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 ISCA ANNUAL CONFERENCE - SKOKIE, IL - APRIL 24, 2015

 

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Keynote Presentation-
Salon A & B

8:15AM
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9:15AM

Finding Opportunities for School Counselors to be Change Agents

Vince Walsh-Rock, LCPC, Assistant Principal for Counseling and Student Support Services at Downers Grove South High School

Vince's multi-media presentation brings together a message of reflection, connection, and action. During the presentation, Vince will explore counselor roles in mandates that often can overwhelm and exhaust counselor’s energy to support their students. Here Vince’s message to assist and empower counselors to take charge of their counseling identity and to rediscover their counseling voice.

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*Video Presentation*

         
         
Salon A

9:30AM
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10:20AM
Self-Injury: A School-Wide Epidemic Ashley Phillips,181 Certification, Graduate Student This workshop will discuss how self-injury is becoming a growing problem within schools. We will discuss what self-injury looks like and some of the motivating factors behind self-injury. I will also go over ideas/curriculum examples for running groups and how best to tend to these students in a high school setting.

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Salon B

9:30AM
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10:20AM
Breaking the Code Program: Bully Prevention Mandate Sherri McLaughlin, MA, NCC Bullying, Breaking the Code: is a program developed by the University of Illinois, U.S. Dept. of Ag, and the local extension councils cooperatives that assist schools to make a positive impact in the school environment and expose the social structure of bullying. This program helps schools meet the mandate of providing bullying education and prevention.

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*Video Presentation*

Salon C1

9:30AM
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10:20AM
Students Struggling with Motivation and Executive Functioning Steve Murray, Type 73, LPC Parents, Teachers, Counselors, and Administrators share a common concern about the lack of academic motivation and effort in todays middle and high school students. Without motivation, students do not initiate, persist or progress through school. As a result, students lacking motivation and self-regulation are not prepared for the autonomy of studying for tests, homework assignments, and research papers. During this session the presenters will review current motivational theory and provide practical solutions for executive functioning, particularly tasks that involve planning, organization, and effort.

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Salon C2

9:30AM
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10:20AM
What is a Section 504 Plan? A School Counselor's Survival Kit Leslie Goines, B.A. - Psychology, B.A. - Administration of Justice, M.S. - Educational Psychology with an emphasis in School Counseling, Principalship Professional School Counselors serve as advocates, leaders, collaborators, consultants, & sometimes Section 504 coordinators. This workshop will include an explanation & legal understanding of Section 504 plans, school district requirements, and best practices & procedures when implementing & coordinating a Section 504 plan, facilitating successful educational opportunities for all students.

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Devonshire/
Monticello

9:30AM
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10:20AM
What's New at ACT - ACT Profile George Schlott, M.S., Type 09, Type 73, Type 75 If you're familiar with ACT's World of Work map, come to learn about ACT Profile, ACT's newest free online career planning tool. ACT Profile uses ACT's interest inventory, a values inventory, and an abilities inventory, and allows students to identify majors and careers and to interact with their counselors online.

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Salon D2

9:30AM
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10:20AM 
College Options for Students with Disabilities  Elizabeth Hannon, Transition Coordinator, MA, MS Learn about the college process for students that have IEP's and 504's and how to access accommodations in college. In addition, see what options are available at a wide range of colleges and what you can do at your school to further educate your students and parents about these options.

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Salon E1

9:30AM
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10:20AM
Culture Shift: Making College Readiness Programs All-Inclusive Beth Arey, College & Career Cordinator, MA, Type 73, Type 09; Dale Leibforth, Department Chair, AP Manager; and Pete Bavis, Assistant Superintendent Participants will develop ways to mobilize students, faculty and counselors around strengthening their current college readiness programs and identify areas that need improvement and support to increase college awareness, access, and success for ALL students.

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Salon E2

9:30AM
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10:20AM
Update on Legislation for School Counselors in Illinois Toni R. Tollerud, Ph.D., LCPC, NCC, NCSC, ACS and Dan Stasi, ISCA Executive Director Come hear the latest on updates regarding legislation for school counselors. Materials to be included are the new Bullying Prevention and Cyberbullying law, Concealed Carry law and its implications for school counselors, Confidentiality and more. Also hear about the new Definition for School Counselors that was passed in 2014.

