Legislative Update in Illinois for School Counselors
Toni R. Tollerud, Ph.D. LCPC. NCC. NCSC. ACS; Daniel Stasi, Executive Director of ISCA
This workshop will cover the most recent legislation and pending legislation that will impact the work school counselors do in their role. This includes the recent legislation on Career and College Advising for all students, Youth Mental Health Protection Act of 2016 and FOID. Updates will also be made on other important recent legislation dealing with bullying, student rights, confidentiality, and more. Handouts will be provided.
The Power of Group Work--Connecting Faculty, Staff, Students, and Parents
Anna Marie Yates, Ph.D., NCC, LPC; None
School community members share many common interests, issues, questions, and concerns. A group approach is an efficient and effective way to work with a variety of populations. This session will focus on applying group theories and techniques to school related situations.
Building Principals’ Support for School Counseling: Do's and Don'ts for District Leaders
Lisa De Gregorio, MA; Director of Operations for Hatching Results, LLC; ISCA Board Member; Whitney Triplett, MA, NCC, LPC; School Counseling Specialist for Chicago Public Schools; ISCA Board Member
Intended for district and regional school counseling leaders, this collaborative, interactive session will explore strategies and activities to build awareness and gain support of school principals and other administrators around the roles, impact, and value of school counselors. Learn from the experiences of Chicago Public Schools, the nation’s 3rd largest school district, and participate in an open-forum to share your own “Do’s and Don’ts” when it comes to gaining administrator buy-in.
Supporting our LGBTQ Students in the School Setting
Allyson Adams, High School Counselor, MA; Cristina Ramirez, High School Psychologist, M.Ed, Ed.S
Will address the unique social-emotional needs of LGBTQ students in the school setting. Will include strategies and activities that can be incorporated in the school day to support students and create a more inclusive environment. Will discuss the most recent trends and help educators to understand and feel more competent working with LGBTQ students.
Blending Adventure Therapy and Motivational Interviewing to Impact Student Success
Robert Valle, MA School Counseling, Project Manager via the Center for College Access and Success/NEIU;
Workshop will focus on how we, at the Center for College Access and Success of Northeastern Illinois University, blend a combination of Adventure Therapy and Motivational Interviewing to support student success within various Chicago Public Schools. Workshop will involve a brief demonstration of a session involving cooperative activities and MI.
Developing eating disorders treatment teams and protocols for schools: Collaboration is key
Casey N. Tallent, Ph.D.;
Eating Disorders are one of the most challenging and important issues facing school counselors today. This presentation will included strategies to build campus wide initiatives including eating disorders treatment teams with school and community providers, outreach initiatives, and referral guidelines. Participants will learn strategies of collaboration and inviting students to seek care.
"Moving Through It" Program
Laurie Siegel, MA, LCPC, CADC, MISAII, Type 73, Type 75; Michael Guglielmo, Psy.D., NCC, LCPC
“Moving Through it”…., is a unique 8 week program that combines exercise, Cognitive Behavioral techniques, support and meditation. The goal is to help students who are experiencing anxiety and or depression, in a school setting.
Post-Secondary Readiness: Engaging Stakeholders at Every Grade Level
Katie Stalzer, M. Ed in School Counseling, LPC, CCAC; Kirsten Argyelan (M. Ed, NBCT, CCAC), Rachel Madrid (M. Ed), Cecelia Towns-Scott (MA)
Whether you’re a team of 10 or 1, these conversations and education need to happen at every level. We will take our participants through each grade level and highlight strategies counselor can use to engage parents, students, and school staff in the post secondary process and share sample frameworks to share the work.
Mindfulness in Schools
Donna Kirkpatrick Pinson, Ed.D., LCPC, NCC, NCSC, PEL; Kathleen Selden, Graduate Student
Mindfulness has been shown to have a positive effect on social, emotional, and behavioral well-being of students. With the support of research, school counselors can use mindfulness techniques to assist students with a variety of issues. Participants will learn mindfulness techniques to support students in school and life.
The School Counselor's Toolkit for the Redesigned Assessment - The Educators Score Portal
Chris Heintz, Assistant Director, Illinois; Saint Xavier University, MA Secondary Education, Kalamazoo College, BA History
Join us to learn latest information and best practices to access, understand and use the College Board Educator Score portal and SAT Suite of Assessments. Session attendees will explore key features and online reports for the SAT, PSAT8/9, PSAT 10, and PSAT/NMSQT to support student achievement and college readiness. In this interactive session, participants will review ready to use tools, turn-key resources to use with students and parents, and counselor professional development opportunities.