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 ISCA ANNUAL CONFERENCE - ROSEMONT, IL - April 29, 2016

 


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Keynote Presentation

Room:

25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30


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.


       
       

9:40AM-

10:30AM

Room:
21
Achieving a Balance: The importance of qualitative data to guide practice
Claudia Rueda-Alvarez, PhD. in Educational Psych and MA in School Counseling, Shamoon Ebrahimi, School Counselor;   Kat Pantke, School Counselor, Carla Bader, School Counselor, Eliades Hernandez, School Counselor
The need to collect,  analyze, and interpret  both quantitative and qualitative data in order to understand the complexities of students’ behaviors as we design and monitor appropriate interventions,  as well as when and where one type of data is more appropriate than another will be addressed.


9:40AM-

10:30AM

Room:
22
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.

9:40AM-

10:30AM

Room:
31
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 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?

 

9:40AM-

10:30AM

Room:
32
A fresh approach to an elective fair
Tim Zasada, Guidance Counselor- Masters in School Counseling & Administration, Jamie Heikes- Title 1 Data Specialist and Masters in School Counseling & Katarzyna Arnold- Title 1 Guidance Counselor and Masters in School Counseling
A new and exciting way to help students make smarter, more educated course choices.  Students are able to navigate through course options based on the sixteen career clusters that closely match their career interests.  Instructors will equip you with the necessary strategies to launch this exciting opportunity at your school.


       
       

9:40AM-

10:30AM

Room:
33
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.

 


9:40AM-

10:30AM

Room:
34
Activities that teach Character
Carl Olson, MS Guidance & Counseling, Owner Energizer Olson Presentations

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.

 


 

9:40AM-

10:30AM

Room:
40-41
Supervision University
Tracy Peed, MS, PEL
The practice of taking on an intern is quite common, yet many school counselors have little or no training in supervision. Supervision University will provide attendees with researched best-practice, as well as, proven strategies to enhance their knowledge and skills when supervising counseling interns and peer professionals.


9:40AM-

10:30AM

Room:
42-43
Grief:  Types of Grief and What We Say Matters
Michelle Halm, MA, MEd, Jessica Johnston, LCPC (ISAC Member)
Grief presents itself in many ways, many of which we may have never considered.  How we communicate to students, staff and the school community  about grief also matters.  Handouts
       

10:40AM-

11:30AM

Room:
21
Special Workshop Presentation
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.

 

10:40AM-

11:30AM

Room:
22

ASCA Model: Leading the Way for Culturally Relevant Practice

Olamojiba, Bamgbose
Students of color often experience gaps in their development (personal-social, career, and academic) in comparison to their higher income White peers. The ASCA model has been an effective conduit in closing the achievement gap and providing equity among student populations. This presentation will integrate informative and intentional methods in the model in order to accommodate the cultural needs of students.

 Handouts

10:40AM-

11:30AM

Room:
23
What’s New in DBT – Practical Use in the School Setting
Audrey Grunst, LCSW
Audrey Grunst, LCSW and expert in Dialectical Behavioral Therapies, will share recent updates and new interventions that are particularly helpful in the school setting.  Attendees will be introduced to the foundations of DBT, case examples as well as practical tips and exercises to incorporate mindfulness while working with students with anxiety and stress in the school setting.

 

10:40AM-

11:30AM

Room:
31
A Model for School-based Crisis Response: Design and Implementation
Denise Chaitkin, MEd - School Counselor, ETHS, Melissa Pollack-Valentin, MSW, MA(ED), ACSW, LSW - School Social Worker, ETHS and Taya Kinzie, MSW, LCSW, EdS - Associate Principal of Student Services, ETHS
Responding quickly and efficiently in a crisis is critical to ensure the safety and well-being of our students and schools.  This workshop will give participants an overview of how to design, implement and continually improve a crisis plan; providing real life situations, response and practice.


10:40AM-

11:30AM

Room:
32
Connecting Wisely: Growing Up in the Digital Age
Devorah Heitner, PhD
This is their Hearts on Smart Phones RDN co-authored a Social/Emotional Curriculum for the Digital Age for 4th-8th grade. This workshop takes counselors through this curriculum with experiential exercises focusing on how young people navigate friendships and identify formation in the digital age. We will also focus on how to customize digital citizenship counseling to your student population. Collaborate with and support colleagues as they craft a plan for integration of digital citizenship into curriculum. Recognize how to help students repair problems as they come up—to many digital citizenship programs focus solely on prevention. Repair is a crucial skill for when texts or social media posts go wrong. We also need to help students be resilient in the face of witnessing their own exclusion, etc. Please see my website for my TEDx and more about my work: www.raisingdigitalnatives.com

 

10:40AM-

11:30AM

Room:
33
Using Data to Guide College Counseling from Senior Year To College Graduation
Lee Harsy, Assitant Professor for School Counseling, Lewis University, MA
School counselors can increase college application rates among first generation students. In addition high school counselors can provide data to students regarding the colleges where they are most likely to find the support to reach college graduation.  This session will highlight research data focused on each of these topics.  Handouts
 

10:40AM-

11:30AM

Room:
34

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.  
 

