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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Convention 2010

Use FSCA's 123 signup system to register for the convention, preconvention workshops, and the awards banquet. The system makes it as easy as 123! Register now. Need extra tickets to the awards banquet? Click here.
Keynote Speaker - Trevor Romain
Friday, November 5, 2010 at 9:00 am

As an award-winning author and illustrator of a series of self-help books for children, Trevor is a much sought-after motivational speaker. He hosts the Trevor Romain animated DVD series with a cast of animated friends using humorous adventures based on his books to teach real life lessons for kids. Trevor's series of self-help books has sold more than a million copies worldwide and have been published in 16 different languages.

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Pre-Convention Workshops

Learn more about each trainer here.

Thursday November 4th, 2010
9am - 12pm

Data Boot Camp for School Counselors
The Data Boot Camp for School Counselors is designed to advance technological literacy among counselors in a useful and practical manner. Particular attention is given to using Microsoft Excel™ to make data an important part of your comprehensive school counseling program. From data-driven decision making, to monitoring progress, to reporting the positive impact you're having on kids -- this workshop will demystify how it's done. Workshop content is pre-planned although flexible enough to meet individuals’ specific technological training needs. This workshop is conducted in a computer lab or with laptops so participants can gain valuable hands-on practice.
Note: Requirements: Laptop (Windows or Macintosh) with Microsoft Excel.
Russell A. Sabella, Ph.D.
Professor, Florida Gulf Coast University

Thursday November 4th, 2010
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Psychological First Aid and the Effect on Children
When disasters strike, there are often unexpected psychological outcomes. Psychological First Aid (PFA) is a composite of field tested interventions that can mitigate against these outcomes. The workshop will be both didactic and interactive and will cover critical communication skills and strategies for working with children and their families to recognize and reduce the negative impact reactions to stress and trauma. Specialized knowledge will be covered in the areas of Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs as they relate to crisis response. Participants will learn effective techniques for strengthening resiliency. They will also learn to recognize behavioral indicators of people requiring further mental health support and intervention. Finally, they will learn how to recognize stress in themselves and others, and the importance of practicing self-care under adverse situations.
Abbe Finn, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Florida Gulf Coast University

Thursday November 4th, 2010
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Practical Approach for Counselors to Set Goals and Measure Results
Florida school counselors are required to complete an Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP) each year. See how Duval County has turned this requirement into an excellent means to report on your school counseling goals and results.

Nan Worsowicz, Supervisor, and Joni Shook, District Level Counselor, have found a way to “kill two birds with one stone” by revising the format of the IPDP to address the work of school counselors. Participants will have the opportunity to practice by analyzing data, developing goals, and creating strategies as a part of this workshop. Detailed handouts will be provided, including samples of IPDPs and results reports.
Nan Worsowicz
Supervisor of Guidance Services for Duval County Public Schools
Joni Shook
Elementary School Counselor Support, Duval County Public Schools

Thursday November 4th, 2010
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Legal and Ethical Complications of Working with Minors in Schools
The school environment poses competing interests between a student’s need for confidentiality and the legal rights of parents as established by the U.S. Supreme Court to be the guiding voice in their children lives in value-laden issues. Participants will develop an ethical decision making framework for analyzing and resolving ethical issues through the application of ASCA ethical codes, case and statutory law, school board rules, and community standards. Through small group and large group discussion of 20 case studies, participants will be given the opportunity to increase their understanding of the complexities of respecting a minor’s right to confidentiality, to develop a sensitivity to the need to consider their actions in context of each situation for each individual student, and to understand the rights of parents. Topics of discussion will include areas such as confidentiality and duty to warn, minors’ rights to privacy, counselors’ responsibilities toward suicidal children, civil and criminal liability, sexually active minor clients, birth control, abortion counseling, defamation, child abuse, case notes and educational records, malpractice in academic advising, sexual harassment, and personal conduct.
Carolyn Stone, Ph.D.
Professor, University of North Florida

Thursday November 4th, 2010
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Response to Intervention and the Professional School Counselor
The purpose of this session will be for participants to increase their understanding of how Response to Intervention is naturally aligned with the ASCA National model and the role of the professional school counselor. The session will address how a comprehensive school counseling program can be tied to Response to Intervention. Given that data collection and progress monitoring are key elements of Response to Intervention, this session will also detail how systematic data collection through action research can provide a framework for implementing a strong universal core at tier 1 and focused problem solving and interventions for tier 2 and tier 3.
Sejal B. Parikh, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of North Florida

Hotel contact information:
Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six
2301 SE 17th Street
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33316
Phone – 954-525-6666
Reservations phone number: 888-421-1442
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Other things you might need to know:
Deadline to receive "the special FSCA hotel reservation rate" is October 12, 2010.

Individuals are responsible for canceling their reservations at least 72 hours prior to scheduled arrival to avoid incurring any cancellation or other charges.

Late check-out on Saturday, November 6, 2010 can be extended to 1:00 pm or by depositing personal belongings with the bellman until leaving the facilities.
Parking fees: Overnight self-parking is $10.00 per night ($15.00 for valet). Daily parking for drive-in attendees is $5.00 per day for self-parking ($10.00 for valet).
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Exhibitors and Sponsors

This is a prospectus for exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities at the FSCA annual convention. Also, you can download the exhibitor/sponsor agreement here. If you have an interest in working with FSCA to help your organization reach its marketing objectives within the Florida school counseling community, please contact Curtis Jenkins at

Use FSCA's 123 signup system to register for the convention, preconvention workshops, and the awards banquet. The system makes it as easy as 123! Register now.

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