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2016 SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

 

SESSION I (9:00 – 10:00)

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

To make understanding what students know and are able to do easier to understand and explain, ACT is making changes to the Student Score Report and the School Score Report. This session will explain those changes, some of the rationale and highlight ways to better prepare students to succeed. This session will also highlight the parts of the ACT and its use around the country as the most widely used college entrance exam in the U.S. This workshop will also expound opportunities to offer the ACT in school as part of our State and District Testing program and different ways to practice and prepare for the test. We will also clear up any misconceptions about the ACT. Participants will be able to explain the parts of the ACT, the Student Score Report, and the test’s uses to their students.

Application: High School Counselors

Presenter: Carl Forbes, American College Testing, Client Relations

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; Michael DiPiazza, Dir. of Undergraduate Admissions, The College of New Rochelle

3. State University of New York 2016-17 Update (Repeated in Session IV)

A new academic year brings new initiatives and a couple of changes. Join the conversation to stay current and receive the latest information about the 2017 application process. Together we’ll explore the early financial aid application and its impact on admission, as well as the impending launch of the electronic transcript for NYC public schools. Learn about EOP enhancements and how the Foster Youth College Success Initiative will further support SUNY’s access, completion and success goals. Receive new and updated recruitment materials and information regarding minor application changes.

Application: High School Counselors

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

4. At Risk Students: Slipping Under the Wire and Eventually Tripping the Wire

In recent years, we have seen a number of tragedies which have made us wonder if we might have intervened earlier in these individuals' lives.While we cannot promise that school professionals hold the keys to eliminating these incidents, there are a number of ways that we can identify students before their problems escalate. This presentation will describe some of the mental health risk factors that can be identified within the school setting. There will also be a discussion about how the different members of the school team can work collaboratively to support students who are socially isolated or have emotional difficulties. Finally, this workshop will address how to interface with family members and mental health professionals in the community.

Application: Elementary, Middle and High School Counselors

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

5. Suicide and Substance Abuse Deaths and How to Help Your School Community

Death by suicide or drug overdose can place a school counselor in the role of not only supporting students through grief, but also managing the fears and concerns of parents, administrators and teachers. Helping the school community understand the facts about mental illness and drug addiction is an important part of this process. Death along with mental illness and addiction are uncomfortable realities, but unfortunately are impacting our community more frequently. As adults who work with young people it is our responsibility to keep an open dialogue so that we can create help create an atmosphere where feelings of grief can be explored and supported. However, our own anxiety about mental illness and drug addiction can often result in either over reacting or underreacting creating missed opportunities to respond to the needs effectively. Instead, a calm, logical, assertive and empathic approach is required. This workshop will provide an approach that will enable elementary, middle and high school counselors to start and maintain open communication with the school community. It will provide a plan and approach for schools when faced with death caused by suicide or drug overdose, so that schools can manage the chaos and create an atmosphere for healing as well as awareness.

Application: Elementary, Middle & High School Counselors

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

6. Stereotypes and Mindfulness: Understanding How to Support the Academic Success of African-American and Latino Students

Academic success is dependent on a variety of cognitive factors (e.g., test performance and learning from feedback) as well as non-cognitive factors (e.g., achievement motivation). When African American and Hispanic students confront stereotypes about their racial or ethnic group while in school, these experiences may negatively influence their academic performance. While schools must make significant efforts to change their culture so that it is more inclusive, at the individual level, mindfulness strategies may help African American and Hispanic students disregard and/or cope with these experiences. The presenters will describe how stereotypes affect the academic performance of students and will then present the research that supports mindfulness as a way to buffer the impact of stereotypes on performance.

Application: Elementary, Middle, and High School Counselors and College Personnel

Presenters: Jennie Park-Taylor, Yasamin Mahallaty, & Ashley Rodriguez, Fordham University

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8. School Counseling Services: A Response to Intervention

School counseling services are an essential component of a district's response to intervention process. Learn to develop and analyze school counseling activities with a pyramid-of- intervention framework. Create personalized learning plans idetifying counseling services at different levels of intervention as strategies for student achievement.

Application: Elementary, Middle, and High School Counselors

Presenter: Dr. Deborah Hardy, Educational Consultant, Director K12 School Counseling, Manager School Counselor Central and Past Leader of NYS State School Counseling Association.

