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2015 SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

 

SESSION I (9:00 – 10:00)

1. ACT Update – Fall Educator’s Workshop Series (Repeated in Session II)

ACT Enhancements and ACT Aspire - This session will review enhancements to the ACT including the new Student Score Report and new reporting features. PLUS: we will discuss the enhancements to the writing test. We will provide updates about ACT Aspire and ACT Profile. ACT Aspire is an assessment system that measures academic achievement in English, math, reading, science, and writing from grades 3 through 10. ACT Aspire is designed to help students prepare for College and Career Readiness. ACT Profile a first-of-its-kind college and career planning community built on 30+ years of ACT research.

Application: Elementary, Middle, High School Counselors

Presenter: Carl Forbes, Account Manager, ACT, Inc

2. Financial Aid Update and College Affordability (Repeated in Session IV)

This session will provide updates to state and federal financial aid programs that will impact your students and their families and explore some of the developing issues surrounding College Affordability nationally. With the 2016 Presidential Election on the horizon, both major parties are making college affordability and student indebtedness key themes in the national dialog.

Application: High School Counselors

Presenters: Kevin Cavanagh, VP for Enrollment, the College of New Rochelle; Anne Pelak, Dir. of Financial Aid, The College of New Rochelle; Michael DiPiazza, Dir. of Undergraduate Admissions, The College of New Rochelle; Christopher Milton, Dir.. of Adult Enrollment, The College of New Rochelle; Vickie Rhodes, Sr. Associate Dir. of Financial Aid, The College of New Rochelle

3. State University of New York 2015-16 Update (Repeated in Session IV)

Attend this session to stay current with the latest offerings at The State University of New York. This workshop will explore initiatives that promote SUNY’s goals of access, completion and success. Topics to be addressed will include SUNY’s new academic programs and Transfer Paths, applied learning opportunities and the Reverse Transfer initiative, among others. We will also review the streamlined EOP application process. New and updated recruitment materials will be shared. This workshop is designed to give you timely information for the 2016 application season.

Application: High School Counselors

Presenter: Cheryl L. Perrillo, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services, SUNY System Administration

4. School Counseling Interventions for the Student with Bipolar Disorder

The presentation is a follow-up to last year's presentation, which was an overview of emotionally disturbed children and adolescents. The student with Bipolar Disorder presents many challenges in the school setting. They may have been incorrectly diagnosed and/or medicated for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder which leads to a worsening of their symptoms. These students can be extremely disruptive to others while also struggling internally. This presentation will address the important role of the school counselor in the following: designing schedules which accommodate the student's special "biorhythms"; managing a student's return from a hospitalization; addressing social issues due to erratic behavior; crisis intervention including suicidal behavior; talking to parents about college related issues, etc.

Application: Elementary, Middle and High School Counselors

Presenter: Dr. Beth Weiner is a clinical psychologist with nearly 30 years of experience working with severely disturbed children and adolescents, Director of the Counseling, Psychology and Therapy Programs at LIU Hudson at Westchester, maintains a private practice in Greenwich, Connecticut.

5. Understanding How Our Fear of Death Can Prevent Us from Supporting Our School Community Through the Grief Process

Fearing death is a normal part of being alive. We do our best to drive safely, take care of our physical health and protect our children from harm, however death remains an inevitable part of life and can tap into our biggest fears, resulting in a desire for distance. It is normal to flee from what we fear, but it is the school counselor who has the training and opportunity to bravely guide the school community through the grief process. Your essential role can impact how a school reacts to a death in the community. This workshop will help elementary, middle and high school counselors explore and better understand the fear associated with death so they can more effectively work with administrators, teachers and students when death inevitably enters the lives of the school community.

Application: Elementary, Middle & High School Counselors

Presenter: Kathryn Kehoe-Biggs, LCSW, PHD, and Bereavement Center of Westchester

6. Supporting Latino Immigrant Students as They Transition to College

Transitioning to college can be overwhelming for many of our students, but it can be particularly challenging for Latino immigrant students faced with unique challenges. This session will address topics to help counselors understand the unique psychological and social barriers that may stand between immigrant students and access to and success in higher education, as well as practical obstacles that our students must overcome. Topics covered will include support for undocumented youth and English language learners; understanding the current immigration environment and making college affordable.

