Five Must-Attend Conferences for School Counselors

Must Attend Conferences for School Counselors

  • ASCA Annual Conference
  • Southeast Conference on PBIS
  • Peer Educator Training and Certification
  • National Conference on School Discipline
  • Reaching the Wounded Student

Must Attend ConferencesSchool counselors, along with other professionals offering academic guidance and student support services, rely extensively upon professional networking to stay in the loop with regard to innovative counseling methodologies. They must also continue their own education into such matters, whether independently or in a peer-supported environment. Regardless of an individual's preferred methods for discharging their responsibilities as a counselor, annual conferences offer a profound way to pursue qualified professional support, and to ensure that you are up to speed on all the latest information in your field.

Here are five of the most crucial upcoming conferences for school counselors in 2017:

ASCA Annual Conference

In 2017, the American School Counselor Association's annual conference will be held in Denver, Colorado, from the 8th through the 11th of July. More than 3,000 professionals from all across the country are expected to attend. In addition to noteworthy keynote speakers and opportunities to expand upon your professional network, the conference will also cover a wide range of hot topics within the school counseling profession, including the expanding costs associated with higher education.

Southeast Conference on PBIS

Savannah, Georgia will host the 2017 Southeast Conference on Positive Behavior Interventions and Support from the 5th to the 6th of June; that's a Monday and a Tuesday this year. The focus of this conference is heavily geared towards the introduction and sustainability of positive reinforcement techniques throughout the American academic institution. Training will be provided in specialized areas, including how to introduce this methodology to a specific organization or facility where it has yet to gain a foothold, as well as how to ensure that concepts related to PBIS become self-sustaining.

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Peer Educator Training and Certification

The National Association of Peer Program Professionals will be hosting its training and certification event from the 13th through the 15th of June, 2017. This year's conference will be in Indianapolis, Indiana. The focus of this event is on the development and implementation of peer training programs, as well as the training of school counselors and other professionals to establish and maintain such programs within their own schools, districts and institutions. Training and presentations will include subject matter such as the effectiveness of peer training and the power of positive reinforcement.

National Conference on School Discipline

The 2017 National Conference on School Discipline will be held on two separate occasions: from the 21st through the 24th of June in Atlanta, Georgia, and from the 27th through the 30th of June in Las Vegas, Nevada. With school disciplinary policies the focus of renewed attention in recent years, this conference represents an important opportunity to network with fellow professionals, benefit from cutting-edge methodology and disciplinary philosophy, and listen to world-class experts in related fields speak on the matter. There will be a strong focus on constructive means of reinforcing positive behavior, while intervening in negative behavior patterns to help bring them to an end.

Reaching the Wounded Student

The National Dropout Prevention Network will host Reaching the Wounded Student in Orlando, Florida. The convention will be held from the 25th through the 28th of July, 2017, with a strong focus on confronting and mitigating the many influences that cause students to lose focus, develop behavioral issues, and ultimately leave their education behind prematurely. The specific focus of this annual convention is on the healing and restoration of young people who are classified as being beyond "at risk," a classically under-represented group of studenets with little advocacy in American academia.

Visit the American School Counselor Association online, for more information about vital upcoming school counselor conferences, and for a wide range of online references and resources. By attending important conferences related to your field, you will be better equipped to stay ahead of the latest advancements in counseling methodology, and you will be empowered to more efficiently establish, renew and maintain networking contacts within your profession.