September 25-27, 2022
Embassy Suites Hotel & Convention Center
1200 Conference Center Blvd.
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

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September 25-27, 2022  |  Embassy Suites Hotel & Convention Center
1200 Conference Center Blvd.  |  Murfreesboro, TN 37129

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Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions

We look forward to having you join us at the Tennessee School Counselor and Administrator Institute!

Monday, September 26, 2022

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions

ACEs & Resilience Building

Lead Presenter: Jaime Grammer

Come learn how the Tennessee Department of Education is equipping and empowering educators to address adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma in the school and classroom through the Building Strong Brains: Strategies for Educators training program. Participants will learn how toxic stress affects development and leave with trauma-informed practices that can be implemented in your classroom or school.

Anger and Aggression in Childhood and Adolescence

Lead Presenter: Raychelle Lohmann

Anger is perhaps one of our most misunderstood emotions. Although it serves a purpose in our lives, it can also be destructive and problematic, especially to youth. A lot of young people struggle with difficult emotions like anger, but if their anger is taking a toll on their emotional, social, and academic wellbeing, then it is time to help them learn how to deal with the troublesome emotion without losing their temper. Together, anger and aggression can create a perfect storm leading to trouble and undesirable consequences. In this presentation, attendees will learn about the relationships between anger and aggression and help youth develop healthy strategies to cope with anger and regain control over their emotions and behaviors.

Career Development: Equipping Students for the Life-long Journey

Lead Presenter: Jeff Sweeney

This session will link K-6 career development strategies to the TBOE’s “Plan of Study” policy for grades 7-12 to support a common understanding for effective career planning among counselors across all grade bands. This strategy of school counselor collaboration will allow for vertical alignment within a school counseling program and maintain a consistent vocabulary of terms to minimize confusion among stakeholders.

Fostering Brave Spaces for Marginalized Students in School

Lead Presenter: Shauntia Cook

The focus of this presentation is to learn the difference between a “safe” and “brave” space. Emphasizing the use of school-wide approaches to make a shift in language, patterns, and thoughts. “Fostering Brave Spaces” goes a step further to help school counselors and educators look inwardly to see how the dominate culture of a school can box in many marginalized students and hinder them from reaching their full potential.

Prioritizing the “Ad” in a School Counseling Advisory Council

Lead Presenter: Debora Finch

Adding a School Counseling Advisory Council to your counseling program will not only build your school culture, but will ensure your counseling deliverables can be attained. When a school counselor prioritizes advocacy by bringing stakeholders together, goals can be created, assessed, and achieved. Throughout the presentation, participants will gain ideas and tools to create or enhance an existing advisory committee.

Resiliency Building: Easier Said and Done!

Lead Presenter: Richard Albright

School Counselors are in a unique and powerful position to support at-risk students by building their resilience to overcome significant and often overwhelming life circumstances. The Search Institute’s forty-plus years of research has yielded critically important and relevant findings on developmental assets. This data and these tools provide school counselors with valuable assets to enhance student resiliency. The presentation will share a holistic model to enhance student awareness of their internal and external resiliency assets, with specific and multi-faceted strategies to use strengths and bolster growth areas across domains.

Respond to Suicidal Ideation

Lead Presenter: Melisa Marsh

Do you know what to say to someone with thoughts of suicide? When suicidal individuals leave your office, do you feel confident they will get the help and support they need? Walk away with tools you can use to keep individuals safe when they express suicidal ideation. Learn how to use these tools with your individuals who express suicidal ideation so you can feel more confident each time that you have these challenging conversations.

A School Counselor’s Guide to Data for Beginners

Lead Presenter: Allyson Evans

Ugg…data. It is not a very glamorous subject matter but harnessing the powers of data can be very effective for your counseling program. Understanding and using data changed the way I ran my school’s counseling program. It allowed me to advocate for my role and ultimately be more effective in helping my students. This data course will be targeted for data beginners and it is a repeat course from the 2021 SCALI with minor changes.

Solution-Focused Counseling for Anxious Children and Teens: Strategies for School Counselors

Lead Presenter: Natalie Spencer Gwyn

Counselors often find themselves in situations where they seek interventions to best meet the needs of children and adolescents. When assisting children and adolescents, feelings and behaviors can change very quickly and many children and teens are already equipped to solve minor and routine behavioral problems. Solution Focused Brief Counseling ( SFBC) has proven to be a great tool for anxious children and teens as they learn to manage challenges at school and home. This interactive presentation will introduce creative and effective SFBC techniques counselors can use in both individual and group counseling, with an emphasis on helping anxious children and teens. Attendees will gain a better understanding of emphasizing solutions instead of problems, learn the 12 basic assumptions of SFBC, discover strategies to implement SFBC in small and individual group counseling, and develop techniques to help anxious children with developmentally appropriate techniques.

