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December Message from the President...

December is upon us! We are all in the middle of the crazy holiday season. Those of us in schools are working towards the end of the first semester. Those of us in agency settings are looking forward to a hard earned few days off around Christmas.

SDCA’s Day on the Hill will be held January 30th. Plan to pack your car full of Chapter members and head to Pierre. You won't want to miss the orientation/overview the night before at 8:00 pm. It will be a good chance to meet our Legislative Monitor Dianna Miller. We start early in the morning the next day with activities. If you aren't coming as a part of a board and won't be receiving travel reimbursement, you can receive a $25 dollar stipend for attending. This is a great time for our members to meet with the representatives of their communities and advocate for those issues that are important to South Dakota counselors. Additional information, including hotel information, will be coming in January.

SDCA Award Nominations and Nominations for the 2015-2016 President Elect of SDCA will be opening at the end of the month. Start thinking of deserving individuals to honor at this year’s conference! There are many fantastic professionals in our state who deserve to be recognized. Keep your eyes open for the email that will be coming from our current President Elect, Stacy Solsaa.

For those of you who are Graduate Students, the SDCA Moderator Application, Poster Presentation Application, and SDCA Scholarship Applications will also be opening at the end of the month. Keep your eyes open for the email from Traci Erdmann, our Graduate Student Coordinaton.

Our final Early Bird registration is open now until Jan 31st. Visit our website at www.sdcounseling.org to view our list of conference breakout sessions as well as to register for what will be an amazing 2015 SDCA Conference. Don’t miss this chance to see internationally recognized Reality Therapy guru, Robert Wubbolding. He is incredibly down to earth and personable. I promise you a training experience that you will never forget.

As always, please feel free to email me if you have any questions or ideas for conference - sdca.counseling@gmail.com. Stay warm!

Rebecca Christiansen
2013-2015 SDCA President