Fall Professional Development Conference
Ocean Place Resort & Spa
October 11 & 12, 2015
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One Ocean Boulevard, Long Branch, NJ
School Counselor Evaluation Model
The New Jersey Department of Education has approved the NJSCA School Counselor Evaluation Model to appear on its list of approved evaluation models in the state. The Department approves and supports the voluntary use of the counselor evaluation model developed by the NJSCA.
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NJSCA Magazine Online

NJSCA Fall Edition of the NJSCA Counselor News is now available:
Click here to access!
In this issue: Mental Health in Schools
President's Message:
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..
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ASCA Conference


 Jim Lukach, NJSCA Executive Director and Dana Karas, NJSCA President-Elect having lunch with Judy Bowers, author of the original school counseling model, and Dr. Norman Gysbers, the father of modern school counseling.

 Jim Lukach, NJSCA Executive Director and Dana Karas, NJSCA President-Elect having lunch with
Dr. Judy Bowers, author of the original school counseling model, and Dr. Norman Gysbers, the father of modern school counseling.

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ASCA's College Admissions Specialist training program

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:

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White House/ED Conference Call Q&A on Near-Peer & FAFSA Completion Challenges

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 websitehttp://www.whitehouse.gov/reach-higher

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A White House Convening

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 Lukachalong with Dr. Kara Leva were there!
See  the stream now!

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RAMP Support Group

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 tconway1004@gmail.com. Looking forward to collaborating with all those interested in raising their program to a new level!
Tim Conway
President, 2014 - 2015

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