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Windsor

9:30AM
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10:20AM


The Magic of Counseling Carl Olson, M.S. Guidance & Counseling  Counselors are truly magicians! In order for a magician to be effective, they have to be able to engage their audience. They have to establish trust, make connections and inspire confidence. In this workshop, Carl Olson will use magic and magic concepts to give counselors ideas for use in the classroom and for enhancing their presentations. Counselors have to deliver information to students, staff, parents and the community and in doing so we must make an impact. Counselors need a toolbox of ideas to make that impact. This workshop will be hands on and fast paced, participants will leave with ideas and resources to go back to their work setting and truly work magic.

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Salon A
CANCELLED

10:30AM -
11:20AM

Effective School Counselor - School Psychologist Collaboration to Improve SEL

Rebecca E. Michel, PhD, LCPC and Shaalein C. Lopez, PhD, NCSP

This session will equip participants with knowledge and strategies to assist in meeting social-emotional learning (SEL) mandates within K-12 schools. Participants will review the Illinois social-emotional learning standards and discuss how efficient and effective collaboration between school counselors and school psychologists can positively impact student social-emotional learning.

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Salon B

10:30AM -
11:20AM 

Suicide Prevention in Schools and the Effect on the Family/Community

 

Ray Piagentini, M.A., M.S., ISCA Past President

 

While examining the role of depression in Suicide, I will focus on the three most pressing issues: students (the majority of the presentation), the elderly, and returning veterans. I will present my template for warning signs beyond what is listed in the current literature.

 

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*Video Presentation*

Salon C1

10:30AM -
11:20AM 
How to Win Teachers and Influence Administrators  Scott A. Wickman, Ph.D. and Anne Kuntz, M.S. Ed.; Rick Shaw, Ed.D., LCPC ; Amy Thompson, M.S.  In this presentation, we apply strategies from domains outside of school counseling to school counselors' ability to work effectively with teachers and administrators collaboratively and persuasively. 

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Salon C2

10:30AM -
11:20AM  
Putting the Brakes on a Bully  Allison N. Asquith, MA, Type 73  How would you like to prevent the next fight, gang incident, drug incident and/or a school shooting? School staff can both support students and prevent them from creating an unsafe environment for themselves and others. The key is identifying the "red flags" and knowing how to select and use a variety of effective intervention strategies. This session will identify and explore a variety of concerning behaviors, describe different intervention strategies that can be used to prevent concerning behaviors from growing into larger problems, and describe tools that can be used to collect, analyze, and track important data. 

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Devonshire/
Monticello

10:30AM -
11:20AM 
District-Level System of Supports for School Counseling Program Evidence Based Implementation Plans  Lisa De Gregorio, MS; Diana Camilo, PhD; Whitney Triplett, MS  Participants will learn about how Chicago Public Schools, the 3rd largest district in the nation, has established a system that aims to impact student achievement by supporting data-driven, comprehensive school counseling programs through a process for district-wide implementation plan submission, individualized feedback, professional learning, and evaluation of outcome data. This session is geared toward an audience interested in learning how to replicate this at a district or network level. 

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Salon D2

10:30AM -
11:20AM  
R.I.T.T.E.- Settting the Right Tone for your Freshman Class   Tiffany Heinlein, School Counselorand Deborah Beagle, Director of Student Activities and Amy Dillon, SAP Coordinator  This year marked our 6th annual RITE Assembly at Vernon Hills High School. Every year, we have a school team that sponsors a powerful student-centered assembly for the freshman class. This assembly provides an interactive forum where students will be given the opportunity to examine the character values of Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Experience. The goal of the assembly is to design a safe forum where students can examine difficult issues and effect positive changes in their own behavior and in the VHHS community. Students are given the opportunity to share their experiences with small groups and in the big assembly setting. A staff facilitator teamed up with a senior leader run small groups. Other senior leaders share their emotional stories and how they have grown from this experience as a way to create a supportive environment. Freshmen are asked to sign pledges and are given these pledges second semester with the goal of keeping them thinking of RITE. 

