The 2023 ISCA Conference was held in Des Moines from November 5-7.
The theme of the conference was
Three dynamic pre-conference sessions were offered:
Presented by: Jean Sullivan, Learning & Development Specialist, Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute, Iowa State UniversitySchool Counselors as Change Agents
Presented by: Dr. Clay Cook, University of Minnesota & CharacterStrong
New Counselor SessionPresented by: Aimee Hospodarsky, K-5 School Counselor Consultant, Grant Wood AEA
I Need a LARGE Re-charge! – Boosting Mental Wellness
According to the World Health Organization, the definition of mental wellness is living in a state of well-being in which people realize their own abilities, are capable of coping with the stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and can make contributions to their community. When you work in the kid-building world…this is a tall order to maintain! In this interactive, fun-filled talk, Julia Cook identifies the key ingredients of mental wellness. She will also offer effective strategies on building and maintaining well-being. Walk away with tools that you can use for a lifetime of healthy!
About Julia Cook
Julia Cook, M.S. is a national award-winning children’s author, counselor, and parenting expert. She has presented in thousands of schools nationally and internationally, regularly speaks at education and counseling conferences, and has published almost one hundred children’s books on a wide range of character and social development topics. The goal behind Cook’s work is to actively involve young people in fun, memorable stories and teach them to become lifelong problem solvers. Inspiration for her books comes from working with children and carefully listening to counselors, parents, and teachers, in order to stay on top of needs in the classroom and at home. Cook has the innate ability to enter the worldview of a child through storybooks, giving children both the “what to say” and the “how to say it.”