2017 Conference Webcast Sessions
Can’t make it to Denver for the ASCA Annual Conference, July 8-11? Register as a virtual attendee, and you can take advantage of four days of professional development from the comfort of your own home or office.
Register as a virtual attendee for $199 for members, $299 for nonmembers or $99 for one-day registration.
All times are in Mountain Standard Time.
Saturday, July 8th
1:30-2:30: Regroup with Small Groups (Lauren Moss)
Interested in starting a small group but don't know where to start? Walk away with concrete, start-to-finish tools, such as needs assessments and program-planning strategies, to immediately put into place in your school. Get lesson plans for five ASCA-aligned small groups modeled after the presenter's RAMP school. Learning objectives: After attending this session, participants should be able to: 1) Identify the components of implementing small groups in their schools. 2) Strategize ways to implement effective small groups. 3) Explain how to collect data and report small-group results.
3:00-4:00: A Creative, Multisensory Solution-Focused Approach for Schools (Carol Buchholz Holland)
Examine 10 key lessons learned about how to creatively use the solution-focused approach to engage children and adolescents in the counseling process. Learning objectives: After attending this session, participants should be able to: 1) Use a creative multisensory solution-focused approach in counseling sessions. 2) Integrate neuroscience findings into solution-focused work with children and adolescents. 3) Describe how the solution-focused approach can improve school climate, facilitate positive parent/teacher conferences and provide effective teacher consultation.
4:30-5:30: Group Interventions for Students with Anxiety or Depression (Catherine Dimmitt)
Do you have students who are struggling with anxiety or depression? Focus on three different school counseling group interventions proven effective for students with anxiety and/or depression. Learning objectives: After attending this session, participants should be able to: 1) Describe aspects of effective group interventions for students who are experiencing depression and/or anxiety. 2) Know how to find more resources and the materials for these three interventions. 3) Brainstorm the kinds of activities to use in their group interventions to support students struggling with anxiety and/or depression.
Sunday, July 9th
9:30-10:30: Mindset Matters: Growing Young Minds (Summer Kuba, Ellen Chance)
Do your students say negative things about themselves or others? Do they have a difficult time making that positive self-talk stick? Learn and practice techniques that will help you and your students GROW their mindset and realize their full potential, fostering learning and resilience across grade levels. Learning objectives: After attending this session, participants should be able to: 1) Identify the difference between a fixed and growth mindset. 2) Create a school-wide plan to foster a growth-minded learning environment. 3) Utilize presented techniques and activities that build a growth mindset in their small group and classroom guidance lessons.
11:00-12:30: Navigate Personal Values and Cultural Diversity via the ASCA Ethical Standards (Matthew Beck, Haley Wikoff, Erin Lane)
How do you ethically advocate when your personal values clash with the worldviews of the students, families and/or the school community you serve? Gain practical skills for navigating situations via ASCA's 2016 Ethical Standards for School Counselors. Engage in reflexive and consultative practices to manage the intersection of personal values and professional obligations, and walk away with a network of other school counselors who welcome these conversations. Learning objectives: After attending this session, participants should be able to: 1) Discuss the risk and impact of personal value imposition on the students and families school counselors serve. 2) Explain the changes found within the 2016 ASCA Ethical Standards, which align to school counselor values and professional obligations for work with underrepresented and at-risk student populations. 3) Discuss specific strategies such as ethical bracketing, relevant decision-making models, reflexive practices, consultation approaches and the appropriate use of referrals to address the intersectional ties between personal attitudes and student/family diversity.
1:30-2:30: Lessons that Energize and Transform (Greg McDonald, Megan McDonald)
Take your school counseling core curriculum lessons to the next level with presentations and activities that keep students engaged. Walk away with a new bag of tricks to use in academic, career and social/emotional lessons from this interactive, practical session. Learning objectives: After attending this session, participants should be able to: 1) List ways to create an engaging presentation 2) Identify new icebreakers and team-building exercises to use in their lessons.
