Illinois School Counselor Association

 ISCA ANNUAL CONFERENCE - SPRINGFIELD, IL - March 11, 2016

 

Room/Time

Workshop Title/Presenter(s)

Workshop Description

Handouts

Keynote Presentation

Room:
Emerald

8:15AM
 -
9:15AM

Keynote Title: The Incredible Power of School Counselors

Mawi Asgedom

Mawi will share his inspiring life story going from a refugee camp to Harvard University, and describe how his own school counselor played a pivotal role.  Mawi will also share lessons learned on how school counselors lead and change lives, leveraging his fifteen years of work with over 1,000 school districts in more than 40 states. Prepare to be inspired and equipped with powerful tools you can use immediately to lead and impact.


       
       

9:30AM-

10:20AM

Room:
Emerald
Blueprints for Student Success: Creating a College Bound Future
Leslie Goines, MS Ed, Type 75 Certification, Rebecca West, Ms Ed


College Bound No Excuses is more than just a catchword at Massac County Schools in Metropolis, Illinois. A college-going culture is the norm among the students and deeply ingrained as young students. The School Counseling Department at Massac County High School shares multiple strategies used to guide students in a school-wide college going culture. Ideas on how to improve existing school strategies, student buy-in, and techniques used to increase college enrollment driven by data are shared.






9:30AM-

10:20AM

Room:
Saphire
The Magic of Counseling
Carl Olson, MS Guidance and 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. 


9:30AM-

10:20AM

Room:
Diamond
ARMY ROTC Scholar/Athlete/Leader criteria and the National High School Scholarship
David A. Sanford, GS Army ROTC Recruiting Officer
This session will focus on Scholar/Athlete/Leader criteria for Army ROTC.  We use this to assess everyone whether it is for our financial incentives, specialty training such as Airborne or Air Assault courses or more importantly when it comes time to find out if the Cadet will be an Officer in the Active Duty, Army National Guard or the Army Reserve and what job they will have. I will also discuss the National High School Scholarship.

 

9:30AM-

10:20AM

Room:
Plaza A
Youth, Technology and Trends
Christine Feller, Internet Safety Specialist, Illinois Office of the Attorney General
Technology integration, which encourages social interaction and self-expression, presents new opportunities for youth and challenges for parents and educators as we work together to keep children healthy and safe.  This workshop provides case examples of current technology use and online behavior of youth, with consideration to their social and emotional development.  The presenter will offer tools to help facilitate ongoing digital safety lessons.  Topics to be covered include: cyberbullying, sexting, online privacy, and digital citizenship.


       
       

10:30AM-

11:20AM

Room:
Plaza A

Five Ways to Utilize School Data for Innovative Solutions
Sarah Lim, BS; Dr. Larson, Meghan Damler, Heather Lee, Devin Putman


This workshop will introduce inventive ways of addressing needs within the school through data collection and collaborative outreach. School counselors utilize qualitative and quantitative data to raise awareness to administration and staff; thus providing the platform for student-centered reform. We will introduce practical programs that focus on improving school culture.

 

10:30AM-

11:20AM

Room:
Plaza B
So you want to be a counselor—Counseling from A-Z

Ray Piagentini, MA, MS  

From the moment a student enters your office, counselors have been given the responsibility of assisting that student  in any way possible.  SImple items such as a welcoming office atmosphere, to being knowledgeable in all the areas of helping the student help him/herself.  Areas including grief, trauma, and life threatening choices/lifestyles will be examined.

 


 

10:30AM-

11:20AM

Room:
Emerald
School Counselors as Success Coaches

Mawi Asgedom
Leveraging his work with more than one million students since 1999, Mawi will share specific tools, metaphors, and techniques school counselors can use to inspire students in one-on-one and group conversations.


10:30AM-

11:20AM

Room:
Plaza C

Activities that Teach Diversity
Carl Olson, MS Guidance and Counseling
Going beyond the traditional methods of instruction is necessary to understand the complex topic of diversity.  Using his experience with the experiential method of teaching and learning Carl has developed some great methods of tackling the topic of diversity.  In this workshop Carl centers the instruction on two areas that will help educators convey the ideas of personal understanding of other peoples lives and the world that we live in.


10:30AM-

11:20AM

Room:
Illinois
Current Tech Disruptions Schools are Tackling
Christine Feller, Internet Safety Specialists, Illinois Office of the Attorney General
Given the impulsivity and curiosity of youth coupled with their online accessibility, arise misuses of technology. Through case examples and current research, this session will cover the issues of sexting, cyberbullying and online enticement.  We will also discuss responses to technology misuse and review resources available for schools.


       
       

12:40PM-

1:30PM

Room:
 Plaza A

ACT Profile - College & Career Planning Tool for Counselors
George Schlott, MS in Counselor Education, Illinois Type 73 Guidance and Type 75 General Administration

ACT Profile is a free College and Career development tool. Students and counselors can obtain a free account. Students can complete a Career Interest Inventory, Values Survey, and Abilities survey. Results are reported on the ACT World of Work Map and the College Major Fit Map. Counselors can monitor and work with the student data in their counseling program.

 

12:40PM-

1:30PM

Room:
Emerald
B.I.O.N.I.C. (Believe It Or Not I Care): Cultivating a Positive School Cult
Dr. Heidi Larson, PhD., Sarah Lim, BA, BS; Meghan Damler, BS; Devin Putman, BS; Heather Lee, BS

This workshop will introduce the data-based B.I.O.N.I.C. program that has helped meet the needs of growing young leaders and unreached populations alike. We will introduce inventive ways of involving students, staff, and community to help cultivate a positive school culture and an environment of success for all students.

