2016 Conference Workshops at a Glance

2016 Conference Workshops at a Glance

Nov. 18, FRIDAY, 9:30-10:45am

1 Title: Integrating Mindfulness into Your School Counseling Program

Location: Sleepy Hollow

About: This session will familiarize attendees with mindfulness and meditative practices and their relevance to school counseling. Mindfulness is a well researched, cost effective, and efficient way for school counselors to have a positive impact on the emotional well being of students in their school community. Attendees will receive an introduction and orientation to the benefits of mindfulness practice and the ways they can be used to decrease stress, enhance coping skills, and increase overall student well being.  Special attention will be given to specific ways these practices can easily be incorporated into a comprehensive school counseling program.

Topics covered: Social emotional development and the comprehensive model, counseling curriculum

Audience: ALL

Presenter: Laurae Coburn—The Sage College

  1. Title: Teen Dating Violence and the School Counselors’ Role

Location: Hudson B & C

About: Adolescent daters are engaging in dating relationships and of those 25% have reported experiencing dating abuse. Unfortunately, students are reluctant to talk to their school counselor about dating abuse because they are unaware of how school counselor can help. We will discuss creating training opportunities focused on increasing the school counselors’ “toolbox” so that students are aware of the school counselor as a resource and make a positive impact on the occurrences of dating abuse.

Topics covered: Partnerships with agencies & foundations, Social emotional development and the comprehensive model, Counseling Curriculum

Audience: Middle,HS, Dir, Grad

Presenter(s): Tiffany Woods-Simon—Our Lady of the Lake University, Dr. Jana McLain, Humble ISD, Jonathan Campbell, PhD, Dr. Stephanie Bluth; Sam Houston State University, Angela Jones, LPC

  1. Title: Developing Grit, Self-Control, and a Growth Mindset in Children and Teens

Location: Salon 4

About: A growing body of research is finding that grit, self-control, and a growth mindset can have a strong influence on academic achievement, emotional well-being, and health. Furthermore, these qualities have been found to be the “secret sauce” to success. In this workshop, participants will learn the latest research, as well as strategies, that promote these characteristics.

The presenter will share activities that are part of her upcoming workbook for teens titled, The Grit Guide for Teens: A Workbook to Help You Build Perseverance, Self-Control, and a Growth Mindset.

Topics covered: Social emotional development and the comprehensive model

Audience: ALL

Presenter: Caren Baruch Feldman—Harrison School District

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  1. Title: Resilience Can Be Taught! 10 Tools to Motivate ANY Student

Location: Salon 5

About: Discover 10 tools to help you foster resilience in even the most unmotivated students. Once you understand them, you won’t go another day without using them! Whether you work with students in one-on-one, small group, or classroom settings, you’ll gain the skills you need to deliver the life-changing power of resilience to students of any background and learning style.

Topics covered: Counselor Preparation Programs, Academic Support, Career Development, Counseling Curriculum, Leadership Development

Audience: ALL

Presenter: Michael T. Brown– WhyTry Organization Founder

  1. Title: Using ACT Data to Better Serve New York Students

Location: Westchester North

About: Participants will use data reports from ACT programs and services to make determinations  for interventions and college and career planning.

Topics covered: Access to College & College Prep Programs, Career Transitions, Social emotional development and the comprehensive model

Audience: HS, Dir, Grad

Presenter: Carl Forbes—ACT, Inc.

  1. Title: Principal as Partners: Counselors as Collaborators

Location: Tarrytown

About: What can make the relationship between principals and school counselors work more effectively? Collaboration between principals and counselors is crucial to creating the shared vision and the school climate that will prepare every student for a successful future and postsecondary success. Hear about new research, discuss issues, and swap strategies!

Topics covered: Principal – Counselor Partnerships, Comprehensive Program Development, Leadership Development

Audience: ALL

Presenter(s): Dr. Carol Dahir—New York Institute of Technology, Dan Cinotti, Assistant Professor, New York Institute of Technology

Nov 18, Friday 1:45PM-3:00PM

1.Title: Working with Transgender Students: Advocacy and Interventions

Location: Salon 4

About: This presentation will provide an overview of identities that fall under the transgender umbrella and orient school counselors to the needs of students who are transgender.  Suggestions for advocacy efforts, a trans-inclusive guidance curriculum, and how to establish a trans-affirmative school climate will be provided.

