SAVE THE DATE!!
OSCA 2021 Spring Refresh PD
Saturday, March 6th
9AM - 12:15PM
Registration link - https://bit.ly/OSCA2021SpringRefresh
OSCA UPCOMING EVENTS - MARK YOUR CALENDAR:
Dear School Counseling Community,
It has come to our attention that the impact of the January OSCA Outlook caused unintentional harm. For this harm, we sincerely apologize. In an attempt to learn and grow, we as a board will seek to gain knowledge and build stronger relations with our LGBTQ+ members and community to better serve our students. See more in our LGBTQ+ Resources section.
Sue Harte, OSCA President
Laureen Held, OSCA Past President
Roberto Aguilar, OSCA President Elect
President's Letter: Collaboration Is Crucial
So what happens when our school is hit with crisis? Thankfully, I have built relationships with different area counselors and mental health resources. My first few years, it would have been difficult to provide what my school needed. Now we have a group of counselors and other professionals in our region who happily support each other, both in person and virtually, as appropriate. I am so very grateful and humbled by the connections of care.
When talking to some of the school counselors in bigger districts, I discovered the same things to be true. Even though more resources are available to their schools, students, and communities, they have worked to build relationships and networks that provide additional resources.
Making connections may seem easy enough for a school counselor; however, we don’t always consider what may be available outside of ourselves or our work world. Those connections won’t just happen because we have great counselor skills; often they are built when making the conscious effort to step out and be available. Putting yourself in positions to meet folks from other places, attending local meetings both in person or virtually, making calls to ask for services, going to trainings and conferences, and interacting with other attendees is how it happens. Being available for the needs of others is another way to build resource connections. Then, when YOU need the help, it is available in ways you don’t expect.
Of course, there are always ethics and legalities to adhere to. Have a disclosure statement ready to give when working with students. Store records for the allotted amount of time mandated by both ODE and your school district. Keep the confidence of what is shared by anyone who chooses to talk with you. Report abuse – it’s mandatory. Be mindful of what you write down, and what you record virtually, as these records are open to subpoena by the courts. If you don’t know or aren’t sure about something, ask someone who might help provide the answers. Bottom line: Be available to others, be open to new relationships, meet needs where you can.
Contact Sue Harte, OSCA president, at firstname.lastname@example.org.