Oakland Counseling Association

2016-17 Vol. 2

The Oakland Counseling Association is a not-for-profit, professional and educational organization that is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession.


The mission of the Oakland Counseling Association is to enhance the quality of life in

Oakland County by promoting the development of professional counselors, advancing the

counseling profession and using the profession and practice of counseling to promote respect for human dignity and diversity.


OCA is conducting a needs assessment for Oakland County Counselors. Your input is needed and greatly appreciated. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Thank you for your time!


On Tuesday, November 8, Oakland Counseling Association and Oakland Schools partnered to bring Dr. Carolyn Stone to talk about The Legal and Ethical Complications of Working with Students, specifically for School Counselors.

The big reminder of the day was "Above all, do no harm."

As school counselors, we are the keepers of their personal, social, and emotional development. Working in education there are many complications with this task. Some of these are:

Legal status of Minors

In loco parentis – standing in place of the parent

Trusting relationship

Informed consent – it is not developmentally possible for a child to give this

Skill level


Parental rights

When we are looking at ethics, law is the floor and ethics are the ceiling. For many of us, when we listen to court cases that have occurred in education, we think "well that's common sense." While many of these cases end in favor of the educator or school district, there are cases that ruled against them or the school district settled. Sometimes it's an err in judgment or an honest mistake but other times, someone crosses the line and the action is illegal. We are very fortunate as counselors to have organizations like American Counseling Association (ACA) and American School Counseling Association (ASCA) to provide us with documented Ethical Standards (see links below). The law is the minimum, which everyone can meet. Ethics are a higher standard that we should hold ourselves to. If you ever have any doubt as to what you should do, consult, consult, consult!

ACA Code of Ethics

ASCA Ethical Standards

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Collision (All OSTC Locations)

Machining (All OSTC Locations)

Mechatronics (All OSTC Locations)

Welding (OSTC NE, SE, SW Locations)

Health Science: Emergency Medical Technician (OSTC SW Location)

General Year-By-Year Layout and Detail Program of Study Requirements

Additional programming could be added for the 2017-2018 school year! Check back for updates!


Tuesday, January 17th from 6:30p - 7:30p @ Oakland Schools Technical Campus - NW - 8211 Big Lake Rd, Clarkston, MI

Thursday, January 19th from 6:30p - 7:30p @ Oakland Schools Technical Campus - SW - 1000 Beck Rd, Wixom, MI

Tuesday, February 7th from 6:30p - 7:30p @ Oakland Schools Technical Campus - SE - 5055 Delemere Ave, Royal Oak, MI

Thursday, February 9th from 6:30p - 7:30p @ Oakland Schools Technical Campus - NE - 1371 N. Perry St, Pontiac, MI

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The State of Michigan Department of Treasury-Student Financial Services Bureau is in the process of launching a new online portal to help counselors and students have easier access to Financial Aid opportunities for students who qualify. MI Student Aid/Scholarships and Grants (MISSG) has created the portal where students will be able to check their eligibility and complete necessary forms for any of the State programs including the Tuition Incentive Program(TIP) and the Michigan Competitive Scholarship(MCS). Students must complete a FAFSA or be TIP eligible to use the portal. The portal will make it easier for students to update their information such as their address and will directly connect to the Community Colleges for those students who are TIP eligible.

Counselors can use the portal to obtain valuable date on FAFSA completion and TIP and MCS eligibility to help increase college accessibility. The portal will also allow you to print MCS qualifiers and certificates.

To obtain access to the portal, counselors should go to www.Michigan.gov/missg. From there you will be instructed to complete a Data Use Agreement and a Data Receiver Agreement which must be signed by an administrator and returned. Once the information is received each person assigned as a data receiver will receive an email to access the information by creating an online account.

The website also contains free publications that can be ordered to use to advertise and promote the Mi Student Aid website and all of their programs. The portal is expected to be up and running soon.

New Ways to Manage Unfriendly Behavior and Prevent Bullying

Participants in the Surviving the Social Jungle Conference will learn 12 steps to preventing children from being bullied. Adults will learn how to teach kids the skills and strategies needed to shut down situations before it turns into bullying. Strategies include: the words to say, the tone of voice, and the body language to use in managing unfriendly situations with peers. Kid participants (Elementary School Track Grades 3-5 and Middle School Track) will learn the lessons and participate in activities at the various stations.

Schools are encouraged to register a group of students and/or staff to participate as well as sending the flyer out to parents.

The cost of the conference is $15.

Credits will be available.

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Station Leaders are needed to run the interactive fun stations to teach the kids lessons. Station Leaders must attend the complimentary training and will receive a complimentary t-shirt. Station leaders must having a teaching, counseling or similar background.

If you would like to be a Station Leader or Group Leader please contact Kimber at:

kimber@kidsempowered.com or 248-757-0912.

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Registration will be available at: www.survivingthesocialjungle.com


Volunteer Training: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Surviving the Jungle Conference: Saturday, April 22, 2017. 9:00am – 12:00pm


Seaholm High School, 2436 West Lincoln, Birmingham, MI 48009 (Media Center)

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We have already started planning our final workshop for the year as well as our Annual Awards Luncheon. If you have a counselor you would like to nominate for our Terry Hood Lifetime Achievement Award or Counselor of the Year Award, please complete the corresponding nomination form below. All nominations are due no later than Monday, February 6, 2017. You will be notified by March 15 if your candidate is selected.

Both the nominator and nominee must be active OCA members.

Nominate a counseling colleague that is upon completion of their career and has made a positive impact on their school, students, staff, and/or community.
Nominate a counseling colleague that has been in the counseling field for any length of time that has made a positive impact on their school, students, parents, staff and/or community.

Are you looking for relevant, but inexpensive, professional development options?

Look no further, because becoming a member of the Oakland Counseling Association is the perfect answer. You will be joining a group dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in Oakland County by promoting the development of professional counselors, advancing in the counseling profession, and using the profession and practice of counseling to promote respect for human dignity and diversity. For a small fee you can become a member, and be eligible to attend a variety of workshops at a discount. Simply go to www.oaklandcounselors.org and click on the membership link on the left hand side (Pay Pal accepted). Current memberships are available at $20 for individuals, $50 for departments, and $10 for students. So don’t delay and sign up for your Oakland Counseling Association membership today!

We still have 3 events left for the school year! Our next event is January 23, 2017 and is FREE for members.

Networking and Agencies in the Round

Monday, Jan. 23rd 2017 at 8:30am-2pm

Oakland Schools, 2111 Pontiac Lake Rd, Waterford Twp, MI 48328

Please join us on January 23, 2017 for a day of Networking with colleagues, followed by lunch and Agencies in the Round.


8:00 - 8:30am: Registration

8:30 - 11:00am: OCA Networking

11:00am - 12:00pm: Lunch

12:00 - 2:00pm: Agencies in the Round