Topics covered: Social emotional development and the comprehensive model, Comprehensive Program, Inclusion, social justice, LGBTQQIA students Development, Counseling Curriculum

Audience: ALL

Presenter: Laurie Bonjo—SUNY New Paltz

  1. Title: What is Career Readiness?

Location: Tarrytown

About: Assuring students are college and career ready has become a major responsibility of the school counselors.  College and career readiness are commonly looked at as having one purpose- preparing students for college.  Career readiness is more than that. This workshop will differentiate between the two very different sets of skills and provide resources to help counselors address career readiness within their schools.

Topics covered: Career Development

Audience: ALL

Presenter: Nicole DeRonck—Western CT State University

  1. Title: Understanding brain function and neuroplasticity as it relates to emotions and growth mindset

Location: Salon 5

About: This presentation relays recent neurological research findings pertaining to brain function and emotions.  Understanding the physiological processes underlying our emotions enables us to identify and redirect unhealthy patterns of thinking.  Based on the concept of neuroplasticity, this information forms the foundation for adapting a growth mindset which has proven benefits in both the academic and social/emotional realms. Based largely on the works of Dr. Daniel Siegel and Dr. Carol Dweck.

Topics covered: Social emotional development and the comprehensive model, Academic Support, Counseling Curriculum

Audience: ALL

Presenter: Catherine Fuselier Price, MS Counselor Education– The Chapel School, Bronxville, NY

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  1. Title: Helping Students Change

Location: Westchester North

About: Do you work with students who say that they want to change, but despite their interest in changing, engage in the same negative behaviors? We all do! Come here the latest strategies that lead to lasting, positive changes. Strategies that address worry, procrastination, anger, and disorganization will be discussed. An emphasis will be on ACTUAL STRATEGIES that you can use as opposed to simply describing the “problem behavior”.

Topics covered: Social emotional development and the comprehensive model

Audience: ALL

Presenter: Caren Baruch-Feldman—Harrison School District

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  1. Title: Students with Disabilities and the College Process

Location: Sleepy Hollow

About: With many high schools reporting one in five students having an IEP or 504 Plan, it is reasonable to conclude that today’s high school counselor will be working with students who have a disability. This informative session will equip school counselors with the knowledge and jargon needed to navigate through the ambiguous field of college applications for students with disabilities. In turn, school counselors will learn how to prepare their students and families to become advocates for themselves.

Topics covered: Counselor Preparation Programs, Access to College & College Prep Programs, Career Transitions, Social emotional development and the comprehensive model, Principal – Counselor-Partnerships, Academic Support, Career Development, Comprehensive Program Development

Audience: HS, Dir. Grad

Presenter: Terence Houlihan—CUNY Lehman College/Iona Prep

  1. Title: How to Collect Data for Your Comprehensive School Counseling Program

Location: Hudson B & C

About: Afraid of data? Unsure where to start? Learn a myriad of ways to collect data by using formative assessments. These assessments are easy, fun and can easily be used with your small groups, classroom lessons and large groups.

Topics covered: Comprehensive Program Development

Audience: Elem, Midd, HS, Grad

Presenter: Tracy L. Jackson, PhD—Syracuse City School District

Nov. 18, Friday 3:45-5:00pm

1.Title: Applying Strategies for Creating Inclusive Groups for Students with Disabilities in Schools

Location: Sleepy Hollow

About: School counselors are in a unique position to act as advocates for students with disabilities (SWD) and their families to ensure that they have the educational and community supports they need for healthy academic, career, and personal/social development. This will be a dynamic session for participants to learn about applying strategies to creating inclusive groups for SWD in schools. Participants will work in small groups to develop action plans to take back to their respective schools and organizations. Participants will leave with the skills necessary to develop and implement inclusive groups for SWD disabilities into their school counseling programs

Topics covered: Comprehensive Program Development, Counseling Curriculum

Audience: Elem, Midd, HS, Grad

Presenter(s): Walter Benedict, MS– Syracuse City School District, Jaime Castillo, PhD, NCC, ACS, Alfred University

  1. Title: Navigating the NCAA Eligibility Center: Tips and Tools

Location: Hudson B & C

About: Forward Progress, run by former NCAA staff members, will provide an overview of the NCAA initial-eligibility process for student-athletes. Attendees will learn about the basics of creating and updating a list of NCAA courses and a focus will be placed on specific topics that cause stumbling blocks for schools dealing with this NCAA process.

