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SESSION I (9:00 – 10:00)

1. ACT Update 2014 – Fall Educator’s Workshop Series (Repeated in Session II)

ACT Enhancements and ACT Aspire - This session will review enhancements to the ACT including new reporting features and the enhancements to the writing test. We will also discuss the computer based version of the ACT and the optional constructed response questions. We will provide updaters about ACT Aspire and ACT Profile. ACT Aspire is an assessment system that measures academic achievement in English, math, reading, science, and writing in 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: Sean Corcoran, Account Manager, ACT, Inc.

2. Evidence Based Counseling Programs to Promote College Access (Sponsored by the NY State School Counselors Association)

Learn to create programs that promote your school’s college admissions goals. With these techniques, school counselors will partner with college admissions professionals and demonstrate the effectiveness of their programs to stakeholders. Programs include Common Application workshops, on-site admissions, and more. Leave with plenty of ideas and the skills for implementation.

Application: Elementary, Middle, & HIgh School Counselors

Presenters: Dr. Barbara Donnellan-Coordinator of Guidance, Lindenhurst Public Schools, Assistant Professor, NYIT Counseling Program, President-Elect, New York State School Counselor Association; Lauren Kalabacas; Amanda Press; Tamara Kaloyeva; Veronica Valencia: Graduate Students, NYIT

3. SUNY 2014-15 Update

Learn about new offerings and enhancements to the application process at The State University of New York. This fall, SUNY launched an online version of its EOP Supplemental Application. Take this opportunity to see a demonstration of this release. See what your students see – what we ask and how we ask it. We will also explore SUNY’s new financial literacy tools, new transfer paths, and the provisions of New York State’s new STEM scholarship. New and updated recruitment materials will also be shared. This workshop is designed to give you timely information for the 2015 application season.

Application: High School Counselors

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

4. 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. This workshop will point out the way that the student-athlete and the support team can move through this process with ease and confidence. Then every decision made will be in the best interest of the student. Parents, counselors and coaches will be able to help the student-athlete make the best possible choice through various pressures and interests.

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

5. Talking to Children and Teens about Suicide: Helping the School Community Heal

When a member of the school community dies by suicide there can be layers of feelings on top of confusion mixed with grief. Children and teens look to the adults in their lives to help them understand and manage this experience. As adults who work with young people it is our responsibility to be ready to talk about the subject of suicide and the first step is to develop a knowledge base on the subject and explore our own beliefs and feelings regarding metal illness and suicide. This workshop will provide the language to elementary, middle and high school counselors to talk to students about suicide. At the same time it will help counselors examine and become more comfortable with the aspects of death by suicide and the grief that follows for which there is no script or ‘correct’ plan of action but instead requires active listening, patience and a trust in the process.

Application: Elementary, Middle, & High School Counselors

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

6. Navigating the Financial Aid & Scholarship Highway for Latino & Undocumented Students

The road towards receiving financial aid and scholarships for Latino students is filled with hurdles and challenges especially for our undocumented students. Come and join our expert panel in a discussion that will show us ways to overcome the hurdles and navigate the challenges faced by Latino students trying to match the costs of going to college.

Application: High School and Middle School Counselors

Presenters: Shirley Acevedo Buontempo (Latino U), Goddard Riverside Community Center Options Program; Lisa Dunne, Fox Lane High School

7. Practical Application of Professional Development, Best Practices, and Implementation

This workshop will review hot topics for NY State school counselors including state regulations, college application and information, transcripts, weighted grades and other guidance-related matters.You will also learn, from a practitioner’s standpoint, what it looks like when implementing a comprehensive online student portfolio. We will review what works with searches (college, occupation, scholarship), guidance lessons, and practical application of the CDOS standards in your office and in the classroom.

