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LIVE Sessions: February 24-26, 2021

Recorded Sessions: Available until March 31, 2021

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Pre-Conference Session

Ways to Support Youth Experiencing a Mental Health Crisis

Kim Beeson

 

SPEAKER BIO: Kimberly Beeson is currently the Director of Student Services at the Puget Sound Educational Service District’s Learning, Teaching, and Family Support Department in Renton, Washington. In this capacity, Kimberly manages multiple grants and ventures at the Prevention Center involving school safety, student assistance related to substance abuse prevention and intervention, mental health, school nursing, educational advocacy for youth involved in the criminal justice system, equity in education, and school drop out prevention. At capacity, the Prevention Center represents 12 programs, 35 staff, and a budget of six million.

Kimberly has worked in the area of substance abuse prevention and intervention for 29 years and in the area of conflict resolution and violence prevention in school settings for eight years. Previously, Kimberly has worked as a community prevention coordinator, as a chemical dependency counselor for youth in nonprofit community agencies and at Fairfax psychiatric Hospital coordinated peer programs for the San Juan Unified School District. She joined the staff at Puget Sound ESD in the fall of 1993 as an expert trainer/presenter.

Kimberly is a master trainer for Youth Mental Health First Aid, Networks for Life Suicide Prevention, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Informed Schools, Resiliency, Adverse Childhood Experiences, MTSS, Impact of Compassion Fatigue, Vicarious Trauma and the Professional Ethic of Self Care, and various substance abuse prevention and parenting trainings.

In 1984, Kimberly received a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Washington and in 1980 she received her B.A. degree (major: Human Resources, minor: child psychology) from the University of Nevada, Reno.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: This course will focus on ways educators can step in and offer support to youth exhibiting signs of distress and/or crisis. As educators, you have long relied on the strength of your ability to connect as an effective teaching strategy. Now more than ever this is needed, tested, challenged and taxed. How do you teach, connect, and address observable concerns when chronic stress is both personal and global? This workshop is designed to support ability to recognize when someone is in mental health distress and ways to act on your concerns while supporting your own mental health. Objectives include:

  • Identify the signs of youth mental health distress;
  • Discover ways to safely and effectively respond to youth in distress or in crisis;
  • Reflect on strategies for engaging youth and/ parents;
  • Challenge you to value and supporting your own mental health.


8:00 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. – Opening Session: Announcements and Awards

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Opening Keynote Session

Hope

Chan Hellman

 

SPEAKER BIO:  Chan M. Hellman is a professor of social work at the University of Oklahoma and Director of The Hope Research Center. He has written more than 150 scientific publications and has presented at numerous national and international conferences worldwide. Chan has also presented his work on hope with TEDx in the Fall of 2020. Chan’s research is focused on hope as a psychological strength helping children and adults overcome trauma and adversity. This research informed the development of the “Hope Centered and Trauma Informed” training program. Chan is the co-author of the award-winning book Hope Rising: How the Science of Hope Can Change Your Life with his co-author Casey Gwinn published by Morgan James.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Hope has emerged as one of the top factors leading to our capacity to thrive. This keynote will present the science of Hope as a psychological strength in our ability to cope with traumatic experiences and describe simple evidence based strategies to increase hope for both children and adults.

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – Live Featured Breakout Sessions #1

Beyond Inclusion: Showing up for LGBTQ+ Students

Denise Reddinger

Richland High School

 

The student advocacy group Save Queer Youth will share general information on the LGBTQ+ community from the student perspective. Their presentation will consist of modern vocabulary used to describe identity, crisis support information, helpful resources for youth, as well as the unique obstacles faced by LGBTQ+ students and methods of supporting them. Information will be shared via PowerPoint followed by a student panel for open questions & answers.

