October 6-7, 2022
Pines Manor
2085 Lincoln Hwy.
Edison, NJ 08817


October 6-7, 2022  |  Pines Manor
2085 Lincoln Hwy.  |  Edison, NJ 08817


Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions

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

Thanks for joining us for the 2022 New Jersey School Counselor Association Conference!​

We look forward to seeing you next year.

Friday, October 7, 2022

10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Breakout Session 1

Alleviating Assessment Anxiety: Considerations for Supervisors and Counselors

Lead Presenter: Jennifer Antoni

The start of the new school year brings a host of assessment-related tasks and programs to implement with students, teachers and counselors, but considering the best social and emotional practices related to assessment can help us support the stakeholders implementing these programs effectively. Learn why counseling supervisors and counselors can do to promote the best social and emotional practices for assessment programming with our communities.

Boot Camp for New School Counselors

Lead Presenter: Carl Palmer

Aspiring and new school counselors will want to attend this workshop to help them land their dream job! The following topics will be discussed: pointers on creating a resume; how to maximize their chances of getting an interview; an overview of several important professional associations; and an introduction to the ASCA National Model.

Following the S.A.M.E. Pathway to Restorative Justice

Lead Presenter: John Hodge

S.A.M.E. stands for Social, Academic and Moral Education. It is a holistic approach to creating and sustaining academic excellence in today’s schools. S.A.M.E. provides a research-supported, holistic view of school improvement by addressing all of the components of school and district culture which must be addressed if lasting school reform is to be attained, i.e. the Social Domain, the Academic Domain and the Moral Domain. As the rigor of state accountability measures increase, schools must focus their efforts to achieve and sustain academic excellence. Come learn how this approach has been particularly successful in schools serving high-poverty populations.

It’s Real: Teens and Mental Health – A 45-Minute Program that Provides Young People with Mental Health Education and Resources

Lead Presenter: Wendy Sefcik

This presentation will discuss what mental health actually is. How is it similar to, or different from, physical health? Clues on how to notice signs of someone needing help will be given. Tips and strategies will also be included for having a caring conversation with someone you might be worried about. You will be given methods of self-care for mind, body, soul, and surroundings. Also examples of trustworthy resources will be offered. We will show you how to inform your student(s) that they can reach out to trusted adults that can help them manage their mental health. The presentation includes brief video narratives featuring well-known GenZ influencers sharing their own experiences with mental health, and what they found helpful at the time.

Parents: The ABC’s of Partnership

Lead Presenter: Barbara Cappucci

The importance of parental partnership on student well-being throughout the school community. What does it mean, what is expected, how to get it, and how to give it? This presentation will discuss the relevance of VIP (very important people) in the life of our students and the resulting social, academic, and behavioral impacts.

Student Pathway to a Union Registered Apprenticeship

Lead Presenter: Robert Smith

This presentation will educate school counselors on the benefits of a union apprenticeship for New Jersey students. The Carpenters Union is actively working to educate students on what a career in the construction industry entails as well as what the pathway to a good-paying union job looks like. This presentation will provide those same tools to school counselors.

What You Need to Know about Universal Mental Health Screening

Lead Presenter: Emily Goodman-Scott

We screen students for academics, vision, and hearing… but what about mental health and social/emotional protective factors? Universal screening, the systematic screening of every student for given criteria, is increasingly used in our schools across the country, often as part of MTSS/PBIS. Come learn more about universal screening, including how to get started and commonly used assessments. Hear about other schools’ implementation, and leave with a plan for how to begin.

11:50 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. Breakout Session 2

Access to Higher Education: The New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund

Lead Presenter: Lynell James

The New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) provides financial assistance and support services such as counseling, tutoring, and developmental coursework to New Jersey students from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds, whether U.S. Citizens or Undocumented NJ Residents, when they attend participating institutions of higher education in the state of New Jersey. This session will include information about the eligibility criteria, program benefits and application process from representatives of the Rutgers University, School of Arts & Sciences EOF program.

Effects of Domestic Violence on Children and Teens Exposed at Home

Lead Presenter: Allison Bressler

Up to 15 million children/ teens are exposed to domestic violence at home each year. The emotional and behavioral impact that witnessing abuse can have at any age plays a huge role in their development. This class will discuss the impact it has on all ages and provide ways in which school counselors can provide a safe space for students to process what they are experiencing, provide action steps to disclosure, and documentation.