 

12:40PM-

1:30PM

Room:
Plaza B
Flip your School Counseling Lessons (and more)
Franciene Sabens, MS Ed, LPC, NCC

 

Flipping strikes a balance between using the technology necessary to keep up with modern educational methods for engaging students while incorporating the necessary face-to-face interaction. Flipping leads to more consistent content delivery and more effective and efficient classroom interactions. Leave with the confidence to flip a lesson.

 

 

12:40PM-

1:30PM

Room:
Plaza C

Mandated Reporting -
Sherri McLaughlin, M.A., NCC
School counselors are by law mandated reporters.  This workshop will focus on mandated reporting of abuse and neglect and meet the State of Illinois requirement for yearly training in this area.  School counselors can utilize the information in their school districts with a train the trainer approach and calculate the number of faculty and staff trained as part of his or her data collection for evaluation or part of their comprehensive school counseling program.

Handouts

12:40PM -

1:30PM


Room:
Illinois 
What’s Coming in College Admission & Financial Aid? Changes!
Amy Thompson College & Career Counselor York Community High School; MA-School Counseling from Concordia University, River Forest; BA,-Art Education from Purdue University
Amy Belstra: College Counselor Libertyville High School; MA -Counseling Psychology & Counselor Education from University of Colorado Denver; BA -English Literature from Hope College
From year-to-year, counselors can expect some changes in the college application, admission, and financial aid process that affect their work and their students. The 2016-17 year will bring a large number of significant changes. In order to help prepare you and your students, these presenters will arm you will knowlege. No matter your level of experience, we hope you will gain insight. Time for Q & A as well as sharing of knowledge by participants is built into this session.

 

       
       
1:45PM -

2:35PM

Room:
Plaza A
College and Career Trends and Tools for Counselors
Leah Brock, MA-UIS, NCC, LPC, Type 73; Linda King, Principal Consultant, ISBE, MS-UIUC, MBA-UIS

Career and advising tools for online career counseling lessons and student e-units, the Illinois CTE Fact Sheet, and other on- and off-line tools will be shared.  Take away hot topic information, statistics, and career trends. ISBE supported tools are offered so that counselors can gain access, post presentation, to this information.


1:45PM -

2:35PM

Room:
Diamond
 

The SAT - What the Change Means for Students in Illinois
Hoor Bhanpuri, B.S. University of Minnesota; MPA Depaul University

 

With the upcoming shift to the SAT® for 11th grade students, counselors will learn about changes to the content and format, new scholarship connections, data and reports for students, parents and educators, and the college Board first in the world partnership with Khan Academy to deliver customized learning profiles for every student for FREE.


1:45PM -

2:35PM

Room:
Sapphire 

There Are No More Excuses! Sherry Thomas, Professional School Counselor, NBCT 2005 and 2014, MS in School Counseling, Amber Spaeth, MS School Counseling intern, University of Missouri St. Louis; Staci Brown, MS in School Counseling, NBCT 2013, Director of Student Services; Mary Jackson, MS in School Counseling, NBCT candidate

The workshop will demonstrate how we collect and use data in creating a data-driven program. This session will identify 1) common excuses counselors make in resisting change 2) the changes made in a short time as a result of the Trish Hatch workshop and 3) what the future holds for a small HS department.

Handouts

Handouts

1:45PM -

2:35PM

Room:
Emerald
Working with students challenged by motivation and executive functioning
Steve Murray, MA, Type 73, LPC, Lisa Marsciano, MAT

Parents, teachers, counselors, and administrators share a common concern about the lack of academic motivation, and effort in 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 projects.  During this session the presenters will review current student motivational theory and provide practical solutions for executive functioning, particularly tasks that involve planning, organization and effort.

 

       
       

2:45 PM -

3:35 PM

Room:
Sapphire

How to Run a Successful LGBTQ Awareness Campaign At Your School
Rochelle Cripe, MS Ed, LPC, PEL
This workshop offers a detailed game plan for how to host an LGBTQ Awareness campaign at your school, including an overview of the main components of GLSEN’s Ally Week, No Name Calling Week, Day of Silence, and Transgender Awareness Week campaigns, a multitude of resources, and how to partner with community organizations to run a successful campaign.

 

2:45 PM -

3:35 PM

Room:
Emerald
 
Male Counselors in K-12 schools
James Smith, LPC, PEL, MA
This workshop explores the issues surrounding the lack of male counselors in K-12 education.  This workshop identifies key factors that impact the reasons why men do not pursue school counseling positions. Secondly, male counselors and confidentiality will be investigated.  Along with panel discussion we will focus on the role of confidentiality and how it may or may not impact how male school counselors work with students and its’ influence on their perception by others.  Factors that may strain or impede the therapeutic relationship is investigated as well. What are some thoughts that male school counselors in K-12 have as they work with students?

 

2:45 PM -

3:35 PM

Room:
Illinois
Legislative Update in Illinois for School Counselors
Daniel Stasi, MS, Executive Director, ISCA
This workshop will cover the most recent legislation and pending legislation that will impact the work school counselors do in their role.  This includes details on the Youth Mental Health Protection Act, 2015, Title IX,  Updated Bullying Act of 2014, and others that counselors must be aware of in working with students.

 

2:45 PM -

3:35 PM

Room:
Plaza A
The Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA): An Evidence-Based Treatment Model for Students who Use Substances.
Elizabeth Helton, MSW, CADC
The theory and structure of the A-CRA treatment will be presented as well as some of the research that has been done in the school setting. The discussion will center on how A-CRA is used in treatment and how it can be used and supported in schools.

 


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