VTSCA Updates

September 2017

Vermont School Counselor Association Annual Fall Conference

Friday, Sep. 29th, 8am-3:30pm

1 Clubhouse Road

Fairlee, VT

8:00: Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:45: Welcome and Board Introductions

9:00: Keynote Presentation - Barbara Gruener

Mindset, Heartset, Skillset: Moving From Me To We

Nationally known school counselor and character coach Barbara Gruener is a passionate, lifelong learner who thrives on energizing caregivers as she positively inspires caring connections and influences school culture and climate transformation. During her 34 years in public education, Barbara has been blessed to grow alongside of learners from every age and stage, preK through 12th. Barbara is the author of What's Under Your Cape? SUPERHEROES of the Character Kind and the Corner on Character blog. She and her husband John live in Friendswood, TX, and have three adult children.


10:00-10:15 Break - Check out our vendors!


10:15-11:30 Workshops


  • Legal and Ethical Considerations for LGBTQ Youth
  • The Counseling Office Environment
  • How VT High School Counselors are using ACT and PreACT results and Data
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences & Resilience


11:30-12:30: Lunch & Awards Presentation


12:30-1:45 Workshops

  • Crisis Team VT
  • GLAD Attorney - Q & A Session
  • Youth Thrive: Protective & Promotive Factors for Healthy Youth Development and Well-being
  • Help Students Reach Higher with FAFSA


1:45-2:00: Break - Check out our vendors!


2:00-3:15 Workshops

  • Taking the Guesswork out of Community College Transfer
  • Implicit Bias
  • Prevent Child Abuse Presentation - PreK - Middle Level
  • Social Stations


3:15: Concluding Remarks & Certificates


To register online click here

Rebecca Lallier named Finalist for 2017 School Counselor of the Year Award

In case you didn't know, last fall, Rebecca Lallier, a school counselor at Dothan Brook School in White River Junction was named a 2017 School Counselor of the Year finalist. The finalists were chosen for their innovation, their leadership and their advocacy. The School Counselor of the Year award, presented by the American School Counselor Association, honors the professionals who devote their careers to serving as advocates for the nation’s students and addressing their academic and social/emotional development and college and career readiness.


In January Rebecca had the opportunity to travel to Washington DC and spend time meeting with state representatives as well as spending time in the presence of Michelle Obama and other national leaders. Congratulations to Rebecca, what an incredible honor!

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Professional Development Opportunities

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The VTSCA Board Needs You!

Have you ever thought about getting more involved with VTSCA? Now is your chance. Our next board meeting will be taking place on Wednesday September 20th at 4:30 at the Waterbury Public Library. We would love to see you there. If you would like more information about the board and what we do check out our Policy and Procedure Manual. If you have questions or are interested in attending please contact Cairsten Keese at cairstenkeese@gmail.com

VTSCA Board Meeting

Wednesday, Sep. 20th, 4:30pm

28 North Main Street

Waterbury, VT