Application: Elementary, Middle, & High School Counselors

Presenters: Nicholas Amato, Jr., Moderator/Consultant, Guidance Direct; Michele Hughes, School Counselor, Cortland Central School District; Steven Goldberg, Director of Client Relationship Management, Centris Group

8. Developing an ‘Attachment-Informed’ Counseling Approach

In recent years, counseling and psychotherapy research has demonstrated that developing leverage in helping our clients grow is often a function of the nature of the relationship we are able to create with them and they with us. Who among us has not worked with someone who, on one hand, came to us for help but on the other, rejected it at every turn? Or who, for a time, seemed to want to develop an intense relationship with us and then, all of a sudden, pulled away? Understanding the attachment patterns of our clients as they mingle with our own can shed light on the potential for success or failure of the counseling relationships we create. This presentation examines how we can help transform disrupted attachment patterns in our clients thereby creating an increasingly secure base from which to better help the students in our charge more effectively deal with the problems they present to us.

Application: Elementary, Middle, & High School Counselors

Presenter: Amelio A. D’Onofrio, PhD, Fordham University

9. Healthy Relationships

One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates for other types of youth violence. Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence—almost triple the national average. Violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18. Regardless of the demographics of your school, you have worked with a youth who has been in an abusive relationship-whether you have realized it or not. In this workshop, you will learn to identify some of the warning signs of an abusive relationship. We will also discuss some tangible “Do’s and Don’ts” for how to effectively intervene.

Application: Middle and High School Counselors

Presenter: Lisa Scott, Domestic Violence Education and Prevention Programs Manager, My Sisters` Place

10. The Students in the Middle: Lost and Forgotten?

This workshop is open to all expo participants to increase awareness about the experience of the students who fall academically in the middle and also are not engaged in sports or the arts. Students that are neither academically gifted nor identified as having special needs can fall the cracks. As a consequence of being neglected they may disengage from school. Given the testing movement and state-mandated curricular requirements, these students are under extreme academic pressures but may not have the support they need. The school counselor’s role with students, family members, and school personnel will be highlighted.

Application: Elementary, Middle, & High School Counselors

Presenters: Dr. Lisa Suzuki, Jennie-Park–Taylor, Fordham University; Dr.Merle Keitel, Fordham University

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, & High SchoolCounselors

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

 

SESSION II (10:05 – 11:05)

12. ACT Update 2014 – Fall Educator’s Workshop Series

ACT Enhancements and ACT Aspire - This session will review enhancements to the ACT including new reporting features and the enhancements to the writing test. We will also discuss the computer based version of the ACT and the optional constructed response questions. We will provide updaters about ACT Aspire and ACT Profile. ACT Aspire is an assessment system that measures academic achievement in English, math, reading, science, and writing in 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: Sean Corcoran, 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. LGB and Students of Colors: Risk and Resilency

Significant concerns about the psychological health of LGB adolescents continue to surface. Compared to heterosexual teens, LGB adolescents are more likely to be victimized and bullied throughout their youth, engage in more frequent risk-taking behaviors, and are at higher risk for poor mental health outcomes. Suicide rates among LGB adolescents are almost four times those of heterosexual teens. LGB students of color experience more frequent and more intense microaggresssions than Caucasian LGB teens. This workshop will address race and ethnicity as they impact the experiences of LGB youth. The school counselor’s role with students, family members, and school personnel will be highlighted.

Application: All participants

Presenters: Dr.Jane Berkman & Dr. Merle Keitel, Fordham University

15. Cognitive-Behavioral Strategies for Treating Stress and Worry in Children and Adolescents

Many children experience feelings of stress and worry. In this workshop, Dr. Baruch-Feldman will explain the causes of stress and worry, then present powerful thinking (cognitive) and doing techniques (behavioral) that reliably reduce anxiety. Participants will come away with actual cutting-edge strategies that they can use with the students they work with.

Application: Elementary, Middle, & High School Counselors

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

16. Evidence, Evaluation, and School Counselor Accountability

Using “user friendly” tools that align with the expectations of gathering accountability data to document program initiatives, participants will identify the key data points for program and personal accountability evaluations. Attendees will practice mapping measurable program outcomes and standards based activities that align with comprehensive education plans, school improvement and achievement gap goals.

