MISD's Mental Health Conference Draws Counselors from Across Texas
8th Annual Event Set for Friday, Nov. 18
November 15, 2022 — On Friday, Nov. 18, Midland ISD will host its eighth annual Permian Basin Mental Health Conference, a free event that provides professional development to counselors across the state of Texas.
This year's theme is Powering Forward: Creating a Positive Climate and Culture.
"Of particular focus is building relationships within the workplace," MISD Mental Health Coordinator Taylor Harris said. "Counselors don't only work with children; they work with the teachers who work with children and serve as a resource for helping them when struggles with students arise."
The Permian Basin Mental Health Conference is the only free-of-charge professional development opportunity of its kind in the region thanks to the generosity of Chevron and the Midland Education Foundation. The sold-out event will draw more than 300 professionals from around the region and the state.
"We have counselors from as far away as Houston coming this year," Harris said, adding that this speaks to how valuable the conference is to counseling professionals across Texas. This year also features a virtual opportunity for those who can't make it in person.
The daylong conference includes 24 breakout sessions on numerous topics, such as self-care and bullying, and will feature guest speakers Gerry Brooks and Chris "Shoof" Scheufele.
The eighth annual Permian Basin Mental Health Conference will take place at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 2104 W. Louisiana Ave.
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