9. The Developing Adolescent: Everything School Counselors Need to Know

This lively, active and engaging presentation on adolescent development offers school counselors a holistic context for working with adolescents. Highlighting cutting edge research into the hormonal, neurological, cognitive, and behavioral changes associated with adolescence, participants will also learn and practice ready-to- implement approaches for various school-based and external interventions. Attendees will also learn strategies to enhance collaboration amongst all stakeholders.

Application: Middle and High School Counselors

Presenter: Terence J. Houlihan, Guidance Counselor, Iona Preparatory School, Adjunct lecturer, Lehman College, CUNY

10. Family Engagement and Partnering with Families

Do you find it challenging to connect with parents? Do you dread making the phone call home? This session will provide insight and practical information on ways to partner with the families of your students. It will give you positive ways to interact with parents and connect to them to gain their confidence and cooperation throughout the school year. As school counselors, you have numerous occasions to work with parents and caretakers and you can have a great impact on attendance of students, academic achievement and social growth. Your relationship with parents determines how well they will respond to your suggestions and your ability to help their child. This workshop will reinforce skills already learned, present new ones and assist with difficult situations through discussion.

Application: Elementary, Middle, and High School Counselors

Presenters: Phyllis Elliott, LCSW, Social Worker; Ray Dorritie, PhD, Addiction Expert; Susan Salomone, CASAC-T, Executive Director, Drug Crisis In Our Backyard

11. 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, and High School Counselors

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

 

SESSION II (10:05 – 11:05)

12. ACT Update 2016  – Fall Educator’s Workshop Series

To make understanding what students know and are able to do easier to understand and explain, ACT is making changes to the Student Score Report and the School Score Report. This session will explain those changes, some of the rationale and highlight ways to better prepare students to succeed. This session will also highlight the parts of the ACT and its use around the country as the most widely used college entrance exam in the U.S. This workshop will also expound opportunities to offer the ACT in school as part of our State and District Testing program and different ways to practice and prepare for the test. We will also clear up any misconceptions about the ACT. Participants will be able to explain the parts of the ACT, the Student Score Report, and the test’s uses to their students.

Application: High School Counselors

Presenter: Carl Forbes, American College Testing, Client Relations

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.Using Music to Support Student Academic, Personal-Social, and Career Development

Music can serve as a very powerful tool to inspire and motivate students towards achieving academic, personal-social and career goals. This presentation will share strategies that school counselors may use to integrate music in their classroom guidance curriculum and other aspects of their comprehensive school counseling programs. Implications for individual, group, classroom and whole school interventions are explored. The importance of music as a transformative, inspirational and unifying tool will be highlighted.

Applications: Elementary, Middle and High School Counselors & Administrators

Presenter: Dr. Charles Edwards, Brooklyn College, City University of New York

15. Supporting the Psychological and Educational Needs of Students with Chronic Illnesses

Chronic illness impacts the daily and long term functioning of students in complex and myriad ways. Students with chronic illness are likely to face practical barriers to educational success including illness and treatment related absences, inability to participate in some school activities, and difficulty concentrating. Medical issues can often be perceived as falling outside the domain of teachers and, to some extent counselors and psychologists, but chronic health problems can be associated with social and psychological challenges. Students may face uncertainty about their futures and feel isolated, embarrassed, and invalidated. Counseling professionals who are able to support the practical and emotional needs of students with chronic illnesses can be immensely valuable in fostering their personal growth. School counselors can facilitate communication among doctors, nurses, parents, students, and teachers, and attend to any emotional consequences of illnesses that may be present.

Application: Elementary, Middle, and High School Counselors

Presenters: Jennie Park-Taylor, Kelsi Ovca, Kelsey Redden, & Merle Keitel, Fordham University

16. My College Options

What do 5.5 million students and over 70,000 high school educators all have in common? That’s easy… MyCollegeOptions®! Participating in the MyCollegeOptions® Post-Secondary Planning Survey® provides a valuable, no- cost service to college-bound teens. At the same time, it's a powerful tool for guidance counselors and teachers. By providing students with the opportunity to communicate with our nearly 1,500 member institutions, they'll be able to receive valuable information directly from colleges and universities seeking students with particular interests and qualifications. By participating in the program counselors and administrators will receive powerful data analytics to help you and your colleagues make important decisions regarding curriculum development, budget for resource needs/requirements, etc. to insure that your students can fulfill their career goals. Come, join the conversation!

Application: High School Counselors

Presenter: Sherri Gilmore, Regional Director, Member Services, National Research Center for College and University Admissions

17. Embracing Change without Stress

As the new school counseling regulations phase in how will you get started without getting overwhelmed? This session will help you explore the components of comprehensive school counseling and utilize user friendly tools that will help you organize your work whether you are an intern, a new counselor, or an experienced professional. Learn how to take one step at a time and find the best approach for you to take positive steps towards developing and implementing a comprehensive school counseling program.