10:40AM-

11:30AM

Room:
40-41

Be The Change Agent Your Graduate Program Knows You Can Be!
Lavon Robinson, Bachelors in Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University, 3rd Year Graduate Student in College of Education at DePaul University, Erin Mason, Associate Professor, Counseling, PhD; Associate Chair, PhD Georgia State University, EdS Georgia State University, MEd Georgia State University, BA Queens College
Get a crash course on being an involved, proactive graduate student or new professional. Come learn the importance of putting yourself outside your comfort zone to improve your skills and create impact. Graduate students make up just 14% of the ISCA membership but the beginning of your career is vital!  
 

10:40AM-

11:30AM

Room:
42-43
Impact Counseling
Carl Olson, MS Guidance and Counseling, Owner Energizer Olson Presentations
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.  
       
       
12:35PM -

1:25PM

Room:
21

How to Run a Successful LGBTQ Awareness Campaign At Your School
Rochelle Cripe, MS Ed, LPC, PEL and Dr. Toni Tollerud, PhD., LCPC, NCC, NCSC, ACS
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.


12:35PM -

1:25PM

Room:
22
 
Tech Trends and the School
Melissa Hemzacek, Internet Safety Specialists; LSW Illinois Office of the Attorney General
Youth today, as digital natives, use technology and the internet with ease and comfort. The majority of the apps, sites and games students engage with offer opportunity for social interaction, self-expression and connection with individuals across state and country lines. This workshop will cover trending sites, apps and online games, while also reflecting on the social and emotional development of our youth at all ages in relation to their technology use. School resources developed by the Office of the Attorney General will be reviewed.

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Handouts

12:35PM -

1:25PM

Room:
23
Developing a Post Secondary Leadership Team to Drive Student Outcomes
Barbara Karpouzian, MA, School Counseling, MA Secondary Education, MA Educational Leadership Executive Director, K-12 School Counseling and Advising at Chicago Public Schools; Manuel French, College and Career Specialist, MS Ed Educational Leadership, MEd Counseling
Gain knowledge on how to create and implement this collaborative structure designed to bring key stakeholders together around the common goal of increasing college and career awareness, readiness, access and success. Handouts
12:35PM -

1:25PM

Room:
24
Flip Your Lesson
Erin Mason, PhD
Flipping strikes a balance between using the technology necessary to keep up with modern educational methods for engaging students while incorporating the face-to-face interaction they still need. Flipping leads to more consistent content delivery and more effective and efficient classroom interactions. Leave with the confidence to flip a lesson.

Handouts

12:35PM -

1:25PM

Room:
31
Not Just an Intern: Ensuring a Successful Practicum Experience
Anna Themanson, BS in Sociology, Vince Walsh-Rock, MEd, LCPC & Vel Vetri, LCPC, CADC

Ensuring a master’s student has a successful practicum at a school site can be challenging for a site supervisor. Completing practicum requirements while encouraging more student involvement and responsibility may prove difficult, but through attending this session school counselors will learn how to facilitate a comprehensive practicum experience.
 
12:35PM -

1:25PM

Room:
32
Dance Your Cares Away: A Salsa Lesson by Maricza Valentin of Latin Rhythms
Maricza Valentin, CEO and Artistic Director of Chicago’s Latin Rhythms & Latin Rhythms Dance

Maricza Valentin, CEO and Artistic Director of Chicago’s Latin Rhythms & Latin Rhythms Dance Company, has been studying dance for 27 years and teaching for 24 years. Maricza has a BA in Dance, Columbia College and has owned her dance studio in the West Loop for 15 years.
In this workshop, you can step away from a day full of knowledge overload and relax while learning the basics of dancing salsa. Put your laptops and notepads away for an hour of fun and distressing! You’ll learn: Basic salsa steps,Basic right turn, Basic footwork, and Basic lead & follow rules.
*NO CE/PD CREDIT FOR THIS WORKSHOP*


 
12:35PM -

1:25PM

Room:
33
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.

