Adolescents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning/queer (LGBTQ) face particular challenges becoming healthy adults. This interactive workshop will introduce service providers, social workers, mental health professionals and administrators to the dynamics of growing up LGBTQ. Specific emphasis will be placed on transgender youth. Learn how your school can become more responsive to this population.
Presenter: Scott Petersen, LMSW, Community Mobilization Coordinator, Pride for Youth, Bellmore, NY
16. Divorce: The Emergence of the Third Parent
A look at what happens when divorce causes a child to take on the role of an adult. Parents who have a hard time communicating and who avoid working together to set up unified guidelines and expectations for a child tend to create an environment in which the child becomes more powerful than is age-appropriate. Our workshop will dive into the causes and consequences of these behaviors and explore the best techniques to use to help families re-establish appropriate boundaries and structure for success. Example topics to be discussed: what happens when children become involved in the legal side of divorce; what happens when one parent fears disciplining their child; how to coach parents on creating healthy routine and structure in two homes; etc...
Presenters: Alexandra Villano, LMHC, and Brooke Williams, LMHC, Family & Personal Counseling, Bohemia, NY
17. The State of College Admission in the Current Political Climate: A Forum for Discussion
The current political climate, specifically the recent shift in immigration policies, has generated challenges that directly impact our ability to advocate and support our students while also increasingly generating challenges for colleges and universities. This session will be open conversation about the impact of this year's national and international policy changes on our students, the college application process and our college communities. Come share your thoughts and ideas with us in this safe space.
Presenters:Erica Padilla, Director of NYC Engagement, Utica College, Utica, NY; Kate Hardy, Senior Associate Director of Admissions, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY; Tania Mattos, Education and Outreach Director, UnLocal; Steffi Romano, Esq, UnLocal; Kate Anderson, Admissions Counselor, SUNY Oswego
18. The Dynamics of Domestic Violence
What is domestic violence? In this discussion, we will define and identify the intricate and subtle patterns of how domestic violence relationships form and persist. The Cycle of Violence is explained as a social dynamic that highlights each of the stages, warning signs and behaviors in Domestic Violence. Common myths are debunked with evidence-based data that is shifting our culture.
Presenter: Alexa Altolaguirre, Community Educator, Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk, Islandia, NY
19. The Importance of Elementary School Counseling
An introduction to school counseling needs to happen at the elementary level. In society today, the need for advocates trained in mental health to help young students navigate the moral, social and emotional challenges they face is greater that ever. The connection that students and families form with elementary counselors lays the foundation for future involvement with professionals in the field. What is it that elementary school counselors are doing on a daily basis and why is it so important? Come to the presentation and find out.
Presenters: Amada Donnini and Jessica Price, Elementary School Counselors, Brentwood School District, Brentwood, NY
20. Grit and Growth Mindset – A Guide to Educational Success
Stanford psychology professor Carol S. Dweck developed the idea of growth mindset. Many educators believe that our practices in the classroom need to change and that we need to embrace the growth mindset theory and help students cultivate “grit.” This workshop will address opening student minds to developing growth mindset and new strategies focused on resilience and bouncing back. Activities and assignments that help students develop the grit and growth mindset they need to succeed will be shared.
Presenter: Dawn Tracy-Hanley, Academic Chair, Suffolk County Community College, Brentwood, NY
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