Gang involvement and violence is currently a major issue affecting many of our school districts. In the field of mental health, it is advantageous to understand the mentality behind gang involvement in order to help support our students and their families. Michael Rodriguez has numerous certifications in School Safety as well as a wealth of professional experience working with school staff and students in an effort to lower the negative impact that gangs are having on our youth. His understanding of gang mentality and the draw that gang involvement has for our young people is critical information to have while working within this realm. Mr. Rodriguez balances his knowledge of School Safety with an empathetic approach to addressing gang issues in our schools. You will leave this presentation empowered with additional understanding and preparedness to provide support and information to both your students and your school district.
Presenter: Michael Rodriguez, Director of Security, Riverhead Central School District, NY; School Safety Supervisor, Brentwood School District. NY
At this workshop we will take a look at how NAVIANCE is implemented in the guidance office at Patchogue-Medford HS. We will explore the features made available to students as well as the process of creating content unique to your needs. Should experienced NAVIANCE users be present we will share ideas regarding best practices.
Presenter: Michael Pawluk, Counselor, Patchogue-Medford High School, Medford, NY
10. Career Games for Middle and Senior High School Students
In this workshop we will discuss how career information may be presented to Middle and High School students through career exercises. Counselors will have the opportunity to participate in these career awareness “games” that they can then use with their students to explore ideas about careers. Counselors will be able to experience first-hand how these interest and values experiences allow students to begin to think about their own career ideas and how people make career decisions.
Presenter: Dolores Ciaccio, Director, Nexus Center for Applied Learning and Career Development,Farmingdale State College, Farmingdale, NY
11. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
This workshop provides a hands-on approach to understanding mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques and its relevance to the field of substance abuse counseling and self-care. Investigate the connection between mindfulness and breathing techniques; identify the connection with stress and explore how thoughts, feelings and behavior patterns are related to addiction and how mindfulness can be a tool for emotional regulation; recognize healthy and unhealthy coping skills to understand clinical applications of mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques.
Presenter: Amanda Cioffi, LMSW, Education and Training Supervisor, Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD), Westbury, NY
12. Introducing The Long Island School Practitioners Action Network (LISPAN): A Model for School Crisis Management in Challenging Times
LISPAN is a bi-county, voluntary network of school-based crisis team members and others whose goal is to share best practices in school crisis management with member districts. LISPAN membership is not meant to substitute for the crisis prevention efforts of other local, state, or federal first responders, but to enhance it with meaningful psychological interventions and supports that we believe are unique to the culture of the schools. This workshop will review the creation of LISPAN model in 2014 and the value of sound crisis preparedness in meeting the needs of school districts who may experience a building-level, district-wide, or regional crisis.
Presenter: Anthony Pantaleno, Ph.D., NYS Licensed Psychologist and LISPAN Coordinator, LISPAN, Lynbrook NY
13. School Counseling, Make it Shine for Elementary/Middle School Students!
As school counselors, group work is at the center of our daily routines. This hands-on workshop will help you bring excitement to your group counseling sessions. Nothing motivates kids better than playing while they learn. Come join us! You will walk away with creative ideas that are guaranteed.
Presenter: Lysa Mullady, School Counselor, Deauville Gardens Elementary School East, Copiague, NY
14. What Happens on Social Media Stays on Social Media
This workshop will discuss the concept of a student’s brand based upon the information they share about themselves online, specifically via social media. Furthermore, this workshop will examine the role of social media in the world of college admissions, and the importance of educating students about the risks of creating a digital footprint that can damage their reputation, and put them at risk for college admissions, internships and jobs.
Presenter: Janine Payton, Vice President for Student Affairs, Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY
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