8. The Counselor’s Role in Addressing Challenges Faced by Underrepresented Students
Culturally competent school counselors fulfill a crucial role in helping create and sustain a school culture that reduces prejudice, advances equity and increases access. Participants in this interactive, hands-on and practical workshop will use case studies and their own questions and contributions to explore how school counselors can help students develop open minds, empathy and cultural competence. Special focus will be on illustrating how counselors can incorporate culturally responsive practices and interventions that involve using anecdotes, current events and popular culture/media to help students feel safe and welcome while developing four skills crucial to succeeding in school, career and community: critical thinking, creative problem-solving, collaboration and communication. By welcoming students into the shared culture of the school, counselors will help students do well academically and socially.
Presenter: Adriana Silva, MSW, Associate Director of Admissions & Coordinator for Minority Student Recruitment, St. Joseph’s College, Patchogue, NY
9. Emotional Regulation: Finding Balance in a Tilted World
This workshop provides evidence-based emotional regulation techniques and stress reduction skills that work for individuals who have a difficult time managing anger and other emotions. Presenter discusses the biological impact of anger, healthy coping skills and psycho-social development. Presenter also discusses methods for identifying emotional dysfunction.
Presenter: Lisa Ganz, LCSW, CASAC, Clinical Director, Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Westbury, NY
10. Career Games for Middle and 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 a chance to participate in career awareness exercises that they can then use with students to explore ideas about careers. The counselors will be able to experience first-hand how these interests and values experiences allow students to start to think about how people make career decisions.
Presenter: Dolores Ciaccio, Director, Career Center, SUNY Farmingdale State College, Farmingdale, NY
11. Using Mindfulness Techniques in the Helping Professions
Basic mindfulness techniques will be reviewed and practiced to assist those in the helping professions reduce the effects of stress and burnout fatigue.
Presenter: Laura B. Kestemberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Chair, Associate Dean and Director, MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY
12. Searching to Play In The NCAA: College Admissions and the Student Athlete
The high school counselor plays a pivotal role in the college admissions process for the student athlete. The student athlete is required to not only be admitted to college but also to meet the NCAA eligibility requirements. A crucial team works together to help the student achieve this goal: school counselor, coach, parent, and student. Learn how to coordinate the efforts of these pivotal players to work in concert to create a positive experience for all involved.
Presenter: John MacPherson, Retired Director of Counseling, Christ the King High School, Middle Village, NY
13. SUNY Update
Learn about new offerings and enhancements to the application process at The State University of New York. See what your students see – what we ask and how we ask it. We will also explore SUNY’s financial literacy tools, transfer paths, and the provisions of New York State’s STEM scholarship. New and updated recruitment materials will also be shared. This workshop is designed to give you timely information for the 2017 application season.
Presenter: Catherine Foster-Anderson, SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, NY
14. Finishing Up: Insuring First Year College Student Success
Counseling the senior is who is almost out the door and enrolled in college can be tough, but what exactly does the student need to know? How can you help? What should you be prepping them for? This workshop will discuss everything from the application process to instilling a sense of independence when transitioning to college.
Presenter: Courtney Pulver, St. Thomas Aquinas Prog. Counselor, Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY