Kansas School Counselor Association
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A message from our current KSCA President, William Skaggs

KSCA 201
6-2017

    As we embark on a new school year, we
    must remember that important work we
    do as school counselors and embrace
    the change that will come with the school
    year. No school year is ever the same,
    and new challenges and new adversity
    bring opportunities for school
    counselors to rise to those challenges
    and become leaders. With the new
    school year and the ever-increasing
    needs of our students, we must practice
    and not only talk about self-care. To have
    a successful year with less stress, our
    self-care is essential so that we will be
    at our best for our students.

A new school year might mean a change of schools, grade levels,
school districts or even cities or states. Or, you might be a first-year
counselor. Look on these changes as new opportunities. Challenge
yourself to embrace the change and meet the opportunities head-on to
improve your counseling program. Perhaps it's time to implement the
new and exciting program that you have been working on or time to
research a new approach to students and trauma. Maybe it's time to
evaluate your abilities and interject them into a part of the school that
most needs your particular set of skills. Change is not intimidating or
scary if you rise to the challenge and are prepared to make a
difference in the lives of your students. Nervousness in change is
good. As a former college athlete, I know that nervousness that is
embraced produces positive results, whereas nervousness that is not
embraced can consume us. Take the change of a new school year
and embrace, prepare, and implement your skills for a positive impact
on the students and school as a whole.

Self-care is something we often discuss with our students, but how
often do we talk to ourselves about self-care? How often do we take
care of ourselves before the effects of stress impact our jobs or lives
outside of the school? I will admit that, at times in my career, I did not
have good self-care and the stresses of home and the job affected my
life at home and in the school. It was not until the stress had a
noticeable negative impact on my life that I attempted to take care of
myself. It is vitally important that we take the time to care for ourselves
so we can take care of others.

To have a year of less stress, let us embrace the changes of the new
school year and take care of ourselves. We must be able to say, "The
most important person is me." As school counselors, saying those
words is difficult because we are not used to placing ourselves first;
we are always placing others ahead of us. To decrease the burnout
and stress in our professions, practicing self-care is vital.
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William Skaggs
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Left to right:  Kelly Vosilus (school counselor at Ross
Elementary and Eisenhower Middle School, Topeka),
Dr. Mary Fry (KSCA President and Professor at
MidAmerica Nazarene University), Dr. Ken Hughey
(Counselor Education Program Director at Kansas
State University), Kent Reed (KSDE liaison for School
Counselors), William Skaggs (KSCA President Elect
and school counselor at Topeka High), Dr. Judith
Hughey (KSCA Post Secondary VP and Associate
Professor at Kansas State University), Autumn Newby
(School counselor graduate student at MidAmerica
Nazarene University) and Leslie Andes (School
counselor graduate student at MidAmerica Nazarene
University).
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Proclamation Signing 2016 in Topeka, KS
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