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January Message from the President...


2015 is upon us and, as many of you are aware, we are starting the year under the shadow of loss. On December 27th, Cornbelt Chapter President and longtime SDCA member, Kieron Murphy, passed away due to complications from Influenza A. Kier was a professional school counselor at West Central High School for 13 years and spent the last year and a half as a professional school counselor at Hartford Elementary School. Kieron was an amazing counselor and friend. He leaves behind a young family. To honor Kier’s memory, SDCA made a donation to the education account of his children. Please keep Kier’s family in your thoughts and prayers.

SDCA’s Day on the Hill will be held January 30th. Join us and let the voices of SD Counselors be heard! 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. SDCA will cover the cost of hotel rooms, but you need to email sdca.counseling@gmail.com by January 15th to be guaranteed a room. All reservations will be made through SDCA, so just shoot me an email.

SDCA Award Nominations are now open! Nominations need to come from Chapters and Areas of Specialty, however, anyone can submit names! Please email your chapter president or the president of SDSCA or SDMHCA with your nomination ideas. Find out more at our website http://www.sdcounseling.org/awards.html.

Nominations for the 2015-2016 President Elect of SDCA are also open. 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.

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

Rebecca Christiansen
2013-2015 SDCA President