Illinois School Counselor Association

 ISCA ANNUAL CONFERENCE - SPRINGFIELD, IL - APRIL 10, 2015

 

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Keynote Presentation


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 has challenged students to take positive risks for over 10 years and is excited to share with his counseling colleagues. His 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. Are you feeling as if one more initiative or mandate was just placed on your counseling plate? Come 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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Crystal

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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Diamond

9:30AM
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10:20AM
New School Mandates Met: Practical Ideas, Interventions and Tools Utilized

Heidi Larson, Ph.D. & Deborah German, Chrissy Carrell, Grace Adade, Julie Novak
Showcasing and introducing inventive ways of involving students and parents into meeting school mandates. Without using ordinary methods such as assessments and surveys, we provide interactive yet practical programs that allow students to successfully navigate through their home and school lives while meeting school mandates.

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Emerald

9:30AM
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10:20AM
I Did Not See the Signs: Is It My Fault? - Suicide Prevention

Dr. J.L. Kemp, Psy.D., Associate Professor of Psychology

This workshop will discuss strategies that will show counselors how to develop meaningful relationships necessary to help students make appropriate life choices. Also, they will learn how to create a safe, warm, and nurturing environment that fosters a strong sense of family.

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Jade

9:30AM
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10:20AM
Breaking the Code Program: Bully Prevention Mandate


Sherri McLaughlin, M.A., 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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Topaz

9:30AM
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10:20AM
Reach Higher for the Profession & Students


Franciene Sabens, M.S.Ed., LPC, NCC
Eliminating random acts of school counseling & addressing college enrollment rates is imperative. Elementary, middle and high school Counselors make a difference. This session will focus on what students need when, data points that matter, and what free tools are available to help school counselors meet their needs.

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Crystal

10:30AM -
11:20AM

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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Diamond


10:30AM -
11:20AM 

B.I.O.N.I.C: A Mentoring Program Improving School Culture One Student at a Time


Heidi Larson, Ph.D., and Deborah German, Chrissy Carrell, Grace Adade, Julie Novak

 

B.I.O.N.I.C. (Believe It Or Not I Care) is a mentoring program which focuses on four critically difficult areas for high school students: entering as a freshman (Freshman team) or a transfer student (Transfer team), having an extended illness (Extended Absence team), and suffering a loss (Grief team).

 

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Emerald


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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Jade


10:30AM -
11:20AM  
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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Topaz


10:30AM -
11:20AM 
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 today's 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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Crystal


12:40PM
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1:30PM 
Going Beyond GSA's: Effective Counseling and Advocacy for LGBTQ Students

Rochelle Cripe, B.A., M.S.Ed.Candidate and 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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Diamond


12:40PM
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1:30PM  
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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Emerald

12:40PM
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1:30PM  

Health Education Using Girl Source


Sherri McLaughlin, M.A., NCC

 

This session will utilize the Girl Source curriculum created by teens for teens to empower teenage girls to address real-life topics and make healthy life choices based on educated decisions. The Girl Power program, in partnership with the Girl Source curriculum, partners with local agencies to deliver a one day training to teenage girls and addresses the health, sex education, and healthy relationship school mandates.

 

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Jade

12:40PM
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1:30PM   
Clear and Present Danger Law: Through the Eyes of the School Counselor 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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Topaz


12:40PM
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1:30PM  
Illinois Virtual School - Using Online Learning to Expand Course Offerings Do you have students wanting to take a course not offered at your school, needing to retrieve credit, that are home-bound, or needing an alternative setting in order to graduate? Discover how IVS can be your solution, as well as, ways to support your online students once enrolled.

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Crystal
CANCELLED


1:45PM
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2:35PM 
From Undocumented to DACAMENTED: What's Next? 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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Diamond

1:45PM
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2:35PM  

When Online Behavior Deviates

 

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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Jade

1:45PM
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2:35PM   
Ready to RAMP 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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Topaz

1:45PM
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2:35PM   
Tools for Schools to Enhance Student College and Career Readiness 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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Emerald


1:45PM
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2:35PM   
A Collaborative Approach to Desigining and Delivering Comprehensive Socio-Emotional Interventions that Work 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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Crystal


2:45 PM
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3:35 PM
 

ISACorps: Free Resource to Support and Supplement your Work This workshop will provide an overview of what the ISACorps is, what the Corps does, and how Corps members can assist students from 8th grade to Senior year.

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Diamond

2:45 PM
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3:35 PM
 
Digital Trends with Illinois Youth 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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Emerald

2:45 PM
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3:35 PM
 
Revitalizing Careers-Enhancing, Educating, and Exploring the Future 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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Jade

2:45 PM
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3:35 PM
 
Student Advocacy includes the Family: Stories, Strategies, and Collaboration Advocacy for students involves collaborating with many stakeholders, especially the family. Working with students requires a respect and understanding that they are impacted by a family in all our encounters with them. A core set of beliefs and practical strategies will be presented to help students and their families.   

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