“Utah is one of only five states in the nation that has a comprehensive statewide school counseling program that measures success through student outcomes,” said Valerie Ross, USCA president. “Utah has been recognized for its outstanding program, and we hold our Utah school counselors to a higher standard. Our annual conference gives our colleagues the tools to make sure every student is recognized for his or her strengths and given proper guidance for college and career readiness.”
At 8:20 a.m., nationally recognized speakers, Arond Schonberg and Keith Fulthorp, will co-present on how a positive outlook can help students succeed. Schonberg has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of social work and education, as well as working with homeless populations. He will share his insights on how counselors can use language and word choice to help students achieve. He is currently a high school counselor and adjunct professor at the University of Southern California and California State University, Long Beach.
Fulthorp is a 20-year veteran in the recreation and school counseling professions and is currently an assistant professor at California State University, Long Beach in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies. His expertise spans municipal recreation and parks in urban areas, leadership, teambuilding and school counseling. He completed his doctorate at the University of Southern California in 2009.
Breakout sessions throughout the day will address topics including: how to recognize concussions, motivating and inspiring students, dropout prevention, the changing role of school counselors, how to reach and graduate more students, resources for elementary school counselors, working with diverse populations and their families, strategies for teaching social and emotional life skills to youth and more.
During the annual luncheon, the USCA will recognize six Utahns for their outstanding efforts in promoting human rights in Utah’s schools. The award is open to professional school counselors, educators, community members or counselor educators.
“We look forward to networking with our friends in the school counseling profession, and we hope that those who attend the conference will leave with new skills, knowledge and ideas to help them in their schools,” added Ross. “Our counselors face many challenges, demands on their time and the high expectations of our elected officials, parents, teachers and students. And, we are confident that our counselors will meet those challenges with optimism and grace.”
For more information about the conference, visit www.utschoolcounselor.org.