Topics covered: Counselor Preparation Programs, Academic Support, Career Development, Counseling Curriculum, Leadership, Development, Comprehensive Program Development

Audience: HS, Grad

Presenter(s): John B. Shukie, President– Forward Progress Athletics Consulting

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  1. Title: Response to Collaboration: Personal Learning Pathways

Location: Salon 4

About: A Personal Learning Pathway is a way for students to navigate the rich opportunities provided at the high school while * Create an opportunity to reflect on experiences.exploring an area of interest.  Provide a plan to assist in setting a student’s educational and career goals.  This approach provides students the method to personalize their education.  A personalized plan assists students to: Create an opportunity to reflect on experiences, drive their own learning choices and experiences,Ensure an opportunity to set themselves apart in the post-secondary options,Develop collaborative approaches to support students.

Topics covered: Social emotional development and the comprehensive model, Principal – Counselor Partnerships, Academic Support, Career Development, Comprehensive Program Development, Counseling Curriculum

Audience: ALL

Presenter: Dr. Deborah Hardy– Educational Trainer/School Counseling Consultant

  1. Title: Adolescent Development: A Closer Look for School Counselors

Location: Salon 5

About: In this lively and engaging session that is a follow up to the keynote, participants will gain a deeper insight into the fascinating world of adolescent development. In particular, we will look at time management, risk taking behaviour, organizational skills and social pressure through the eyes of teenagers. Attendees will learn to create more effective ways to engaging and connecting with student, and developing more proactive and comprehensive approaches to handling crises and behavioral issues.

Topics covered: Counselor Preparation Programs,
Career Transitions
Social emotional development and the comprehensive model
Principal – Counselor Partnerships
Academic Support
Career Development
Comprehensive Program Development
Counseling Curriculum
Leadership Development

Audience: ALL

Presenter: Terence Houlihan—CUNY Lehman College/Iona Prep

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The Developing Adolescent Brain

  1. Title: The Importance of Partnerships

Location: Tarrytown

About: Why partnerships with outside agencies offering enrichment are so important for students. Participants will receive resources on a number of partnerships available at little or no cost to schools.

Topics covered: Partnerships with agencies & foundations, Academic Support, Career Development

Audience: HS, Dir

Presenter: Michelle Spiezia—NYC DOE Schools

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  1. Title: Social Media, Internet Safety and Cyberbullying: An Update for Counselors

Location: Westchester North

About: In today’s technological age, school faculty faces a daunting task of teaching and mentoring children free of constant negative influence.  Access to undesirable people and information is prevalent and extremely difficult to monitor.  This is exacerbated by the fact that most kids are more proficient and comfortable with technology than adults.  Consequently, faculty members need to educate themselves on the danger today’s children face from this constantly connected online world.

Topics covered: Counselor Preparation Programs, Counselor Curriculum

Audience: ALL

Presenter: Melissa J. Straub—High Impact Youth

Nov. 19, Saturday 8:45-10:00am

  1. Title: Hip Hop Therapy as a School Counseling Program in Urban Schools

Location: Sleepy Hollow

About: Hip Hop Therapy as a School Counseling Program seeks to address the mental health needs of students in urban schools. Functioning as either an individual or group counseling framework, the counselor facilitates a conversation around a given emotional theme in order to allow students to write lyrics about that theme. After conversing with students, the counselor would put a beat on, encourage students to write, and provide emotional prompts through words/phrases as the students wrote. Through engaging in this process it was believed that students would learn to analyze thoughts and feelings, and reframe faulty cognitions.

Topics covered: Social emotional development and the comprehensive model, Academic Support, Counseling Curriculum

Audience: ALL

Presenter: Ian Levy—Columbia Teachers College

2. Title: Socially Savvy BUILDING Strategies for Teaching Social and Emotional Learning for Children with Autism

Location: Salon 4

About: Participants in this workshop will learn about play-based social/emotional “units’ of study with lessons centered around developing social perspective taking, increasing awareness of emotions and associated non-verbal cues, and expanding the social awareness skills necessary for reciprocal friendships and social interactions. Using building activities such as LEGO bricks and K’Nex, learn how to deliver interventions that focus on friendship skills. Come play and learn how to write ecologically valid social skills goals that address the social cognitive deficits that impact students that are neurologically atypical socially, emotionally, behaviorally, how to monitor for progress and develop play-based objectives. Ideas are user-friendly and immediately applicable in your work.

