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August Message from the President...

Summer is almost over and school is just around the corner. This is a busy time of year for all of us and SDCA has been working hard to plan some new and exciting training opportunities for our members! Ethics is a major issue when it comes to counseling practice and licensure. SDCA will be providing two opportunities to our members to stay up to date on the latest developments in the field of ethics.

Friday, September 12th, David Kaplan, ACA Professional Affairs Representative, will be in Sioux Falls to provide training on the latest revisions to the ACA Ethical Code. This training will take place at the Ramkota Hotel and will provide participants with the four hours of Ethical training required for South Dakota licensure. Please visit our website at www.sdcounseling.org to print off the registration form for this event.

SDCA is also excited to announce that our Ethics Chair, Erin Stolsmark, will be overseeing our first SDCA Ethical blog! The website for the blog is http://sdcaethics.blogspot.com/. The objective of this is to equip counselors with necessary and critical knowledge in conducting ethical best practices and provide counselors with examples and practice scenarios to challenge thinking and provide feedback and suggestions on dilemmas. Participants will review various dilemma scenarios and then write and submit a one page paper on each dilemma and report how they would handle each situation citing ACA codes from the ACA Code of Ethics. CEUs will be offered to those with successful completion of the ethical dilemmas.

The planning for the 2015 SDCA conference is in full swing! The Call for Program has been posted on our website. Proposals are due by October 31, 2014. In addition, SDCA is offering TWO different Early Bird Rates! To get the BEST RATE for conference, register by December 1st. The cost of attending will go up after that date and again after January 31st. There is also an early bird rate for the preconference if you register by January 31st. Please visit our website and click on Conference and on Registration to register on-line or by mail.

Please remember to renew your membership in the various SDCA Areas of Specialty as well as of your local chapter. If you renewed at conference, or if you have renewed for this year, THANK YOU! If not, get those membership forms in! You can renew here today!

Rebecca Christiansen
2013-2015 SDCA President