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Springfield Workshops

April 13, 2018 Springfield
Opening General Session: 8:00  am - 8:50  am
Be a Champion for ALL Students

The opening session will speak on characteristics of a champion and how these characteristics relate to school counseling. I will relate the concept of championship to leadership, advocacy, collaboration and systemic change. I will share examples from the field and build awareness of one’s own ability to be a champion for ALL. I will include a discussion of diversity and meeting the unique needs of all students and communities.

 April 13, 2018 Springfield
Breakout Session 1: 9:00 am. - 10:00 am.
Who Takes Care of the Caretaker when the Caretaker Can’t Take Care?
Ray Piagentini, M.S., M.A.
Self-care for counselors and healing techniques.

Leading for Equity: Being a Champion for ALL Students
Katherine M. Atkins, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS, PEL, School Counseling; Toni R. Tollerud, PhD, LCPC, NCC, NCSC, ACS; Nicolette Karl, MA Candidate, BA
The responsibility for school counseling programs rests with the local school district. Yet, it is the responsibility of school counselors themselves to take a strong leadership role in working to develop high-quality, comprehensive programs that are connected to school improvement plans. This workshop will facilitate discussion on fundamental leadership skills.

Youth, Technology and Trends
Christine Feller, Cyber Crime Specialist, B.A and M.A.
Create awareness of online behaviors of youth on devices and apps. Through the understanding of student social media usage educators can adapt school and classroom policies to maintain focus on the educational focus of the school day.  Similarly, through surveying student’s usage of social media, schools can create positive social norms for the school environment.

A Real Alternative: CTE Ain’t What it Used to Be
Leah Brock, MA, LPC
The grant formerly known as Curriculum Revitalization is back. We specialize in connecting counselors and teachers with information and tools to enhance their knowledge of CTE fields.

 April 13, 2018 Springfield
Breakout Session 2: 10:10 am - 11:10 am
Applying the Illinois Work and Well-Being Model to Career Development of High School Students
Chelsea Greco, M.A. in College Student Personnel (BGSU), PhD candidate in Community Health (UIUC); David Strauser (PhD, University of Illinois-Champaign)
Introduce the Illinois work and well-being model and discuss its application to high school students, particularly utilizing the model as a framework that would allow high school counselors to facilitate career development of students as they manage psychological stressors.

Empowering Young Leaders to Compassionately Reach Students, Families, and the Community
Dr. Heidi Larson, Ph.D.; Hannah Crane, B.A.; Jessica Kim, B.A.; Kirsten Kirkwood, B.A.; Kyle Ritten, B.A.; Jana Roberts, B.A.; Eric Sinclair, Ph.D.
This workshop will present the data-based B.I.O.N.I.C. program and its impact on growing young leaders. We will discuss the influence of a grief team on a school culture and effective ways to approach grief in schools. This team is led by graduate students who assist student leaders in compassionate outreach.

Recognizing Youth Mental Health and How to Help
Dr. Brandon Myers, BS/Business & Law Enforcement, Master’s/ International Diplomacy, EdD/ Ethical Leadership; Kathleen Myers BS/ Healthcare Leadership, Trainer for Youth Mental Health First Aid
Through personal experience with our son’s mental health issues and ultimately his death, we want to educate teachers of the importance of YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID, and how to help our students.

Liberatin’ Therapies: Holistic Healings to Trauma
Reco Bates, M.S. Ed. - Counseling; Tiffani Scott, M.S. Ed., Counseling, PEL
Sixty percent of children experience trauma. Often times, children do not have access to resources for healthy coping skills. This comprehensive workshop aims to develop free-flowing dialogue around specific aspects of trauma as it pertains to oppressive spaces, marginalized populations and environmental impediments to societal advancement.

Developmental Trauma: Implications for Academic Performance, Transition, and Overall Well-Being

Ellen Ritter, MS, PhD Candidate
This presentation will (1) Inform individuals of the manifestation of developmental trauma in child and adolescent experiences, (2) Explain how developmental trauma influences students physically, cognitively, and emotionally in academic performance and transitions   (3) Apply trauma theory to recognize and respond from a trauma-informed care perspective.


11:10 am - 12:10 pm
Awards Luncheon

 April 13, 2018 Springfield
Breakout Session 3: 12:20 pm - 1:20 pm
Accelerating College Readiness for “Disadvantaged” Students
Ray Broderick, Retired Principal District 214, Dr. Broderick was Principal of Elk Grove High School in Northwest Suburban Chicago. During his tenure at Elk Grove, the school received the following honors: The United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award, The Technology Blue Ribbon Award; David Waldherr, President Cambridge Grant Award Program. Dr. David Waldherr founded Cambridge Educational Services in 1990 with the mission of helping all students, regardless of ability and income levels perform well on standardized tests and gain admission to colleges and graduate schools of their choice.
A frustrated teacher from a low performing school said, “My students cannot ‘speed-read’ through the hundreds of books separating them from their more affluent counterparts”. This discussion focuses on a three-year plan that will make ALL YOUR STUDENTS “college ready” by Junior year. With a counselor’s help, this is reasonable, and possible.

The 2018 Developmental Model for Illinois Schools
Sarah Patterson-Mills, Ph.D., LPC (Mo) / Associate Professor/School Counseling Program Chair Lindenwood University

The newest edition of the Developmental Model for Illinois Schools (2018) includes cutting-edge content reflective of the evolving profession of school counseling and the changing needs of Illinois students. Walk away with a number of new resources, including a sample curriculum map, lesson plans, standards crosswalk, and so much more!

