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February Message from the President...

Greetings from Aberdeen! I hope everyone is having a terrific new year. SDCA has been very busy as of late, and we NEED your help!

SDCA’s Day on the Hill was held on January 30th. We had an excellent representation of both school and mental health counselors. As you may be aware, HB1077 is coming before the House Education Committee this upcoming Monday, February 9th. This bill would change the confidentiality law in South Dakota. While we encourage you to contact all of your legislators, we encourage you to target members of the House Education Committee. You can email them from this link. Legislators have told us that emails are most effective when written in your own words. Keep in mind, this is directed at school counselors right now, but may quickly move into community counseling as well. This is why each and every one of us has a responsibility to speak out against this bill. Please take action!!!

A must give a huge THANK YOU to Jill Stephenson and Kelly Jones. These two ladies have worked tirelessly to coordinate the efforts against this bill. Please thank both of them when you see them. Jill also did a fantastic job coordinating our Day on the Hill activities and continues to guide our organization through the quagmire of the legislative landscape. We are truly blessed to have both of these ladies in leadership roles.

Nominations for the 2015-2016 President Elect of SDCA are open. We are looking for our next leaders. SDCA can only continue to move forward if each of us are willing to play a part. This is a wonderful opportunity to get involved in the leadership of our organization and to also provide representation of SD on a national level. This experience is one you will never forget, the people you meet and the experience is simply priceless. I encourage you to throw your hat in the ring! Email sdca.counseling@gmail.com for more information.

Once again, please remember to nominate someone for an SDCA Award! Recognize those counselors who go above and beyond! Visit our website at www.sdcounseling.org/awards.html for more information. While visiting our website, make sure to get that conference registration in as well!!! Have a great Feburary!

Rebecca Christiansen
2013-2015 SDCA President