Application: Elementary, Middle, and High School Counselors

Presenter: Dr. Carol Dahir, Professor and Chair School Counseling Department,New York Institute of Technology

18. Leaning In To a Crisis: Talking to Students About Suicide

Suicide is an ever-present risk in our schools, yet some school counselors may not feel sufficiently trained or supported to evaluate and provide services to students in need. This creates a paradox, where you as school counselors are on the front lines and are held responsible for students’ well-being, but you may feel scared or unsure what to do when faced with a suicidal student. It is normal to feel apprehensive with a student in crisis, yet there is a lot you can do. This session will help elementary, middle, and high school counselors lean in to their roles in working with students at risk of suicide. Topics covered will include how to assess the level of risk of a suicidal student, choosing appropriate services and referrals for students in need, and maintaining a culture of prevention in the school setting.

Application: Elementary, Middle and High School Counselors

Presenters: Dr. Amerlio D`Onofrio, Fordham University; Hannah Wertz, Matt Spieler, Melda Uzun, & Jeanna Pagnotta, Fordham University

19.Best Practices and Resources for Working with Transgender Youth

This workshop will cover the basics issues surrounding working as a school counselor with transgender youth within a school context. In an interactive format, participants will learn awareness and knowledge of the developmental issues surrounding transgender youth and their families, as well as best practices and resources for working with this population.

Application: Elementary, Middle and High School Counselors

Presenter: Misty Ginicola, Ph.D., Professor, Southern Connecticut State University, Counselor & Owner of Walk in Balance Counseling

20. Taking Care of Business at SUNY

From general business to specialized studies in business – and everything in between – learn about these degrees at SUNY’s two and four-year colleges through this session. We’ll explore business degrees and how they’ll prepare students for work in a multitude of fields, such as accounting, sales, marketing, human resources, international commerce, hospitality, and office administration. This session will also include labor market data and an admissions overview.

Application: Middle and High School Counselors

Presenters: Brian Culligan, Sr. Admissions Advisor, SUNY Welcome Center; Frank Pizzardi Jr., Director of Admissions, SUNY Old Westbury; Michael Roe, Associate Dean of Enrollment, Dutchess Community College; Robert Piurowski, Director of Admissions, SUNY Delhi

21. The Unique Needs of Children Living in Poverty: The I-CARE Model

This presentation will provide an overview of the literature on the unique needs of children living in poverty and the impact of poverty on school achievement (Lacour & Tissington, 2011; Wight, Chau, & Aratani, 2011). A model for conceptualizing counseling children living in poverty will be introduced (I- CARE; Foss-Kelly, Generali, & Kress, under review). Participants will reflect on the impact of poverty. They will be provided with strategies to cultivate counseling relationships with children and their families. The presentation will highlight the importance of acknowledging realities, removing barriers and expanding on the strengths of students living in poverty.

Application: Elementary, Middle and High School Counselors

Presenter: Margaret Generali, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Counseling and School Psychology, Southern Connecticut State University

22. 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 and High School Counselors

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

 

SESSION III (11:05 - 12:05)

Exhibitions and Displays

 

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; Michael DiPiazza, Dir. of Undergraduate Admissions, The College of New Rochelle

24. Updates from the College Board – Fall Counselor Workshop (Extended Session 12:10 - 2:10)

Come hear the latest information about critical 2016-17 updates on K–12 College Board programs, focusing on the SAT Suite of Assessments®, how score reports can help student skills, the Khan Academy connection, and upcoming changes to the 2017-18 FAFSA. Participants will be provided with tools and resources that will help guide your students to college and career success. Secure your spot now and connect face-to- face with other school counselors in your area. Come with questions and join us for what is sure to be a lively session!

Application: High School Counselors

Presenter: Shameek Robinson, the College Board, Middle States Region; Matthew Zarro, the College Board, Middle States Region

25. Caring for Others, Caring for Self

We all know the importance of self-care, but sometimes it’s not easy to practice in the midst of endless demands. Often self-care is put to the side, while care for students is prioritized. This workshop will present strategies for turning the compassion you have for your students toward yourself to replenish your internal resources and prevent burnout. We will troubleshoot around some common things that get in the way of self-care and discuss practical tools to alleviate stress, such as mindfulness techniques through technology. Together we will explore how to work with difficult emotions in a sustainable way and bring back the joy of working with your students.