Professional School Counselors of Color Roundtable

Lauren Mendez

Olympic Middle School

Domain: Advocacy, Collaboration, Equity and Access, Leadership
Audience: Graduate Student, Entry Level Professional, Mid Level Professional, Senior Level Professional
Grade Level: Elementary, Middle/Junior High, High School, Post-Secondary, Career, Multi-Level

 

This roundtable discussion and breakout groups provide an opportunity to present the current actions items for the PSCOC committee, discuss the future of the PSCOC committee, and to allow space for counselors to dialogue and discuss within affinity groups.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m. – Live Featured Breakout Sessions #2

High School Counselors’ Roundtable

Denise Reddinger

Richland High School

Domain: Advocacy, Collaboration, College and Career Readiness, Crisis, Curriculum, Data, Dropout Prevention, Equity and Access, Leadership, Legal and Ethical, Mental Health, School Climate, School Counseling Program, School-wide Programs (PBIS, RTI), Special Needs/ Special Populations, Student Achievements/Success, Technology, Transitions, Urban Issues
Audience: Graduate Student, Entry Level Professional, Mid Level Professional, Senior Level Professional
Grade Level: High School

 

Be a part of the solution! Please join us for this solution-focused roundtable discussion of high school level counseling issues.

Interconnected Systems Framework: Counselor’s Role in Supporting School Mental Health within MTSS

Jeannie Larberg

UWSMART Center & NWMHTTC

Domain: Equity and Access, Mental Health, School Counseling Program, School-wide Programs (PBIS, RTI)
Audience: Graduate Student, Entry Level Professional, Mid Level Professional, Senior Level Professional
Grade Level: Elementary, Middle/Junior High, High School, Multi-Level

 

School Counselors possess specialized skills to support the integration of MTSS and school mental health system. The Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF) has been gaining interest from educators and mental health providers across the country to support children and youth behavioral and mental health (Barrett et al., 2013). The ISF approach is a single system delivery of evidence-based interventions to promote mental health and wellness for all students. This workshop will provide an overview of the key features of ISF that include a single system of delivery, mental health and wellness as a protective factor, measuring impact instead of just access, and using the MTSS framework to guide an integrated approach. School counselors are instrumental in supporting students with behavioral and mental health concerns and providing evidence based interventions across each tier.

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Live Featured Breakout Sessions #3

ASCA National Model: The Updated 4th Edition

Marin Marks

CAM Academy

Domain: School Counseling Program
Audience: Graduate Student, Entry Level Professional, Mid Level Professional, Senior Level Professional
Grade Level: Multi-Level

 

Learn about the key differences of the updated 4th Edition of the ASCA National Model to assist with comprehensive program implementation. A major focus of this session will be on ASCA templates and action plans and how information and data from the 3rd Edition is applied to the 4th Edition. *Participants are encouraged to bring their own templates and action plans from the 3rd edition to serve as a reference.

Share the Wealth: Developing a Regional Crisis Response Team

Chris Jury

NWESD

Domain: Collaboration, Crisis, Leadership
Audience: Graduate Student, Entry Level Professional, Mid Level Professional, Senior Level Professional
Grade Level: Elementary, Middle/Junior High, High School, Multi-Level

 

Our School Counselors are handed the unenviable task of picking up the pieces whenever a crisis takes place in our schools. From pandemics to suicides, from shootings to natural disasters, our School Counselors bear the brunt of responding to these emotionally devastating events. By building a region-wide network of trained, connected professionals, NWESD is working to share the burden across districts and provide service and support as appropriate. By utilizing the Incident Command System and the PREPaRE model for triage and recovery across the region, this Crisis Response Team will be able to slot into a neighboring school or district’s event. As budgets are constrained and existing social-emotional supports become overburdened, our collective skills and wisdom have never been more critical.

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. – Live Featured Breakout Sessions #4

Middle School Counselor Roundtable

Megan Bledsoe

Discovery Middle School

Domain: Advocacy, Collaboration
Audience: Entry Level Professional
Grade Level: Multi-Level

 

Round table discussion with Megan Bledsoe, Melvin Fields, and Sarah Overturf. Topics will include High School and Beyond Plans, Equity and Social Justice in School Counseling, and Leadership and Advocacy.