 

12:35PM -

1:25PM

Room:
34
Trauma Sensitive Schools: The Theraplay Way
Pip McGirl, EdD, School Psychologist, Andrea Bushala, LSW, Type 73
All children need a safe nurturing environment to thrive socially, emotionally and academically. This workshop introduces the theory and practice of Theraplay, Group Theraplay and Sunshine Circles, and illustrates how to incorporate them as a whole school, RTI friendly, approach to create a trauma sensitive culture.

 

12:35PM -

1:25PM

Room:
42-43
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.  Counselors need a toolbox of ideas to make that impact.  Carl Olson has over thirty-six years of experience in education and he is the author of two books: Energizers: Calisthenics for the Mind Impact Activities to Enhance Teaching & Learning  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.

 

       
       
1:45PM -

2:35PM

Room:
21
Legislative Update in Illinois for School Counselors
Toni R. Tollerud, PhD, LCPC. NCC. NCSC. ACS, Daniel Stasi, 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.


1:45PM -

2:35PM

Room:
22
Motivational Interviewing, student-centered & evidence-based
Richard Rutschman, EdD in Adult Education; Member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, Robert Valle, Sr. Coordinator at the Center for College Access & Success/NEIU
This interactive session will provide participants with an introduction of MI for use in school settings, presenting some beginning evidence to show its efficacy for improving student engagement, positive behavior, development of non-cognitive skills and intrinsic motivation.  A brief interactive exploration of its efficacy will be used to explain why it works based on neuroscience and the adolescent mind.

 Handouts
1:45PM -

2:35PM

Room:
23
Current Tech Disruptions Schools are Tackling
Melissa Hemzacek, Internet Safety Specialists; LSW, 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.  
1:45PM -

2:35PM

Room:
24
ACT Engage - A Tool to Gather Data on Student Academic Behaviors
George Schlott, MS in Counselor Education - Illinois Type 73 Guidance and Type 75 General Administration
ACT Engage is a survey tool that counselors can use to measure Student Motivation, Social Engagement, and Self Regulation. The data collected can be used to identify students with at risk behaviors that impact their participation in and completion of their academic programs.  
1:45PM -

2:35PM

Room:
31
Using Schoology for Programs of Study and Course Selection in the classroom
Anna Foecking, Masters in Human Services and Counseling, Maria Mroz  - Masters of Curriculum and Instruction
Each school year curriculum introduces students to several areas of career planning. Students will able to research careers and develop their own four-year plan by utilizing a guide based on the 16 Career Clusters. A Program of Study, based on the students’ career interests then leads to a detailed discussion with the counselor. Since District 214 is now 1:1 iPad, all students will be able to use their iPads during the class led counselor presentation, as well as have the technology available at home to review with their parents. The participants will be exposed to a power point presentation which will show how incorporating technology into the instructional program promotes a strong relationship between counselor, student and family. Students can develop a career action plan and establish enthusiasm for their own career research. A full  presentation of the curriculum involves an emphasis on how individualized course selection and effective programs of study for each grade level leads to career awareness and a post-secondary plan. Participants will receive direct instruction of this customizable curriculum, beginning from Freshman year through Senior year.  
1:45PM -

2:35PM

Room:
32
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.  Handouts
1:45PM -

2:35PM

Room:
33
Mandated Reporting
Sherri McLaughlin, MA, 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
1:45PM -

2:35PM

Room:
34
Supporting Transgender Students: A Whole School Approach
Amy Klug, High School Counselor, MS Ed, Doctoral Candidate, Vince Walsh-Rock, Assistant Principal, MS Ed., Doctoral Candidate
A high school counselor and administrator will present the ways that they have worked with the school system to support transgender students. Managing access to facilities, training school personnel, and providing developmental counseling services will all be discussed. Participants are encouraged to bring their own experiences and questions to the session.  
1:45PM -

2:35PM

Room:
40-41
Restorative Justice in Schools: The Role of School Counselors in Constructive Disciplinary Action
Samantha Goetz, BS, MS Ed Candidate, Kelsey Ward, BS, MS Ed Candidate
Restorative justice, a relatively new concept in school systems, is a unique disciplinary strategy that reintegrates students into schools by promoting a positive learning environment through community building and problem-solving. In this workshop, participants will gain an understanding of the restorative justice model and learn the counselor’s role in implementation.  
1:45PM -

2:35PM

Room:
42-43
Counseling with the Superheroes

Ruth Vincent, LPC, NCC, Gloria Varela, School Clerk

Boys relate to and respond well to the powers of superheroes.  They identify with their favorite superhero as a role model.  By using superhero characteristics as examples of how they need to be brave, strong,  helpful and powerful problem solvers,  we have found that boys are more motivated and better able to understand what behaviors are expected of them.  In public elementary schools there is usually only one counselor. The lone counselor can expand his/her therapeutic reach by relying on a team of professionals at the school who are familiar faces to the students to provide positive interactions and reinforcement of desired behavioral outcomes.  
       
