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2016 SCCA Graduate Student Memorial Award Donation Opportunity The 52nd Annual SCCA Conference February 25-27, 2016 The SCCA Graduate Student Memorial Award can be made possible with your donation to remember the contributions and professional service of Mrs. Harriet Gardin Fields and Mrs. Candice Bates Quinn to the counseling profession.
The SCCA Board and I wanted to send out a message about some of the upcoming events that we are participating in and also let you know about the SCCA conference. As part of our dedication to serving counselors in SC, Dr. Nance (President-elect) and I are heading to Washington, DC to talk with our local legislators about issues related to counselors in SC and across the nation. We will be joining around 140 other state association leaders from all over the country that will be participating in the ACA’s Institute for Leadership Training. I want to emphasize that we will be advocating for ALL counselors in SC, school and clinical. We will be sending out tweets from DC, so please follow us on Twitter at @scca_sc
Our top priorities will be:
1. Support H.R. 2759. This bill will make sure that LPCs and MFTs are covered at the same reimbursement rate as licensed social workers.
2. Support S. 1676. This bill calls on the VA to include counselors in their training programs AND allows doctoral degrees to be recognized by the VA. This program is a proven pathway for counselors to have a career in the VA.
*Currently the VA in South Carolina is NOT working with counselor education students despite the recent VA announcement of a pilot program offering internships for counselor interns.*
3. Support the Elementary & Secondary School Counseling Program (ESSCP). ESSCP is the only federal program that helps school districts hire more school counselors.
We are also very excited about our upcoming 2016 52nd annual SCCA conference! We are going to have a ton of great educational sessions for ALL counselors and will have the ACA president, Thelma Duffey as our keynote speaker! The conference will take place February 25-27 at the lovely Westin Hilton Head Resort and Spa in sunny Hilton Head Island.
As you can see, we are looking forward to a very busy year working as advocates for counselors in SC. We have some great plans for this year and want you to be a part of this transformation of SCCA. Please visit our website (sccounselor.org) for updates and information about all of the changes and projects we have planned for this year. Stay tuned for more to come!
On behalf of our new SCCA Board,
Thanks and take care,
Dr. David Scott
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