OSCA Conference 2020
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
October 9, 2020 - Sunriver Resort
OSCA Conference 2020 - October 9, 2020
Date: October 9, 2020
Location: Sunriver Resort: Sunriver, OR
Keynote speaker: Dr. Johnny Lake
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7:30 AM to 4:30 PM PDT
President’s Letter: Counselor Self-Care in a Time of COVID-19
Yet as we press on toward the end of this school year, one thing is very clear. We must put on our oxygen masks before we help those who rely upon us. I asked a few OSCA board members to share their recommendations to school counselors for acts of self-care.
“Recently, someone used a phrase that made me laugh and, at the same time, it was a fabulous expression for an absolutely delightful, and invigorating way to connect with nature: car hiking! This does not require contact with anyone. It adheres with social distancing while at the same time giving a huge dose of much-needed connection to nature. I hope you car-hike somewhere spectacular!” – Luz
“A third grader asked me once, ‘Mrs. Gatewood, who is your school counselor?’ I could repeat all the clichés on social media, but what it ultimately comes down to is this: don’t forget about yourself. Make sure that you are taking your own advice and caring for your own mental and physical health.” – Ronda
“I like to go for brisk walks and talk to a friend on the phone that I want to catch up with.” -- Amanda
“I wholeheartedly believe in the importance of self-care. Maintaining a regular routine while working from home is helpful during this time of sheltering in place. I am practicing yoga and meditation and walking outside every day. I also recommend eating well, getting enough sleep, taking news breaks and practicing self-compassion. Chocolate helps too!” -- Laura
“Get physical activity at least 30 minutes a day.” -- Anna
“I make sure I have time during each day that I don’t have to cater to anyone’s needs but mine. For me, that’s early in the morning.” -- Ashley
“Be real and talk about things, even the personal ones, with your trusted people.” -- Liz
My own advice? Set office hours. There is always more work to be done than time allows. But like Fred Flintstone, when the alarm sounds, holler, “Yabba dabba doo!” and leave work immediately.
Contact Laureen Held, OSCA president, at OSCAPresident@oscainc.org.