Application: Elementary, Middle and High School Counselors

Presenter: Dr. Ruben Barato, Westchester Community College

7. Hot Topics in New York State School Counseling

School counselors are overwhelmed with graduation requirement changes, learning standards, and other issues which can be difficult to keep track of on a daily basis. This workshop will highlight several hot topics and provide clear, concise explanations for the professional school counselor in NY State. Topics to be addressed include New York State Learning Standards, Program and Assessment Requirements for grades 7-12, Academic Intervention Services, Safety Net for Students with Disabilities, Transfer Students, and the Pathways. There will be time for a brief Q&A session as well.

Application: Elementary, Middle and High School Counselors

Presenters: Nicholas Amato, Jr., Moderator/Consultant, Guidance Direct; Steven Goldberg, Director of Client Relationship Management, Centris Group

8. Helping Students Change: What Every School Counselor Needs to Know

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".

Application: Elementary, Middle, and High School Counselors

Presenter: Caren Baruch-Feldman, Ph.D., Harrison School District; Private Practice

9. Anger Management for Teens

This workshop will help school counselors gain insight into what triggers anger in teens, highlight the major costs and benefits of anger, and introduce some proven strategies that can be used to help teens further develop their anger management skills. Join today’s workshop or learn more by visiting www.AngerManagementGroups.com.

Application: High School Counselors

Presenter: Lyle Becourtney, Psy.D., a licensed psychologist, certified anger management professional, and school psychologist at Northern Highlands Regional High School, has a private practice that is exclusively devoted to helping teens and adults overcome issues with anger management

10. The Sexualization of Girls

In recent years, girls are increasingly being bombarded with images and messages that sexualize and objectify them. Multiple forms of media, including music, television, and advertisements depict young girls as sexual objects. It is clear that girls need direction in deciphering these messages without feeling the pressure to conform. In this presentation, participants will learn about how girls are understanding these messages and how school counselors, educators, and administrators can help them resist societal pressures that promote sexualization and objectification of girls and women.

Application: Elementary, Middle & High School Counselors & Administrators

Presenters: Lisa Suzuki, New York University, Emma M. Canny & Marissa L. Oliveri, Master’s in School Counseling Candidates, New York University

11. Will You Have Enough Money to Retire - Workshop (Repeated Session V)

“It’s not about how much money you make. It’s how much you keep!” The uncertainties of the stock market and the economy make it difficult to plan a financially successful retirement. Regardless, it is imperative to educate yourself and prepare for your financial future. In this workshop, you will learn proven strategies for retirement planning. You will learn effective methods to optimize and manage your 403b, 457 plans and other investments, prudent college saving techniques, maximize your Social Security benefits and protect your investments against rising healthcare costs.

Application: Elementary, Middle, & High School Counselors

Presenters: Joseph Brunelli, Financial Advisor & Michael Piccolo, VP Morgan Stanley

 

SESSION II (10:05 – 11:05)

12. ACT Update – Fall Educator’s Workshop Series

ACT Enhancements and ACT Aspire - This session will review enhancements to the ACT including the new Student Score Report and new reporting features. PLUS: we will discuss the enhancements to the writing test. We will provide updates about ACT Aspire and ACT Profile. ACT Aspire is an assessment system that measures academic achievement in English, math, reading, science, and writing from grades 3 through 10. ACT Aspire is designed to help students prepare for College and Career Readiness. ACT Profile a first-of-its-kind college and career planning community built on 30+ years of ACT research.

Application: Elementary, Middle, High School Counselors

Presenter: Carl Forbes, Account Manager, ACT, Inc

13. Financially Ready for College

Building a successful college-going culture begins with early education and planning. You can help by introducing middle & elementary school parents to savings and financial aid concepts while they still have time to plan. This session will provide an entry-level glimpse at financial aid concepts, various savings options, including New York's 529 College Savings Program Direct Plan.A representative from Ascensus College Savings, the Program Manager for NY’s 529 will share what other districts are doing and provide resources you can incorporate to engage parents as they plan for college. It’s a great addition to any PTA, College Planning or Financial Aid Night! Join today’s workshop or learn more by visiting www.ny529atwork.org

Application: Elementary and Middle School Counselors

Presenter: George Makras, New York’s 529 College Savings Program

14. Multiculturalism, Mindfulness, and K-12 Schools

Exposure to racism and discrimination places minority students at greater risk for academic difficulties, mental health concerns, and other adverse challenges. In this presentation, we will highlight research that links mindfulness to multicultural competence among professionals and also present evidence that connects mindfulness to better academic and social outcomes for youth. We will then lead a discussion about how mindfulness might be integrated in K-12 schools and the role of the school counselor in these efforts.