Application: Elementary, Middle, & High School Counselors

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

17. Speaking the Unspeakable about Divorce: What Schools Can Do to Help Children Cope

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 speak the unspeakable 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 and Adjustment;Private Practice-New York and New Jersey; Media Presenter and Consultant; Author-Relationship Reboot

18. A Mindfulness Approach: Adolescents With Self-Harming Behaviors in an Intensive Outpatient Treatment Setting

This workshop will discuss and demonstrate through interactive exercises the implementation and treatment efficacy of transformative language arts and utilization of the written and spoken word as a tool for healing through poetry, journal writing, guided visualization practices and mindfulness exercises. This workshop will also include clinical case vignettes. Additionally, this presentation will explore both resistance and movement toward recovery while treating adolescents and young adults encountering short term crises.

Application: Elementary, Middle, & High School Counselors

Presenter: Gillian Sinclair, LMSW, Certified Hypnotherapist, M.A. in Transformative Language Arts and Depth Psychology

19. 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, & High School Counselors.

Presenter: 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 25 years

20. Middle-Skills Learning Opportunities within SUNY

Join us as we explore “middle-skill” SUNY degree options. “Middle-skill” jobs are applied occupations that typically require a certification or associates level degree to be employable. Currently, there is an acute shortage of middle-skilled people to fill the millions of technical jobs needed in the United States. This session will discuss the variety of SUNY degrees types and options that will prepare graduates for this enriched job market.

Application: High School Counselors

Presenters: Jim Hall, Director of Admissions and Enrollment Planning, Farmingdale State College;Michael Roe, Associate Dean of Enrollment Management, Dutchess Community College

21. 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, & HIgh School Counselors

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

20. 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 IV (12:10 – 1:10)

23. Updates from the College Board –Counselor Workshop (Extended Session 12:10 - 2:00)

Previously called Fall Counselor Workshops, this free workshop provides school counselors with the information they need to help students prepare for college and career success. The workshop includes : Updates on the SAT®, the PSAT/NMSQT®, and AP™ Programs ; briefing on the ways the College Board delivers opportunity; Spotlight on critical websites for counselors; The What’s New brochure with program highlights and changes; The College Board Quick Reference Guide with test dates for the upcoming year. Come with questions and join us for what is sure to be a lively session!

Application: High School Counselors

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

24. Transforming Lives Through Opportunity

Unearthing opportunities for a college education for underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students is a daunting challenge. The true heroes in our professions are those who seek out and empower students for whom the cost of college is beyond reach, providing them with the resources and equally importantly the courage to embark on an educational and consequently a life journey that is transformative. Our panelists will discuss their engagement with these compelling young men and women, providing insights into their work. Counseling professionals will be inspired by their stories of success, saddened by the failures of the system and enlightened on the options and opportunities to address the needs of similar students with whom they work.

Application: High School Counselors

Panelists: Mary Lou Bates, VP & Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid, Skidmore College; Robert Robinson,Director of High School Partnership Program & Young Women's Leadership Program; Barry Ward, Assist. VP for Admissions for Iona, “Let’s Get Started Outreach Program”; Carla Sheere, Dir.of College Counseling for Learning Leaders;Beth Pili, Horace Mann HS, Associate Dir. of College Counseling

25. Solution Focused/Strengths-Based Counseling Strategies (Extended Session (12:10 - 2:00)

This solution-oriented 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. Treating At-Risk Adolescents: Engaging them in the Process While Involving Their Parents in Treatment

As teens get increasingly involved in at-risk behaviors (e.g., “sexting,” engaging in promiscuous sexual activity with multiple partners, binge-drinking, abusing prescription medications, driving dangerously, cheating, cutting and burning themselves, and restricting their eating), they become more secretive and distrusting of most adults, especially such authority figures as their parents, school personnel, and mental health treatment providers. Parents begin to feel helpless in helping their at-risk teens, as their relationships with their children grow more tenuous and they are unable to find any adults their children will trust. This program will discuss the underlying dynamics associated with at-risk teenagers and will offer concrete strategies for engaging at-risk teens, convincing them to allow their parents into their treatment, as well as strategies to build connections and improve their relationships. Techniques are derived from the presenters’ years of clinical experience, as well as known practices in Family Therapy.

Application: 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, has been working with children and adolescents and their families in various settings for 25 years.

