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OSCA is committed to sharing professional development opportunities throughout the state and region. This blog is updated on a periodic basis. The opportunities listed on this blog or not specifically endorsed by OSCA, but are vetted for their relevancy and legitimacy for school counselors. If you know of a professional development opportunity you feel should be considered for inclusion, please contact OSCA by emailing shawngrime@ohioschoolcounselor.org.

  • 03 Dec 2021 4:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Let's Do This Again!

    Join your school counseling peers for two days of fantastic professional development, targeted specifically to your role in social/emotional development. ASCA@Home: Support & Sustain SEL will bring you two keynote sessions, plus nearly 30 informative breakout sessions, with in-depth looks at hot topics in the school counseling profession. As you've come to expect with all ASCA virtual events, you'll also enjoy some fun networking opportunities. Best of all, this professional development comes straight to you in the comfort of your home or office.

    Registration is $99 for ASCA members and $249 for nonmembers for two full days of programming, Dec. 2 and 3.

    This virtual-only event opens with keynote speaker Timothy Shriver, Ph.D., chairman of Special Olympics International, and also includes a movie screening of "Race." Click here to view the full schedule.

    Watch live or any time through March 31, 2022, and earn up to 3 CEUs/30 Contact Hours.


  • 05 Nov 2021 10:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    November 4-5, 2021/ Click here to register

    The 2021 OADEP annual state conference: Resilience in Action: Innovate, Integrate, Motivate aims to provide those involved with College Credit Plus (CCP) an unparalleled opportunity to learn from and share with colleagues, working within the context of CCP. The 2021 conference will be held virtually. During 20 breakout sessions you will have the opportunity to develop professionally, network with colleagues, and learn and share best practices. Participants will hear from our esteemed keynote speaker Dr. Dana Lawless-Andric, Associate Vice President for University Outreach & Engagement at Kent State University and Dr. Larisa Harper, Director of College Credit Plus.

    Registration for this conference is free and will provide you with automatic membership to OADEP for this academic year. Membership includes access to our listserv, webinars, and recorded conference sessions and more.

    This conference is being sponsored by the University of Findlay. We would like to recognize and thank them for their support of this conference.

  • 08 Oct 2021 6:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Ohio School Safety Center is pleased to announce that registration for the 2021 Virtual School Safety Summit October 6-8 is now available.

    This summit will provide an opportunity to foster cross-discipline conversations regarding student safety and wellness. Conference presentations and training opportunities will include experts in each of the following critical areas: physical security, emergency management, mental health, school climate, suicide prevention, critical incident response, cyber safety, transportation, and threat assessment.

    This event is free and open to the public. Additional details about the summit including agenda updates and frequently asked questions can be found here.

    For questions, please email OhioSchoolSafetySummit@dps.ohio.gov.

  • 08 Oct 2021 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Since COVID-19 began, 80% of girls feel more lonely or isolated, and 58% are uncertain or scared for their futures. When feeling disconnected, girls can become increasingly withdrawn, depressed, or anxious. They are four times more likely than their male peers to experience mental health issues. Girls are at risk for negative outcomes simply because they are female.

    As the leading girl-serving organization providing research, programming, and education on girls, Ruling Our eXperiences (ROX) is teaming-up with licensed social worker and chemical dependency counselor Jennifer Haywood, LISW-S, LICDC-CS, to present best practices for engaging girls in mental health & substance use treatment. Save your seat today for this dynamic presentation!

    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8 from 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM on Zoom Meeting


    This course is approved for 3.0 hours of continuing education by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapist Board. The $48 course fee includes the interactive workshop, CEU Certificate, and access to course handouts. And, your contribution supports our evidence-based empowerment programming for 5th-12th grade girls. Thank you!

  • 06 Oct 2021 5:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Aim Hire: Virtual Workforce and Education Conference

    Wednesday, October 6, 2021 / 1:00-3:00PM

    Third annual event brings together business, education, and workforce leaders.

    The Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation and Ohio Excels will come together again this fall to host the Aim Hire Workforce and Education Conference – designed to strengthen relationships between businesses and educators at all levels.

    This year’s virtual event will be held on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, from 1-3 p.m. Ohio business and education leaders will discuss the state of education and workforce in Ohio and key issues and solutions to better prepare Ohioans for success, such as work-based learning, career pathways, and business advisory councils.

    To register for the Aim Hire conference, visit this Aim Hire Conference Registration link.