Applications: Elementary, Middle & High School Counselors & Administrators

Presenters: Drs. Jennie Park-Taylor & Merle Keitel, Fordham University; Samantha Garofalo, Yoni Hochstein, Bianca Palala, & Elena Rivera-Salvitelli, Candidates for MSED in School Counseling, Fordham University

15. Reaching Students Through Inspiring Stories and Reflection, Following the ASCA Model

Have you seen this? Students without a strong enough “why” often lack the motivation to study or put real proactive effort into the three domains of development: academic, career, personal/social. As a result, they never truly live up to their fullest potential. As I’m sure you can relate, that is one of the saddest and most difficult things to watch happen to students we have so much hope for. I am eager to share some evidence based interventions that will help your students reach their full potential. You will be inspired by Maria Blon’s interactive, motivating presentation, which will help your students and give you hope.

Application: Middle, and High School Counselors

Presenter: Maria Blon, International Speaker, Author of “Living Passionately: 21 People Who Found Their Purpose – And How You Can Too” and former College Success Teacher.

16. How Far Down the Road Have You Come: Implementing A Comprehensive School Counseling Program

With changing regulations and new school counselor expectations on the horizon, you may not be sure what you need to do first or next to implement a comprehensive school counseling program. Do you realize that you are already well on your way. Using user friendly tools, learn how to “map” your program with the new ASCA Mindset and Behavior Standards (2014) and see how far along with implementation you already are!

Application: Elementary, Middle and High School Counselors

Presenter: Dr. Carol Dahir, Department of School Counseling, NY Institute of Technology

17. Advocating for Your School Counseling Program

As school counselors, we are particularly adept at advocating for our students. Many school counselors report being less skilled in how to advocate for their program. With school budgets being reduced, we are experiencing greater reduction in student support services and as a result, burgeoning caseloads. It is more important than ever to stand up and be counted… to demonstrate and report how school counselors are making a difference and impacting student achievement. If you need to refresh your program advocacy skills, or learn new ideas to successfully promote your program’s impact, this is the workshop for you! Participants will leave this workshop with new skills they can put into action immediately.

Application: Elementary, Middle and High School Counselors

Presenter: Jennifer Parzych, CSCA Immediate Past President, Southern CT State University Assistant Professor

18. Healthy Coping Skills (Sponsored by the Connecticut School Counselors Association)

In this interactive workshop you will learn healthy coping skills to deal with the stress endured at work, home, and school. These tools and resources can be useful for your students or even for yourself. We will be sharing resources and techniques we have used in our counseling sessions that effectively enhance students’ healthy coping skills in response to stress. Please feel free to bring your own ideas to share with the group as well.

Application: Elementary, Middle and High School Counselors

Presenters: Marissa Krebs, Connecticut School Counselor Association President-Elect, J.M. Wright Technical High School Counselor;Lisa Kapitan, Connecticut School Counselor Association Fairfield County Regional Vice President, Newtown High School Counselor

19. Developing a Trauma-Informed Counseling Program

Do you work with students in your school who are bullied or who bully? One who self-injures? One whose family members may struggle with alcoholism, drug abuse, or mental illness? Students who may be depressed or suicidal? Or students who act out in school in a host of disruptive or self-destructive ways? And, do you sometimes feel helpless in understanding and helping them? What is often a common feature to the more serious problems students present is the exposure to often subtle or hidden complex or relational trauma. Understanding the nature of trauma and its effects on development of children and adolescents is vital in conceptualizing the nature of their problems and developing strategies to help most effectively. This presentation is designed for counselors who understand that there are no “quick fixes” to longstanding psychological and emotional issues and who want to learn how to comprehensively assess trauma and their effects, help students to reduce overwhelming emotions, better manage their disruptive behaviors, and help them begin to make clearer meaning of their experience.

