CSCA SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

LIVE Event: May 27-28

Recorded Sessions: Available until May 31, 2021

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – General Session and CSCA Framework (Part I)

CSCA Framework (Part I)

 

Participants will learn the ins and outs of the Connecticut Comprehensive School Counseling Framework (CCSCF). This two part workshop will put attendees on the road to successfully implement the CCSCF in their school allowing them to deliver a range of evidence-based supports, programs, and services to address student needs through a system wide approach. The facilitators will lead an interactive and immersive workshop designed at educating participants about the tools and resources available in the CCSCF, putting them in the driver’s seat for when they return to their schools. Participants will gain a functional understanding of the framework with an emphasis on utilizing the document to assess their current framework and develop a plan to align it to the CCSCF.

1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – CSCA Awards Ceremony

CSCA Awards Ceremony

 

Join CSCA for the awards ceremony

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m – Opening Session Kick Off: Welcome from CSCA and Keynote Speaker

Embrace and Empower the Unicorns

Brian Coleman

 

SPEAKER BIO: Brian Coleman, a school counselor and counseling department chair at Jones College Prep in Chicago, Ill., has been named the 2019 School Counselor of the Year by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). Coleman is a graduate of Northwestern University and DePaul University. He has served as a school counselor at Jones College Prep since 2014.

Coleman, a former actor, found his love for education and students while performing with About Face Theatre company and its youth talk-back program. He recognized that serving as a school counselor would afford him with daily opportunities to “support, validate and affirm the next generation of leaders and change agents.”

While at Jones College Prep, Coleman collaborated with the Student Government Association to spearhead a revised sexual health education program for 377 sophomore students. His holistic approach to school counseling at Jones College Prep includes advocating for expanded education and knowledge for students as well as school staff.

Coleman, who earned his Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) designation in 2017, collaborated with the school team to create extensive social/emotional programming at the freshman level as well as enhanced the school community’s awareness of social/emotional learning as an important facet of the high school experience.

ABOUT THE SESSION: Join Brian as he presents Embrace and Empower the Unicorns. As school counselors, we recognize strengths and gifts in our students that they may not see in themselves. When we harness our own unique gifts, we can create a safe and accountable space for students to shine a light on their own. Brian will share how you can use your individual strengths to enhance your counseling program and related interventions.

Participants will:

  • Learn how to use personal strengths to build rapport with students
  • Discuss (and role play) practical strategies to engage students
  • Identify comprehensive school counseling program components that increase student outcomes.

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – Live Featured Session

Jamison, Robert

How Do You View the World? A Discussion of Diversity and Equity

Robert Jamison

 

SPEAKER BIO: Robert Jamison is currently the Coordinator of School Counseling Services at the Virginia Beach City Public Schools. He has numerous years of experience as a School Counselor and also as a School Counseling Department Chair. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Virginia as well as his Master of Science in Education in School Counseling and his Education Specialist degrees from Old Dominion University. Mr. Jamison supports school counselors across the state of Virginia as a member of the Board of Directors for the Virginia School Counselor Association. And, he recently served on the Virginia Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, established by Governor McAuliffe in Executive Order 69. Mr. Jamison has spoken at numerous state and national conferences. Whether conducting professional development activities or supporting students and families, Mr. Jamison enjoys working and collaborating with all stakeholders.

ABOUT THE SESSION: Join Robert as he presents How Do You View the World? A Discussion of Diversity and Equity. The goal of this introspective session is for participants to think about diversity and equity through a more expansive lens. The presenter will review common terms used in schools, classrooms and organizations and how these terms relate to our behaviors. The session will also review things to consider when working with staff and students, and personal stories related to these topics will be shared. Participants will be asked to participate in individual, small and large group activities throughout the presentation.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Live Breakout Sessions

Data and the Four W’s

Gus Ochoa

Raymond Cree Middle School/Palm Springs Unified School District

Domain: Academic
Grade: All
Audience: School Counselors & Directors/Counselor Supervisors

 

Learn how to showcase and present your school counseling data with intent and purpose to various stakeholders. The 4 W’s of Data will guide you in effectively showcasing and presenting student outcome data that supports school-wide and district-wide goals. After attending this workshop, you will be able to communicate with specific stakeholders outcome data what will support the the need for school counseling services to four specific stakeholder.

