Speaking at the TLPCA Conference

I am excited to be speaking at the 8th Annual Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselor Association Conference. This year’s theme is “Building Counselor Awareness.” I am happy to be speaking on building counselor awareness on becoming a published author. The following is a synopsis of my session.

Counselors, particularly those in private practice, must diversify and one BIG way to do this is by getting a book published. However, getting a publisher to pick up your manuscript is nearly impossible, and getting an agent is even harder. Many counselors know about blogging and have websites but few know about the world that e-book publishing has opened for them. In this session I will instruct the attendees on how to get their book published on the Kindle market and even get a paperback copy of that same book available to their customers around the world.

The conference is taking place at Trevecca Community Church, 335 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN, 37210. My particular session is from 3:30-4 on Friday, April 11. I hope to see you there.

Visit www.tlpca.net for more information and to register.

Tennessee School Counselors and Administrator Institute Murfreesboro, TN 2012

I will be speaking at this upcoming year’s Tennessee School Counselors and Administrators Leadership Institute, February 5-7, 2012 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Murfreesboro, TN. This will be my fourth time presenting. My actual sessions will be on February 6, 10AM-11:15AM and then February 7, 9:30AM-10:45AM. Click here for more information and I look forward to seeing you there. Below is a description of my session.

The Emotional Effects of Video Games on Boys
Ever wonder why boys aren’t particularly interested in much until it comes to their video games? The average boy spends more than thirteen hours a week playing and it has been proven that video games release dopamine (the pleasure chemical of the brain) in much the same way drugs release it. There is a correlation between boys who play all night, care little about their grades, and are content to live with their parents well into adulthood. In this session, Dale will explain the deeply rooted emotional effects video games have on boys and why apathy is more than just a phase.

Need CEU’s?

I’m proud to announce that I am now an affiliate presenter with Renewed Vision Training (RVT.) The Harding University Professional Counseling Program is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider and a co-sponsor of these trainings. 
If you are a counselor, I hope you’ll consider us a source for your CEU needs. My friend Michael Jones started RVT and already has several courses available including “Technology Assisted Counseling,” “Motivating Clients to Change,” and even one on group grief counseling. My podcasts will be posted soon and my training, “The Emotional Effects of Video Games on Boys” is currently under construction.

SPEAKING: March 4 at the Sumner County Teacher Center

MEASURE stands for Mission, Element, Analyze, Stakeholders Unite, Results, and Educate. Each item in this acrostic works to guide school counselors in making a difference at their schools. Dale received top recognition at this year’s Tennessee School Counselor & Administrators Conference for his MEASURE submissions. He is also applying for RAMP Certification later this year. The two correlate a great deal.

RAMP (Recognized ASCA Model Program) was developed by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and does for a guidance program what SACS Accreditation does for a school. It proclaims that the program has met the standards set forth by its governing body. Dale would like to see all schools reach this level or at least begin employing the MEASURE method. Many schools may be doing these things already and just not know it.

Too often jobs are dumped onto counselors, and these tasks have little to do with what the American School Counselor Association and the state of Tennessee have laid out as counselor responsibilities. MEASURE tactics and RAMP certification help to avoid this by giving the School Counselor tools to justify his or her existence beyond making sure there are enough number two pencils for TCAP.

Administrators have a big role in this, too. Optimally, they should work with their school counselors to ensure that they are truly using their trained abilities. Dale believes that MEASURE and especially RAMP can make the guidance program an unstoppable force as schools race to the top and work to meet AYP.

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TN School Counselor Conference 2010 Is A Success

I thought this year went really well. The food was stupendous and there really seemed to be a lot of well prepared speakers. Kudos to Nicole Cobb and the National Center for Youth Issues for putting on such a great conference.
I’m very thankful for all those who turned out to listen to me. I try to pick a topic that won’t bore me in the hopes that it won’t bore anyone else. This year I spoke on the effectiveness of animated cartoons in the classroom. I’m going to do something with the presentation. Maybe make a youtube video out of it. Don’t know yet. For those who signed up to receive the powerpoint via email I’ll be taking care of that soon. The key note speakers were top of the line too. I always enjoy hearing and talking with Dr. Dahir. 
This was my first year to have an exhibit table. I want to thank my mom for helping me out. Employees who are willing to work for free is always good. Although she did get a nice lunch so it wasn’t totally without its rewards.
I sold a few copies of my DVD but wasn’t able to attend Tuesday because of the weather. So, if you wanted to buy one but were unable to because of my absence, send me an email and I’ll make sure you get the video without shipping costs.
The awards dinner was lots of fun especially with special appearances by Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and Joan Rivers. I am very grateful for the honor I received as the top MEASURE award recipient. I know that many School Counselors are toiling away daily to make their programs the best they can be.
See you next year.

TN School Counselor Conference – My Videos Are Done

My animated shorts for the Tennessee School Counselor Conference are done. I’ll be using them to present on the topics of huffing, bullying, and standardized testing.  Here’s the trailer. I am in the first block of breakout sessions on Monday. These videos (on one dvd) will be for sale at my exhibit table along with lesson plans to take back to your school and use in your guidance program. This trailer can be downloaded as a podcast.

Booking Information for Parents, Counselors, Teachers, Administrators, & MEASURE

For Parents:
“Video Game Addiction” (1 hour)

In this session Dale discusses the dangers of too much video game time, frightening some parents and alleviating the worries of others.

“How to Argue with Your Child & Win” (1 or 2 hours)
In this session Dale helps parents understand that arguing with their children is pointless. The only way parents can win is to not argue. So, parents must learn how to speak to their children in ways that deflect argumentative attempts.

Booking Info:
Both sessions are appropriate for parents with any age child.
$100 per hour plus basic expenses & $0.50 per mile.*

For Teachers:

“Coping with Difficult People by Robert M. Bramson”
In this session Dale goes through this stupendous work on interpersonal skills by Bramson and, in three hours, improves interaction within your school and between teachers & parents.

Booking Info:
This is a three hour staff development.
School – $300 plus basic expenses & $0.50 per mile.*
District – $500 plus basic expenses & $0.50 per mile.*

For Counselors & Administrators:

Part of the success of my MEASURE can be credited to Microsoft Excel. With the spreadsheet I have constructed over the last three years I have been able to show my work rather easily, but it wasn’t easy to learn. Graphs and formulas that function well together within a spreadsheet that has eight different tables was a daunting task, but I can teach your counselors and administrators how to do it. Then, they can formulate their own spreadsheets to illustrate their own MEASURE results.

This is a very powerful tool. It’s also very cheap. Instead of spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a program that your faculty may or may not use, why not help them utilize a tool they probably already have on their computers; Excel. Visit Teachers Pay Teachers, type in “Phoenix Program” and download the free preview of my work, or you can purchase the full version there for $5.

Booking Info:
This is a three hour district wide training that requires access to a computer lab and Excel.
$500 plus basic expenses & $0.50 per mile.*

*Inside the state of TN, mileage cost to the school will not exceed $100 regardless of distance. Contact me if you’re out of state.

Gospel Meeting

April 26-29, I will be holding a Gospel meeting at the White Oak Church of Christ in Lafayette, TN. My topic is, “Just A Closer Walk With Thee: Developing A Deeper Relationship with Christ.” I’ll try to have directions posted. I hope to see you there.

I’ll have topics posted soon.