Eliminating College Debt and Enhancing Your Resume

Lead Presenter: Alexander Ortega

The Army ROTC Scholarship program provides merit-based financial assistance for the education and training of highly-motivated men and women who desire to pursue careers as commissioned officers in the U.S. Army after graduation with a bachelor’s degree. Four, three and two-year scholarships are available to qualified candidates. This session will outline the scholarship process, what scholarship are available along with key dates and deadlines.

Outside the Box Counseling

Lead Presenter: Laurie Corizzo

The presenter will review various programs and special events designed to enhance any School Counseling program. The pandemic changed the face of School Counseling by demanding that we reimagine our roles and delivery. Come on in, learn, share and collaborate. Some topics will include Front Porch Project, virtual counseling, and planning school wide events designed to increase cohesion and inclusion.

Supporting Students with Psychiatric Disability in Transitioning to College

Lead Presenter: Christina Liparini

Although students with psychiatric disabilities are increasingly enrolling in postsecondary education institutions, many barriers to success and retention remain. A model of the transition process, the result of interviews with college students who had related 504 Plans or IEPs in secondary settings, will be shared. Central to the model is the importance of the student’s role. Strategies to support student involvement will be discussed.

What Documenting My Time and Using My Data Has Done for Me and Others

Lead Presenter: Lynn Lehner

This session will illustrate: 1) why it is important to document your time; 2) how to effectively schedule your time; 3) how to work with your administrator/supervisor; 4) how to make your data do the talking; and 5) real-world examples that improved school counseling programs.

What You Need to Know about Universal Mental Health Screening

Lead Presenter: Emily Goodman-Scott

We screen students for academics, vision, and hearing… but what about mental health and social/emotional protective factors? Universal screening, the systematic screening of every student for given criteria, is increasingly used in our schools across the country, often as part of MTSS/PBIS. Come learn more about universal screening, including how to get started and commonly used assessments. Hear about other schools’ implementation, and leave with a plan for how to begin.

1:40 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Breakout Session 3

Adding Joy to the Curriculum: Teaching Happiness

Lead Presenter: Erin Scheibling

This presentation will provide an overview of a high school course offered on the science of well-being and happiness. This course has been designed to address student mental health needs by providing practical skills that support well-being and will introduce students to the research regarding developing happiness. The curriculum for this course will be presented, along with practical strategies for implementation.

Alternatives to Traditional Education: Non-Baccalaureate STEM Career Pathways

Lead Presenter: Steve Coyle

Almost 50% of high school students are no longer considering Bachelor’s degrees, and more than 50% are open to other career pathways. Yet 85% of students feel pressure to pursue a college degree! Join Dr. Coyle as he will focus on your students and how you can give them the information they need to make important career decisions. Learn how to get more of your female students involved in STEM careers. Learn how to get industry involved in your school and how to get parents more engaged in your programs. Find out about new scholarship opportunities that will benefit your students.

LGBTQIA Student Laws and Needs

Lead Presenter: Inessa Vaccaro

This session will provide you with the most updated information about counseling LGBTQIA students, including vocabulary and NJ state laws. It will also give tips on how to counsel LGBTQIA children and how to assist teachers with incorporating inclusive language in their classrooms.

The Little Known Secrets of Paying for College

Lead Presenter: Bill Kostecki

For many families, the high cost of higher education is a daunting proposition. Parents lie awake at night trying to figure out how to afford sending their children to college and still have enough of their hard-earned money to be able to retire one day. The College Funding Coach® educates parents on how to figure out how to pay for college through our nationally renowned workshop/webinar.

Re-Imagining College & Career Awareness: Credentialing Today’s Youth

Lead Presenter: Tiffany Nesbey

The Career Awareness eModule training series is designed for youth and counselors to journey through in tandem together while completing an Education & Career Plan. This series includes 5 youth-facing eModules that focus on identifying and enhancing skills, analyzing strengths and interests, professionally marketing and branding oneself, mastering the job search, and acing interviews. Youth earn a digital badge credential upon completion.

School Counseling Advocacy Skills: Combating Local School Boards and Beyond

Lead Presenter: Kara Ieva

Wish school counseling being targeted along with CRT and SEL across the country, all school counselor will need to serve as advocates; not just for students but for the profession at large. This presentation will walk you through specific advocacy skills, language, and processes to assist in your advocacy journey ensuring students access to supports.

Taking the Mystery Out of Selective Mutism: A Guide for School Staff

Lead Presenter: Tara McClain

Many school counselors heave heard of Selective Mutism (SM), and may even have had students with SM, but still do not understand what it is or how to support these students and families. Students with SM can look very different. Some will speak to children and not adults. Some will whisper. Some may not even open their mouths to smile. We will present a guide for school counselors to best support their staff and these students.



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