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May Message from the President...


First and foremost, thank you to those of you who joined us in Spearfish for our annual SDCA conference! We had 248 attendees-students, professionals, and retired counselors-all of whom had the opportunity to hear our amazing keynote speaker, Dr. John Sommers-Flannigan. The conference allowed for many educational opportunities, social events, and a very successful awards banquet that raised over $2000 for the graduate student fund! If anyone has photos of the conference they would like to share, please email them to sdca.counseling@gmail.com and we can post them on our SDCA website.

Mark your calendars! We are also pleased to announce that Robert Wubbolding, ED, will be our featured speaker at our 2015 SDCA Conference in Sioux Falls April 23-25! He is currently the Director for the Center for Reality Therapy and was previously the director of training at the William Glasser Institute. Look for more information in the next few weeks on this exciting event!

At our May board meeting, the SDCA Board of Directors voted to go without an executive director for the 2014-2015 year. This allows the board some time to determine what the needs are for SDCA and what an executive secretary position might look like. The board wants to make sure they are being fiscally responsible and providing our members with the services they need. I want to take a moment to thank those board members who will be taking on a few extra tasks over the next year to assist us with determining the needs of SDCA. Along with that, the SDCA board also voted to allow me to serve you as president for one more year. This became necessary as we were without a president elect for the 2013-2014 year, due to the resignation of our executive director in December. Our president elect-Dr. Kelly Duncan, took over our financial management, leaving the spot vacant. Our 2014-2015 board will be taking over on July 1st, with Stacy Solsaa as our president elect.

SDCA is offering an exciting opportunity for those of you interested in leadership. The annual SDCA leadership retreat will be held June 21-22 in Madison SD. On Saturday, June 21st, we will be offering four leadership sessions to train our members on how to be leaders and move SDCA forward. All members are invited and encouraged to attend. The hours will be from 10am-4pm, with an hour for lunch-which will be provided by SDCA. If you have any questions, please email me at sdca.counseling@gmail.com.

Rebecca Christiansen
2013-2014 SDCA President