity Summit and focus on addressing a key barrier to postsecondary completion.This Developmental Education meeting is part of the White House College Opportunity Initiative, a call to action by the President and First Lady to accelerate college completion through a set of targeted commitments by colleges and universities, non-profit groups, states and cities, philanthropy and other allies.
Our very own Tim Conway and Jim Lukach, along with Dr. Kara Leva were there!
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Calling all NJ School Counselors interested in attaining national recognition as a Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) for their school counseling programs. NJ currently has only one school with the national RAMP designation, and I am hoping to change that. Any NJ school counselors interested in getting RAMP'd up, I am starting an online monthly chat starting on Monday, December 1st at 4:00 p.m. The Google Hangout will run for approximately one hour, and will focus on a particular topic(s) focused towards helping you achieve RAMP status. If you are interested in this monthly chat, please email me at email@example.com. Looking forward to collaborating with all those interested in raising their program to a new level!
President, 2014 - 2015