November 17-18, 2022
Indianapolis Marriott East
7202 E 21st Street
Indianapolis, IN 46219

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November 17-18, 2022  |  Indianapolis Marriott East
7202 E 21st Street   |  Indianapolis, IN 46219

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Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions

We look forward to having you join us at the Indiana School Counselor Association Conference!

Thursday, November 17, 2022

8:30 a.m. – 9:35 a.m. Breakout Session 1

Best Practices in Pedagogy for Multicultural Competence

Lead Presenter: Amanda White

This presentation is to provide information on how educators can use knowledge of relational cultural theory to improve the multicultural competence of students in the classroom. Practices in the classroom will be described to best help students improve in this area. Information on social justice and social dominance will be presented.

Circle Up: Implementing an Evidence-Based Drumming Curriculum Small Group

Lead Presenter: Lisa Harvey

In this session, we will explore the power of drumming as a trauma-informed practice for small groups and how it can build empathy, community, and positive behaviors within our youth. Created by UCLArts & Healing, the Beat the Odds curriculum is an eight-week evidence-based program that encourages the development of core strengths through a drumming circle. This session is designed for educators who are seeking practices to reduce behavorial problems in children.

Impact of Yoga & Mindfulness on Stress & Anxiety in HS Students

Lead Presenter: Nick Abel

Interest in yoga and mindfulness is booming as adolescent stress and anxiety rates skyrocket. Come hear from a high school counselor who turned her love of yoga into a class at her school and enlisted the help of a counseling professor to measure the impact on stress and anxiety in her students. Research results, lesson ideas, sample exercises, and tips for integrating yoga/mindfulness into your school counseling program will be shared.

Lessons from a School Shooting

Lead Presenter: Michelle Clarke

After a school shooting, one school counselor thought that although the district crisis response was comprehensive, some gaps existed and the plan didn’t address the school counselor’s role. The lack of support given to the school counselors and support staff left the school counselors overloaded and burnt out. Focus on lessons learned and tips for being prepared in case a crisis or tragedy occurs in your school/district.

Practical Strategies for Helping Students Develop Resilience

Lead Presenter: Christian Moore

How do you help students bounce back from what they have been through? From trauma, isolation, and poverty, to mental health challenges, our students have faced many obstacles over the last two years. Come see a formula to help you guide students through the challenges that destroy motivation and make it difficult to find success.

Quick and Easy Life Skill Lessons for Advisory

Lead Presenter: Kaley Esselborn

Advisory or homeroom is the perfect time to help every student build skills for real life – but who has the time to build out a full curriculum? In this session, we’ll review a variety of free online lessons that can easily be curated to create a quality, turnkey advisory curriculum aligned to Indiana’s counseling and employability skills competencies – all in less than an hour.

Standard for Success Sponsor Session

Lead Presenter: TBA

More details to come!

XELLO Sponsor Session

Lead Presenter: TBA

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10:00 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. Breakout Session 2

Creative Career Connections

Lead Presenter: Melinda Huber

Are you constantly searching for new ways to teach career education to your elementary students? Come experience creative ways to share careers through motivating classroom lessons, engaging small groups, and fun-filled school-wide events.

Depression Education IS Suicide Prevention

Lead Presenter: Katie Conklin

There is a unique and undeniable link between depression, mental health and suicide. Therefore, effective mental health education IS suicide prevention – particularly depression education. Learn how these Tier 1 programs for 4th -12th grades, and all additional resources, support schools in providing evidence-informed mental health education and help-seeking skills for all students. These no-cost programs raise awareness about youth depression.

The Effects of Positive Teacher Greetings

Lead Presenter: Brendan Conn

We have all seen the viral videos of teachers greeting their students with different, unique greetings that can range from a quirky handshake to a simple smile. But what effect do these greetings actually have on student outcomes? This presentation will outline research that was done in a middle school aiming to find out how these positive greetings can affect school belongingness and the number of student redirections that happen in a classroom.

Empowering Students to Overcome Obstacles and Become Leaders in Their Communities

Lead Presenter: Kaley Esselborn

Our students are not just the leaders of tomorrow, they are the leaders of today. It is our responsibility to help them develop the skills they need to advocate for themselves and others, including mental wellness, inclusion, and interpersonal relationships. We’ll examine free online activities that address these needs in a self-paced, interactive format, providing the opportunity for personal, meaningful engagement.

Implementing a Peer Mediation Program through a Racial Equity Lens

Lead Presenter: Aaron Munson

Are you exhausted by low level referrals that really could be handled by the teacher if the teacher had extra time? Are you frustrated by the amount of time it takes to focus on issues that are actually very low-level? If that is your experience, then this session is for you! Come and learn how IPS/Butler Lab #55 -a racially diverse school in the inner city- has reduced office referrals by 89% during the 21-22 school year through Peer Mediation!

