Professional Development

WSCA-Sponsored Professional Development

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities


Webinar

Webinar: The 2024-2025 FAFSA: Helping Homeless and Foster Youth

January 16, 2024 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM Pacific

The highly anticipated 2024-2025 FAFSA is scheduled to be released by December 31, 2023. This FAFSA contains many changes as a result of the FAFSA Simplification Act, including important new policies for homeless and foster youth. Webinar participants will learn how to help homeless and foster youth fill out the new 2024-2025 FAFSA; get tips for working with financial aid offices to support homeless and foster youth; and find out about how ARP-HCY funds can be used to support postsecondary access and transition. There will be ample time for questions and answers. 

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Creating LBGTQ+ Inclusive and Affirming Learning Spaces

In Sexual Health Education (3 equity clock hours)

Tue, April 30 2024 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Understanding LGBTQ+ students is critical to supporting inclusive sexual health education. In this three hour training you’ll learn about sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and other LGBTQ+ language.  We’ll also explore what you can do to create inclusive learning spaces for all students. 



Science of School Counseling Data Mini-Series
Closing the Gap Mini Series One Pager with Dates

Designed specifically for Comprehensive School Counseling Program (CSCP) staff, this 5-part mini-series will guide participants through a project to address a gap that exists in their school’s student achievement, behavior, or attendance data. Upon completion of the series, participants will earn a certificate and be recognized at the WSCA Conference in March 2024.

Webinars are one hour long from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

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2023-2024 OSPI-WSAC Webinar Series
Each year, OSPI, the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC), and other partners co-host a series of webinars for school counselors, career counselors and specialists, college access professionals, graduation specialists and other support staff. This webinar series typically includes policy changes and tools and resources to help support students’ career and college preparation, academic development, and social-emotional development.

All webinars take place from 9:00am-10:30 am. Each session is free and registering for the series does not obligate you to attend every webinar.Session Dates and Topics for our 2023-24 Webinar Series are listed below:
03/20/2024 – TBD
05/17/2024 – Legislative Updates: Understanding the Latest Changes and Reflections on the 23-24 School YearRegistering through pdEnroller will give you access to 1.5 FREE clock hours per webinar. Clock hours are awarded based on time in attendance during the live webinar. We verify attendance within a week of each event. After each webinar, pdEnroller will send you an email link to a short evaluation survey. If you can't make it, we post all our videos on the OSPI YouTube Channel - Check out our playlist! Subscribe by clicking on the bell to get alerts for videos as we post them. 
BEST (Beginning Educator Support Team)Mentor Foundational Opportunities are designed to build core knowledge of mentoring for equity. Mentor Academy 101 and 201 are 12-hour trainings. Nakia Academy can be taken in place of Mentor Academy 101 by participants who identify as people of color. Participation in Mentor Academy 101 or Nakia Academy is the prerequisite for participation in any other BEST event.

Professional Development offered throughout the year

Yoga Calm Workshops

Yoga Calm is an innovative child education method that reduces stress, improves self-control, and develops social/emotional skills. It's good for children and you too! Workshops qualify for graduate credits, CEU, and clock hours through Portland State University, NBCC, and the WSCA.


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Professional School Counseling Journal Articles

Subscribers of "Professional School Counseling" can earn CEUs for reading journal articles and passing a short online quiz about the material. Articles are worth up to 0.1 CEUs, and an entire journal will earn you approximately 1.0 CEUs. ASCA is an IACET-Authorized Provider of CEUs. There will be a small fee for the CEUs. For more information log onto the journal section of ASCA.


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National Board for Certified School Counselors

National Certified School Counselors (NCSC) are nationally certified counselors who offer the highest standards of practice for schools and students because they have met stringent education, examination, supervision, experience, and ethical requirements in school counseling.


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Dependable Strengths

Dependable Strengths is a unique research-based process proven to increase self-esteem, motivation, and interest in learning for people of all ages.


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School-Based Mental Health Trainings

nti School counselors, social workers, psychologists, school-based therapists, administrators, and other professionals are invited to enroll in FREE web-based training to help address the complex mental health and developmental needs of students experiencing adoption, foster care, or kinship care.
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