The annual Break by the Lake Conference for Student Service Personnel will be held on Friday, September 26, 2014 at Lake Logan Episcopal Center in Canton, NC. Registration begins August 11, 2014 through the Counseling Programs at Western Carolina University.
Michael Beadle is an award-winning poet, teaching artist and author living in Canton, N.C. He is the author of three poetry chapbooks, a poetry CD, and three books on historic photographs of Haywood County. His poems have been published in journals and anthologies such as The New Southerner, Great Smokies Review, Kakalak and The Sound of Poets Cooking. In September 2012, he served as a poet-in-residence at the NC Zoo in Asheboro and contributed original poetry that is on permanent display there. Since 1998, he has been performing original, contemporary and classical poetry for audiences of all ages in schools, festivals, libraries, churches, restaurants and a variety of public venues. As a touring writer-in-residence, he teaches creative writing workshops and residencies for students and teachers throughout North Carolina.
A resident of Haywood County in western North Carolina, Michael is the co-author of a comprehensive bicentennial book, Haywood County: Portrait of a Mountain Community, which won the 2010 President's Award from the N.C. Society of Historians. A journalist for 15 years, Michael published more than 1,500 articles in newspapers and magazines across North Carolina, and his feature stories garnered several N.C. Press Association awards.
You may view Michael's website at www.michaelbeadle.com.
Breakout sessions will cover topics including working with parents in poverty, understanding functional behavioral assessments, substance abuse prevention, working with victims of trauma, leadership in the school, sand play therapy, and using the new school counselor evaluation instrument.
The conference is a local opportunity to teach and learn for school counselors, school social workers, school psychologists, school nurses, resource officers, school administrators, community counselors, and many others in the educational and helping fields. CEU credits for NBCC licensure are provided. Lunch is included in the registration fee (and we continue to have reports that the food is a treat!) Registration will begin August 11, 2014.
We hope you can make plans to join us this year as we learn in a place of beauty while rejuvenating and connecting with others.