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Live Social Networking Event

8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. – Announcements

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Live Featured Breakout Sessions #5

Data-Driven School Counseling: Collecting, Analyzing, and Presenting Results

Jeff Causey

Discovery Middle School

Domain: Data
Audience: Graduate Student, Entry Level Professional, Mid Level Professional, Senior Level Professional
Grade Level: Multi-Level

 

School Counselors are charged with answering the question, ‘How are students different as a result of our interventions?’ The purpose of this session is to present, model, and assist School Counselors to set-up practical measures to capture outcome and perception data. Participants will have time to create and modify their own measures (shared by the presenter), practice simple statistical analyses (using available online tools), refresh their understanding of interpreting results, and presenting the results to stakeholders. A laptop is a necessary tool for this presentation to be meaningful.

Emotional Wellness Strategies for the Brain, Body, and Mind

Rebecca Bowen

Enumclaw School District

Domain: Mental Health
Audience: Graduate Student, Entry Level Professional, Mid Level Professional
Grade Level: Elementary

 

Explore ways to guide elementary students in developing mindfulness of the body’s signals of emotions and an understanding of the brain’s role in emotions. Learn creative strategies to teach students how to calm the physiological response and use cognitive approaches to manage strong emotions. Discover books, tools, and resources to use in your school counseling program and to share with parents and guardians to nurture their child’s emotional wellness at home.

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – Live Featured Breakout Sessions #6

Supporting the Educators Who Support the Students : A Powerful Pivot and Opportunity

Tammy Fisher

St. Thomas School/ Seattle Pacific University

Domain: Advocacy, Collaboration, Data, Leadership, Mental Health, School Climate
Audience: Graduate Student, Entry Level Professional, Mid Level Professional, Senior Level Professional
Grade Level: Elementary, Middle/Junior High, High School, Multi-Level

 

Counselors are relationship experts, with deep training and specialized skills honed to building resilient students and responsible scholars. Now, as our world heals and rises from the challenges of 2020’s academic and SEL educational hit, our students are not the only ones needing resiliency and SEL tools for self-care, self-awareness, and self-efficacy. In this interactive, discussion/activity-based workshop, Dr. Tammy Fisher will share some evidence-based strategies to lead your faculty and staff in well-being practices that enhance their ability to manage the stress of change and student distance. With a clear need to keep relationships at the center of student success, counselors can maximize their impact as they coach the often first responders to student engagement: Your building’s educators working daily to connect and teach.

Class of 2021 Graduation Requirements Update

Kim Reykdal

WA Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Domain: Advocacy, College and Career Readiness, Dropout Prevention, Mental Health, Special Needs/ Special Populations, Transitions
Audience: Graduate Student, Entry Level Professional, Mid Level Professional, Senior Level Professional
Grade Level: High School

 

Join staff Kim Reykdal from OSPI and Linda Drake from the St. Board of Education (SBE) to hear about the recently determined flexibility in graduation requirements for the Class of 2021. Following a brief presentation regarding what the legislature approved, and the resulting rules passed by the SBE, there will be ample time for questions and answers.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Live Featured Breakout Sessions #7

504’s the Basics and Beyond

Lesley King

Frontier Middle School

Domain: Advocacy, Collaboration, Equity and Access, Legal and Ethical, Special Needs/ Special Populations, Student Achievements/Success
Audience: Graduate Student, Entry Level Professional, Mid Level Professional, Senior Level Professional
Grade Level: Multi-Level

 

We will be reviewing the history and process of 504 plans along with examples from our own experiences. The last half of the presentation will focus on how to manage 504’s during remote learning and group discussion questions.

Ethics Roundtable

Maggie Haleala-Mosholder

Newport Heights Elementary School

Domain: Equity and Access, Legal and Ethical
Audience: Graduate Student, Entry Level Professional, Mid Level Professional, Senior Level Professional
Grade Level: Elementary, Middle/Junior High, High School

 

The ethics roundtable is a colleague-generated discussion format focusing on the most common and most current ethical situations in all levels of school counseling. Counselors share best practices and worst-case scenarios as we explore how to safely navigate issues that are not always clearly defined in today’s world of counseling ethics.

