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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

  • 01 Dec 2023 8:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Trafficking of Males Conference: Misunderstood and Left Out. Bringing men into the conversation. 

    Friday, December 1, 2023 / 8:30AM-5:00PM

    BrewDog Beer Museum, Canal Winchester OH

    Come learn the reality of how boys are being trafficked in the U.S., what is needed to help them heal and where this happens. This conference is one of the first in the nation to solely focus on the male survivors of human trafficking in the United States. It will afford attendees an opportunity to connect with colleagues, share ideas, exchange information, and learn more about human trafficking from the male perspective. Come hear experts in the field and those with 'lived experience'.

    Click here to learn more.

  • 15 Nov 2023 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Protecting Ethical Mental Healthcare - Statehouse Day of Action

    From attacks on gender-affirming care, to bills requiring school social workers, school counselors, and other school staff to "out" LGBTQ+ students, behavioral health practice is being politicized for political gain in the state of Ohio. HB 68, which would ban gender affirming care for minors, and HB 8 dubbed the "Unsafe Students Act" specifically attack ethical practice for the behavioral health workforce, and will, if passed, have implications for everyone working with youth in the state of Ohio. These bills are bad for our clients and bad for Ohio's behavioral health workforce - which is already under dire strain. Join NASW Ohio for a day of action to push back against the politicization of our clients and our professions!

    Date: November 15, 2023

    Location: Ohio Statehouse (1 Capitol Sq, Columbus, OH 43215)

    Tentative Schedule (subject to change based on Statehouse schedule)

    • 10:00am - 10:30am - Press Conference 
    • 10:30 - 12:30 - Advocacy & Lobbying Training, 2 CEUs provided for social workers and counselors 
    • 12:30am - 1:45pm - Lunch Break (Lunch will not be provided, however there are many restaurants located within walking distance to the statehouse.)
    • 1:45pm - 4:00pm - Meetings with Legislators

    This event is free. To register, click here.

  • 25 Oct 2023 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Ohio School Safety Center and Lakewood City Schools will be presenting a FREE webinar for school personnel. 

    Positive Preventative Interventions: Alternatives to Discipline 

    Webinar - October 25 - 3:00 – 4:00 pm EST 


    Lakewood will present two preventative interventions they are currently using in their district. They will discuss the programs they have implemented and the benefits they have seen in their student body as a whole. The presentation will also include tips on how to implement a similar program in your own district. 

    At the high school they utilize a program called RESET in place of detentions and Peer-to-Peer Mediation. RESET utilizes mindfulness and reflection. The program focuses on the root cause of why the student was not following policy, was late, etc. During the 2022-2023 school year, 272 students selected the RESET program in lieu of discipline. 

    Peer-to-Peer Mediation encourages students to engage as mediators and participants. Students report since its inception that going to Friday night football games is much better, because their peers are not settling disputes at the game. Instead, students resolve the disputes and come to agreements using a forum focused on talking about issues and respect. 

    The OSSC will facilitate Q&A at the end of the presentation. The OSSC will be using Microsoft Teams Live for this event. The link will be provided closer to the event date. 

  • 12 Oct 2023 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join Ohio Excels and the Governpr's Office of Workforce Transformation on October 12, 2023 for the 2023 Aim Hire Workforce & Education Conference.

    The conference will explore the current state of education and workforce in Ohio. This year's conference will explore the impact of artificial intelligence and disruptive technologies on our education and workforce systems. In addition, speakers will address key topics and solutions that are preparing Ohioans for success, such as tech-enabled learning, career pathways, and business advisory councils. 

    This conference, which will feature state and national experts, is designed for attendees to strengthen relationships, share best practices, and address the challenges and opportunities we face in preparing our students for postsecondary education success and career opportunities.

    Please click the link for more information, to view the agenda and to register for the conference. We hope you will join us!

  • 12 Oct 2023 8:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Appalachian Children Coalition in collaboration with Logan-Hocking School District invites you to join us at a Youth Mental Health Summit: Suicide Prevention. The event will take place on Thursday, October 12, 2023, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Chieftain Center at Logan High School. Dr. Paul Imhoff, director of government relations for Buckeye Association of School Administrators, will serve as the day's moderator. 

    Click here to learn more and register.

    Highlights include keynote addresses by Rebecca Benghiat, President and Chief Operating Officer, The Jed Foundation, and Amberle Prater, Ph.D., LPCC-S,  clinical lead supervisor for the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research (CSPR) at Nationwide Children's Hospital, and a group of students from Logan-Hocking Schools discussing their own experiences with current prevention programming. Break out sessions will cover school based health clinics and on-site services for students and families, how to implement suicide prevention education framework in your school, and best-practices from current programming. An optional tour of Logan-Hocking School's new school-based health clinic will be offered at the end of the day. 

    CEUs available for school personnel, social workers, and counselors.

    Breakfast. Lunch. Afternoon Snack.

    There is no cost to attend. / (614) 401-4642 / PO Box 537, Archbold, OH 43502 / W9 Form

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