I feel like I am finally feeling like a human again after a very busy semester full of learning, growing, and just enjoying the internship experience. With that said, it didn’t give me as much time as I had hoped to blog about my experiences but that’s what break is for, right?
I have been anxious to write about the sessions I attended at the Virginia Counselor’s Association (VCA)convention this past November at the Homestead. I learned so much and made a few contacts for the future. I am amazed how inspired I feel after each conference I attend.
Here is a list of the sessions I attended that really stood out to me (I will write a blog post for each individually):
- Relax!: Yoga Interventions to Combat Student Stress and Anxiety
- The Integration of Brief Therapy with the Expressive Arts in the Mental Health Treatment of Clients living in Homelessness
- Putting the Puzzle Together… School Counselors and SMART Goals
- Magic Wands and A Bag Full of Tricks: Creativity in Counseling
- Think Outside the Boxed-In
- Group Counseling with Newly Arrived Immigrant Students
Following the first day of sessions there are many welcome receptions to attend. I was lucky enough to pick up some leftover resources from a few sessions I was unable to attend at the receptions. There was so many interesting and informative sessions that I felt torn as to where to go!
The keynote speaker this year was Trevor Romain. If you ever have the opportunity to hear him speak – Go! He is funny, inspiring, and really knows how to pull his audience in and pull on each person’s heart strings. He is the author of several books and dvds. If I knew I would be working in an elementary or middle school next year I would have scooped up a couple of them at the conference.