1. How Did We Get Here? Trends in Adolescent Substance Use and Abuse
This presentation will focus on the trends in substance use affecting today’s youth. Specifically, the progression of substance use, as well as the substances of abuse (tobacco, e-cigarettes/vapes, marijuana, alcohol, opiates) and how they are being abused. Healthy coping skills and protective factors against substance use and abuse will also be discussed.
Presenter: Lauren Navarra, LMSW, Student Assistance Program Coordinator, Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD), Westbury, NY
2. Changes to School Counseling Regulations in NYS: The Impact of the Amended School Counselor Regulations on Practice
This workshop will focus on the transition to the amended school counselor regulations and its implications for the profession of school counseling in New York State. The presenter will provide a comprehensive overview of the purpose of the amendments, and the impact on school counselor preparation and practice. The presentation will be descriptive in nature and will promote a conversation regarding how the amended regulations fit within the framework of the comprehensive school counseling model and promote our profession. The presenter is a former NYSSCA Executive Board Member who assisted NYSED in the process of revision.
Presenter: Dr. Barbara A. Donnellan, Coordinator of Guidance, Lindenhurst Public Schools, Lindenhurst, NY; Past President, New York State School Counselor Association
3. Ready or Not ?
Seminar for members of the New York State Employers Retirement System. Are you ready and prepared for retirement? Do you understand your annuity (403b)?
Presenter: Paul E. Southard, President, Southard General Group, Inc., East Islip, NY
4. Effective College Transition Skills 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, campus resources and self-advocacy skills. 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: Andrea Vittorio and Suzanne Cook, Disability Services Counselors, SUNY Suffolk County Community College, Brentwood, NY
5. SAT, ACT, PSAT Prep in the Digital Era
Today, all students need to embrace online learning as one tool they will use moving forward. Educators need to keep abreast of the different online learning platforms out there. Speaker will share some of these platforms and will also share some of the surprising advantages that online learning can have for many students. This is a must-attend workshop for any Long Island counselor looking to stay current on information they can share with families to help students prepare more effectively and more efficiently for the SAT, ACT, and PSAT.
Presenter: Tom Ehlers, Founder and President, Method Test Prep, Plainview, NY
6. 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
7. The Dynamics of Counseling Community College Students
This presentation will focus on making lasting connections with community college students. The goal is to develop an understanding of diversity and an appreciation of where the students are academically, socially and emotionally. How can we expect a student to learn when their focus is on meeting real needs and paying real bills? We will examine how students learn the ropes of higher education based on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs (1943). Our students must first learn to navigate higher education to survive; sometimes success lies in just learning how.
Presenter: Theresa M Dereme, Assistant Dean/ Director of Counseling, Suffolk County Community College, Brentwood, NY
To contact the Western Suffolk Counselors' Association please call (631) 209-0839 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.