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Students Invited to Participate in Student Assistance Professionals Conference

The 19th Annual PASAP conference will be held March 1-3, 2009, on the University Park campus.

The 19th Annual Conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals will be held March 1-3, 2009, at the Penn State Conference Center Hotel on the University Park campus.

College of Education students are invited to participate in the conference to learn about the Student Assistance Program or SAP. SAP is administered state-wide by the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Division of Student and Safe School Services in partnership with the PA Department of Health’s Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs, and the PA Department of Public Welfare’s Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. SAP teams are made up of nurses, counselors, teachers, and administrators within a given school. They provide services to students suffering from drug or alcohol addiction, facing mental health issues, or experiencing other problems which may hinder their ability to learn and succeed at school. SAP teams review each student's situation and determine what is necessary to help the student, often referring parents and students to services in the community.

Although additional training is necessary for educators to become members of SAP teams, College of Education students may want to attend this conference to learn more about participating in a SAP team as a possible future career path.

A special student registration fee of $40 provides College of Education students access to the conference on Monday, March 2, and includes lunch and a one-year membership in the Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals. 

Monday's program includes a keynote by Iris Beckwith on "Keeping Children and Families Safe in a Digital World." Other workshops and sessions focus on helping students deal with drug, alcohol, and tobacco additions; bullying and cyberbullying; and insights into different student subcultures, among others. 

To learn more and to register, visit www.pasap.org.