This week I am experiencing a sweet ASCA hangover…thinking about the conference highlights, the friends I got to reconnect with at the conference, discovering the sites of LA, and learning copious amounts of information that was shared by school counselors. One highlight, for me, was meeting and having dinner with our PLN group from Twitter. In fact, one of the school counselors traveled all the way from Swaziland to be at the conference! I had the pleasure of eating supper with her and learning about her international school. Since the conference, I have been processing all that information and I wanted to share some highlights with those of you who could not attend the conference.
|PLN Meet Up Dinner!|
Although I can’t share every moment from ASCA18, I wanted to share the top five things that I learned at ASCA.
Anxiety, as a mental illness, is truly on the rise and helping students cope with their anxious moments can be stressful for school counselors. There were many workshops either about anxiety or that included resources about anxiety. Here are some resources that may be helpful to share with your students.
|Sample Anxiety Activity|
In addition, check out the great activities presented by Dr. Jennifer Geddes-Hall in her presentation about creative ways school counselors can address mental health.
Want additional ideas? Check out the 15 Mindfulness and Apps for Kids With Anxiety from ParentingChaos.com.
College Signing Day
Ever thought about setting up a college signing day for your seniors? Want to do it this upcoming school year? Check out the resources provided by Franciene Sabens and Krystin Baker.
International School Counselor
Okay, I am truly interested in possibly becoming an international counselor! If this is something on your radar, here are the steps you can follow:
First, choose what type of school you are interested in working:
1. International school-usually private, attracts the elite or wealthy of the country/expats, usually teach international curricula (i.e. AP, IB, A-levels)
2. National school-local school, perhaps private, more local hires, varying packages, etc.
3. Department of Defense school-managed by the department of defense (my addition).
Hiring Season runs prior to the next school year from September to March.
Do your research by connecting to other counselors who work internationally. For instance, join the international educators groups on Face Book and check out International School Review.
Third Sign Up for Assistance
International School Services (ISS)-cost is $199 for two years or until you find a position.
Access to job database
Search Associates-cost is $225 for three years or until you find a position via Search.
Department of Defense Education Activity