27. Career Cruising Updates - K-12 Student Plans Made Easy

Learn how Career Cruising’s reasonably-priced college and career programs are a top choice to help engage and inspire all students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. School counselors will learn how students can create an online college and career plan that meets the needs of ASCA/NYSSCA Models along with your school’s needs. Our K-12 solution all starts with either ccSpark! at the elementary level or ccSpringboard at the middle or high school level and then builds from there to include options for every grade and phase of career development for students. A focus will be on how our admin portal allows counselors and administrators to get real-time insight into their students’ plans. Participants will discuss best practices that assist in creating a data-driven developmental guidance program.

Application: Elementary, Middle, & High School Counselors

Presenter: Chris Allinson, Consultant, Career Cruising

28. Easing the Transition to College: The Critical Role of the Counselor

First year college students and their parents are often unprepared for the potentially arduous task of making a successful transition to college. Although most colleges and universities offer summer orientation programs for both students and parents, they vary significantly in duration, breadth, depth and overall quality. Therefore the process of educating students and their parents about the complex expectations that college students will face, about the developmental and psychological stressors they may encounter, and about the sometimes troubling realities of college life should begin during the senior year of high school. For example, students and their parents are often unaware that college students are viewed as autonomous adults in institutions of higher education, with very few external controls, monitoring or supervision. This lack of structure can make it difficult for students to manage their time, handle competing priorities and make healthy lifestyle choices. Because students face a plethora of demands and challenges upon entering college, statistically they report higher levels of overall stress, emotional exhaustion, hopelessness, depression and thoughts of suicide than the general population. Your ability as a counselor to prepare students and parents for the challenges that lie ahead will be invaluable in helping the student make a successful transition to college, which is a critical marker for persistence to college graduation.

Application: High School Counselors & College Personnel

Presenter: Ingrid Grieger, Ed.D, Director, Iona College Counseling Center, former Adjunct Professor, Fordham University, Graduate School of Education

29. The Internship and the First School Counseling Job: Surviving and Thriving (Extended Session 12:10 - 2:00)

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 and Prospective School Counselors: Elementary, Middle, & High School

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 Richards, 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

30. Mindfulness Practices in the School Setting: Implementing Mindfulness Meditation & Techniques with Individuals & Groups Within the School Community

This presentation will provide an understanding of mindfulness meditation and techniques. Counselors will learn practical uses of such techniques in a school setting with students, as well as staff. Several examples of meditation and mindfulness skills will be presented. The importance of personal use of the skills will be discussed as a tool for increasing awareness and intention when working with students and colleagues.

Application: Elementary, Middle, & High School Counselors

Presenter: Tracey Polizzi, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist in private practice in Rockland County; School Psychologist in Nanuet School District

31. Brief Solution Focused Counseling: Revisiting a Valuable Model for Individual Counseling in Schools (Connecticut School Counselor Association (CSCA)

Has it been awhile since you revisited the theory and techniques of solution focused counseling? This session will review a model helpful to school counselors, where time constraints in schools prove challenging for ongoing individual counseling. Participants will review the core beliefs, assumptions and concepts of brief solution focused counseling. More importantly, participants will gain a refreshed knowledge of implementation skills and techniques.

Application: Elementary, Middle, & HIgh School Counselors

Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Parzych, President for the CT School Counselor Association (CSCA), Assistant Professor, Counseling, Mercy College

32. SUNY 2014-15 Update

Learn about new offerings and enhancements to the application process at The State University of New York. This fall, SUNY launched an online version of its EOP Supplemental Application. Take this opportunity to see a demonstration of this release. See what your students see – what we ask and how we ask it. We will also explore SUNY’s new financial literacy tools, new transfer paths, and the provisions of New York State’s new STEM scholarship. New and updated recruitment materials will also be shared. This workshop is designed to give you timely information for the 2015 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. School Counselors Solving Discipline Issues: A Comprehensive Approach

How often do communities and school board members become aware of difficult issues regarding student behaviors? These include bullying, cyber abuse, lack of respect for authority figures, drug and alcohol use, and a multitude of other behaviors reflective of the general society. These behaviors can lead in many cases to out of school suspension and loss of instruction. In this session participants will become familiar with the variety of techniques school counselors can utilize in such situations. These trained school support professionals promote appropriate student behaviors and work to improve understanding of the causes of such behaviors. Through appropriate interventions school counselors advance the goal of a safe school climate for the benefit of the entire school community.

