Financial Aid continues to be a major stumbling block for counselors, families and students as they navigate the college selection process. Let’s talk about the best ways to guide students through the maze, how to deal with exceptions to the rules, how to make friends with financial aid officers at the colleges you work with and how to de-bunk the myths. This is not a workshop for financial aid professionals. It’s for folks just like you who need to know the basics and where to get more information. We’ll make it fun. No seriously. Financial aid and fun can be in the same workshop!
Presenter: Dr. Jackie Nealon, Vice President, Enrollment Management and Marketing, The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY
2. New Trends in Drug Use
This workshop introduces participants to substance use disorders and provides an overview of new trends in substance use, what’s changed and what hasn’t. Training also discusses techniques for engaging young people today and how culture influences adolescent perceptions and behaviors. Intervention and prevention strategies are also discussed. Participants will increase their general knowledge regarding substance abuse, current trends, engaging young people around substance use and the influence of today’s culture on current trends and bio-psycho-social development.
Presenter: Reisa Berg, LMSW, Director of Education and Prevention, Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Westbury, NY
3. Attendance MATTERS!
Attendance is a problem which is stressful for students, parents, and school personnel. Failing to attend school has significant short-term and long-term repercussions. It affects a student’s social, emotional, and educational development. Most school districts do not have an Attendance Teacher/Truancy Officer and assign the responsibility of working with those who have chronic attendance issues to either a social worker, guidance counselor, or assistant principal. Sometimes no one is assigned this job and many students fall through the cracks. Presenter will teach you how to work with parents, students, CPS, and PINS Diversion to help a student successfully return to school as quickly as possible.
Presenter: Linda Hockney, Attendance Teacher/Truancy Officer/Residency Liaison, Patchogue Medford School District, Medford, NY
4. Social Media Safety
In a day and age when many children are being introduced at birth by the use of social media, concerned adults have to be prepared to help them handle the challenges that these powerful, and sometimes treacherous, forms of communication can present. This presentation is designed to offer insight and information to assist counselors, educators, parents and students in their communication about online issues. Topics covered will include the following: the social media challenge (How well do you know social media?); new legal regulations surrounding social media; how to help parents talk to their kids about the Internet; online addiction and its impact on education; the risks and reality of “grooming.”
Presenters: Michael Rodriguez, School Safety Specialist and Program Coordinator; and Jessica Price, Elementary School Counselor, Brentwood School District, Brentwood, NY
5. College Transition for Students with Disabilities
This presentation aims to provide a comprehensive overview of services provided for students with disabilities on the college level. This workshop will begin with documentation standards to receive appropriate services and continue with the role of the disability services counselor, college readiness, how to utilize campus resources and self- advocating skills. A PowerPoint presentation will be utilized to convey this information. We will also discuss the differences between services in high school and on the college level. Time will be allotted in the end for questions and concerns.
Presenters: Suzanne Cook and Andrea Vittorio, Disability Services Counselors, SUNY Suffolk County Community College, Grant Campus, Brentwood, NY
6. Developing your Professional Online Presence
With more than 470 million+ members, LinkedIn is the largest virtual professional network. Learn how to utilize LinkedIn to establish your virtual presence, build and maintain your professional connections and tap into the knowledge of your network.
Presenter: Cheryl Stratigos, Career Counselor, SUNY Farmingdale State College, Farmingdale, NY
7. Understanding and Treating Eating Disorders
Eating disorders on Long Island are at epidemic proportions and cross all ages and populations. This workshop will cover the identification and treatment of eating disorders and explore their multidimensional nature. Presenter will address psychological, behavioral, and physiological precipitants and perpetuating factors. Workshop will also cover the continuum of treatment options available and protocols for determining the appropriate level of care: outpatient, intensive outpatient program (IOP), day treatment, residential and hospitalization. Professionals will learn about disordered eating, thinking and destructive behaviors that ensue as well as strategies and skills that can be used in the recovery process.
Presenter: Sondra Kronberg, MS, RD, CDN, CEDRD, Executive Director, Eating Disorder Treatment Collaborative/F.E.E.D. IOP, Connect and Concierge Programs, Jericho, NY