Power of Shame
Ivy Malisow, M. Ed. and LCPC; Melissa Ockerman, PhD, Assistant Professor, DePaul University; Amelia Catania, M. Ed. School Counselor
From lunch lines to classrooms to playgrounds; schools are potential breeding grounds for feelings of shame in our students. This presentation will explore the impact of shame on students in both the academic and personal social domains. Additionally, participants will learn ways to intervene when shame is used by others.

Motivational Interviewing for School Counselors
Steve Murray, M.A., LPC, PEL; Lisa Micele, M.A., PEL
Motivational Interviewing (MI) has been used successfully with adolescents. Motivational Interviewing as defined by Miller and Rollnick (1991) is a directive, client-centered counseling technique for eliciting behavior change by helping clients explore and resolve ambivalence. MI may have viability in motivating adolescents in other realms of their lives such as college choice/or college major choice. Students may present to school counselors with a mixture of positive and negative feelings or thoughts (Saginak, 2003). Students may be excited when beginning to explore their options, but may be overwhelmed and anxious by the task. Anxiety pertaining to decision-making has been associated with career and/or college major indecisiveness (Germeijs, Verschueren, & Soenens, 2006) and decision-making confusion. During this session the five basic principles of MI are examined and suggestions for tailoring these principles to college choice/ or college major choice will be offered.


 April 13, 2018 Springfield
Breakout Session 4: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
 Meet the ISBE Principal Consultant for School Counselors
Dakota Beavers, Principal Consultant for School Counseling at ISBE PEL, LPC, NCC, MA
Meet the ISBE Principal Consultant for School Counselors, find out about ISBE resources for school counselors, and learn about the work that has been happening at the state agency to support school counselors throughout Illinois. Feedback? Questions? Use this opportunity to support the growing collaboration between school counselors and ISBE!

A Champion’s Guide: Effective Interventions for All Students
Heidi Larson, Ph.D.; Brittany Morris, B.A.; Megan Haley, B.A.; Jamie Meagher, B.A.; Megan McQueen, B.A.; Kirsten Kirkwood, B.A.; Jessica Kim, B.A.
This workshop will present current assessments of schools and ways school counselors can approach the needs of students through the development of programs and interventions. We will discuss a variety of ways to approach college/career development, academic motivation, school health, social/emotional needs of students, and more.

Legislative Update in Illinois for School Counselors
Toni R. Tollerud, Ph.D., LCPC, NCC, NCSC, ACS; Daniel Stasi, Executive Director of ISCA, Lobbyist
This workshop will cover the most recent legislation and pending legislation that will impact the work school counselors do in their role.  This includes the recent legislation on Career and College Advising for all students, immigration, and FOID.  Updates will also be make on dealing with bullying, student rights, and more. Bring questions. Handouts provided.

Supporting Teachers: Creating Effective Classroom Behavioral Expectations
Joseph Smailis, Masters in School Counseling; Jennifer Moore, Ed.D. and NBCT
This workshop focuses on an instructional approach to classroom management that yields positive results, focused learning and safe students and teachers. You’ll find out about research-based practices that will show you how to help teachers eliminate low level misbehaviors from their classrooms.

Bridging Expertise: Collaborating to Support the Successful Transitions of Department of Children and Family Youth
Neffisatu Dambo, Ph.D, School Counseling License, Principal License; Chasity Jones, BS, School Counseling Track;
Sydney Lawrence, BS, Marriage and Family Track; Marvina Halton, BS, Counseling Rehabilitation Track

This presentation discusses data, strategies, and resources for PSC’s to collaborate with students, DCFS, the community, and stakeholders to support the healthy development and successful transitions of at-promise youth. Maintaining awareness and knowledge about the challenges, strengths, and supports of DCFS youth can influence counselors’ multicultural competence when working with diverse population, promote the development of culturally appropriate assessments, and provide insight as it pertains to the implementation of comprehensive school counseling programs.

 April 13, 2018 Springfield
Breakout Session 5: 2:40 pm - 3:40 pm
Ignite a Healthier Me
Ben Gwynne, Presented at over 30 education conferences in IL/MO, MA Education Leadership, MA Public Administration; Noah Doppelt, Schools Manager - Illinois, BS in Business Administration
Learn about online resources that can help build a strong foundation in digital awareness and healthy lifestyles for your students.  Topics will include social-emotional learning, alcohol and prescription drug awareness, cyberbullying, monitoring your digital footprint, technology overuse, and character education.  Resources are available at NO-COST to educators.

Autobots Roll Out: How Collaboration Impacts Student Outcomes
Katherine Paulson, Master of Arts in School Counseling, Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor; Amy Haptas, School Counselor, Master of Arts in School Counseling; Angela McCollum, School Counselor, Master of Arts in School Counseling; Teresa Polson, School Principal, Masters of Arts in School Administration; Miguel Salinas, Behavioral Specialist
Participants will leave with an understanding of a multi-tiered collaborative approach implemented in a middle school and acquires strategies used at each tier. Student outcomes drastically improve with this comprehensive model. Through the vested interest of all stakeholders, this approach brings a unique family centered support system to its community.

School Counselor Training: Clinician, Educator, Both, Neither, or Somewhere In-Between?

Jim Klein, Ed.D. & LPC
As a counselor educator, I have observed and interacted with numerous school counselor trainees and professional school counselor supervisors. And consistently, the following question arises: Does the predominant training model best prepare one for a career in K-12 school counseling? A pilot study seeks to empirically explore this question.

Preparing Students with Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy
Vince Sasso, Director, Counselor Community Engagement - College Board, Masters of Arts, School Counseling
For the first time ever, students have access to a free, personalized practice program for the SAT through an exclusive partnership between Khan Academy and the College Board. Join this interactive session to explore the benefits, resources and tools connected to Khan Academy, and to learn how counselors can support students.


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