~ By Brooke
Lately I’ve been enjoying plentiful sunshine and outdoor barbecues at friends’ homes. It is that time of year. It is also the time of year when professional development conferences are happening almost everywhere we look. Each summer, The Prevention Researcher exhibits at a large-scale conference (while attending smaller, local conferences throughout the rest of the year), and this year is no different. This weekend, June 23-25, we will be exhibiting at the American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) conference in Minneapolis, MN.
I really enjoy exhibiting at conferences, because it is always great to interact with readers and potential readers. I enjoy hearing feedback from current subscribers who are also at the conference, and it’s fun to share The Prevention Researcher with people who have yet to ever read it. However, what I most appreciate is the opportunity to listen to people who are working directly with youth. They tell me what THEY are witnessing happen with teens and what they want to know more about. The hot topics change each year, but at every conference a few issues always come up in conversation — bullying, self-injury, and suicide prevention, to name a few.
If you happen to be going to the ASCA conference, I encourage you to stop by our booth (#518) and say hello. We will have a drawing for a free subscription, and as always, you can get sample issues and special giveaways. If you aren’t able to go to a conference, but would still like to share feedback or tell us about a youth-related topic you want to know more about, please comment below.