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  • 24 Mar 2017 2:47 PM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    School Counselors invited to attend the Massachusetts Financial Literacy Summit: Empowering Families & Students with financial literacy skills.  Sponsored by:

    For information, click here:  2017-05-08 MassEdCO Fin Literacy Summit SAVE-DATE rev.pdf

  • 07 Feb 2017 8:20 PM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    Click here to apply

    The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center is looking for a new full-time staff member. The Bilingual Hotline Counselor position is an opportunity for a resourceful, compassionate, client service-oriented person to bring their calming energy and solid interpersonal skills to an organization with an incredible mission and staff. Our ideal candidate will have experience in working with people in crisis by phone or in-person and a passion for being a bridge to resources and support.

    About the position

    The Bilingual Hotline Counselor is responsible for covering hotline shifts as needed throughout the week, ensuring that hotline callers’ immediate needs are met with high-quality response. The person in this position will also provide support and guidance to volunteer hotline counselors through regular supervision meetings and being their primary point-of-contact for support. This role will include overseeing the administrative aspects of the hotline, such as maintaining the 24/7 hotline schedule and planning volunteer appreciation events in collaboration with BARCC’s volunteer program coordinators.

    The Bilingual Hotline Counselor will work closely with the Hotline Coordinator to ensure that the Hotline volunteer program is effective, efficient and meeting organizational goals.


    • Bilingual in English and Spanish
    • Experience with crisis intervention services is required, preferably with sexual violence survivors
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with impeccable attention to detail
    • Proven ability to organize and manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment
    • Must be able to work both independently and in a team environment
    • Evening and weekend flexibility a must; two regular weeknights and occasional nights and weekends as needed typically for events
    • Must be committed to BARCC’s mission and philosophy

    Starting Salary Range

    $38,000 - 42,000, commensurate with experience, plus generous benefits package, including health, dental, vacation, sick time and other coverage options.

    BARCC strives to represent the community we serve and strongly encourages qualified candidates who are bicultural, people of color, people with disabilities and/or LGBTQ to apply for this position.

    BARCC is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender identity, age, disability, mental illness, genetic status or predisposition, sexual orientation, marital status, active military status, veteran status or any other status protected by applicable law.

    Please submit your resume and cover letter stating your interest and related experience to be considered for this position. No phone calls please.

    Click here to apply

  • 03 Feb 2017 1:31 PM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    Welcome to the first edition of the College, Career and Technical Education (CCTE) e-Newsletter, which will be published seasonally to inform you of major updates and activities within the newly formed Office for College, Career, and Technical Education at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  The mission of the CCTE unit  is to help all students become college and career ready by giving them the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary to successfully navigate to completion an economically viable career pathway and to participate as an active and responsible citizen. In this issue, you will have an opportunity to meet the CCTE staff and learn about recent developments and major priorities that drive our work – all in support of the educators and students in the Commonwealth.  

  • 31 Jan 2017 5:55 PM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    This FREE training will prepare school staff and community members to implement the SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program for middle and high school youth, and to provide gatekeeper training to adults in their schools and communities. Topics include:

    • Warning signs, risk factors and symptoms of depression and suicide in youth
    • How to respond to youth at risk
    • SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program implementation steps
    • Mock implementation using the “Friends for Life” video & sample student discussion
    • Training adults in your schools/communities to support at-risk youth in seeking help
    • Barriers to youth suicide prevention and action steps to take 

    Attend one of these trainings to learn more about how to receive an SOS Program at no charge to your school. 

    Wednesday March, 15, 2017
    Groton Country Club
    94 Lovers Ln, Groton, MA
    Register here:


    Wednesday April 12, 2017
    Sandwich Public Library
    142 Main St, Sandwich, MA
    Register here:

  • 31 Jan 2017 5:48 PM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    The Brookline Community Mental Health Center (BCMHC), an independent, non-profit community health care center seeks a strategic and inspiring executive to lead the organization.  Application Deadline: February 28th

    For information, please CLICK HERE.

  • 23 Jan 2017 7:06 PM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    Dr. Russell Sabella's  professional development catalog has been updated for 2017. You can download a copy of this PDF document by going to  or directly, by clicking here . 

    Topics include:

    Solution Focused Brief Counseling
    Solution Focused Parent/Teacher Conferences
    Technology & Social Media Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts for Educators     Cyberbullying & Digital Reputation
    Going GaGa for Google
    Datability and Charting
    Developing Multimedia Accountability Reports
    Counseling Theory Review and Practice
    Livening Up Your Counseling Groups        

    Training can be delivered in a variety of formats such as keynotes, pre-conference, content sessions, webinars, summer academy, or one day drive-ins. Call, email, or complete this quick and easy online inquiry form to get things started.

    Also, the popular Data Boot Camp for School Counselors, Administrators, and Educators course (DBC 2.0) has been updated. This second edition is bigger, better, and completely online.  You can learn more by visiting

    Russell A. Sabella, Ph.D.
    Professor, Department of Counseling, FGCU
    President, Sabella & Associates

    Learn more at

  • 17 Jan 2017 3:13 PM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    If your student is 16–24 years old and income eligible, Westover Job Corps Center maybe the perfect place to complete their education and start a career.

    The campus is located in Chicopee, Mass., just a short drive from Springfield. There are residential and non-residential students on a 43-acre campus.

    Students train for careers and gain the skills necessary for a successful future. Westover offers career training programs in a variety of fields. When they graduate, they’ll have the skills, credentials and professionalism necessary for successful employment.

    All of their needs are met while at Westover, such as: housing, basic medical care, food, and child care (for non-residential students).

    For more info, contact: Admissions at 413 593 4248

    Helpful intro video:

  • 12 Jan 2017 10:01 AM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    "The Impacts of Trauma on the Developing Brain" to be presented Friday, March 10, 2017 (registration deadline is Friday, February 17th).   For more information or to register, download the Meeting Announcement Flyer

  • 07 Jan 2017 10:24 AM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    Bullying has become a major issue in schools with approximately 70% of students saying they’ve witnessed bullying and 50% of students saying they feel unsafe at school.

    School counselors can have a major impact on bullying and the overall sense of safety at school, but it's essential to first spread awareness so counselors can continue to understand the impact that they can have on their students and schools. To help spread awareness, this educational resource that highlights the role of school counselors in bullying and school safety may be of help. 

    (Created by Bradley University’s Online Master of Arts in Counseling program.) 

  • 01 Jan 2017 7:13 PM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    As featured in the January 2017 edition of Counselor's Corner, EduNova explains how your students can study and earn their degrees in Nova Scotia.  For more inforrmation, view the presentation or go to

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