Topics covered: Social emotional development and the comprehensive model, Academic Support, Counseling Curriculum

Audience: Elem, Midd, Grad

Presenter: Tami Sullivan, PhD, LMHC, NCC, RPT—SUNY Oswego

3 Title: School Counselors’ Roles in College and Career Readiness Initiatives in New York State

Location: Hudson B & C

About: The goal of college/career readiness efforts around the country and New York State is to ensure that K-12 School Counselors are providing services that contribute to preparing students who are college/career ready. In reviewing a study conducted by the presenters regarding the school counselors’ roles in college/career readiness initiatives in New York State. The presenters will provide information on the challenges School Counselors experience in their efforts to provide college/career interventions in their schools. Participates will learn about the different ways other school counselors utilize college ready interventions as well as career ready interventions to ensure that students are prepared for post-secondary transition. Using didactic and audience contributions, we will provide college/career suggestions that can support the work of K-12 school counselors in a variety of settings.

Topics covered: Access to College & College Prep Programs, development and the comprehensive model, Academic Support, Career Development, Comprehensive Program Development, Counseling Curriculum, Career Transitions, Career Development, Counseling Curriculum

Audience: Elem, Midd, HS, Dir

Presenter: Assistant Professor, Cynthia T. Walley PhD LPC– Mercy College, Associate Professor, Lourdes Rivera

4. Title:  Adversaries to Allies: Working with Challenging Parents

Location: Westchester North

About:

Whether it is helping the “helicopter parent” learn how to begin letting go or the disengaged parent to become more involved, working with parents can be one of the biggest challenges not only to the beginning counselor, but to even an experienced one. This workshop will focus on typical ineffective parenting scenarios and will be sure to allow time to focus on strategies for engaging the “hard to engage parent.” (Note: This suggestion came directly from attendees at this presentation at last year’s NYSSCA Conference.)  Interventions will be suggested that school counselors can use to have a positive impact, helping the student become more successful in school and ultimately benefitting the entire family. In addition to the presenters’ decades of experience working with parents at the secondary level the conceptual approaches and techniques from the following will be presented and explored for their effectiveness in assisting parents: a family systems approach, the approach of John Sommers-Flanagan and Rita Sommers-Flanagan described in How to Listen So Parents Will Talk & Talk So Parents will Listen and the Creative and suggestions from Jessica Lahey contained in The Gift of Failure.. Workshop participants will leave with practical tools to assist them with their next parent conference. Time will be allocated for questions from the audience.

Audience: All

Presenters: Robert Stevenson, Ph. D., Professor of the Counseling Department at Mercy College and Arthur G. McCann, Ph.D., Chair of the Counseling Department and Director of the School Counseling Program at Mercy College

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5. Title: The Art of Effective Communication for Guidance Professionals: Creating Win-Win Dynamics

Location: Salon 5

About: This dynamic interactive workshop presentation on how to be a more effective communicator is facilitated by internationally renowned experts in the field. For Guidance Professionals communication is one the most critical tools of the trade. Explore barriers to effective communication, how your body communicates and the different ways of listening. Participants will leave this workshop with insights into creating win-win dynamics through better communication techniques and effective responses to conflicts. These skills sets can then be utilized and implemented in your critical work within school communities.

Topics covered: Counseling Curriculum

Audience: ALL

Presenter(s): George Anthony– Peace Dynamics Consultants, STAND UP; LEAD! Sponsored by UFT, Mr. Lindy P. Crescitelli

 

6. Title: How to Implement a Successful School Counseling Advisory Council and Gain Critical Support for Your School Counseling Program

Location: Tarrytown

About: The ASCA National Model recommends the creation of an advisory group to assist with the development and delivery of a comprehensive school counseling program.  It is vital that ALL members of the school community contribute to and support the work of the school counselors.  Discover how to implement your advisory council from two counselor supervisors who have done it!  Proposed regulatory changes at NYSED include the need for an advisory council.  Be prepared!  Walk away from this workshop with concrete ideas and activities to successfully implement this critical component of your comprehensive program!

