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New Salem - January 16, 2008

Counselor’s Corner

Dr. Gaylynn Becker
National Certified Career Counselor
National Certified School Counselor
New Salem High School

“Take Time To….”

Do any of these topics interest you?
1. Batterers: Assessment and Treatment/Does It Work?
2. Bullying - What You Can Do To Stop It!
3. De-escalating Angry Youth
4. Job Trends and Skill Gaps
5. Music Therapy Techniques and Grief Counseling
6. Self Injury
7. Teens Caring for Themselves and Each Other
7. Youth in Grief

If they do, you may want to consider attending this year’s North Dakota Counseling Association’s Annual Conference. This year’s theme is “Take Time to …” There are a total of 45 interesting breakout sessions that are being offered. Cheri Lovre is this year’s keynote speaker. Cheri Lovre is Founder and Director of the Crisis Management Institute in Salem, Oregon. Ms. Lovre works with clients who have suffered tragedies. Yet she assists others to overcome catastrophic events. This keynote will help us learn to provide insights and inspiration for others.

What: North Dakota Counseling Association Annual Conference

When: February 10-12, 2008

Where: Best Western Ramkota Hotel, Bismarck

I always come away from our annual conference with added enthusiasm and knowledge from the conference presenters. In addition, I always get some good ideas from networking with other counselors I see from across North Dakota. Montana, South Dakota, and Minnesota.

“Trauma Training”
This year’s pre-conference is titled, “Trauma Training.” Cheri Lovre is also this year’s pre-conference presenter. The pre-conference is at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck and runs from 8:30-4:00 on Saturday, February 9, 2008. The pre-conference is sponsored by the “North Dakota Mental Health Counselors’ Association” and the “North Dakota School Counselor Association.”

The conference and pre-conference are not only for counselors. They are for anyone with an interest in counseling or related topics. To learn more about the conference, registration, costs, etc. go to the North Dakota Counseling Association’s website at To find out more about the conference schedule and breakout sessions, click on “Preliminary 2008 Conference Schedule” or the “2008 Pre-Conference Schedule.”

If you want to see the costs or register for the conference, click on “Joining Us” from the home page. To view all 46 breakout sessions, on the home page click on “November 2007 Focus.” Then turn to page 6 for the list.

From what I’ve seen so far on breakout sessions, keynote speakers, and the pre-conference, it is bound to be another great conference. If you are interested, I hope to see you there!

For more information on career information and links, please go to If you have any questions on career, counseling, or assessment topics, please contact me at either New Salem High School at 843-7610, or at my residence at 222-3222.

Have an excellent academic day!