Application: Elementary, Middle, and High School Counselors

Presenters: Natasha Black, Fordham University; Shannon O'Neill & Maja Bergman, Fordham University

26. The Internship and 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; Tawanda Gerald Robinson, Assistant Principal, Isaac E. Young Middle School; Jade Sharp, a former principal, Yonkers High School; and Fiordaliza Connell, New York City Department of Education, Middle School Counselor.

27. State University of New York 2016-17 Update

A new academic year brings new initiatives and a couple of changes. Join the conversation to stay current and receive the latest information about the 2017 application process. Together we’ll explore the early financial aid application and its impact on admission, as well as the impending launch of the electronic transcript for NYC public schools. Learn about EOP enhancements and how the Foster Youth College Success Initiative will further support SUNY’s access, completion and success goals. Receive new and updated recruitment materials and information regarding minor application changes.

Application: High School Counselors

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

28. Google Forms: A Counselor’s New Best Friend - A Beginner’s Guide to Navigating Google Forms

With this hands-on, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) workshop, participants will be introduced to Google Forms. Participants will learn how to create and use Google Forms to help tame the data giant will leave with (more) confidence to create and share their own forms to support their comprehensive counseling program.

Application: Elementary, Middle, and High School Counselors

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

29. 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, and High School Counselors

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

30. Supporting Your Own Magnificence: Self-Care to Prevent Burnout

Counselors focus most of their professional time helping clients to meet their needs and goals, often encountering very draining and stressful issues such as anxiety, depression, drug abuse, chronic illness, disability, and violence. In their personal lives, many counselors struggle to balance work and family demands. Research shows that the time that is sacrificed tends to be personal time. This workshop will review strategies for counseling professionals to engage in the self-care necessary to make them more effective and more satisfied in their personal and professional lives.

Application: Elementary, Middle, &High School Counselors &College Personnel

Presenters: Merle Keitel, Fordham University; Lisa Suzuki, New York University; Jennie Park- Taylor & Heidi Schibuk, Fordham University

31. Identifying and Meeting Student Mental Health Needs Through Utilizing Universal Screening in Your Comprehensive School Counseling Program

Universal screening involves the systematic screening of all students for a given criteria and is discussed as a key component of a multi-tiered system of support, such as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. The goals of this session include: (a) exploring the benefits of universally screening students K-12 for mental health concerns as part of a comprehensive school counseling program (e.g., the ASCA National Model), (b) discussing the school counselor’s role in selecting and implementing an appropriate universal screener as part of a multi- disciplinary school-based team, and (c) examining a case study example of one school district’s pilot use of universal screening which was led by school counselors in collaboration with other stakeholders district-wide.

Application: Elementary, Middle, and High School Counselors

Presenter: Dr. Peg Donohue, Central Connecticut State University, Department of Counseling and Family Therapy, served as a school counselor for 16 years, member of the Connecticut School Counselors’ Association

32. My Story...Heroin Addiction from a Mother's Perspective

My story is about heroin addiction from a mother’s perspective. Sharing my story helps validate and strengthen all at the same time. There is empowerment because I am able to speak from my heart with honesty, humility and faith. I don’t spew numbers or facts and I certainly do not have answers to the whys and wherefores concerning the epic sized proportion of heroin addiction infecting our country today. Through discussion, if one miniscule bit of information given to an attendee saves a child, young adult, husband, wife, sibling or friend then this is my story’s purpose. Sharing Dennis’ story helps bring some semblance of peace in regard to his death from this horrific disease that has affected so many lives today. Most of us know someone or at the very least have heard of someone suffering a loss from heroin addiction. Having done documentaries, news segments and speaking to various audiences, such as Educators, students and PTA parents throughout New York State, I know I have something to share. This is an open and honest discussion that needs to be heard, so that together we can start to fight back this epidemic that has taken over so many lives today.

Application: Elementary, Middle, and High School Counselors

Presenters: Donna Lee Hickey, Member of LI-CAN committee, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

33. From Social Media to Cyber-Bullying: Children's Online Lives and the Dangers They Encounter

No longer can children and teens retreat to the safety of their homes to escape or de-stress from neighborhood or school bullies. The internet has become their playground and it’s active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Bullies now use the internet to reach their victims and to groom their cronies. With email, instant messaging, texting, blogging, and photo-based social media sites, all kids become potential targets. Bullies gain courage and momentum hiding behind the screen; with anonymity they further unleash their aggression. This presentation will present cyberbullying statistics, tactics, and its impact on kids of all ages. The audience will gain an understanding of the long-lasting effects of cyberbullying on children’s functioning in the home, socially, and in school. Strategies to combat cyberbullying from individual to small-group, to school-wide programs will be presented.

