December Message from the President...
Hello SDCA Members. I would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season! There is a lot in store for you in the coming months from SDCA. Conference registration is now open. Again this year if you register before by January 1, 2016 you will get a very low member rate of $150.00. This rate will increase to $185 after January 1, and will then increase to $225 after February 1, 2016. So don’t wait, register TODAY!!! This year’s conference will feature two Keynote Speakers, Dr. Bradley Erford (former ACA President, author, and Professor of Counseling), and Julia Cook (teacher, counselor, and author).
As mentioned last month, I am also excited to say that SDCA is in need of several SDCA members to sit on some of our working committees this year. We are still in need of volunteers for The Professional Development Committee, The Advocacy Committee and the Membership Committee. SDCA members who are interested in getting involved on one of these committees, can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are also some professional development opportunities coming up soon. Please see the Mark Your Calendars section below. SDCA is in the process of planning for the Day on The Hill event. Day on the Hill will take place on Feb. 5, 2016. There is currently national legislation that ACA is involved with, and SDCA has been asked to actively get involved. This legislation would provide counselors the ability to bill Medicare. SDCA is currently waiting for a phone conference with ACA, as to how we can actively help.
Nominations are now open for the SDCA Awards. We have great counselors in South Dakota, but we often forget to recognize each other. Consider coworkers and colleagues you think are deserving of an SDCA award. Nominate someone today HERE
Mark Your Calendars:
Jan. 1: Early Bird Conference Deadline – Register Today
Feb. 5: Day on the Hill Event- Pierre, SD – SAVE THE DATE
March 1: SDCA Award Nominations Deadline - More Info
March 1: SDSCA Award Nominations Deadline – More Info
March 19: Ethics Workshop- West River - Save the Date (more info available soon)
SDCA President 2015-2016