11. The Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) School Counselors as Bullying Prevention Specialists
The State of New York enacted the DASA law in 2012, and yet there is still a lot of confusion regarding it. School counselors are often tapped to act as DASA Coordinators, create programming for Respect for All Week or National AntiBullying Month, and train faculty/staff. These responsibilities require a level of knowledge and skill that many counselors do not possess...yet. This session will enhance your ability to be an anti-bullying specialist through discussion of the DASA law and its application to real cases.
Presenter: Daniel Cinotti, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Director of Counseling Programs, Behavioral Sciences Department, New York Institute of Technology, New York City, NY
12. Overview of ACCES-VR
ACCES-VR assists individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment and to support independent living through training, education, rehabilitation, and career development. Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors guide individuals through service programs they need to reach their employment goal. By working closely with school districts, the P-12 Office of Special Education and community providers, ACCES-VR helps to ensure that all youth with disabilities are prepared for employment, post-secondary education and community living when they leave school. ACCES-VR can provide a range of services to help eligible individuals reach an employment goal.
Presenters: Ruth del Rosario, Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, and Michael Cerevella, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Transition and Youth Services, Hauppauge, NY
13. How Circles as a Restorative Approach Provide a Voice for Everyone Circles are a versatile Restorative Practices Process that can be used either proactively or reactively to develop relationships, build community, respond to wrong doing, conflicts, and problems. The Circle Process allows people to tell their stories and offer their own perspectives accordingly. You will participate in an abbreviated circle and will be provided with a handout on circles.
Presenter: Gregg A. Scheiner, CRP Trainer, Training and Outreach Coordinator, Long Island Dispute Resolution Centers – EAC NETWORK, Hempstead, NY
14. Electronic Safety 101: On the Line and Off the Hook Electronics have brought forth new issues and concerns in today’s classroom. Electronic safety discusses the potential dangers that come from online interactions as well as the protections students must take to be safe in cyberspace and with other forms of electronic communication devices. Furthermore, the workshop also discusses the ramifications if these electronic devices are used for criminal purposes such as harassment and intimidation.
Presenter: Alisty Joy Keneth, President, AJK Diversified, Hicksville, NY
15. How Does This Work? Mental Health & Your School Counseling Curriculum This workshop will provide important information regarding the role school counselors play in the delivery and support of the new mental health regulations. School counselors provide Tier I interventions within schools that support students, educators and parents. Learn how the mandated comprehensive school counseling program facilitates a safe and healthy school culture.
Presenter: Robert Rotunda, Ed.D., Executive Director, NYSSCA, Leicester, NY
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