Lessons from a School Shooting

Lead Presenter: Michelle Clarke

After a school shooting, one school counselor thought that although the district crisis response was comprehensive, some gaps existed and the plan didn’t address the school counselor’s role. The lack of support given to the school counselors and support staff left the school counselors overloaded and burnt out. Focus on lessons learned and tips for being prepared in case a crisis or tragedy occurs in your school/district.

SCUTA Sponsor Session

Lead Presenter: TBA

More details to come!

UTI Sponsor Session

Lead Presenter: TBA

More details to come!

1:30 p.m. – 2:35 p.m. Breakout Session 3

CTE for School Counselors

Lead Presenter: Jess Horlacher

Learn what is happening within Career and Technical Education! Come hear about the basics of CTE, program promotion, CTE resources for School Counselors, and the benefits of being an IACTE member.

Educator Brain and Body States Through the Lens of Applied Educational Neuroscience

Lead Presenter: Lori Desautels

More details to come!

Sometimes You Need to Toot Your Own Horn: Supporting School Counseling Advocacy Efforts

Lead Presenter: Amanda Culhan

Are you interested in advocating for your school counseling program? Join us as we share strategies including data, roles, and goal alignment to better inform your program, improve outcomes, and advocate for the great work that you do! We’ll also introduce you to Counselor Connect, a practitioner-led community of practice and share opportunities to strengthen advocacy efforts through this statewide network of school counselors.

Supervision Skills for School Counselors

Lead Presenter: Kerrie Fineran

Many school counselors find themselves supervising others at some point in their careers- as seasoned school counselors, directors of guidance, or supervisors of student interns. However, very few school counselors have ever been taught clinical supervision skills. The presenters will outline models of clinical supervision relevant to the work of school counselors, highlight supervision skills and strategies, and share case examples.

Supporting Students in Foster Care: Indiana’s Hidden Gem

Lead Presenter: Tiffany Powell

This session will provide you with an in-depth look at the programs Foster Success offers current foster youth, and those with lived experience, ages 14 – 26. These programs and resources are designed to aid youth transitioning from care to young adulthood and self-sufficiency.

What Every School Counselor Needs to Know About Trauma Informed Care

Lead Presenter: Michael Slavkin

Today’s P-12 students come to our schools with an overwhelming needs. With an especially trying time since the coronavirus pandemic, students come to school more frequently with adverse childhood experiences that challenge their abilities to learn, to socialize, and to grow. The presentation will discuss what we know about the impact of trauma on the brain, developmental challenges, and what school counselors can do to intervene for students.

Working Through Trauma and Grief in Schools

Lead Presenter: Stephanie Manning

Students process grief and trauma in different ways, and school counselors can help work through both tough topics. This session will demonstrate activities and supports to facilitate a trauma-informed, grief compassionate approach for students learning in school. School Counselors are crucial to supporting students and their families through so much, and self-awareness must be an integral part of the interactive process to grief and trauma.

College Funding Coach Sponsor Session

Lead Presenter: TBA

More details to come!

3:00 p.m. – 4:05 p.m. Breakout Session 4

10 Strategies for Building a More Trauma-Informed School Right Now

Lead Presenter: Alisa Kaczorowski

Students with stressed brains cannot learn. Schools must accommodate for this and help students feel safe and loved. Fortunately, there are things that can be done RIGHT NOW to impact the culture of a school. These strategies don’t take much time, money or effort. They are common sense strategies to help ALL students feel belonging in the classroom, build relationships, encourage a calm environment and reduce stress so learning can occur.

Building a Trauma-Informed School: Putting the Pieces Together

Lead Presenter: Trudi Wolfe

This presentation will describe the components needed to build a trauma-informed school. It will also provide information on how to create principal and teacher buy-in to make the program successful as well as how to cope with obstacles and detours along the way. Experiential experiences of trauma-informed practices will also be part of this presentation.

Data, Pretests, and Flashlights? Oh My!

Lead Presenter: Johanna Druen

“Data? Yeah, I’ve got data–so much data that I don’t know where to start!” “You want me to do what? Design a pre and posttest for my small group?” “You want a flashlight what? To show data? MORE data?” Ever have these thoughts or feel overwhelmed by trying to get started with interventions? Come on in and let’s talk about how to get it all organized. Using ASCA’s model and best practices, we’ll walk through the steps from start to finish.

Human Trafficking Education and Awareness

Lead Presenter: Deb Thompson

Learn the warning signs and risk factors of Human Trafficking and most importantly learn how to save a life.

Indiana Online Sponsor Session

Lead Presenter: TBA

More details to come!

