College Exploration Day A Workshop for the Middle School Counselor 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Presenter: Kelly Walters, School Counselor, Long Island Lutheran Middle/High School, winner of the 2016 NCA Exemplary Practice Award.
College Exploration Day at Lutheran Middle School is an all-day in-school project. Students in the 6th grade spend the day learning about the college admissions process, researching colleges, and working together on a culmination project. They are tested to create a “mock college fair.” Join the speaker as she outlines how she plans this day for her middle school students.
The following letters indicate the levels of counseling pertinent to each workshop: E–elementary school, M–middle school, H–high school, C–college, A–agency. S–graduate students. Students will find that all presentations are applicable to their future work in school or mental health counseling.
Workshops 1:00 –2:00 PM
1. Helping Your Students Use Social Media for College Admissions
Presenter: Sue Moller, School Counselor, Lynbrook High School, Lynbrook, NY; President, Nassau Counselors’ Association
Using social media in the college admissions process can help your students gain valuable information, connect and network with college reps and help them stand out. Workshop will cover social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, college websites and how to help your student create a ZeeMee account. Pertinent to H, C.
2. Why Can’t I? – Life After School for the Developmentally Disabled
Presenter: Esther S. Marks, Association for Children with Down Syndrome (ACDS), Plainview, NY
What do you tell an intellectually disabled high school student who watches his/her typical peers move on from high school to college or work, and wonder “Why can’t I?” He/she can. There are college opportunities. There are employment opportunities. Whether funded through OPWDD, ACCESS-VR, or privately, the options for the intellectually disabled are greater then ever. Do you know what they are? Pertinent to M, H.
3. Graduation Options, Alternate Credentials and the Impact of Self Determination on Transition Planning
Presenter: Cathy Pantelides, Transition Specialist, Long Island RSE-TASC, Holbrook, NY
There have been numerous changes and additions regarding diploma and graduation options available to students, particularly for students with disabilities. This workshop will provide an overview of the major changes and additions, including the Multiple Pathways (4+1 Option) and the components of the Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Commencement Credential. Participants will leave the workshop with a working definition of self-determination skills and transition assessment, as well as a process for how to utilize both to identify students’ strengths, preferences and interests to inform the development of an individualized pathway to graduation. Pertinent to all levels.
4. New Trends in Substance Use
Presenter: Steve Chassman, LCSW, CASAC, Executive Director, Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD), Westbury NY
This workshop introduces participants to substance use disorders and provides an overview of new trends in substance use — what has changed and what hasn’t. The workshop also discusses techniques for engaging young people today and how culture influences adolescent perceptions and behaviors. Intervention and prevention strategies are also discussed. Participants will increase their general knowledge regarding substance abuse, current trends, engaging young people around substance use and the influence of today’s culture on current trends and bio-psycho-social development.
Pertinent to all levels.
5. Resources and Guidance for Undocumented Students
Presenter: Eliana Fernandez, Immigration Case Manager, Make the Road NY, Brentwood, NY
This workshop will provide participants with best practices when working with immigrant youth and an overview of resources available to access higher education. Speaker will discuss some of the most popular forms of immigration relief, executive orders under the new administration and deportation priorities. Pertinent to all levels.
6. Developing your Professional Online Presence
Presenter: Cheryl Stratigos, Career Counselor, SUNY Farmingdale State College, Farmingdale, NY
With more than 470 million+ members, LinkedIn is the largest virtual professional network. Learn how to utilize LinkedIn to establish your virtual presence, build and maintain your professional connections and tap into the knowledge of your network. Pertinent to all levels.
7. Mindfulness for School Counselors
Presenter: Natasha Khan, School Counselor, Garden City High School, Garden City NY
Learn what mindfulness is all about. How can this help you personally and how can you incorporate it into your daily counseling practice will be an important part of the workshop. Pertinent to all levels.
8. School Counselors’ Round Table
Presenters: Christina Angelillo, School Counselor, Lynbrook High School; Erin Da Silva, School Counselor, Greenport High School; and Antoinette Shervington, School Counselor, Brentwood Schools, NY
This will be a Round Table discussion on school counseling practices. We will share viewpoints regarding school counseling issues, share activities and ideas to enhance your school counseling career. Pertinent to all levels.
9. Ace the Counselor Interview – Perfection & Passion: How to Get Your Foot in the Door
Presenters: Melissa Rollins, Massapequa Middle School, Massapequa, NY, and Marley Goldman, Great Neck South High School, Great Neck, NY
Your resume has gotten you the interview. Now, how do you land the counseling position? Gain practical insights into interview preparation, the interview process, techniques and follow through after the interview. This workshop will also provide information on resumes, cover letters, school counselor roles and trends in school counseling. Pertinent to all levels.
10. More Than Sad, Preventing Teen Suicide
Presenter: Ann Morrison-Pacella, Area Director, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Long Island Chapter, Bay Shore, NY
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) developed this educational program to help increase educators’ knowledge and understanding of suicidal behavior in youth – its causes, treatment and prevention. Forearmed with such knowledge, it is hoped that educators will be better prepared to identify and refer students who may be at risk for suicide. Pertinent to all levels.