September 21, 2014

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Winter 2014 MeCA Newsletter | High School Counselor Week

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Ethical Issues in Counseling Practice
Ethical Issues in Clinical Supervision

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Summer Special Topic Course:

Crisis Intervention and Disaster Response

University of Maine
Counselor Education Program

May 19 - July 14
Mondays 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Upcoming Workshop:
NEURODIVERSITY IN THE CLASSROOM: Strength Based Strategies to Help Students with Special Needs Succeed in School and Life

April 4, 2014
Portland, ME

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Upcoming Workshop:
SOLVING PROBLEMS COLLABORATIVELY: Advanced Training in Dr. Greene's Model for Understanding and Helping Behaviorally Challenging Kids

July 9-11, 2014
Portland, ME

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Upcoming Workshop:
Teaching Students and Clients about the Hidden Job Market and Self Directed Career Launch

April 15, 2014
Colby College, Waterville, ME

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Career Development Facilitator (CDF) course
This CDF live classes will be offered in Central Maine this coming year
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Calls for Submissions
The Northeast Conference for Teachers of Psychology (NECTOP) and the New England psychological Association (NEPA) Meeting are now accepting presentation proposals.
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126th legislature Bills possibly impacting Maine counselors - Updated May 4, 2014

Bills carried from 1st Session:

LD 481 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Virtual Public Charter Schools

LD 968 - An Act To Provide Needed Psychiatric Hospitalization for Persons with Mental Illness (Committee Voted Ought Not To Pass January 21, 2014)

LD 1213 - An Act To Reduce Costs and Increase Access to Methadone Treatment(DEAD 2/13/14)

Current Bills of 2nd Session:

LD 1591 - An Act To Amend the Process Controlling the Transfer of a Student between School Administrative Units (Voted in Committee Ought To Pass As Amended 2/13/14)

LD 1593 - Resolve, To Eliminate Financial Inequality in MaineCare Reimbursement for Community-based Behavioral Health Services (Referred out to Appropriations and Financial Affairs 2/24/14)

LD 1594 - Resolve, To Improve Access to Emergency Behavioral Health Services and Increase Public Safety (Divided Report 2/18/14)

LD 1617 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Approval Process for and the Operation of Virtual Public Charter Schools in the State (Public Hearing was 2/24/14 – Committee not yet reported out)

LD 1656 - An Act To Increase Safety for Victims of Domestic Violence(Voted Ought To Pass As Amended 3/4/14)

LD 1683 - An Act To Improve Degree and Career Attainment for Former Foster Children (Work Session Held 3/14/14 - Tabled)

LD 1685 - An Act To Ensure That All Maine Children Are Protected from Abuse and Neglect (Voted Ought To Pass as Amended 2/6/14)

LD 1702 - Resolve, Directing the University of Maine System and the Maine Community College System To Study the Establishment of a Pilot Program Based on Oregon's "Pay Forward, Pay Back" Model of Funding Public Postsecondary Education (Work Session held March 3, 2014 - Tabled)

LD 1703 - An Act To Increase College Affordability and the Rate of Degree Completion(Work Session held March 3, 2014 - Tabled)

LD 1716 - An Act To Increase the Rate of Reimbursement for Providing Career and Academic Advising and Counseling Services to Adult Education Students(Committee Reported out 2/19/14 - Ought To Pass As Amended)

New Bills:

LD 1730 - An Act To Assist Victims of Human Trafficking(Committee Voted 3/4/14 Ought To Pass As Amended)

LD 1736 - Resolve, To Create a State-run Virtual Academy Providing Maine Students with Access to Online Learning through Their Existing School Districts(Committee Voted on 2/19/14 Ought To Pass As Amended)

LD 1797 - An Act Expanding Access to Early Postsecondary Education(Referred to Education Committee March 4, 2014)

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Donation to Sandy Hook Elementary Fund

Dear MeCA Members

We have all been impacted by the terrible event that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14th, 2012. But none have been more affected than the familes and first responders of Newtown. Our hearts and prayers go out to them. We additionally hold and cherish our colleagues in this profession who are healing themselves but are also providing support for the grieving.

Deb Del Vecchio-Scully, Executive Director of the Connecticut Counseling Association, and Bob Schmidt, LCP, who is resident of Newton have informed us of a fund created through the CCA and NewTown Lion's Club that is intended to help provide counseling for the families and first responders of this tragedy. You can find all of the information below. Please feel free to distribute to your colleagues at your school or agency.

John Yasenchak, President, Maine Counseling Association

Connecticut Counseling Association Partners with Newtown Lions Club To Provide Counseling to Those Affected by Sandy Hook Tragedy

Hamden, CT (January 2, 2013)—The Connecticut Counseling Association (CCA), a branch of the American Counseling Association, and the Newtown Lions Club Foundation have partnered to provide counseling services to the families and first responders affected by the December 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.

The Newtown Lions Club Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, is partnering with CCA as well as other organizations to assist the families of the victims, first responders, and others in the community. The assistance will be in the form of no-cost mental health counseling provided through CCA and collecting donations.

The counseling services provided by CCA members who are licensed professional counselors (LPCs) will cover co-pays, deductibles and the gap for uninsured and underinsured. Those who need to access the fund should contact CCA and Newtown Lion Club member Bob Schmidt, LPC ( who is coordinating the program.

Tax-deductible donations can be made to the Newtown Lions Club Foundation Fund to benefit the Victims and First Responders of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Tragedy. You can contribute by clicking here or sending a donation via US mail to:

Newtown Lions Club Foundation Inc/Sandy Hook Elementary Fund (SHEF)
c/o Newtown Lions Club Foundation
P.O Box 218, Newtown CT 06470


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