(1) The Mental Health Pipeline: Crisis Intervention & Mental Health Resources
Meredith Rickenbacker Adolescent & Eating Disorder Senior Manager Behavioral Health at Partial Hospital Mather Hospital email@example.com
Melissa Coscia, LCSW Director of Clinical Crisis and Stabilization Services Diagnostic, Assessment, and Stabilization Hub (DASH) / Family Service League firstname.lastname@example.org
Robin Torres, LCSW, CASAC Social Worker at the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) Stony Brook Hospital Robin.Torres@stonybrookmedicine.edu
Elizabeth Wexler, LCSW Social Worker at the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) Stony Brook Hospital Elizabeth.Wexler@stonybrookmedicine.edu
Adriana Silva, LMSW, CASAC-T Associate Director of Admissions & Adjunct Lecturer St. Joseph’s College email@example.com
This panel discussion will feature local professionals from CPEP, DASH, and Mather Partial that serve a role in connecting adolescents with crisis intervention and mental health services. Participants will gain an understanding on the critical part they play in helping students deal with emotional distress, and how they can collaborate with other professionals to help their students achieve emotional stability. A roundtable conversation will ensue for participants to discuss viable action plans within their places of employment.
(2) "Networking at its finest! - Getting both feet in the door."
Jeannette Alomia, M.S. District Director of Guidance and Testing, K-12 Huntington Union Free School District firstname.lastname@example.org
Moderator: David Oroza, M.S. WSCA President & Assistant Director, Admissions NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine email@example.com
Networking has many benefits. Your networking and resume have gotten you the interview. Now, how do you land the counseling position? Gain practical insights on the benefits of networking, how to network, interview preparation, the interview process, techniques and follow through after the interview.
10:15 - 10:30 am ET
Kristen E. Capezza - Vice President, Enrollment Management and University Communications Adelphi University firstname.lastname@example.org
10:30 - 11:45 am ET (Breakout Session B)
(3) “Unconscious Bias: You can’t Change What You Can’t See”
Presenter: Charles Fox, Jr. Director of Diversity & Development, The Legal Aid Society of Suffolk, Inc.
Unconscious (otherwise known as implicit) bias has the potential to impact the manner in which we engage with our students, colleagues, and friends. This workshop will seek to foster a dialogue about how to recognize our own unconscious biases, mitigate them, and help one another learn to shed the cultural assumptions we acquire over time and through our lived experiences. Workshop participants will be engaged with strategies focused on creating open and honest conversations about bias and how our own biases can negatively affect our expectations of our students. “The soft bigotry of low expectations” can be devastating to the long-term outcomes of young people. This workshop is intended to be a starting point for a larger conversation intended to help us all be better counselors, teachers, mentors, role-models, and community members.
(4) Addressing and understanding school refusal
Presenter: Christina Brooks, Psy.D. - Founder/Director, Anxiety & Behavioral Health Center email@example.com
School professionals are often tasked with addressing students who refuse to attend school. Join Dr. Christina Brooks as she explains some of the primary reasons behind school refusal. The primary emphasis will be on anxiety related school refusal. Dr. Brooks will address the basics of behavioral change and anxiety reduction and will identify strategies to promote positive behaviors and coping. She will also discuss the 4-pronged treatment approach.
In this workshop, participants will have an opportunity to discuss their experiences, areas of concerns, and triumphs in managing their professional roles over the past two years. This dialogue exchange will be monitored by professional trainer Christine Keller who will follow the exchange with tips on how to apply positive psychology and the strengths and values that enable individuals and communities to thrive in order to help school professionals address burnout and other vicarious trauma.
Beginning in 2023, the College Board will begin delivering the SAT Suite of Assessments digitally (domestically starting with the PSAT in Fall 2023, followed by the SAT in spring 2024). While the transition to digital will bring several student- and educator-friendly changes, many important features of the SAT Suite will stay the same. The new Digital SAT Suite will be easier to take, easier to give, more secure, and more relevant. At this workshop, you’ll learn about what is staying the same and what will be changing as we move to digital testing.
To contact the Western Suffolk Counselors' Association please call (631) 209-0839 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.