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Salon E1

10:30AM -
11:20AM  
Data+Danielson = Direction  Erinn Murphy, School Counselor, Counseling Department Chair, MS, and Melanie Brink, MS, Cirriculum Director  Through the use of data driven goals that attend to every student and an organized partnership with school/district goals and the new Danielson evaluation framework, counseling work can be measured in ways that highlight the importance of a school counselor's role with every student and in any school.  

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Salon E2

10:30AM -
11:20AM  
Revitalizing Careers-Enhancing, Educating, and Exploring the Future  Leah Brock, MA, LPC, Type 73 and Linda King, MS, MBA, Principal Consultant, ISBE  Career and college planning is one of the three standards required of counselors in the ISCA Developmental model. In this session, we will show you some tools and review hot topics and trends in the college and career market for 2015 and beyond.  

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Salon B

12:40PM
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1:30PM 
Clear and Present Danger Law: Through the Eyes of the School Counselor  Vince Walsh-Rock, LCPC, PEL-Counselor and Administration  The Clear and Present Danger Law has caused a high degree of concern in schools across the state. Counselors are often left out of this important law without clarity of their role in handling students demonstrating eminent danger. A review of threat to self and other models will be shared and discussed.  

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*Video Presentation*

Salon C1

12:40PM
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1:30PM  
Multi-Tiered Systems of Support: A Scalable Model for Student Success  Len Egan,MA, Assistant Principal; Megan Kappas, School Counselor  Implementing RTI is challenging. A successful program SYSTEMICALLY addresses students' fundamental needs (soft-skills, relationships, academic success, orientation toward the future). Plainfield South High School's tiered response model empowers the system to help students take control of their education through academic, behavioral, and social-emotional education/intervention. 

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Salon C2

12:40PM
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1:30PM  

More Than A Performance Checklist: Chicago Public Schools' Framework for School Counselors and Companion Guide

 

Barbara Karpouzian, MA

 

Participants will learn about how Chicago Public Schools, the 3rd largest district in the nation, has established a school counselor specific performance evaluation with extensive resources and supports, particularly a 110 page Companion Guide that defines, provides examples, and offers guiding questions for all components of the REACH Framework for School Counselors. This session is geared toward counselor leaders interested in learning how to replicate this at a district or network level.

 

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Devonshire/
Monticello

12:40PM
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1:30PM   
Robert Crown Center for Health Education  Jackie Gill, Supervisor of Education, BS - Community Health  We will discuss RCC programs, providing an overview of each: general nutrition and obesity prevention; hygiene and health; the science behind drugs and addiction prevention; puberty, teen sexual health and AIDS prevention. Social-Emotional Learning Content may also be provided to address issues such as bullying and eating disorders. 

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Salon D2

12:40PM
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1:30PM  
Child Prostitution & Sex Trafficking  Violent Crimes Against Children Squad - FBI Chicago  Child prostitution has been identified as a growing trend in the Chicago area. The FBI Chicago Field Office has seen girls as young as 12 years old being prostituted, which is just below the national average of 13 years old.   As a result, the Chicago Field Office formed a joint task force that focuses primarily on this offense.   Given how closely school counselors work with children of all ages, it is critical they are well informed about this issue and know how to identify a possible victim.  

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Salon E1

12:40PM
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1:30PM 
RTI; Stop Climbing up the RTI Ladder  Allison N. Asquith, MA, Type 73  How would you like to be able to prevent the next big fight, a gang incident, drug incident, or student failing a class for a reason unknown to their teacher? All of these incidents can create a poor opinion of your school by the community, possible lawsuits, and most importantly can affect your students, their futures, and the overall school climate that we all work so hard to create. This presentation will show administrators, counselors, social workers, and school psychologists the importance of using a Clinical Interview as a Tier I-RTI-Universal Screening Tool to assess all students. Administering this Clinical Interview will provide staff important information that is necessary to fully support the students before incidents occur. 

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Salon E2

12:40PM
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1:30PM 
Engaging Middle School Boys in the Learning Process  Cathleen Paterno, EdD, NCC; Amber Randolph, PhD, NCC, LPC  Lack of engagement in the learning process leads to harmful internalizing and ezternalizing behaviours among middle school boys. Strategies for school counselors and teachers to encourage academic achievement through maintainence of a positive emotional climate and connectedness will be addressed.  

