The Pre-Conference includes an additional opportunity for more professional development and CPE hours. These sessions cover more in-depth information and allows more opportunity for discussion. These sessions are not included in the conference registration fee. These sessions are at a minimal fee. Space is limited. Interested participants are encouraged to register early. These sessions run concurrently. You may only chose one.
Thursday, November 4, 2021
SPEAKER BIO: Karen Griffith, PhD, LPC, worked in public education for 35 years, 27 as a school counselor, earning multiple state and national recognitions. Now retired, she works at the University of Georgia as an Assistant Professor (Term-Limited) in the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services, and with ASCA as a trainer on the national model, Lead RAMP Reviewer, and Peer Reviewer for the Journal of Counseling and Development. She has authored three books and several articles, and speaks at state and national conferences on a variety of topics. Her primary area of research is around resiliency.
SESSION DESCRIPTION: Join Karen as she presents RAMP Up Your School Counseling Program. Are a number of schools in your district close to or interested in applying for the Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP)? Attend this preconference, and help your schools learn what they need to do to put it all together and apply for RAMP.
Based on the ASCA National Model, RAMP is a recognition program for individual schools, not districts or school counselors. Applying for RAMP helps schools evaluate their school counseling program, discover areas for improvement and enhance the program’s efforts to contribute to student success. You’ll gather tips and suggestions about how to approach the process and collect data and how to submit your school counseling program through the online submission portal.
After attending this hands-on workshop, participants should be able to:
**First Aiders must complete a 2-hour, self-paced class before the conference**
Deadline to sign up: October 22, 2021
Thursday, November 4, 2021
CHRISTINE’S BIO: Christine Mann is an educator, substance use disorder counselor and behavioral health manager with over 25 years’ experience at the nexus of education and behavioral health. She has demonstrated a special commitment and passion for educating and working with individuals, families, and communities affected by mental illness. Ms. Mann majored in psychology and education and became a Credentialed Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) to help directly address escalating demand in the field of chemical dependency treatment and prevention. She earned a Master of Arts in Education and an additional Master of Arts in School Administration.
CALLE’S BIO: Calle Panakos currently serves as a Mental Health First Aid Training Specialist for the SAMHSA-funded 3-year pilot (2018-2021) CN Guidance & Counseling Services mental health awareness training program. Ms. Panakos earned a Master’s Degree in Human Services, concentrating in Behavioral Science/Organizational and Social Services, along with a Master Life Coaching Certification program to support individual goal-setting, personal and professional growth, and behavioral modifications utilizing neuro-linguistic programming. Ms. Panakos embodies a genuine desire to support and advocate for people less fortunate, reduce stigma of mental illness, and increase mental health awareness.
SESSION DESCRIPTION: Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is a 7-hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.
The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorder. Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling – rather, participants learn to support a youth developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis by applying a core five-step action plan:
As COVID-19 is changing our daily reality, there is an important need for Youth Mental Health First Aid.
First Aiders will complete a 2-hour, self-paced class before the conference, and then participate in a 4-5 hour, Instructor-led class in person at the NYSSCA Pre-Conference.
The training includes expanded content on trauma, addiction and self-care. Youth MHFA includes new content applicable for adults working with elementary-age children, including content on the impact of social media. The content is gender neutral and culturally relevant.
Friday, November 5, 2021 | 8:15 a.m.
SPEAKER BIO: Dr. Kara Ieva is currently an Associate Professor in the Counseling in Educational Settings program at Rowan University. In addition to her current position in Counselor Education, her educational career spans over 20 years as a former Spanish teacher and professional school counselor. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Secondary Education and Master’s of Education in Secondary Education Curriculum and Administration from Towson University. Additionally, she earned her Masters of Education in School Counseling from Loyola College in Maryland and her PhD in Counselor Education for the University of Central Florida. Kara’s areas of research interest include promoting equity and wellness in education for children and adolescents of marginalized populations: in the areas of college and career readiness, social/emotional development, and group counseling. She provides professional development to K-12 school counselors, teachers, and administrators on how to embed social/emotional development into curricula and strategies for cultivating a safe and welcoming mental health and neurodiverse culture in schools. She created and facilitates the New Jersey School and SAC Counselor Online Collective, started out of necessity during the multiple pandemics and offered weekly supervision, peer consultation, and webinars. Kara holds multiple leadership positions for national and state professional counseling organizations. She serves on the editorial review board for Professional School Counselor Journal published by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). Dr. Ieva’s scholarship includes multiple peer review articles, book chapters, newsletter and magazine articles, and technical writing/ evaluation reports, amd grants. Further, she serves as the principal investigator, project director, and Director of Academic and Student Services for the Rowan University’s pre-college access programs that aid first generation and under-resourced college students in post-secondary preparation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Education, Arts, and Mathematics (STE2AM). Lastly, she serves as the evaluator on multiple Foundation and National Science Foundation (NSF) grants, and the Co-PI for an NSF Grant, Broadening participation in STEM through Virtual Reality Career Exploration: Introducing Underrepresented Students to High Need STEM Careers. Her grants to date total $1,844,236.
SESSION DESCRIPTION: Join Kara as she presents Reimagining the Tricycle: A Foundation for Equity and Inclusion Through Healing Centered Engagement. As schools move toward healing centered engagement due to a wide range of effects and disparities highlighted by COVID-19, school counselors will be tasked to build healing communities from trauma in general, while continuing to engage in antiracist practices that affirm their students and communities of color. This presentation highlights a strength-based approach focusing on resilience, equity, and inclusion through the intersecting tenants of antiracist education and social emotional learning, and the skills needed to promote collective healing and wellness.
Saturday, November 6, 2021 | 8:00 a.m.
SPEAKER BIO: Dr. Spicer is currently the CEO and trainer of Restorative Strategies, LLC. In this role, Dr. Spicer has exposed and trained over a thousand participants in the practices of Restorative Justice. Dr. Spicer has trained hundreds of educators and community members in the Syracuse City School districts as well as school districts across the US. His work has been recognized both nationally and internationally by a variety of news outlets. In 2015, he was invited by the Obama administration to support their Rethink Discipline initiative lead by the Secretary of Education and the Attorney General. Recently Dr. Spicer has trained members of Snap Inc. on these practices and it use in the corporate space. Dr. Spicer currently lives in Chicago, IL with his wife and four children.
SESSION DESCRIPTION: In this keynote address, How to Get to Your Promised Land, Rev. Dr. Robert Spicer, Sr. will share ways you can reach your desired goals through the ‘3P Principle’. By articulating your purpose, exhibiting your perseverance and unlocking the Power within, Dr. Spicer will share with you the formula for how you and those close to you can reach your Promised Land.