Application: Elementary, Middle and High School Counselors

Presenter: Dr. Amelio D`Onofrio, Fordham University

20. Health Sciences at the State University of New York

Explore SUNY's programs and majors - across all 64 campuses - which provide job entry upon completion in the health sciences, as well as excellent preparation for professional graduate programs. We'll provide an overview of health, health care and wellness majors, followed by a summary of professional programs in dentistry, medicine, nurse practitioner, occupational therapy, optometry, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, and physician assistant. We will also discuss how to prepare for these careers...from associate degree to graduate degree.

Application: High School Counselors

Presenters:

21. Evaluating Your School Counseling Interventions Made Easy

Evaluating your interventions is central to a comprehensive school counseling program, but the way to go about it can feel confusing and intimidating. This workshop will address common concerns and strategies to overcome obstacles related to developing and implementing your evaluation methods. Emphasis will be placed on designing evaluation methods that are doable.

Application: Elementary, Middle and High School Counselors

Presenter: Megyn Shea, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of School Counseling, New York Institute of Technology

22. Will or Do You have Enough Money to Retire? Cracker Barrel Session (Repeated in Session IV)

In addition to the workshop “Will or Do You Have Enough Money to Retire?”, this Small Group Session is an opportunity to have your individual questions answered about safely managing your investments, maximizing your Social Security benefits, planning your retirement, prudently saving for college savings, and protecting your investments from rising nursing home and health care costs. Feel comfortable putting your investment questions to experienced advisors in this “Townhall” session.

Application: Elementary, Middle, & High School Counselors

Presenters: Joseph Brunelli, Financial Advisor & Michael Piccolo, VP Morgan Stanley

 

SESSION IV (12:10 – 1:10)

23. Financial Aid and College Affordability

This session will provide updates to state and federal financial aid programs that will impact your students and their families and explore some of the developing issues surrounding College Affordability nationally. With the 2016 Presidential Election on the horizon, both major parties are making college affordability and student indebtedness key themes in the national dialog.

Application: High School Counselors

Presenters: Kevin Cavanagh, VP for Enrollment, the College of New Rochelle; Anne Pelak, Dir. of Financial Aid, The College of New Rochelle; Michael DiPiazza, Dir. of Undergraduate Admissions, The College of New Rochelle; Christopher Milton, Dir.. of Adult Enrollment, The College of New Rochelle; Vickie Rhodes, Sr. Associate Dir. of Financial Aid, The College of New Rochelle

24. Diversity on Campus: Nurturing an Environment of Inclusiveness

Creating a student body representing the rich and diverse voices of students both nationally and globally is a challenge and a unique opportunity for college admissions professionals. How to recruit, empower and support the financially, racial and ethnically underrepresented is an important goal for universities as they seek to prepare students for today’s social and economic realities. Panelists will discuss how colleges and high schools are embracing and achieving this goal through outreach, funding, special programming, early intervention and ongoing support. It is exciting to learn about model programs that not only embrace, but achieve this goal.

Application: High Counselors and Admission Counselors

Panelists: Moderator: Marjorie Jacobs, Director of Counseling Emeritus SAR HS; J.C. Tesone, Director of Admissions, Vassar College; Ellen Cutler Levy. Associate Director, Yonkers Partners in Education; Evelyn K. Thimba, Director of Admissions, New York University; Enrique Cafaro, White Plains HS

25. Resiliency-Focused Counseling Strategies

This eclectic model of intervention utilizes a strength based perspective that enables students, parents, teachers and mental health professionals to maximize an individual's and family's own strengths and capabilities. Based on theoretical perspectives and techniques drawn from positive psychology, resiliency research, and solution-oriented therapies and interventions, this workshop will address such topics as:Establishing a therapeutic alliance; Amplifying individual, family, school and community resiliency; Collaborative Action-Oriented Goal Setting;Resiliency-Focused Approaches to School Crisis; Solution Oriented Guiding Principles; Utilizing The "Expert" Within; Solution Focused and Motivational Interviewing Techniques; - A Team Approach to Solution Building.

Application: Elementary, Middle, & High School Counselors

Presenters: Debra D. Castaldo, Ph.D., LCSW-R, Director: The Center for Family and Couple Solutions, Piermont, New York; David Drassner, PhD-President, Rockland Resiliency Institute

26. Recipe for Success!

This classroom presentation unit is designed to enhance students’ self-awareness and study skills, for the more students are aware of how they learn best, the more available they are for learning. Using Learning Styles as a basis, the presenter will provide a bird’s-eye view of an elementary classroom presentation unit in which participants will mirror the students’ hands-on journey to find out which style(s) fit them best, learn corresponding study strategies and create their own recipes for success based on their discoveries.