Mindful Movement: Implementing Mindfulness and Movement Programming for Students and Educators

Lead Presenter: Celia Sadjadi

As a school counselor and registered yoga teacher, Celia Sadjadi successfully created and implemented Mindful Movement, a research-based program offering mindful stretching, intentional breath, and teaching coping skills, to her students in Indianapolis. In this session, she will discuss her experiences, share data to support Mindful Movement, and help other school counselors start their own Mindful Movement programs in their buildings.

School Counselors in the Post-Pandemic Context: Reflecting and Reengaging

Lead Presenter: Kerrie Fineran

The purpose of this session is to assist practicing school counselors to meaningfully reflect on the trauma they likely experienced as a result of COVID-related disruptions to their schools. The presenters will lead a mindful reflection, discuss the impact of trauma and stress on work and personal experience, and facilitate discussion on coping and moving on from this collective trauma.

Trauma Stewardship for School Counselors

Lead Presenter: Sara Chambers

Trauma Stewardship (TS) can be defined as a daily practice through which individuals, organizations, and societies tend to the hardship, pain, or trauma experienced through their roles as school counselors and educators. School Counselors and SC students will learn ways to support their own self-awareness and growth as practitioners through evidence-based Trauma Stewardship practices, so that they can continue to support their school communities.

Friday, November 18, 2022

2:00 p.m. – 3:05 p.m. Breakout Session 5

10 Strategies for Building a More Trauma-Informed School Right Now

Lead Presenter: Alisa Kaczorowski

Students with stressed brains cannot learn. Schools must accommodate for this and help students feel safe and loved. Fortunately, there are things that can be done RIGHT NOW to impact the culture of a school. These strategies don’t take much time, money or effort. They are common sense strategies to help ALL students feel belonging in the classroom, build relationships, encourage a calm environment and reduce stress so learning can occur.

Connection and Collaboration for Kids Experiencing Homelessness

Presenters: Jennifer Dodson & Crystal Haslett

As school counselors, it’s critical that we connect and collaborate with other school support staff to ensure that students experiencing homelessness and housing instability are supported. In this session we will explore how student services staff can work together to level the playing field so that students who are experiencing homelessness or housing instability have access to equitable educational opportunities and supports.

Help Students Discover Their Future Through Career Coaching!

Lead Presenter: Jackie Kempf

Learn about opportunities to bring individualized career coaching to your students. Using a model based on the individual student and their Values, Interests, Personality, and Skills, our career coaches provide students with three researched-based assessments. The assessments are followed up with a 75 minute, 1 on 1, coaching session where students develop an action plan to learn more about career opportunities based on their unique results.

NCAA 2.0: A Deeper Diver into the NCAA Eligibility Center Processes

Lead Presenter: Kaylen Overway

NCAA staff members will provide an in-depth explanation of specific topics and best practices to help school counselors navigate the initial eligibility process. Topics to be addressed include: nontraditional program and core-course reviews, COVID- 19 updates, the role of the student and ways the school counselor can support student-athletes and their families navigating the recruiting process.

Put the Counseling into School Counseling

Lead Presenter: Angie Ness

As school counselors, we work to help student development in the academic, career, and social-emotional domains. One thing that makes us unique from other school staff is our training and use of counseling skills. This session will give you the opportunity to reflect and refresh on some common counseling theories and explore how you can apply them in your everyday work with students to make your interventions more purposeful and impactful.

School Safety Solutions

Lead Presenter: Beth Dudjak

Learn about evidence-based/trauma-informed solutions to advance prevention education in your community. MBF has expanded their library of resources to educate and empower students with strategies to recognize and respond appropriately to abuse, bullying, digital dangers and more! Discover a variety of tools to support your school’s unique needs.

Using a Team to Intervene

Lead Presenter: Kara Heichelbech

Over the past year, our student services team has developed a communication and support plan, an intervention plan, and various documentation processes to ensure we are tracking and meeting our students’ needs and assisting our teachers so they are able to focus on teaching content. As the needs of our students have increased and varied in nature, it is vital that we have strategic plans in place to make proactive and intentional interventions.

Using the ASCA National Model to Organize Student Internships

Lead Presenter: Michael Slavkin

Today’s P-12 students come to our schools with an overwhelming needs. With an especially trying time since the coronavirus pandemic, students come to school more frequently with adverse childhood experiences that challenge their abilities to learn, to socialize, to grow. The presentation will discuss what we know about the impact of trauma on the brain, development challenges, and what school counselors can do to intervene for students. We will also explore healing-centered engagement which promotes identity and community development to address systems that increase trauma.

CONTACT INFORMATION

866.318.6294

Fax 423.899.4547

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National Center for Youth Issues
ATTN: IN-SCA
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Chattanooga, TN 37422-2185