Topics covered: Partnerships with agencies & foundations, Comprehensive Program Development

Audience: ALL

Presenter(s): Dr. Barbara Donnellan– Lindenhurst Union Free School District, Dr. Kim H. Rodriguez–Director of College & Career Counseling, Southampton Public Schools

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Nov. 19, Saturday 10:30-11:45am

1. Title: Elementary Classroom Lessons: A Few of My Favorite Things

Location: Salon 4

About: Having spent several years at the Elementary level before moving to a Jr/Sr High setting, I find one of the things I miss the most is the frequency with which I could present classroom lessons. In this session, we’ll discuss the importance of classroom activities and experience a few of my elementary school favorites over the years. Handouts will provide a list of low-cost/free materials and instructions for all lessons as well as a resource list!

Topics covered:Counseling Techniques

Audience: Elementary

Presenter(s): Julie Baumgart, ASCA Chair, School Counselor/Department Chair Western Boone Jr./Sr. High School

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2. Title: It’s All About Connecting

Location: Sleepy Hollow

About: School Connectedness is a big deal these days.  Kids who feel connected at school do better, are more engaged, and tend to go on to post-secondary education and training.  This workshop will help you go back to your districts to talk with faculty and stakeholders about the importance of connecting with students and how to begin those conversations.

Topics covered: Social Emotional Development, Comprehensive Model, School Connectedness

Audience: ALL

Presenter: Carol Miller—Lansing Middle School

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3. Title: Navigating DASA: The Role of the School Counselor in the State Anti-Bullying Law

Location: Tarrytown

About: The Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) is the anti-bullying law for the state of New York, but there is still a good deal of confusion around it.  Pertaining to school counselors, the issues mainly relate to the role of the Dignity Act Coordinator, the time associated with creating and maintaining an anti-bullying program and even the pressure to participate in disciplinary processes.  This program will focus on strategies for maintaining our counselor identity given the new expectations and responsibilities associated with DASA.

Topics covered: Social emotional development and the comprehensive model, Principal – Counselor Partnerships, Comprehensive Program Development, counseling curriculum, leadership development

Audience: ALL

Presenter: Daniel Cinotti—New York Institute of Technology

4. Title: Creating Suicide Safer Schools

Location: Salon 5

About: This workshop will review recent data in New York State and will present resources available to schools.  Participants will learn how to use the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale and how to effectively safety plan with students at risk of suicide.

Topics covered: Social emotional development and the comprehensive model, counseling curriculum

Audience: ALL

Presenter(s): Benedetta Gerardi—Gowanda Central Schools

5. Title: Increased Usage of Short Message Service (SMS) and Social-Media Participation among Middle- and High-School Students: Implications for School-Counseling Practice

Location: Westchester North

About: Computers may not be new, but smart phones, SMS/texting and social media platforms are still relatively novel. Students who have grown up with these technologies are just reaching adolescence; thus, it behooves us as school counselors to understand how this is impacting their academic, personal, social, and career development.  Today’s pre-teens and teens are attached to their phones in a way that was unimaginable merely five years ago.  This presentation will explore the implications of smart-phone technologies on students’ development with special attention on their personal-social wellbeing. The implications for school-counseling practice will also be explored.

Topics covered: Counselor Preparation Programs, Social emotional development and the comprehensive model, Academic Support, Counseling Curriculum

Audience: ALL

Presenter(s): Dr. Charles Edwards—CUNY Brooklyn College, Jennifer Rivera, graduate student, Brooklyn College; Jane Cowan, graduate student, Brooklyn College

6. Title: It’s a Family Affair! Building an Effective Partnership Between School Counselors and Principals

Location: Hudson B & C

About: The old saying, “it takes a village to raise a child” is a statement to take to heart.  When working with students, it is imperative that school counselors and principals are working collaboratively to create a safe and secure environment for students.  Open dialog and well defined roles help the counselor-principal partnership.  Dr. Tiffany Woods-Simon (professional school counselor) and Dr. Jonathan Campbell (principal) will share their experience in working in a “family” partnership and the benefit their partnership had on their students and teachers.

Topics covered: Principal – Counselor Partnerships

Audience: ALL

Presenter(s): Dr. Tiffany Woods-Simon—Our Lady of the Lake University, Dr. Jonathan Campbell, Whitehouse ISD, Dr. Jana McLain, Humble ISD

Saturday Keynote  Dr. Donna Riter, Behavioral Consultant/ Educational Trainer

Presentation: Understanding Challenging Students