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October Message from the President...

It is feeling like fall has arrived here in South Dakota. That only means there are a lot of great events are coming up! You will find the Mark your Calendars section below has several links for upcoming professional development opportunities.

The Call for Programs is out for the 2016 SDCA Conference to be held in Aberdeen. Please consider sharing your knowledge and skills with other counselors in South Dakota. The quality of the SDCA conference depends on YOU, our members to share your super powers. I am always amazed at what we have to offer each other.

Early bird conference registrations will also soon be available. Register early for the lowest price!! I often hear people state “Oh the conference is where this year?”..... “I am not sure I want to travel all that way.” I want to encourage a positive attitude about the SDCA Conference. This conference offers us wonderful professional development with nationally known speakers, shared experience from our colleagues, and many opportunities for networking. Honestly, how far is too far to be a part of this shared experience that helps us grow professionally, and strengthens our connections with each other?? I know how hard it is to rearrange schedules and get away for a few days. I always feel afterwards that the experience was worth the effort, and I hope you all feel the same way!

During the board retreat, the board discussed being able to offer more ready to use resources for our members. Possibly a page on our website where members could go to pull ready to use handouts for clients, parents, and others we work with. In the upcoming months the board will be discussing more about this project can become a reality. If you have input regarding resources that would be helpful for you in your everyday practice, please e-mail me at sdca.counseling@gmail.com. I would love to hear your needs, thoughts, and ideas.

Mark Your Calendars:
October 18: SDCA Board Meeting (via Go to Meeting)
October 20: Sioux Chapter Fall Wine and Cheese Tasting
October 30: SDCA Conference – Call for Programs Deadline
Nov. 13: Ready Set Go (for you female students)
Nov. 12 & 13: SDSU Distinguished Lecture Series
Nov. 13 & 14: Counselor Connections Workshop

Stacy Solsaa
SDCA President 2015-2016