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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

  • 27 Jun 2024 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Keep Indiana Learning has partnered with the Indiana Middle Level Educators Association to bring you and your staff MidCon24 - two days of in-person learning on June 26-27, 2024 focused on all things middle school!

    This conference is designed specifically for middle school educators, student services professionals, and administrators.  From our keynote speakers to concurrent sessions, everything will be focused on the unique needs and challenges faced by middle school students and those who work with them each day!

    We will also be hosting four virtual Road to MidCon events during the second semester. These will provide you and your staff with a small taste of what’s coming in June.

    Visit our website to learn more!  If you would like to register a group of staff members, please reach out to Elizabeth Johnson ( for assistance with bulk registration.

  • 31 May 2024 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Ohio Mental Health Network for School Success will be hosting a varitey of Community of Practice Opportunities between January-May 2024.

    A Community of Practice (CoP) is a group of people who share a common interest or professional domain and come together to learn from one another, exchange knowledge, and collaborate. CoPs provide a platform for individuals to engage in ongoing discussions, share experiences, and develop a collective understanding as a professional learning group. CoPs foster a sense of community, encourage learning through interaction, and enable the growth of expertise within the group.

    Click here to access a PDF with detailed info for each CoP and links to register.

    Below is a list of the various CoP's being offered.

    • Mental Health Considerations: Before, During and After Critical Incidents (2nd Tuesday of the month starting January 9 / 10-11 AM)
    • PAX Ohio: Sustaining Ohio's Nurturing Environment (2nd Wednesday of the month starting January 10 / 3-4 PM)
    • Empowering Rural and Appalachian Ohio: The Conversations We Need to Have (2nd Thursday of the month starting January 11 / 9:30-10:30 AM)
    • Organizational Wellness to Increase Studen Wellbeing (2nd Tuesday of the month starting January 9 / 2:30-3:30 PM)
    • Prevention: Substance Misuse and Mental Health (2nd Wednesday of the Month starting January 12 / 3-4 PM)
    • Media Impacts (4th Thursday of the month starting January 25 / 2:30-3:30 PM)
  • 30 May 2024 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are delighted to extend a warm invitation to the OCDA 2024 Conference on May 30-31, 2024 at the beautiful Ohio Dominican University in Columbus. This year’s event theme is, Strive to Thrive - The Impact of Wellness on Career Development, and will provide attendees with the opportunity to network and learn best practices from career development professionals from across the state.

    Members of OCDA come from the k-9, higher education, workforce development, private practice, and government agency space, and our conference workshops and presentations promise to have something for everyone. Graham Wood, Director Office of Graduate Success, at the Department of Education and Workforce, will open up our Friday schedule. As an added bonus, you will be able to earn multiple CE’s at one event.

    In the fast-paced world we navigate, finding harmony between career and well-being is paramount, as we prepare our students and clients enter the workforce, change direction, and overcome barriers. Our conference aims to guide you on this transformative journey by exploring the profound interconnection between career development and wellness. At the conference you will have an opportunity to:

    • Nurture your potential by evaluating wellness in the workplace and in your personal life
    • Explore the interconnection of DEI and mental health
    • Participate in conversations related to Technology and innovation shaping the future

    Why Should You Attend?

    • Gain insights into cutting-edge interventions
    • Network with professionals
    • Elevate your career and well-being simultaneously
    • Embrace a holistic approach to personal and professional growth

    Our Target Audience

    Whether you identify as counselor educators, career center staff, coaches, career development facilitators, rehabilitation counselors, consultants, or school counselors and administrators, our content is crafted to benefit those working in schools, colleges, private practice, business and industry, community services, workforce, corrections, One-Stop centers, agencies, and government.

    Registration: Attendees now have an opportunity to register at this link Early bird registration ends April 5th, so hurry.

    Registration for non-members includes a one-year membership.

    In these challenging times, we understand the importance of holistic well-being, and our conference is designed to empower you with the tools and insights needed to thrive both personally and professionally. We sincerely hope you will join us on this meaningful journey as we strive to thrive together. Your presence will undoubtedly contribute to the richness of our shared experience.

  • 27 Apr 2024 8:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ohio Alliance of Black School Educators 10th Annual Midwest Regional Conference: Leveling & Leading the Way

    April 25-27, 2024 / Hilton Columbus Polaris

    Click here for details and to register

    This event brings educators, superintendents, school board members, students, parents, education professionals, and corporate and individual supporters together in celebration of the education of children in the Midwest Region. Please mark your calendars and join OABSE and other regional affiliates April 25-27, 2024, as we reclaim and take ownership of the educational affairs of our communities and students by "Leveling Up and Leading the Way through Leadership, Literacy & Learning Acceleration!" 

