BC Counsellor - Winter 2013 - (Page 9)
The Fine Print
From the Editor’s Desk
By the time you read this, the story of Amanda Todd will most likely be well known
to you. As school counsellors, many of us were faced with students who resonated with Amanda’s story and needed to process what happened to them and to her. Bullying is a complex and complicated issue. Our fall magazine issue touched on some of the aspects involved; but at the heart of bullying prevention, I believe, is connection and community. Bullying has always existed in some form, but technology has amplified its effects and its reach. As we become more connected through technology, we become less connected with our humanity which results in people underplaying the effects of their words and actions as they filter through an anonymous medium such as Facebook and the internet. Our conference this year was called “Connect 12” for good reason. As an executive from across British Columbia we represent our colleagues from the North, the Island, the Okanagan, the Lower Mainland and many regions in between. We recognize how vital it is to stay connected in our profession. This is true both with each other and with our students and the changing landscape of their lives. We are often the constant in many students’ lives – the one person they can count on to be there for them. Being there means we give a lot and need to take care of ourselves in order to be able to do that. The feedback I received about the conference from delegates was overwhelmingly positive. The quality of workshops was excellent, and our keynote speaker, Dr. Stuart Shanker, was well received. Dr. Shanker’s work on self regulation is cutting-edge research, and it was exciting to have a ring side seat to the changes being proposed by several districts in implementing Dr. Shanker’s ideas. Read about his work on page 10 in this issue, and if you would like to know more, his book Calm, Alert and Learning is available from Pearson Publishing. The turnout at our Burning Issues social was good, and it was vital to our work to hear what is happening in your district. If you were able to attend the conference this year, we are so glad you joined us. We understand and appreciate the time and effort it took for you to be there, and we hope it was worth your while. If you were not able to attend this year, we encourage you to come next year and to stay connected to the BCSCA. We are here for you and strive to support your growth as a school counsellor and represent your interests in a variety of arenas across the province. Have a wonderful winter season and take some time to recharge your batteries – wherever you are.
We are often the
constant in many students’ lives – the one person they can count on to be there for them. Being there means we give a lot and need to take care of ourselves in order to be able to do
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interested people – throughout the province and elsewhere. Our website is common ground for information and contacts. Our efforts to increase our membership represent a step in our goal of creating a community of school counsellors. Reaching out to related professionals of many kinds should result in helpful information and sharing. The bridges we build to each other can carry us to new and exciting experiences, and richer professional lives. Let’s keep building.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BC Counsellor - Winter 2013
Book Review: Frog or Prince?
The Fine Print
Self Regulation: An Interview with Stuart Shanker
BCSCA Conference Workshop Review
Connect ’12 in Photos
Index to Advertisers
BC Counsellor - Winter 2013