I am honored and privileged to serve as your President, representing some of the most talented and diverse school counselors in our profession. I am one of you, as I currently serve students at University Elementary in Caddo Parish, Shreveport, Louisiana. I have worked as an elementary counselor for the past 12 years. I am a proud alumnus of Louisiana Tech University. I am a National Certified School Counselor and National Certified Counselor. I also provide contract services as a Licensed Mental Health Professional within the Northwest Louisiana community. We are now ready to embark upon what promises to be an exciting year. A year of collaboration, setting new goals, providing opportunities for professional development and increasing our advocacy efforts. I am elated to be a part of LSCA as we work together for the betterment of our profession. This year I would like you to join me in focusing on the LSCA mission which is on the first page of our newsletter: “To support professional school counselors as they assist students and their families in their academic, career, and social/emotional development.”
In July, I was privileged to represent LSCA at the 2019 American School Counseling Association Conference in Boston, MA. As always, school counseling conferences provide a plethora of learning opportunities for school counselors, counselor educators, and graduate students. Louisiana counselors presented content sessions and two, Tristan Bergholtz and Tara Washington were recognized for their RAMP Program at Woodlawn Middle School in Baton Rouge. While attending a national conference is wonderful, it is not always possible for every school counselor to participate for whatever reason.
May I strongly encourage each of you to consider attending the 2019 LCA Annual Conference on September 29th – October 1st, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. This year’s theme is “Together We Thrive: Revitalize, Rejuvenate and Invigorate”. The conference will be at the New Orleans Sheraton Hotel. LSCA is sponsoring an excellent pre-conference session on Saturday (see Dr. Rock’s article on page 6). I am also glad to announce that many, many sessions are planned which you may find useful and could add value to your increased professional and personal development! See page 4 of this issue for a partial list of those sessions. We have again tried to provide as many opportunities for school counselors on Saturday and Sunday to prevent you having to take time off from your workdays. From Pre-Conference on Saturday, featuring Terri Tchorzynski 2017 ASCA Counselor of the Year, through the LSCA Luncheon and Awards Program and LSCA Track, there will be many opportunities for you to benefit and GROW!
Beginning with this issue, I am resuming our practice of welcoming our newest LSCA members. I encourage each of you to commit or recommit and become actively engaged by joining a committee, consider facilitating a conference presentation/workshop, or simply volunteering when possible. In an effort to increase membership, we ask that you would spread the word and encourage others to get excited and join OUR organization. LSCA is the only professional organization solely focused on advancing the profession of school counseling in Louisiana. I am looking forward to a wonderful year for all of us in LSCA. I hope you will join me in helping to make our mission more meaningful in all roles we play as school counselors!
LPC-S, NCC, NCSC