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, Pride for Youth, Bellmore, NY
16. Update on Proposed Regulatory Amendments for NYS School Counselors
Amendments to the Commissioner’s Regulations pertaining to school counselors, school counselor certification and school counselor preparation programs in New York State have been presented to the Board of Regents. An update on the current state of these proposed amendments will be provided. Resources will be supplied and ample time will be available for questions.
Presenter: Barbara A. Donnellan, EdD, Coordinator of Guidance, Lindenhurst Public Schools; Immediate Past President, NYSSCA; Assistant Professor, NYIT School Counseling Department, Old Westbury, NY
17. Divorce – Breaking Down the Elements & Building Up Families
Whether we like it or not many children and families are dealing with the harsh reality of divorce. Counseling children through the challenges associated with divorce can be difficult and complex. Our presentation focuses on training counselors to break down the layers of divorce in an attempt to create the most genuine and authentic alliance between the counselor and the child. From helping the child understand the changes that are taking place, to managing the breakdown of their family and entering the world of visitation schedules, to setting boundaries and guiding the development of healthy communication skills – the list can go on and on. Our presentation also touches on how to help children develop healthy coping skills that are appropriate for their age and developmental stage, as well as in touch with their unique interests.
Presenters: Alexandra Villano, MHC, and Christine Mammes, MHC, Family & Personal Counseling, Bohemia, NY
18. SAT & ACT Prep
There have been changes in the content and form of both major college entrance exams: the SAT and the ACT. Though many parents and students feel that one is better than the other, there are now a lot more similarities between both exams. This allows students to adequately prepare for both exams and decide in a practical setting which is the better exam for him/her. Due to the elimination of the January SAT and the addition of the August SAT, the earlier a high school student prepares for these exams, the better the chance he/she can maximize his/her score.
Presenter: Tom Ehlers, President & Founder, Method Test Prep, Plainview, NY
19. School Counselors’ Round Table
This workshop will be a Round Table discussion on school counseling practices. We will share viewpoints regarding school counseling issues, discuss activities and ideas to enhance your school counseling career.
20. 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 than 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.
Presenter: Jessica Price, Elementary School Counselors, Brentwood School District, Brentwood, NY
21. Helping Your Students Use Social Media for College Admissions
Using social media in the college admissions process can help your students gain valuable information, connect and network with college reps and help them stand out. Workshop will cover social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, college websites and how to help your student create a ZeeMee account.
Presenters: Adriana Silva, Associate Director of Admissions, and Christopher Ryan, Admissions Counselor, St. Joseph’s College, Patchogue, NY