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Salon A

1:45PM
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2:35PM 
School Counselor Supervision: Professional Identity, Efficacy, & the Future  Tracy Peed, MS, PEL; Vince Walsh-Rock, MS, Ed, PEL,LCPC  This interactive session will explore the school counselor supervision landscape nationally and in Illinois. Topics include: school counselor training for clinical supervision, access to clinical supervision, does a place for clinical supervision training exist in counseling Master’s programs, post-graduate training options, and ethical considerations of under-trained school counseling supervisors. 

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Salon B

1:45PM
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2:35PM  

Going Beyond GSA's: Effective Counseling and Advocacy for LGBTQ students

 

Rochelle Cripe, BA, MS Ed. Candidate;
Dr. Toni Tollerud, Ph D, LCPC, NCC, NCSC, ACS

 
This workshop will give counselors an understanding of the many complex issues LGBTQ students face, and provide effective approaches for counseling this population. Specific strategies for creating a safe, welcoming schools and communities for LGBTQ students will be discussed. 

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*Video Presentation*

Salon C1

1:45PM
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2:35PM   
A Career Development Continuum: Introducing Career Cruising K12 Jennifer Stark, BS, Ed  College and career readiness is most effective when children are provided a continuum of activities and experiences starting in kindergarten and transitioning through to middle and high school. This longer-term approach enables students to evolve and grow their plans and choose the pathway best aligned to their interests, skills, and ability. Join us for this session and learn how Career Cruising K12 helps student become self-aware, explore their options, prepare a plan, and realize their full potential.

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Salon C2

1:45PM
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2:35PM   
Ready to RAMP Dustin M. Seemann, MA, District Coordinator of Student Services and Francesca Pecoraro, MA, High School Counselor  Informational session on how and where to begin the RAMP application process. How to break down timelines, collect data, and understand the application.

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Devonshire/
Monticelo

1:45PM
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2:35PM   
Digital Trends with Illinois Youth Melissa Hemzacek, LSW, IL Attorney General's Office, BA, MA, Criminal Justice with Computer Fraud Investigations This session presents findings from Cyber Survey 2.0, a survey that has provided insight into technology use and online behavior of Illinois youth (grades 3-8th).

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Salon D2

1:45PM
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2:35PM   
Counselors in the Classroom Blair McGuire, M Ed, LPC; Sara Provis, M Ed; Emily Flaherty, M Ed; Annelises Kranz, MA, LPC Loyola Academy counselors will lead participants through a hands-on workshop focusing on the course they each teach as counselors to form students into academically, socially, emotionally, and physically healthy individuals. The presenters will discuss the benefits of infusing a counselor taught course into a school's curriculum while also addressing the unique challenges of this dual role. Sample lessons will be covered as well as data from certain school mandates (Suicide Prevention, mental health, Bullying, etc.. ).

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Salon E1

1:45PM
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2:35PM   
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention with Imagination Theater's "No Secrets"   Emily Zumbaugh, Licensed School Counselor, MA; Ellen Cribbs, Program Director of No Secrets, Imagination Theatre  Imagination Theater, partnering with Chicago Children's Advocacy Center, partners with Chicago area schools to present the "No Secrets" program. The program assists schools in providing child sexual abuse prevention programming and meeting Erin's Law. Morgan Park Academy has been a proud partner in presenting this program to students in grades K - 4 for the past three years. Workshop attendees will learn more about the program's success and how they can implement the program in their own school. 

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Salon E2


1:45PM
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2:35PM  
What to Do When You Don't Know What to Do  Elaine V. Kies, EdD, PEL; Donna Kirkpatrick Pinson, EdD, LCPC, NCC, NCSC, PEL  School counselors are often confronted with making ethical decisions. Following an accepted ethical decision making model while considering other dimensions such as parental rights, minor rights, student development, and multicultural considerations represent best practice. Participants will review several ethical decision making models and apply those to an ethical dilemma. 

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Windsor

1:45PM
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2:35PM  
Impact Counseling  Carl Olson, MS Guidance and Counseling  Good counseling produces effective outcomes, requiring the counselor to have knowledge of the subject matter. To be effective, that material must be presented using methods that acknowledge and respect all learning styles and levels of attention. "Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I will understand." This seminar will provide the participants with ways to: Learn three types of experiential activities and how to use them to enhance learning. 