       
2:45PM -

3:35PM

Room:
21
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 sessions the presenters will review current student motivational theory and provide practical solutions for executive functioning, particularly tasks that involve planning, organization and effort.  
2:45PM -

3:35PM

Room:
22
Comprehensive (Counseling) Core Curriculum targeting ELL students
Ruby Aleman, Licensed School Counselor - Masters in School Counseling, David Maya,  Latino Family Liaison/Outreach Co-coordinator, BA Psychology
The workshop will outline a Counseling Core Curriculum for ELL students, Long-term Learners, and recently exited ELL grade 9-12 students. Our curriculum includes ways that counselors can integrate themselves into classrooms, run social wellness groups, plan field experiences, organize community outreach and home visits, and student leadership development.  
2:45PM -

3:35PM

Room:
23
Webinar on Implementation Senate Bill 100 -Alternatives to Suspensions
This session will be monitored by Sherri McLaughlin.
Through the generous permission of the Illinois Principal Association and Brian Schwartz
We are providing a recorded webinar all about SB100. Information about the implementation of Senate Bill 100 (Public Act 99-456), as well as resources for school leaders such as alternatives to exclusionary discipline.Highlights of the bill are: Elimination of zero-tolerance in student discipline, Allows students to make-up work after serving a suspension. Provides additional procedural safeguards before a suspension or expulsion can be imposed.   
2:45PM -

3:35PM

Room:
24
More Than Sad: Suicide Prevention Programs for Educators, Parents, and Students
Dr. Scott A. Langenecker, PhD – AFSP Board Member, Director of Cognitive Neuroscience and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Director of Cognitive Neuroscience, UI Center for Depression; Alyssa Relyea, MA, AFSP Board Member, Chairperson of the Women’s Outreach Committee, Volunteer Coordinator, and former school teacher.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention provides the More Than Sad suicide prevention program with modules specific for educators, parents, and students at no charge.  This workshop will give an overview of the 3 modules that are available with ideas for hosting a More Than Sad presentation in your school or community.  
2:45PM -

3:35PM

Room:
31
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 AND Allegra Giulietti-Schmitt: College & Career Counselor Niles North HS
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.  
2:45PM -

3:35PM

Room:
32
Helping Youth Build Life Skills with NRS’ Let’s Talk Curriculum
Lindsey Kahney, BS, Rehabilitation Psychology
Let’s Talk is a free, evidence-based resource that provides youth with skills needed to deal with life’s challenges as they arise. In this workshop, participants will learn about the 14 module curriculum, including youth approved activities, and focus on how to implement this resource into their specific interactions with youth.

 
2:45PM -

3:35PM

Room:
33
On Becoming a Student-Centered Site Supervisor
Anna Marie Yates, PhD, NCC, LPC
Supervision of interns in the counseling profession is one of the most important components of the program.  However, very little instruction or direction is given to these site supervisors.  Participants in this session will learn theories and techniques for supervising interns.  
2:45PM -

3:35PM

Room:
34
Student Assistance: Early Intervention for Student Success
Dale Gasparovic, MS Ed Counseling
Effective evidence-based Student Assistance lead by a school counselor can help students be successful in school and life. Learn about the Student Assistance framework and how counselors with an SAP team can help students to be fully focused and engaged in academic pursuits.  
2:45PM -

3:35PM

Room:
40-41
Long Term EL Career Academy
Francesca Pecoraro, MEd in School Counseling, School Counselor in D214, Gabriela Medina, MEd in School Counseling, School Counselor in D214 & Dustin Seemann, MEd School Counseling, Director of Professional Learning & Student Services & Vice President of Secondary for ISCA
 

This session will share how a career academy program, offered to long-term English Learners (EL) high school students, provided authentic career experiences leading to expanded post-secondary opportunities and leadership skills.  As part of the three-week program, students were exposed to career pathways via experiential field trips, a framework for college/career readiness, and students were required to present a capstone project detailing their career plans to their classmates and incoming freshmen ELs.

 
2:45PM -

3:35PM

Room: 42-43
Improving Social Emotional Learning for Students and Staff
Lisa Miller, Masters Degree in School Counseling, Catherine Chambers - WIU graduate student/Intern
Social Emotional Learning is crucial for academic success of students. SEL standards will be reviewed along with the outcomes of maintaining an SEL program in your school. Intervention ideas for K-12 classrooms will be provided as well as a chance to share and ask questions about current practices in place within other districts.  Handouts

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