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EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! EXTENDED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 27th!


   2018 BCSCA Conference

October 24-25, 2019



Join us at the Pacific Gateway Hotel in Richmond, BC for the annual BCSCA conference. This year the theme is:


Realizing Resilience

Informed by trauma, Influenced by care


We welcome Dr. Linda O’Neill, specialist in trauma informed practice, as our keynote speaker. A rich variety of workshops will be offered covering topics such as: “Addressing ACE’s in your practice”, “Preventing Vicarious Trauma and Provider Burnout”, “Keys to Unleashing Resilience”, and “Trauma Informed Practice in Schools”. 


Rooms are booked directly through the hotel at the conference rate. More information will be available in our registration announcement. USE THE CONFERENCE CODE # 1969814 FOR BOOKING YOUR ROOM.


Early bird rate:

2-days - BCTF Members: $249

    Non-member: $289

1-day - BCTF Members: $179

  Non-member: $219


REGISTRATION can be done through the  conference website: bcscaconference.ca


We look forward to seeing you in October!

2018 BCSCA Conference - Save the Date!

 Save the Date

   October 24-25, 2019



Join us at the Pacific Gateway Hotel in Richmond, BC for the annual BCSCA conference. This year the theme is:


Realizing Resilience

Informed by trauma, Influenced by care


We welcome Dr. Linda O’Neill, specialist in trauma informed practice, as our keynote speaker. A rich variety of workshops will be offered covering topics such as: “Addressing ACE’s in your practice”, “Preventing Vicarious Trauma and Provider Burnout”, “Keys to Unleashing Resilience”, and “Trauma Informed Practice in Schools”. 


Watch for our announcement that registration is open in July 2019 and register early to get the early bird rate.


Rooms are booked directly through the hotel at the conference rate. More information will be available in our registration announcement.


Early bird rate:

2-days - BCTF Members: $249

    Non-member: $289

1-day - BCTF Members: $179

  Non-member: $219


Watch our conference website for more information: bcscaconference.ca


Contact us at: info@bcscaconference.ca


Winter Edition of BC Counsellor Now Out!

The Winter 2019 Issue of BC Counsellor is now available on a fully interactive platform optimized for mobile reading.


Included in the Winter Edition:


  • B.C.'s New Mental Health Plan for Schools
  • Book review for It's Complicated
  • Creating Trauma-Informed Schools workshop overview


Become a member of the BCSCA Provincial Specialist Association to start reading!


Minister of Mental Health and Addictions to address hundreds of BC school counsellors at annual professional development conference

The BC School Counsellors Association, a provincial specialist association of the BC Teachers' Federation, will welcome Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Judy Darcy as the keynote speaker at their annual professional development conference on Friday, October 19, 2018 in Richmond. 

Dave MacKenzie, president of the BC School Counsellors Association, said they are expecting 300 school counsellors from across the province and that hearing from the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions is incredibly timely, given the increase in mental health problems facing students in our schools. 

“As school counsellors, we are often the first to identify and intervene when young people start to struggle,” said MacKenzie. “School counsellors are the educational professionals who often become the primary navigators for young people and their families when more intensive services and supports are required. As school counsellors, we are all doing what we can to raise awareness of the growing need for strategies and resources to support mental health in BC's schools. Whether it's supporting a student with anxiety, training other teachers in a mental health literacy program, or helping a family navigate difficult circumstances, our work is often done quietly behind the scenes and not always supported the way it should be by school districts.”

MacKenzie explained that more needs to be done to ensure students get the early interventions they need to improve and sustain mental health. 

“Having the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions come to the BC School Counsellors Association conference is unprecedented and a good sign that the government is serious about addressing about the growing problem facing BC schools.”

WHEN: Minister Darcy's keynote is from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 19
WHERE: Pacific Gateway Hotel, 3500 Cessna Drive, Richmond. 

The BC School Counsellors Association conference is part of network of professional development events happening this week that are put on by the BCTF's provincial specialist associations

Media can reach Dave MacKenzie at vernondavemack@gmail.com or at 250-307-4499. 

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For more information, contact Rich Overgaard, BCTF media relations officer, at 604-871-1881 (office) or 604-340-1959 (cell).

School counselling in Canada is thriving - be part of something great through membership in the CCPA School Counsellors Chapter.

Originating in 2000, the School Counsellors Chapter is a growing professional group of CCPA. The Chapter aims to provide elementary and secondary school counsellors in Canadian private and public schools with access to professional development, open discussion and networking, advocacy, and research opportunities.

The Chapter members come from all Canadian provinces and territories. Students and international members also belong to the Chapter. CCPA members who are school counsellors, or other CCPA members interested in the school counselling profession, may join the School Counsellors Chapter for a fee of $15 per year.

The majority of Chapter members have chosen to attain the “Canadian Certified Counsellor” (C.C.C.) designation.


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