Application: Elementary Counselors, May be adapted for Middle School Counselors

Presenter: Kathryn Haley, Elementary School Counselor, Enders Road Elementary School

27. The Internship & the First School Counseling Job: Surviving and Thriving (Extended session 12:10 - 2:10)

This workshop is designed to prepare both school counseling interns, recent graduates and the newly employed for entry into professional school counseling. All attendees are invited to share their experiences. A panel presentation by school counselors, administrators and leaders in the field will be followed by open discussion and interaction among the panel and attendees. The crucial role of the school counseling internship and the need for continuing professional development will be discussed. An update on currently acceptable standards for surviving the application process including constructing cover letters and résumés and managing the interview will be provided. Professional and multicultural competencies and skills required of the effective school counselor from the perspectives of an administrator, a Director of Guidance, a School Counselor and two Counselor Educators, will be presented.

Application: New & Prospective School Counselors: Elementary, Middle, & High

Panelists: Dr. Robert Stevenson, Senior Professor, Counseling Dept., Mercy College; Dr. Arthur McCann Chair of the Counseling Dept., Mercy College, Michael Kenny, Director of Guidance, New Rochelle High School; Reginald Richardson, Principal, New Rochelle High School; Jade Sharp, a former principal. Yonkers High School; and Fiordaliza Connell, New York City Department of Education, Middle School Counselor

28. Identifying and Addressing Adolescent Self-Injury in the School Setting: Strategies for School Personnel

The tendency for adolescents to cope with emotional pain by harming themselves physically has reached epidemic proportions, to the point that students may no longer be running to you when they hear a friend is self-injuring; they expect people to cope with their pain with such maladaptive means. Luckily, many school personnel develop relationships with students where they become a critical part of a support network. As a result, however, adults in a school setting face crises quite frequently. This workshop will address the etiology and underlying dynamics of the chronic, seemingly addictive, and contagious nature of self-injury. Learn strategies for motivating adolescents to involve their parents, begin treatment, and change their behavior in both the short- and long-term. Techniques proposed can help self-injuring adolescents to postpone self-injury, identify sources of distress, and choose appropriate alternatives.

Application: Middle & High School Counselors (Elementary counselors would also find it helpful)

Presenter: Jennifer Walker, Psy.D., a licensed psychologist in private practice, a school psychologist for the Scarsdale Public Schools, and Co-President of Rockland County Psychological Society, has been working with children and adolescents and their families in various settings for over 20 years.

29. Update from the College Board - Fall Counselor Workshop (Extended session 12:10 - 2:10)

The workshop provides information about the redesigned PSAT/NMSQT® and the redesigned SAT®, and how best to help your students move closer to college and career success. It will include an overview of the redesigned PSAT/NMSQT score reporting format, resources to help students and parents understand the redesigned SAT, Access to the revised edition of the Counselor Resource Guide to the Redesigned Assessments, College Board’s Counseling Advising Essentials packed with practical tools to use with your students, including Financial aid myth busters; tips on writing a college essay; and advice on getting great letters of recommendation.

Application: High School Counselors

Presenters: Shameek Robinson, the College Board; Fernanda Meier, the College Board

30. Understanding and Preventing Senioritis: What We Can Do to Increase Student Engagement

This panel presentation addresses the issue of student disengagement following notification of college admission during the second half of senior year. The term “senioritis” has been used to highlight the “crippling disease that strikes high school seniors and is characterized by a lack of studying, repeated absences, and a generally dismissive attitude. To date, graduation has been viewed as the only “cure”. Speakers will address the causes, signs, and symptoms, of senioritis as well as strategies, roles and responsibilities of school counselors and other school personnel to create an environment focused on continued learning and school engagement. This presentation covers the physical and psychological consequences of student burnout that often contribute to senioritis and strategies to prevent and/or ameliorate it.

Application: High School Counselors & Administrators

Presenters: Dr. Merle Keitel, Professor, Graduate School of Education, Fordham University; Dr. Jennie Park-Taylor, Graduate School of Education, Fordham University; Dr. Lisa Suzuki, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University; Caroline Turner Brittany Waddell, Natalie Liff, MA Candidates, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University.