Elementary Career Development Program Design and Implementation

Olcay Yavuz

SCSU

Domain: Career
Grade: Elementary
Audience: Directors/Counselor Supervisors

 

Elementary career development activities and conversations expand students’ vision of the future. This workshop will share one elementary school’s research supported and community-wide collaborative efforts to implement a comprehensive elementary career development program. Resources and strategies to help counselors to develop a successful career development program will be shared.

EMOTIONS are the Fast Lane to the Brain

Tara Brown

Learner’s Edge Consulting

Domain: Personal/Social – Social/Emotional
Grade: All
Audience: School Counselors & Directors/Counselor Supervisors

 

All humans want to feel seen, heard, validate. The power of connections/unconditional love are two pillars of Trauma informed care and in reaching the hard to reach kids. This session addresses the neuroscience behind emotions and how the emotional state drives perception, beliefs, motivation, engagement. Also provided are keys to change a child’s emotional state and how they see the world. Emotions aren’t soft skills but hard science!

Making MTSS Work to Support CCSCF Implementation for K-12 Students

Peg Donohue

Central Connecticut State University

Domain: Personal/Social – Social/Emotional
Grade: All
Audience: School Counselors & Directors/Counselor Supervisors

 

An important innovation in the new CCSCF is aligning your current program to multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS). MTSS is an evidence based approach to organizing culturally sustaining interventions, services, supports, and programming in a systematic way. Dr. Donohue is one of the authors of the recent ASCA publication, “Making MTSS Work”, which includes many examples from districts across the US. Novice and advanced implementers welcome!

Stand UP! to Bullying via Virtual Empathy Building Activities

Robin Fox

Social Eyes

Domain: Personal/Social – Social/Emotional
Grade: Middle
Audience: School Counselors & Directors/Counselor Supervisors

 

This presentation offers practical, interactive SEL activities designed to engage participants while learning exercises for students to increase empathy and kindness. We’ll watch clips from a short anti-bullying musical film and explore empathy training through playful, therapeutic applied improv exercises from the educational guide by the CT Commission on Women, Children, and Seniors. The main presenter is the lead author of this free guide.

The Business of Colleges and Its Impact on Admissions

Sharon Veatch

Housatonic Valley Regional High School

James Fowler

Salve Regina University

Domain: Career
Grade: High
Audience: School Counselors & Directors/Counselor Supervisors

 

The impact of COVID has been policy changing at the university level. This will be a discussion of how the impact on the “business” of college has impacted admissions offices and decisions. Join Jim Fowler, V.P. of Enrollment and Sharon Veatch, CSCA Board Director as they explore how finances, the review process, and state COVID restrictions are impacting the college admissions process.

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Lunch On Your Own

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Live Breakout Sessions

Advising College Pathways and Postsecondary Options for Students on 504/IEP

Jennifer Sullivan

Author, Adjunct Faculty UCONN Neag School of Education, Founder of Fast Forward College Coaching

Domain: Career
Grade: High
Audience: School Counselors

 

Attendees will explore the types of disability and mental health support available in higher education, guiding ‘college bound vs. college ready’ students, and how counselors can prepare students with 504/IEPs for the transition to college. Practical strategies and handouts will be given to enhance students’ college readiness skills of self-advocacy and self-awareness as it relates to choosing a college with appropriate supports.

Building and Maintaining an Effective School Counseling Advisory Council

Rebecca Wilson

Stamford Public Schools Central Office

Domain: Career
Grade: All
Audience: School Counselors & Directors/Counselor Supervisors

 

A School Counseling Advisory Council is an excellent way to keep your stakeholder community engaged in your school counseling framework. This session will address key components to building and maintaining a school counseling advisory council, a new or existing one. Some areas to be highlighted will be stakeholder membership, engaging agendas, meeting content, using data, and collecting feedback.

CBT Interventions for Depression

Sarah Zalewski

Central Connecticut State University

Domain: Personal/Social – Social/Emotional
Grade: All
Audience: School Counselors

 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based therapy that shows excellent results when working with children and adolescents. After leaving this presentation you will not only have an understanding of how CBT works, but you will be comfortable utilizing several CBT interventions with your students. Come prepared for some experiential learning! Resources for future learning will be provided as well.

College Funding and Financial Aid In a Post COVID World

John Pearson

Barnum Financial Group

Domain: Career
Grade: High
Audience: School Counselors & Directors/Counselor Supervisors

 

During our session we will cover how the college funding world has changed dramatically since the pandemic began. FAFSA changes have simplified the forms, but will impact single parents and those with multiple students in school. Colleges are increasingly competing for students, especially with ability to pay. Our session will help build your ability to be a resource for your students and parents on the changing landscape of college funding.

