VTSCA Updates

September 2015

VTSCA's 2015 Annual Conference: The Art & Science of School Counseling

Thursday, Sep. 24th, 8am

228 East Mountain Road

Killington, VT

For more information and to register click here.
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The Use of Data in School Counseling: Hatching Results for Students, Programs and the Profession

Thursday, Nov. 19th, 8:30am-3:30pm

1 Upland Road

Norwood, MA

In connection with the Universal Technical Institute and our neighboring school counseling associations VTSCA is proud to present Dr. Trish Hatch. This workshop is designed to provide participants with the attitudes, knowledge and skills to utilize data to design, implement, evaluate and improve their school counseling program.

For more information and to register online click here

Dual Enrollment and Early College Program Stipend

For Early College students, they must complete a Vermont grant application and FAFSA. We do allow Vermont grants for these students, so Early College students must apply for a Vermont grant to be considered for the stipend. If they apply for the Vermont grant and are eligible for the grant, they will also be awarded the $150 stipend. If not eligible for the Vermont grant, they will not be eligible for the stipend.

For the Early College students, we will not disburse the $150 stipend until the college verifies enrollment for their Vermont grant. Once that is done, we will disburse the Vermont grant directly to the college and we will award and disburse the $150 stipend directly to the student.

Dual Enrollment Voucher Request form has a section that asks if a student 1) Will have expenses in addition to the course, 2) Are eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch, 3) Authorize the release of this information to VSAC. Once they have said yes to those questions and have registered for their Dual Enrollment course at whatever Dual Enrollment Institution, CCV will send their name to VSAC and VSAC will send them the stipend check. It is important that students say yes to those questions on the form, otherwise they will not be considered for the stipend. If you find out after the fact that a student should have filled those questions out with a yes, you can work with Megan Tucker at CCV. Megan can be reached at mjt09050@ccv.vsc.edu

School Counselors' Use of Online Technology Tools for Professional Purposes

The primary research questions of this study are:

1. What online technology tools are currently and commonly used by school counselors?
2. How are school counselors using these tools for professional purposes?
3. For whom and with which audiences are school counselors using these tools?
4. What are the benefits and challenges of using these tools in the school counselor’s role?

This research study includes a online survey which takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. Any questions that participants do not wish to answer may be skipped and the survey may be quit at any time. Participants must be actively employed, practicing school counselors with the appropriate state certificate or license and at least a Master’s degree in Counseling. Other school support personnel such as school social workers or school psychologists will not qualify for this study.

This study is being conducted by Dr. Erin Mason of the Counseling and Special Education Department in the College of Education at DePaul University. Dr. Mason can be contacted at emason5@depaul.edu or 773-245-3746. This study is conducted with practices and procedures that preserve the rights and protection of human subjects and is approved by the Institutional Review Board of DePaul University.

Participants may access the online survey at the following link:

http://survey.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5mTZ7HaiJCc99S5. Upon clicking the link, participants will be presented with a consent page prior to beginning the survey.