31. Strategies for Working Effectively with Diverse Caseloads

Developing multicultural competence requires school counselors to increase their awareness of cultural issues and sensitivity to the diverse needs of the awareness communities in which they work. Through interactive games and activities, participants will discuss experiences, explore personal beliefs and identify important skills in working with diverse caseloads. Presenters will guide the discussion and infuse evidence-based strategies for enhancing cultural competence and awareness.

Application: Elementary, Middle, &High School Counselors

Presenter: Daniel Cinotti, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of School Counseling,New York Institute of Technology

32. State University of New York 2015-16 Update

Attend this session to stay current with the latest offerings at The State University of New York. This workshop will explore initiatives that promote SUNY’s goals of access, completion and success. Topics to be addressed will include SUNY’s new academic programs and Transfer Paths, applied learning opportunities and the Reverse Transfer initiative, among others. We will also review the streamlined EOP application process. New and updated recruitment materials will be shared. This workshop is designed to give you timely information for the 2016 application season.

Application: High School Counselors

Presenter: Cheryl L. Perrillo, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services, SUNY System Administration

33. Will or Do You have Enough Money to Retire? Cracker Barrel Session

In addition to the workshop “Will or Do You Have Enough Money to Retire?”, this Small Group Session is an opportunity to have your individual questions answered about safely managing your investments, maximizing your Social Security benefits, planning your retirement, prudently saving for college savings, and protecting your investments from rising nursing home and health care costs. Feel comfortable putting your investment questions to experienced advisors in this “Townhall” session.

Application: Elementary, Middle, & High School Counselors

Presenters: Joseph Brunelli, Financial Advisor & Michael Piccolo, VP Morgan Stanley

 

SESSION V (1:15 – 2:15)

34. College2Kids, Kids2College: An Early College Awareness Program

What does it take to increase middle school students' awareness of colleges and careers? It takes a combination of "early college knowledge" and enrichment activities. Gain ideas and insights on how to infuse college awareness into your middle school. Learn how to access and implement a college- and career-awareness curriculum. Develop a series of awareness activities and resources for sixth-, seventh-, and eight-graders. Identify partnerships and resources to expand middle school students' college and career awareness. Identify strategies to use with teachers, administrators and families to build a college-going mindset.

Application: Elementary, Middle and High School Counselors

Presenters: Carol Dahir, Ed.D, Professor, New York Institute of Technology; Susan Nesbitt-Perez, Vice President, Outreach and Financial Aid, Commission of Independent Colleges and Universities; Kelly Whitney, School Counselor, Our World Neighborhood Charter School, Astoria, NY; Scarlett Ziemba, School Counselor

35. Mental Health Counselor Licensure for School Counselors

This workshop will provide participants with all the requirements necessary for Mental Health Counselor Licensure as stipulated in state regulations, and as mandated by the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions . It will give professional school counselors the information necessary to meet the educational requirements for mental health counseling licensure through “licensure qualifying bridge programs”. The discussion will also explain in detail what the clinical requirements for licensure are. Participants will attain all the necessary information on how to go about securing licensure as a NYS Mental Health Counselor, including the application process.

Application: Elementary, Middle, & High School Counselors

Presenter: Dr. James Colangelo, LIU CW Post, Graduate School

36. Will You Have Enough Money to Retire? Workshop

“It’s not about how much money you make. It’s how much you keep!” The uncertainties of the stock market and the economy make it difficult to plan a financially successful retirement. Regardless, it is imperative to educate yourself and prepare for your financial future. In this workshop, you will learn proven strategies for retirement planning. You will learn effective methods to optimize and manage your 403b, 457 plans and other investments, prudent college saving techniques, maximize your Social Security benefits and protect your investments against rising healthcare costs.