Application: Elementary, Middle, & High School Counselors

Presenters: Gloria Jean, NYSSCA President; Dr. Barbara Donnellan, NYSSCA President Elect, Coordinator of Guidance, Lindenhurst Public Schools

35. Public 'Ivies' Are A Reality: Exploring University Honors Programs

There are several thousand colleges for high school students to research, both private and public. In this era of rising tuition and overall costs, enrolling in public universities' honors programs instead of highly selective private colleges is oftentimes the best course of action. Learn more about these opportunities for your scholars at various flagship universities on the East Coast.

Application: Middle and High School Counselors

Presenters: Michael Courtney, Dir. of College Counseling, SAR HS; Panelist: Marianne Booufall-Tynan, Dir. of Enrollment Management, Macaulay Honors-CUNY; Karen Cummings, Assist. Dir. Admissions, Binghamton; Ashley Johnson, Admissions Counselor, U Maryland, College Park; Kyle Smith, Assist. Dir of Admissions, Umass, Amherst; Laura Miller, Dir. of College Counseling, Frisch School; Jennifer Hollis, Admission Counselor, Rutgers University

36. Heroin

This workshop is open to all expo participants to increase awareness about the prevalence, usage, risk factors, and warning signs related to the heroin epidemic. The physical, social, and psychological consequences of heroin use will be covered as well as strategies for preventing and intervention. The school counselor’s role with students, family, members, and school personnel will be highlighted.

Application: Elementary, Middle, and High School Counselors

Presenters: Jennie-Park-Taylor, Merle Keitel, Fordham University; and students

37. Bereavement Counseling in the School Setting

This workshop deals with counseling grieving students from the perspective of a former school counselor and guidance director. It includes crisis intervention strategies for students who just lost a family member, i.e. what is the best way to assist a student in his return to school? This discussion will include establishing polices and procedures that would offer maximum support to grieving students. Furthermore, long-term solutions will be discussed such as facilitating bereavement support groups. An overview of how to start a group including recruiting students, obtaining parental permission, structuring the group and activities to facilitate discussions will be covered. The emphasis is on teaching very practical skills and strategies that counselors can use with their students.

Application: Middle and High School Counselors

Presenter: Luciano Sabatini, Adjunct Professor Hofstra University, Counseling Psychologist, Bereavement Coordinator, Author, Consultant

38. Overcoming Barriers to National Model Implementation

Many school counselors would like to increase their time spent on comprehensive school counseling activities. Constraints such as time and support can make implementing the National Model seem impossible. In this workshop, participants will discuss common concerns related to National Model implementation. Presenters will share strategies and tools they have used when they developed and helped others develop programs that serve all students. The goal of this workshop is to help school counselors identify strategies that they can put in place immediately to improve their school counseling programs.

Application: Elementary, Middle, & High School Counselors

Presenters: Megyn Shea, Ph.D. Assistant Professor; Dept of School Counseling, New York Institute of Technology; Dan Cinotti, Ph.D. Assistant Professor; Dept of School Counseling, New York Institute of Technology, Department of School Counseling

39. Identifying Mental Health Issues and Risks in Students

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, & High School Counselors

Presenter: Beth Weiner, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist, Director of Counseling, Psychology and Therapy Programs, LIU Hudson at Westchester

40. A College and Career Readiness System at Your Finger Tips

Discover the hidden treasures of the CareerZone system, a career exploration and management tool provided at no-cost to you for today’s high tech NYS youth. For new and returning users alike, this workshop will dive into valuable CareerZone features and resources to transform youth into confident and competent adults. Investigate key system updates and best practices. Engage in an interactive workshop designed to help you develop youth’s soft and hard skills, career planning strategies, and technology proficiency. Take away a treasure chest of brand new instructional tools including new innovative lesson plans, a facilitators guide and desk aid.

Application: Elementary, Middle, & High School Counselors

Presenters: Kristina Krise, Bridget Kennedy, Liz Morrisey - NYS Department of Labor Career Development and Youth Initiatives Office

41. 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

       
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