December 2016 Newsletter

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EngageOK Counselors

December 2016

Happy Holidays

Wishing for Peace, Hope and Renewal 

By Shelly Ellis
Happy Holidays! I hope that your fall semester went well and that you accomplished all that you set out to do. I hope that this Holiday Season will provide you time for rest and renewal and time with friends and family. I hope that you return in 2017 with a new sense of purpose and excitement. I hope Santa brings you all that you wished for! Thank you for all that you do everyday for the students of Oklahoma. I appreciate you all and wish you Happy Holidays!

OKC Counselors
OSDE Executive Director of Counseling Shelly Ellis and Director of Prevention Services Michelle Sutherlin met with school counselors from Oklahoma City Public Schools on Dec. 15. They worked on counselor self portraits, alignment, setting SMART Goals, learning about resources and self care. The counselors shared their many successes and inspired everyone at the training.


Shelly and Michelle’s Top 10 Counselor Holiday Gifts

10. To never have to do another mediation with 6th grade girls upset over who is the biggest fan of their beloved boy band.

9. A pass from lunch duty.

8. One whole day without having to remind an adolescent the importance of wearing deodorant.

7. A robot who does testing preparations for you.

6. An opportunity to eat lunch sitting down, without the phone ringing, or someone knocking at your door.

5. To see your students successful and get their holiday’s heart’s desire.

4. An uninterrupted hour to watch the next OSDE webinar.

3. A handwritten thank you note from a colleague, student or parent.

2. Gifts from students that involve self care: mani/pedi gift certificates, lotions, bubble baths, etc.

1. A peaceful, conflict free holiday season and a Happy New Year!

Crisis Training Logo

10 Training Dates Available for Crisis Team Training

We have added THREE more training dates for Crisis Team Training. The new dates are

  • Wednesday, Feb. 22 at Autry Technology Center in Enid
  • Tuesday, March 7 at Kiamichi Technology Center in Durant
  • Tuesday, June 6 at Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Portland Campus, in OKC

To see ALL of our training dates and to register, go to

It is VERY IMPORTANT that you attend this training with your entire team because you will be working together the entire time. If you have members of your team who have registered for another training date, please talk to each other and agree to attend the training on the SAME DAY. They should register for the new date and email me to cancel the former date.

You will also notice that we have scheduled a third OKC date in June. This will be the last training we will offer this school year.

Space is limited in each training session, so be sure to register as soon as possible. Here are all the dates and links to register.

Tuesday, Feb. 7
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Great Plains Technology Center - Lawton

Wednesday, Feb. 8
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Autry Technology Center - Enid

Central OK 1
Thursday, Feb. 9
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Reno Campus - OKC

Monday, Feb. 13
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Kiamichi Technology Center – Durant

Tuesday, Feb. 14
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tulsa Technology Center - Owasso

Tuesday, Feb. 21
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tulsa Technology Center - Owasso

Wednesday, Feb. 22
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Autry Technology Center - Enid

Central OK 2
Friday, Feb. 24
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Portland Campus

Tuesday, March 7
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Kiamichi Technology Center – Durant

Central OK 3
Tuesday, June 6
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Portland Campus

I thought you would like to know that we have the following represented to date at this training:

  • Training Dates: 10
  • Districts Represented: 179
  • Registrants: 887

Don't be left out! Register today!

This group of counselors and principals worked with Shelly Ellis, OSDE Executive Director of Counseling, in Drumright at Central Technology Center recently. Ellis traveled also to Pryor, Joplin, Norman, Edmond and Oklahoma City to work with counselors and learn from other experts.

Webinar Schedule Set for Spring

Fall webinars are complete, and the result is that hundreds of Oklahoma counselors and other educators have been trained in Mental Health Concerns and Your Students, Drugs and Alcohol in Schools, Building a Crisis Team and Bullying in 2016.  

Registration for our webinars was thrilling to our staff! We are so glad you all are interested in the webinars. We have also received great feedback from our surveys after the webinars. To watch the presentation online for any of these trainings, check out our new Training for Counselors page. All former presentations are archived there, and future presentations are also there for registration.

We are now planning our spring semester webinars. To sign up for any of these webinars, follow this link. Participants should expect the training to last about an hour. Each participant who signs in at the time of the live webinar will receive a professional development certificate, and licensed professionals will receive CEUs.

We have dates for our next webinars. Here is our Spring Schedule:

Contact Information

Shelly and Michelle

Shelly Ellis, M.Ed.
Executive Director of Counseling
(405) 521-3549

Michelle Sutherlin, MHR
Director of Prevention Services
(405) 521-2106




Both our counseling site and prevention site are always changing with new updates and information! Check back often to see the updates!



Have you checked out our new TRAINING FOR COUNSELORS page? We have put all of our training in one location for you to find. Check it out!



American School Counselors Association

Oklahoma School Counselors Association

International Bullying Prevention Association 

Oklahoma Counseling Association


OSCA Fall Conference

OCA Fall Conference

OCA Mid-Winter ConferenceIBPA Conference

ASCA National Conference

Bullying, Cyberbullying & Suicide in Today's World

Awareness Calendar 


Mental Health Month

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month


Random Acts of Kindness Week – Feb. 14-20

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week – Feb. 21-27

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month


Self-Injury Awareness Day – 

March 1

Kick Butts Day (tobacco free) – March 15 


National Youth Violence Prevention Week – April 3-7

Day of Silence – April 15

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Day of Action – April 4

Alcohol Awareness Month

Child Abuse Prevention Month

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

National Counselor Awareness Month


World No Tobacco Day – May 31

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week – May 7-13


Resources Always Available

The office of prevention services has a resource library with about 150 items that you can check out and have mailed to you at any time! There are 66 DVDs, 19 curriculums, and 64 books available. Click the links below to see the list and print the form to check out materials.

Resource Library Check-Out Form

Resource Library List

How Can We Help You?

There are many ways we can serve you as the counseling team at the Oklahoma State Department of Education. Here are some specific ways:

We offer webinars at least once a month on different topics. Each webinar is free and offers CEUs.

We are available to come to you to do live trainings in some cases.

We are available to conduct a direct webinar with your site only.

We are planning on hosting training for crisis teams this spring.

We have tons of resources available to you through our web site and our resource library.

We are available to answer your questions or concerns any time. Just call or email us!

We are able to respond to a crisis in your school district. We can help guide you through your process to respond with best practices.