Representation Matters: Diversifying School Counseling in Connecticut

Laurie Bonjo and Jennifer Parzych

Southern CT State University

Domain: Personal/Social – Social/Emotional
Grade: All
Audience: School Counselors & Directors/Counselor Supervisors

 

Gender, racial and ethnic disparities exist widely across the school counseling profession. We have a responsibility to address underrepresentation in the field for the diverse population of students we serve. Attendees in this interactive session will learn preliminary findings and implications of a recent qualitative study completed in CT, as well as explore necessary steps to draw in and retain a more diversified field of school counselors.

The Developing Adolescent Brain: Implications for School Counselors

Terence Houlihan

Iona Preparatory School

Domain: Personal/Social – Social/Emotional
Grade: All
Audience: School Counselors & Directors/Counselor Supervisors

 

This engaging session will explore adolescence and why tweens & teens say the things they say, do the things they do and think the way they think. With cutting edge research into the developing adolescent brain, school counselors will learn more effective ways of connecting with students, handling behavioral issues, and developing academic interventions. Attendees will gain strategies for collaborating with teachers, parents and administrators.

1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – General Session and CSCA Framework (Part II)

CSCA Framework (Part II)

 

Participants will learn the ins and outs of the Connecticut Comprehensive School Counseling Framework (CCSCF). This two part workshop will put attendees on the road to successfully implement the CCSCF in their school allowing them to deliver a range of evidence-based supports, programs, and services to address student needs through a system wide approach. The facilitators will lead an interactive and immersive workshop designed at educating participants about the tools and resources available in the CCSCF, putting them in the driver’s seat for when they return to their schools. Participants will gain a functional understanding of the framework with an emphasis on utilizing the document to assess their current framework and develop a plan to align it to the CCSCF.

Academic

Connections & Collaboration with ACT State Organizations

Debra FitzGerald

ACT, Inc.

Domain: Academic
Grade: All
Audience: School Counselors & Directors/Counselor Supervisors

 

ACT State Organizations can help widen school counselors’ network to include teachers, administrators, enrollment advisors, and business professionals – and there’s no fee to join. In this session, you will actively experience and use resources and learn how State Orgs help individuals. Participants will gain a broader network, new ways to connect with educators within the state and region, as well as concrete tools to be used immediately.

Navigating NCAA Initial Eligibility During COVID-19

Trae Heeter

NCAA Eligibility Center

Domain: Academic
Grade: High
Audience: School Counselors & Directors/Counselor Supervisors

 

The presentation will provide an overview and understanding of the NCAA initial-eligibility process and requirements, as well as address the COVID-19 Automatic Wavier and adjustments made for the 2020-2021 academic year. All things from what is the Eligibility Center, high school timeline for student registration, core courses, how the high school can help and counselor-specific information/resources will be shared during this presentation.

Tech Tools for School Counselors: Digital Tools to Transform Your Practice

Angela Cleveland

NJSCA

Domain: Academic
Grade: All
Audience: School Counselors & Directors/Counselor Supervisors

 

Educating students in the 21st century is about more than preparing them for work in the digital age; it’s also about connecting with the whole student and transcending barriers. Designed for school counselors and other education professionals. Digital tools can be used daily and virtually or in-person to enrich intervention and instruction and also guide decision-making, streamline work, enhance communication, and promote happier students.

Career

Understanding the Value of ACT WorkKeys and the NCRC for Students

Greg Napierala

ACT

Domain: Career
Grade: High
Audience: School Counselors & Directors/Counselor Supervisors

 

In this session, you will learn how the ACT® WorkKeys® assessments can unlock opportunities for students and set them up for success. The WorkKeys career readiness benchmarks can be used in career counseling to guide individuals who are exploring different college majors, CTE programs, or job training programs linked to different career pathways. Students can put WorkKeys score results on college applications or present them at job interviews.

Personal/Social – Social/Emotional

Engaging Strategies for Teaching Body Confidence and Self-Esteem

Michelle Rawcliffe

Woodstock Middle School

Domain: Personal / Social – Social / Emotional
Grade: Middle
Audience: School Counselors

 

The Dove Self Esteem Project’s Confident Me! is designed to promote body confidence in a classroom setting. The lessons are aimed primarily at 11-14 year olds, but can also be used with older students if the educator sees it as appropriate. The free downloadable materials include a range of curriculum-relevant teaching resources, developed in collaboration with educators and students. This interactive session will include many free resources.