Application: Elementary, Middle, & High School Counselors

Presenters: Joseph Brunelli, Financial Advisor & Michael Piccolo, VP Morgan Stanley

37. Current Legal Issues Affecting School Counselors (Sponsored by the Westchester Putnam Counseling Association)

This Program will provide practical advice for counselors regarding some current legal issues which may confront them: Confidentality: FERPA issues, Parents Bill of Rights” regarding educational records, Whether any legal “privilege” attaches to confidential communications made by a student to a counselor; Litigation Procedures: What should you do if named in a lawsuit, availability of “indemnification” statutes, access to insurance, conflict of interest issues, considerations if called as a witness; Possible Areas of Liability: Reporting Child Abuse/Child Abuse in the Educational Setting – immunity and good-faith defenses,References, Advice regarding credits/College admission, Suicidal/dangerous students, Pregnant students;CSE/Special Education Issues involving guidance counselors: Counseling as a related service, Transition plans, Issues under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Application: Elementary, Middle, & High School Counselors

Presenter: Mr. James Drohan, Thomas, Drohan, Waxman, Petigrow & Mayle, LLP

38. Proposed NYSED Regulatory Changes for School Counselors

The presenters will describe the revised regulations for school counselors and counselor education programs that The Board of Regents will be voting on in September 2015! NYSSCA has played a key role in advising the State Education Department on all aspects of these proposed changes and continues to participate on the NYSED School Counseling Advisory Council and chairing its workgroups. The revised regulations will require school counselors at the P through 12 levels, address pre-service and in-service professional development for school counselors,and update certification credentials to align with the teacher certification process. Come to this session and engage in a dialogue with your state counseling association leaders as well as with your fellow participants on the meaning of these changes for YOU!

Application: Elementary, Middle, &High School Counselors

Presenters: Barbara A. Donnellan, Ed.D., President NYSSCA; Robert Rotunda, Ed.D., Executive Director, NYSSCA

39. Play in the NCAA – College Admissions & the Student-Athlete

Athletics and the college admissions process have a long-standing relationship that is at times confusing and misunderstood. The key players in a student-athletes college admissions process are: the student, parents, school counselor, coach and the college admissions officer. With so many players involved in such a complicated and important process, it is imperative that everyone understands the game plan and what their individual roles will be.

Application: High School Counselors

Presenters: Sharon Brennan, Higher Education Consultant, Chief Enrollment Officer, Southern Ct State University; John MacPherson, Director of Guidance, Christ the King High School

40. School Counselors on the Front Lines: When Trauma and Loss Caused by the Foster Care System Come to School

Mental and behavioral health is the largest unmet health need for children and teens in foster care. With such great needs in this area of their lives, children in the foster care system may come to school, at the very least, distracted by their emotions. In more extreme cases, children in foster care present with symptoms mirroring those of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, including difficulty with changes, erratic behavior, depression, and anxiety, as well as disruptions in attachment. This workshop will outline the forms of trauma faced by children in the foster care system, provide a definition and discussion of “Ambiguous Loss” and its impact on children and teens, and will offer concrete forms of Intervention in the context of a detailed case study.

Application: Elementary, Middle, & High School Counselors

Presenter: Jennifer Walker, Psy.D., a licensed psychologist in private practice, a school psychologist for the Scarsdale Public Schools, and Co-President of Rockland County Psychological Society, began her career as a Director of Clinical and Family Services in a Residential Treatment Center serving children placed through the foster care system, and has been working with children and adolescents and their families in various settings for over 20 years.

41. What Schools Can Do to Help Children Cope with Divorce

The impact of divorce on children can present complex feelings of grief, despair, and anger, and many children never receive supportive counseling to assist in their adjustment to this stressful, often traumatic life transition. Schools and mental health professionals can play a critical part in assisting children in coping with these crises. This workshop will address the following concerns: The stressors of divorce for children; Helping children express thoughts and emotions about divorce; Clinical issues about divorce adjustment for children; Individual and group interventions with children; Building the therapeutic team of children, parents, and faculty; Understanding and adapting to the new family life cycle.

Application: Elementary, Middle, & High School Counselors

Presenter: Debra D. Castaldo, Ph.D. LCSW-R-Child, Couples and Family Therapist; Specialist-Divorce Prevention & Adjustment; Private Practice-New York & New Jersey; Media Presenter & Consultant; Author-Relationship Reboot

42. ACCES-VR: Providing Transition Services to Youth

NYSED’s Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation is here to help students with disabilities, found eligible, to decide upon an appropriate vocational goal, to move forward on that goal and to find and keep suitable employment. Changes in Federal and State law have brought about significant positive changes in the range and scope of services offered to your students.

Application: High School Counselors

Presenter: Gwenn Canfield, MS, CRC, LMHC; Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Statewide Transition & Youth Services, ACCES-VR

       
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