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Salon A

CANCELLED

2:45 PM
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3:35 PM
 

From Undocumented to DACAMENTED: What's Next?  Susana DasNeves, Master of Science in Counseling and Ed.S in Educational Psychology; Dr. Toni Tollerud, LCPC, NC; Lizy Garcia, Northern Illinois University Student  President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) opened career opportunities to eligible students. However, secondary education, and universities continue to struggle with DACA eligible students and its impact on advising, career paths, and life after college. The focus on "DACAmented" students has left behind undocumented students who are NOT DACA eligible. Updates and resources for undocumented students, lessons learned, and students' personal experiences will be shared. 

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Salon B

2:45 PM
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3:35 PM
 
A Collaborative Approach to Designing and Delivering Comprehensive Socio-Emotional Interventions that Work  Dr. Claudia Rueda-Alvarez, Director of Student Services at Maine West High School, Ph.D in Educational Psychology ,MA in School Counseling, BA in Education; Mrs. Carla Bader, LCPC , MA in School Counseling; Mrs. Katelyn Pantke, MA in School Counseling; Mrs. Allyson Adams, MA in school Counseling, MA in School Leadership; Mrs. Lynn Groeling, Ed.S in School Psychology; M.Ed Mrs. Cristina Ramirez, Ed.S in School Psychology and M.Ed Educational Leadership.  This workshop will present a model for the identification/ delivery of services for students in need of interventions that are comprehensive and support the general education program. The Model has proven effective in creating interventions that help students succeed academically while addressing the more pressing socio-emotional and executive functioning needs. 

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Salon C1

2:45 PM
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3:35 PM
 
Tools for Schools to Enhance Student College and Career Readiness  George Schlott, BS Mathematics/Psychology, MS Counselor Education, State Certification: Type 09 6-9 Teaching, Type 73 School Service Personnel Guidance & Type 75 K-12 General Administrative  This session will focus on ACT tools counselors can use to increase their students' college and career readiness. Attendees will receive an overview of these solutions and will be able to discuss ways to use these products for student and school improvement. 

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Salon C2

2:45 PM
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3:35 PM
 
Building Community Connections and Continuity of Care  Ruth Vincent, LPC, NBCC; Joseph Mitchell   Linking students and families to appropriate community resources to maximize school counseling services. Building relationships with community providers. Strategies to maintain well being after crisis treatment.  

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Devonshire/
Monticello

2:45 PM
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3:35 PM
 
When Online Behavior Deviates   Melissa Hemzacek, LSW, IL Attorney General's Office: High Tech Crime Bureau  This session will cover the issues of sexting, cyberbullying, online enticement and piracy. Attendees will learn of various resources available from the Attorney General's Office that promote positive social norms.  

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Salon D2


2:45 PM
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3:35 PM
 
Gifted Students: Grow Them or Lose Them  Juliet B. Frate, MEd, State of Illinois Licensed School Counselor; Tammie Stewart, MSC, Manager of Community Outreach  Is your school meeting the needs of your gifted students? Or are these students referred to you because they are bored and exhibiting behavioral problems? Meet their very particular needs by providing above-grade-level assessment, targeted resources, and scholarship opportunities. Make a positive contribution to the accountability rating of your school. 

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Salon E1


2:45 PM
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3:35 PM
 
The Use of Video Games in Therapy  Leslie Contos, Northeastern Illinois Graduate Student; Nicole Zook, MA  Video Games are an integral part of modern culture and play an important role in students' lives. Learn about exciting new ways that video games are being incorporated into therapy; from games devoted specifically to mental health, to adapted off-the-shelf commercial games, to the language and metaphor of gaming culture.  

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Salon E2


2:45 PM
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3:35 PM
 
Meeting the Social Emotional, Academic, and Career Needs of Trans* Students  Alen Ibrahimovic, BS; Anna Themanson,BS; Jakendra Williams, BS   The focus of this session will outline social emotional, academic, and career concerns of Trans* identified students as well as inclusive language. Individual and systemic intervention ideas will be presented to meet these various needs. Meeting the needs of Trans* identified students fits within various school mandates such as sexual harassment and discrimination, ASCA Bridging-the-Gap, bullying behavior (violence prevention), college and career readiness, and SEL.  

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