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2017 SDCA Conference: Human Connections: What’s Your Story?

Dr. Robert E. Wubbolding
Julia Taylor, Ph.D.
Keynote Speaker

Julia Taylor, Ph.D.


Julia V. Taylor, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. Prior to academia, Taylor worked as middle and high school counselor for almost eight years. Afterward, she was appointed to the founding leadership team for Wake County Public School’s first single gender academy, where she served as the Dean of Student Services. During her time as a practitioner, she focused the majority of her research on body image, media literacy, relational aggression, and girls' leadership development. In turn, she authored The Body Image Workbook for Teens, The Bullying Workbook for Teens, Salvaging Sisterhood, G.I.R.L.S: Group Counseling Activities for Enhancing Social and Emotional Development, and a children's book, Perfectly You.

While working at the girls’ school, Taylor became interested in contemplative interventions to reduce problematic behavior related to the aforementioned topics (body image, relational aggression, and bullying). Specifically, she is interested in the school counselor's role in yoga integration, yoga and social justice, and yoga as ethical education.

Taylor frequently presents this line of research to parents, educators, school counselors, and students across the country. She has a passion for helping girls develop a true sense of self, stand up to unrealistic media expectations, take healthy risks, and cultivate meaningful relationships.


Location Details

Best Western Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center
3200 W Maple St, Sioux Falls, SD 57107
(605) 336-0650


Lodging Information

SDCA has reserved a block of rooms at the Sioux Falls Best Western Ramkota Plus Hotel at the rate of $99.99 per night. Make your reservations directly with the Sioux Falls Best Western Ramkota Plus Hotel at 605-336-0650. Guests must specify they are with the South Dakota Counseling Association to receive the group rate.

The hotel block will be released on April 28, 2017, and this rate cannot be guaranteed after that time.