Break by the Lake

Lake Logan Lodge

The annual Break by the Lake Conference for Student Service Personnel will be held on Friday, October 2, 2015 at Lake Logan Episcopal Center in Canton, NC. Registration begins August 24, 2015 through the Counseling Programs at Western Carolina University. Join us for $35.00 early registration!

Break By The Lake 2015 Registration Form

Break By The Lake 2015 Agenda


Jennifer PHarr Davis

The main presenter will be Jennifer Pharr Davis a hiker, author, adventure speaker, and 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. She has covered over 12,000 miles of long distance trails on six different continents and has hiked with her husband and two year old daughter in all fifty states.

In 2011, Jennifer covered the 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail in forty-six days, eleven hours, and twenty minutes, maintaining a remarkable average of forty-seven miles per day. By doing this, she claimed the overall (male or female) fastest known time on the “A.T.” and became the first woman to set that mark. Since that time, her A.T. record has held up against numerous male challengers.

Jennifer has written five books, including three North Carolina guidebooks and two hiking memoirs called Becoming Odyssa and Called Again. She has also written articles for Blue Ridge Outdoors and Trail Runner magazines and has contributed to articles in Backpacker, Men’s Journal, and National Geographic Adventure.

She is a professional speaker who has shared her trail adventures hundreds of times and in all fifty states, including presentations to corporations, colleges and universities, libraries, bookstores, and trade associations.

Jennifer is the founder and owner of Blue Ridge Hiking Company a guiding service that strives “to make the wilderness accessible and enjoyable” for hikers of all ages, genders, and ability levels. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

Check out Jennifer’s website at or read her interview with National Geographic when she was chosen as their 2012 Adventurer of the Year at Jennifer Pharr Davis AOY 2012


NEW THIS YEAR:  Ten Breakout Sessions will cover topics including mindfulness practice and stress reduction, classroom strategies for students with LD and ADHD, exploring CFNC, group work, RAMP designation for school counseling programs, T’ai Chi for self-care, DSM updates, and supporting transgender youth.  You will be asked to identify which 3 sessions you will attend so we can assign space to accommodate everyone in the session.

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 24, 2015.

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.

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