Application: Elementary, Middle, and High School Counselors

Presenters: Jennifer Walker, Psy.D., a licensed psychologist in private practice, a school psychologist for the Scarsdale Public Schools, and President of Rockland County Psychological Society, has been working with children and adolescents and their families in various settings for over 25 years.

 

SESSION V (1:15 – 2:15)

34. Update on 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 and High School Counselors

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

35. Evidence-based Group Interventions for Socioemotional Learning

School counseling groups can be effective and valuable experiences that foster a sense of belonging and universality among students. This presentation will give school counselors an opportunity to learn new and interesting evidence-based interventions (e.g. self-advocacy and resiliency skills, mindfulness) specifically targeting social and emotional competence with at risk student populations.

Application: Elementary, Middle, and High School Counselors

Presenter: Marte Ostvik-de Wilde, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and School Counseling Program Director, University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, CT

36. Career Readiness - Pathways and Credentials

This workshop will give a brief overview of the NYSED Multiple Pathways, but will focus on the CTE and CDOS Pathways along with the CDOS Credential in an effort to provide definition and understanding of their components, differences and impact on students. The target audience, criteria and exit documentation of each will be explained.

Application: Middle and High School Counselors

Presenter: Cheryl Winstel, Career and Technical Education Team, NYS Education Department

37. Current Legal Issues Affecting School Counselors

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, and High School Counselors

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

38. Armed Serices Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)

The ASVAB is one of the most researched and respected aptitude assessments in the world.The Department of Defense sponsors the ASVAB CEP with a two- part mission, to provide: a career exploration service to U.S. youth and qualified leads to military recruiters. The Program is offered FREE to participating high schools as a public service. ASVAB -CEP testing is available to students in the 10th-12th grade and to post-secondary students. The ASVAB CEP isn't just for students interested in the military. Not all participants have established plans for life after high school. The Program has something for everyone with comprehensive information for over 1,000 occupations.Students gain access to the career exploration resources during a post-test score interpretation session. Then, they can independently explore any career that interests them, including those found in the military. The Program helps students, who often over- or under-represent their abilities, to accurately identify their strengths. CEP results give students a current snapshot of their skill levels so they may improve performance on high stakes standardized tests Go to www.ASVABProgram.com for details.

Application: High School Counselors

Presenter: Dee Richardson, Education Officer, US Army Recruiting Battalion New York

39. Realizing College Success: Helping Undocumented Students Move Beyond Enrollment

Although all children, regardless of immigration status, have the same right to access public K-12 education, many undocumented students may not realize, due to various challenges, how to move beyond college enrollment. Because policy is continually changing, school counselors may be unaware of various ways to support the college aspirations, college retention, and college graduation of undocumented students. This didactic presentation will focus on the challenges that impact undocumented students’ college success, ways that school counselors can support undocumented students, and specific strategies that can be utilized with undocumented students that move beyond college enrollment to college success.

Application: Middle and High School Counselors

Presenter: Dr. Cynthia Walley Assistant Professor, Counseling Dept., Mercy College

40. College Readiness, Access and Success for Latino Students (Sponsored by the Westchester Putnam Rockland Counseling Association)

With the changing demographics in our geographic area, professionals in the field of college access must devise strategies to increase post-secondary access, opportunity and success for all students. Many of our communities have seen a surge in the population of Latino students. The heterogeneous nature of this population calls for culturally responsive counseling. Our students may be the first generation to go to college, low-income, English Language Learners, undocumented, or have other challenges in their lives. In this session, we will share strategies on how school counselors can develop and foster a college-going culture even when working with a large, complex student caseload and a limited budget. Familial ties, social capital, mentoring and peer groups all play a role in college access. There will be time for participants to share opinions and best practices.

Application: High School Counselors

Presenters: Moderator: Luis Barcelo, Pelham High School, Trustee of WPRCA; Enrique Cafaro, Guidance Counselor, White Plains High School; Marissa Guijarro, Guidance Counselor, Suffern High School; John Mariani, Guidance Counselor, Suffern High School

41. 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: Elementary, Middle, and 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, has been working with children and adolescents and their families in various settings for over 25 years.

42. 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, and High School Counselors

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

       
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