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>>>>>> PRESIDENT'S PERSPECTIVE Of Resolutions and Resiliency BY REN MORLEY Ahh, spring! Spring has sprung and the dafEDITOR'S NOTE: Ren Morley is the BCSCA's past president. New president Dave Mackenzie was  elected at the AGM in October, 2014. > We can choose to take bold actions that challenge and expand the limits of our efficacy, or we can disqualify ourselves and remain impotent by cloaking ourselves in excessive modesty and caution. 4 fodils has riz! Questionable grammar for sure, but you get the idea. New life, new ideas, newfound optimism and energy. Whoa! Here's the caveat - personal choice, or the foundational term for counsellors, options. And, as is so often the case, as counsellors we begin with students by helping them to become aware of their options, and to become aware that it's within their power to choose to act upon their options. So, one might ask, what does increased awareness and personal power have to do with new energy and budding optimism? In a word, it is about resiliency. In this age of real and pseudo options, just as we challenge our students, we need to challenge ourselves to identify and assess our options. And once we know our choices, we will discover ways to build upon the resiliency we know we have, even if it is hiding in the shadows of self-doubt and pessimism. Over the next year we will be given choices as one of 32 Provincial Specialist Associations (PSAs) to join with other PSAs in actions that advocate for counsellors and other specialists to have a role in promoting the mental health of our students. We will be asked to find ways through our Local Specialist Associations (LSAs) of making strong professional connections with our newer and often younger colleagues, connections that will better equip them and ourselves to advocate for all specialist services. And we will be asked to join with our colleagues in other specialist areas to celebrate our roles as educators in BC's Public Schools. As counsellors we are equipped to make the choice to approach our lives and work with an optimistic attitude balanced with a realistic perception of our circumstances, and an awareness of the personal and professional resources available to us to move even the most problematic situations toward positive outcomes. We can choose to take bold actions that challenge and expand the limits of our efficacy, or we can disqualify ourselves and remain impotent by cloaking ourselves in excessive modesty and caution. We can engage with opportunities, or we can choose avoidance and apathy. As counsellors we are privileged to possess the tools and the skills that enable us to facilitate both individual and societal positive change if we choose to make use of these talents and abilities. For many of us, the true beginning of the New Year is the arrival of spring. Over the remainder of this year we will all encounter opportunities to become change agents professionally, socially, and - dare I say it? - politically. For many of us the New Year is a time for resolutions. So it's natural that we should proclaim, if only to ourselves, "This is my year to express my resiliency by engaging with others in creating positive social change!" Then, just as we joined with others, professionals and para-professionals alike last summer, let's continue the advocacy that earned such strong public support across BC. This is the kind of grassroots resiliency that will bring about lasting social and political change. Happy spring, colleagues! BC Counsellor | Spring/Summer 2015 | www.bcschoolcounsellor.com http://www.bcschoolcounsellor.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BC Counsellor - Spring/Summer 2015

President’s Perspective
The Fine Print
Book Review
Counsellor Corner
The Savvy Social Media School Counsellor
Education, Travel or Work?
The Role of School Counsellor
5 Tips for Keeping Notes
Index to Advertisers

BC Counsellor - Spring/Summer 2015