3:30-4:40: Classroom Management (Lauren Moss, Malti Tuttle, Christy Land, Brandee Appling)
Core curriculum got you down? Come recharge your zest for conducting your classroom lessons. Walk away with tools to maintain the classroom environment, engage students, manage time, and feel confident while providing essential lessons to students. Learning objectives: After attending this session, participants should be able to: 1) Develop a recharged sense of self-efficacy and enthusiasm to manage the classroom environment. 2. Implement presented classroom management strategies in their school.
Monday, July 10th
11am-12:30pm: Support Students Living with Trauma (Elena Perrello)
Toxic stress derails healthy development. Learn what trauma is and how you can help students affected by it. Learning objectives: After attending this session, participants should be able to: 1) Explain how trauma affects the body and brain. 2) Identify possible student reactions to trauma. 3) Describe useful strategies for working with students who experience trauma, and share strategies with colleagues and/or staff.
1:30-2:30: Build a RAMP Program from Scratch (Stephanie Smith, Gerald Mann)
Building a comprehensive ASCA National Model program from ground zero is intimidating. Learn how a former principal and his school counselor built the first RAMP program in their city from scratch. Be empowered and equipped with the rationale to advocate to administrators for a comprehensive school counseling program. Learning objectives: After attending this session, participants should be able to: 1) Begin building a comprehensive school counseling program using provided advocacy skills and tools. 2) Establish their personal why for changing their professional ways (e.g., why align with the ASCA National model? Why is this important for kids?) 3) Prepare an elevator speech and action plan for principal/administrator support.
2:45-3:45: Executive Function and Self-Regulation (Janet Brantley, Kathryn LaRue)
Impulse control, mental flexibility, working memory, oh my. Deficits in these areas are at the root of many school counseling referrals. Learn how you can best support students lacking these skills. Learning objectives: After attending this session, participants should be able to: 1) List the skillsets involved in executive function and self-regulation. 2) Identify the primary tasks for executive functioning and self-regulation development in the early elementary years. 3) Use provided individual, group and classroom interventions to foster executive functioning and self-regulation skills. 4) Discuss how to share this information with parents and teachers to create a partnership of support.
4:00-5:00: Use Data as Your Personal Cheerleader (Jentae Mayo)
Data can be a creative, fun way to illustrate your competence and effectiveness. Let data cheer for your students and your role. Learn to use evidence to defend your role in helping students and your program succeed. Learning objectives: After attending this session, participants should be able to: 1) Develop confidence with using data in their day-to-day practice. 2) Identify ways to use creativity when collecting, using or presenting data to stakeholders. 3) Describe how to use data to develop/refine advocacy skills.
Tuesday, July 11th
8:30-9:30: Use Restorative Practices (Mindy Willard, Katharine Reid)
Learn how restorative practices can help you initiate and support systemic change to improve school culture, build relationships, reduce truancies and resolve conflicts. Empower your staff and administration to create respect and belonging in school, teach students responsibility and help students find meaningful solutions for the problems they sometimes create. Learning objectives: After attending this session, participants should be able to: 1) Explain how to facilitate restorative conversations in classrooms, small groups and individual counseling. 2) Implement restorative practices as part of a comprehensive school counseling program. 3) Use outcome data to advocate for this systemic change in their schools.
9:45-10:45: School Crisis Plans (Denise Lee, Jenna Jablonski, Brianne Slizofski)
School counselors play an important role in responding to the aftermath of unanticipated tragedies such as the loss of a student or staff member. Learn how you can help develop a crisis plan outlining an emergency plan of care for your school community. Crises are inevitable; make sure you are prepared to respond with timely and effective services. Learning objectives: After attending this session, participants should be able to: 1) Explain the role of the school counselor in building and implementing a crisis plan. 2) Identify the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders in their own school-based crisis teams. 3) Plan an effective school crisis plan that can provide emergency care to their school community.