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Screening for Mental Health

Screening for Mental Health (SMH) is excited to offer three, free comprehensive trainings to provide school staff and community members across New England with education on youth suicide prevention. Trainings will involve the use of the evidence-based SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program as an example of effective programming and community involvement. The Groton, MA trainings will also include clinical staff from Riverside Trauma Center discussing best practices for schools in the event of a student suicide.

Click here to learn more and to register for any of the free training opportunities

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Calling all future MASCA Leaders

Calling all MASCA members who wish to become more actively involved with the leadership team starting next year. The call for nominations is now open for select positions on the MASCA leadership team. Follow the link below to access the online form to see which positions are available.

http://goo.gl/forms/M6RSYdnhfp

Self-nominations are welcomed. For each nominee, the online registration form found at the site from the link above, along with 10 signatures of support from current MASCA members are required. Both pieces must be received in order for a nomination to be considered complete. Details are included on the online form.

The election and voting will take place at the Spring 2015 conference. Only MASCA members are eligible to vote. For those who are not able to attend the conference, we will be using an online voting system so you will still be able to take part in the election.

Please refer to the MASCA website for the electronic copies of the Policies and Procedures manual, which contains information and descriptions about the positions of the MASCA leadership team, as well as the organization’s bylaws. Both resources will provide additional information about the roles.

Thank you for your consideration to get involved and help the organization continue it’s good work as we move forward. This is an opportunity for anyone who is a MASCA member to consider. On behalf of the current leadership team, we encourage you to consider getting involved as it is a very rewarding experience!

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Making Career Preparation Work for Students

College and Career Readiness Colleagues,
 
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has just released a major report, “Opportunities and Options: Making Career Preparation Work for Students,” through its Career Readiness Task Force to bring a renewed focus to the issue of career development education for ALL students. 
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FAFSA Day - 2015

 

FAFSADay2015 2015

 

FAFSA Day Massachusetts (www.fafsaday.org), a free volunteer driven statewide program that helps students complete their FAFSA, to apply for financial aid for college.

Also, volunteers are needed for the event - please volunteer at http://www.fafsaday.org/volunteer.php.

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Spring 2015 Conference Information

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION INFORMATION & LINKS

 

The MASCA Spring 2015 Conference Team is proud to announce a 100% on-line registration process for the conference.  In addition to our efforts to "go-green", we have also attempted to create a user-friendly online process for registration.   Below you will find links to .pdf documents summarizing registration information for different registration categories. These registration information sheets can be downloaded/saved, and referred back to in preparation for completing your registration.

 

QUICK CONTACT REFERENCES

 

Inquiries about the conference in general may be made to the Conference Committee Chair, Dr. Theresa Coogan at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Inquiries about registration may be made via email to our Conference Team Registrar, Jen Jameson at:

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Inquiries about exhibiting and sponsoring may be made via email to our Conference Team member, Nancy LeBlanc at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Registration Payment Method Information

The conference registration process will accept three (3) primary forms of payment. 

One: personal check or money order, which can be mailed to the MASCA mailbox address provided on the information sheet.

 

Two: a purchase order request can be made for one or multiple attendees from a school or district. To create the specific invoice needed, please contact the conference registrar, Jen Jameson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to begin this process. 

 

Three: credit card (mastercard or visa only) are accepted via PayPal. First, the attendee must complete the online registration form, and make note of the total cost to charge to the credit card on PayPal as that amount must be manually entered when they arrive at the external PayPal site. At the completion of the online registration form, a link is provided for those wishing to use this payment method to take you to the external PayPal site to finalize payment. It will be possible to enter a "lump sum" payment via PayPal combining multiple attendees while at this site. Please use the comments section in PayPal to indicate the names of the attendees if the credit card name is not the same as the attendee or if multiple attendees are covered in one payment. Thank you for your assistance to help us keep clean and accurate records.

 

 

 

On-Line Registration Form Link

To complete the online registration form, click here .  Please keep in mind that EACH attendee must complete the online registration form.  Even if a payment option will combine multiple attendees, each individual must complete the online registration form to provide us with an accurate head count for attendance.  Thank you!

 

All Conference Attendees:

Click here to download/save the .pdf information sheet that explains details about registration as a conference attendee. Please note the Early Bird discounted rate ends March 31, 2015. After this date, there will only be on-site registration accepted at the conference.

 

Presenters (Practitioners for Break-out Sessions & Grad Student Poster Presenters):

Click here to download/save the .pdf information sheet that explains details about registration as a  conference presenter (practitioners and graduate students presenting in the poster presentation session). All presenters who were accepted (graduate student and break-out session presenters) will have received an email from the conference team member overseeing that part of the planning.

Graduate students, please direct any inquiries to Dr. Megan Krell (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  

Practitioners, please direct any inquiries to Dr. Amy Cook (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 

 

CONFERENCE PROGRAM INFORMATION

The tentative schedule, in a draft form, is available HERE (updated 1.5.15) to provide a glimpse of the incredible professional development this spring 2015 conference will provide to attendees. A sense of the schedule for the pre-conference and conference day is outlined, along with the learning break out session titles and presenters as well as graduate student presenters. We are excited to offer a 3-hour pre-conference workshop on Monday, April 6th from 3:00pm-6:00pm at the same location as the conference COMPLEMENTARY with your conference day registration.  Details about the per-conference and keynote session are coming soon. Check back here on the Events page of the MASCA site for information, and a pre-conference sign-up seat so we can plan accordingly for attendance.  (Note: for those wishing to earn PDP's for attending the pre-conference workshop and/or the full-day conference, there is a small fee associated with the processing of PDP's. Information will be provided at the event regarding this process).

 

Also, we'll be using a Mobile Conference Program this year based on the success from last year. Check back for more information about the Mobile Conference Program that will be available in preparation and during the conference. There will be a Twitter feed for the conference as well that we'll encourage everyone to use leading up to our conference and during the conference. Information about this will be included in the Mobile Conference Program.

 

 

HOTEL INFORMATION

Book your hotel room now at the group discounted rate of $99.00/night!!  The pre-conference, conference and all related events will take place at the Holiday Inn, 242 Adams Place, Boxborough, MA.  Click here to be taken to the Holiday Inn webpage to secure your discounted rate room for our conference. The $99.00/night rate is guaranteed until March 13, 2015. If you'd prefer to call the hotel front desk, they can be reached at 978-263-8701 and ask for MA School Counselors Association group rate.

 

EXHIBITOR & SPONSOR INFORMATION

Click here to download the .pdf flyer that outlines the several exhibitor and sponsor packages that are available for the Spring 2015 conference.  Inquiries about exhibiting and sponsoring can be directed to our Conference Team member, Nancy LeBlanc at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

There is also a 100% online registration process for Exhibitors and Sponsors. Click here to be redirected to the online exhibitor and sponsor registration form.