Graduate Student Round Table – Interviewing and Hiring Q and A Panel

Kaela Ducken-Holm

Gonzaga/WSCA

Domain: Advocacy
Audience: Graduate Student
Grade Level: Elementary, Middle/Junior High, High School

 

Graduate Student conference attendees will have the opportunity to learn from an established school counselor(s) and building administration about interviewing and hiring, as well as how to navigate CBAs. This will be in a question and answer format, so please come prepared with questions.

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Closing Keynote Session

Why Equity Matters

Tyrone Howard

 

SPEAKER BIO: Tyrone C. Howard is professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies’ at UCLA. Dr. Howard is also the inaugural director of the new UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families, which is a campus wide consortium examining academic, mental health, and social emotional experiences and challenges for the California’s most vulnerable youth populations. He is also the former Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. Professor Howard’s research examines equity, culture, race, teaching and learning. Professor Howard has published over 75 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and technical reports. He has published several bestselling books, among them, Why Race & Culture Matters in Schools and Black Male(d): Peril and promise in the education of African American males. His most recent book, All Students Must Thrive: Transforming Schools to Combat Toxic Stressors and Cultivate Critical Wellness has become a must read for all educators. Dr. Howard is considered one of the premiere experts on educational equity and access in the country. Dr. Howard is also the Director and Founder of the Black Male Institute at UCLA, which is an interdisciplinary cadre of scholars, practitioners, community members, and policy makers dedicated to examining the nexus of race, class, and gender of school age youth. A native and former classroom teacher of Compton, California, Dr. Howard named the recipient of the 2015 UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, which is the highest honor provided to teaching excellence at the university. In 2019, Dr. Howard was listed by Education Week as one of the 60 most influential scholars in the nation informing educational policy, practice and reform.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: The focus of this session will be addressing the importance of equity, access, and excellence in today’s schools. Using data on today’s student demographics, the session will address strategies, approaches and resources that school personnel can implement to aid learners, but will place a particular focus on the most vulnerable students. The session will address complex challenges that students encounter in their efforts to be successful and how they can be supported socially, emotionally and academically by practitioners, school staff, and school leaders.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Live Featured Breakout Sessions #8

Reality Therapy to Support Students with Emotional and Behavioral Concerns

Hannah Brinser

Idaho State University

Domain: Special Needs/ Special Populations
Audience: Graduate Student, Entry Level Professional, Mid Level Professional, Senior Level Professional
Grade Level: Elementary, Middle/Junior High, High School, Multi-Level

 

Students with emotional and behavioral concerns often experience many barriers that affect their ability to be academically, socially, and personally successful. Compared to many traditional discipline-oriented approaches, Reality Therapy helps improve academic achievement and lower disciplinary problems (Wubbolding, 2007). Additionally, Reality Therapy provides students with the skills they need to make more helpful choices, meet their needs in healthier ways, and cultivate meaningful relationships within the school system. This presentation will apply Reality Therapy principles and techniques as an approach school counselors can use to more effectively support this population of students.

Keys to Successfully Navigate the 21st Century Work Environment

Wesley Allen

Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center

Domain: Collaboration, College and Career Readiness, Equity and Access, School Counseling Program, Technology, Transitions
Audience: Graduate Student, Entry Level Professional, Mid Level Professional, Senior Level Professional
Grade Level: High School, Post-Secondary, Career

 

Young people in school today will be joining the future workforce of tomorrow for jobs that don’t yet exist. Are they being prepared for success in the 21st-century work environment? Counselors are an influential part of guiding students into career paths and post-secondary options. This presentation will lay the foundation for the ever-changing workplace and the need to secure the American Dream for the next generation of STEM and career & technical education talent. Everyone is talking about Industry 4.0. Is that just a buzz word? The future of work includes Industry 4.0 which has been defined as “a name for the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies, including cyber-physical systems, The Internet of Things, cloud computing and cognitive computing and creating the smart factory”. We have identified several key tools to assist guidance counselors working with students, to prepare for this ever-changing world of technology.