    The 10th Annual Conference and Recognition Banquet provides the opportunity for educators and other stakeholders to attend professional development workshops; bestow honor, recognition, and appreciation for the outstanding contributions that Midwest Region school district principals and administrators make while working with African-American students; and additionally, recognize African-American students who achieve high academic standards and demonstrate upright character traits.

  • 19 Apr 2024 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you looking for resources on lead prevention? Do you want strategies for ADHD in early ages? Free education and resources at Ohio AAP 2024 Spring Education Meeting!

    Join us Friday, April 19, 2024, at the Dublin Integrated Education Center for our 2024 Spring Education Meeting! Additional details on this year’s meeting below.

    Ohio AAP Spring Education Meeting
    Friday, April 19, 2024
    12:00-3:30 pm
    Dublin Integrated Education Center
    6805, Bobcat Way, Dublin, OH 43016

    We will also be distributing bulk copies of Thanks for Keeping Me Lead Free board books to share with families.


    • Solutions for ADHD and Behavior Problems in the Young Child (4-6)
    • Helping You Make the Case: The Pediatricians Role in Lead Prevention, Working with Your System and Resources for Families
    FREE Registration-Boxed Lunches will be provided!

    Spring Meeting Registration

    Please contact Elizabeth Dawson at with questions.

  • 17 Apr 2024 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Appalachian Children Coalition, with support from the Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools (CORAS), Anthem, Park National Bank, the Buckeye Association of School Administrators (Ohio's Superintendent Association) and the Big Lots Foundation, is hosting its second Youth Mental Health Summit on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Stuart's Opera House in Nelsonville. 


    What insights should we gain regarding the intersection of youth, social media, and cyberbullying in today's digital era? Social media platforms wield substantial influence in shaping the social, cultural, and educational landscapes for young individuals. Our youth utilize these platforms to engage with peers, express themselves, and exhibit their creativity. Nonetheless, they also harbor potential for fostering social comparison, cyberbullying, and diminishing self-esteem. 

    Engage with experts in the realm of social media and youth mental health to heighten your awareness regarding privacy risks, impact on mental well-being, and other pertinent issues surrounding social media usage. This includes essential information for schools to craft effective policies and engage in meaningful dialogues with students on this topic.

    CEU Credits Pending:

    • CEU credits have been applied for through NASW Ohio for social workers and counselors.
    • Educators will be eligible for contact hours via the East Central Ohio ESC. 

    Featured Speakers: 

    27 Minutes Campaign 

    Students at Olentangy High School, spearhead the 27 Minute Campaign, a youth-driven project. This initiative seeks to raise awareness among peers and parents about the risks and challenges posed by social media. Prompted by the loss of a classmate who was targeted by an online predator, the campaign shares personal accounts and important insights into the complexities of social media. They will share how they created a campaign utilizing posters, a podcast episode, and more to engage their classmates. 

    Justin Patchin, PhD

    Dr. Patchin is a professor of criminal justice at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and co-founder and co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center with Sameer Hinduja, PhD. He is the author or co-author of nine books and numerous academic and professional articles on adolescent behaviors online. His first book, co-written with Dr. Hinduja, “Bullying beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying”, was named Education Book of the Year in 2009 by ForeWord Reviews. The third edition of this book came out in 2023. The book “Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral” was written to help teens navigate challenging online problems in a positive way. Dr. Patchin has spoken at the White House and the FBI Academy on the matter of online behavior and safety. He has also appeared on CNN, NPR, and in the New York Times to discuss the issues associated with teens use and misuse of technology.

    Sarah Adams, MD 

    Dr. Sarah Adams is a pediatrician at Akron Children’s Hospital with more than 25 years of expertise to her practice. Passionate about transforming family dynamics in media usage, health and wellness, bullying prevention, and adolescent medicine, she is deeply invested in improving the well-being of children and families. Her dedication to community outreach extends to promoting healthy lifestyles for children and adolescents, evidenced by her initiative in launching the podcast "Growing Up with Dr. Sarah" and her speaking engagements at various forums. / (614) 401-4642 / PO Box 537, Archbold, OH 43502

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