  • 22 Sep 2021 7:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Ohio Association for Supervisors and Curriculum Directors would like to invite you to join us this summer and fall for a professional development series about implicit and explicit bias, and how to reduce it in our classrooms. Click here for registration.

    • Session #1: Tuesday, August 3, 9-10:30 a.m.
    • Session #2: Wednesday, September 22, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

    Attendance at BOTH sessions is required.

    Bias in education has real consequences for students and families, but acknowledgement of such bias is the first step in eradicating its unintentional effects. 

    Implicit Bias, also known as implicit social cognition, refers to attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions and decisions in an unconscious manner. These biases, which encompass both favorable and unfavorable assessments, are activated involuntarily and without an individual’s awareness or intentional control.

    Dating back to the 1960’s, there’s solid evidence that teachers’ expectations of students creates results to match. Meaning, when teachers expect more of students, many times that’s what is manifested. However, when teachers lower their expectations of students’ performance, often the performance is less than stellar. Demonstrating that educators’ bias has real-world implications on students for many years.

    In this interactive and in-depth program, we will look to reduce bias in education by exploring the following topics:

    • Defining implicit vs. explicit biases;
    • Review of various types of bias;
    • Discovering how bias shows up in educational settings;
    • Short-term and long-term effects of bias on students’ progress;
    • Addressing biases in decision-making.

    The facilitator will share stories to make you laugh and think about how bias has impacted our own lives, before developing an actionable plan for how we can reduce unconscious bias in education and in life.

    Online registration is for CREDIT CARD ONLY.  To pay by PO, please fill out the Google Form linked here.  

  • 21 Sep 2021 8:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Safer Together:  Cross-Reporting for Humane and Human Services

    A free virtual workshop – Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, 10am – 4pm

    (5.75 CE for social workers, counselors and therapists provided)

    Registration open July 26 – September 20: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nS7c2o3hRZCgfZfI87-t_g


    • Phil Arkow, National Link Coalition
    • Dr. Jessica Bibbo, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, Cleveland
    • Dr. Barbara Boat, University of Cincinnati
    • Stacey Burge, Interfaith Hospitality Network, Cincinnati
    • Detective Sergeant Todd Curtis, Perrysburg Township Police
    • Dr. Janet Hoy-Gerlach, University of Toledo
    • Jordan Vincent, My Sister’s Place, Athens
    • Andrew Warner, Humane Society of Greater Dayton


    • Vicki Deisner, Animal Welfare Institute
    Why This Workshop?

    On April 12, H.B. 33 became law. This new law requires Ohio social workers, counselors, and veterinarians to report suspected animal abuse, and dog wardens, animal control officers, and law enforcement to report suspected abuse of children and older adults. This law is important because compelling evidence links animal cruelty and neglect to domestic violence, child abuse, child sexual abuse, and elder abuse. We’re going to introduce you to the law, explain what you need to know about it, and show you how to respond.

    Animal abuse frequently is an indicator and predictor of interpersonal, family, and community violence, particularly in domestic violence and child maltreatment scenarios. Significant numbers of women report that threats to their companion and farm animals prevent them from leaving abusive relationships. Children who perpetrate or witness animal cruelty are at risk of being victims themselves and/or future perpetrators of violence, with lifelong adverse emotional consequences. Cross-training and cross-reporting among human services and animal protection agencies are necessary to create more effective species-spanning community collaboratives that prevent and prosecute these interlocking forms of family violence.

    The Animal Welfare Institute and the National Link Coalition, with the support of the Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW Ohio) and the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, will host this virtual workshop to explore this critical issue and opportunities to establish and enhance cross-training and cross-reporting processes at the local level. This workshop will explore “the dark side” of the human-animal bond and its implications for human and humane services, family welfare agencies, prosecutors, law enforcement, and human and veterinary medicine. It will describe new strategies, public policy, research, and programs to prevent family violence and to respond to its human and animal victims.

    Topics to be addressed include: animal hoarding, animal sexual abuse, animal fighting, applicable statutes and statistics, case studies, and animal abuse’s specific links with child maltreatment, domestic violence, elder abuse, and community violence.  There will be a law enforcement case study recognizing the link between animal and human violence, and utilizing threat assessments for better case resolution and officer safety.  Recommendations for professionals and advocates and an extensive list of resources will be presented. NASW Ohio will be providing 5.75 CEUs for social workers.

    For more information contact:
    Vicki Deisner, Animal Welfare Institute, vicki.deisner@gmail.com, 614-493-8383

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