Exciting updates!

In the next few days, the schedule for the ICCSSA conference will be published.  Check back for the details!

There will be several speakers at the event:

Andy Stoll

Andy Stoll will wrap up the conference with a keynote at 2:00 PM on Friday. Andy will be presenting on How (and Why) to Travel Around the World: After college, Andy Stoll set off on a 4-year, 40-country solo trip around-the-world. Andy went in search of experiences far off-the-beaten, to get a better understanding of how the world works. He handed out micro-loans in China; played a 19th Century British soldier in a Bollywood movie; worked in a dress factory in Bangkok for 60 cents an hour; lived in a mud hut village in Zambia and climbed Mt Kilimanjaro with 10 Tanzanian street kids.

Andy’s message when working with students is clear: the distance between who they are and what they strive to become is closer than we think. Andy’s presentation is much more than a travel slideshow, its an insightful, inspiring, entertaining and often hilarious look at what it takes for college students to find their place in the world and to achieve their biggest dreams–whether that is to travel the world, or something a little closer to home.


Joan Becker will kick off the conference on Friday. Joan Becker’s personal family experience served as the catalyst for her to become an advocate and public speaker for individuals with mental illness. Her focus is to open the doors and promote change in our mental health system

Joan speaks regularly to colleges, churches, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) groups, high schools, communities, and mental health service providers. She lives in Iowa with her husband of 35 years, David Becker. They have three sons, Brad (Jackie), Scott (Nikki), and Mark. She and Dave believe God wants them to share their family’s story about Mark and the experience their family had of coping with Paranoid Schizophrenia in the hope that it will help other families, caregivers, and professionals understand how they can make a difference in moving forward and improving our mental health system.


The pre-conference session on Thursday will be presented by Lisa Schaefer. Lisa will be presentation will be, “Communicate to Connect – Strategies to Build Rapport: John Maxwell Certification Curriculum”. Building relationships is the key to success in personal and professional lives. This workshop teaches discusses the 6 steps to communicate to connect. It explores the differences in others by using the Colors Communication Inventory. It is an interactive session that teaches the importance of asking the right questions, learning the importance of service and building a relationship that allows communication success with colleagues and clients.

ICCSSA has also graciously offered to pay for the dinner at Willow Ridge for those attending the pre-conference session on Thursday.  If you have already registered, you will be contacted in the next week to request your dinner preference.  Conference registrations from this point will include a dinner option request.

The AmericInn Hotel in Fort Dodge has graciously extended the reservation deadline until September 6.  To reserve a room for the discounted conference rate of $84.90, please call 515-576-2100 and mention ICCSSA.

ICCSSA would also like to encourage you to propose a conference session.  ICCSSA is made up of professionals with tremendous skills and experiences.  Please consider sharing those experiences and skills with your colleagues.

Registration is still open for both one and two-day options. 

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