Supporting Students With ADHD

Lead Presenter: Laura Filtness

During this session, you will learn practical strategies for helping students improve their executive functioning skills. These strategies will help students with activation, focus, effort, emotion, memory, and action. These tips are ideal for your work with students, but also during our imperative role of consultation and collaboration..

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions

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.

Anger and Aggression in Childhood and Adolescence

Lead Presenter: Raychelle Lohmann

Anger is perhaps one of our most misunderstood emotions. Although it serves a purpose in our lives, it can also be destructive and problematic, especially to youth. A lot of young people struggle with difficult emotions like anger, but if their anger is taking a toll on their emotional, social, and academic wellbeing, then it is time to help them learn how to deal with the troublesome emotion without losing their temper. Together, anger and aggression can create a perfect storm leading to trouble and undesirable consequences. In this presentation, attendees will learn about the relationships between anger and aggression and help youth develop healthy strategies to cope with anger and regain control over their emotions and behaviors.

College-Going in Tennessee: A Call to Action

Lead Presenter: Troy Grant

Following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a 9 percentage point drop in Tennessee’s college-going rate between the Class of 2019 and the Class of 2021. During this session, leaders from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission will review the latest college-going data and discuss statewide and local strategies to ensure more Tennessee students have the opportunity to access and succeed in higher education.

The Colors of Loss: 10 Expressive Counseling Techniques to Process Grief

Lead Presenter: Makenzie Perkins

Did you know new studies estimate 1 in 11 Tennessee children will lose a parent or sibling before the age of 18? This session will allow you to leave with creative ways to help students process their own grief journeys. A variety of techniques will be explored that can be utilized in both individual and group sessions for all ages. Although we can’t control if a student experiences loss and grief, we can help give their grief a voice.

The Effects of Standardized Testing on Minoritized Individuals and Further

Lead Presenter: Lily Mathis Scott

This presentation is designed to shed light on the misuse of standardized tests in the public-school system and the impact standardized assessments have on minoritized individuals. This presentation sheds light on the historical components of testing, what it is like in the state of Tennessee, the United States as a whole, and how testing is conducted in other countries. Lastly, the presentation will discuss the implications within education.

Leading in Students’ Support Services: Thriving to Reduce School Barriers

Lead Presenter: Hattie Isen

Many schools are experiencing a culture of disrespect. This presentation will demonstrate how the teacher’s Self-Control strategies will earn the respect, social compliance, and academic focus of the classroom so that the business of teaching can occur. Proactive classroom strategies will be highlighted that reduce disruptive behaviors, resulting in a positive learning environment and a positive school climate for all.

The Research Says: Using Research to Improve Our School Counseling Practices

Lead Presenter: Sara Cottrill-Carlo

With too many tasks and not enough time, it’s crucial that our services are impactful and effective. One way we can ensure this is by looking at what relevant research says works and doesn’t work. This session translates research around emotional regulation, SEL, group counseling, bullying, and more into the work of the school counselor. Learn what the research says and how to apply that knowledge into more effective school counseling practices.

Respond to Suicidal Ideation

Lead Presenter: Melisa Marsh

Do you know what to say to someone with thoughts of suicide? When suicidal individuals leave your office, do you feel confident they will get the help and support they need? Walk away with tools you can use to keep individuals safe when they express suicidal ideation. Learn how to use these tools with your individuals who express suicidal ideation so you can feel more confident each time that you have these challenging conversations.

School Counseling Leadership and Reaching Program Goals

Lead Presenter: Emily Gill

Learn how to be a credible leader so that students are better served in your school. Learn how your leadership style can help you achieve program goals. Discuss practical approaches to engage fellow school leaders by considering the alignment of your needs and their needs. Hear effective strategies to partner with your administrators.

SEL, CIA, and Plates – Oh, My!

Lead Presenter: Jessica Cantrell

Take SEL off the plate, and make it the plate you use to help students learn! This session will give tools for counselors and administrators to challenge themselves and others to push social emotional learning into curriculum, instruction, and assessment, and by doing so, improve student outcomes in and out of the classroom.

Solution-Focused Counseling for Anxious Children and Teens: Strategies for School Counselors

Lead Presenter: Natalie Spencer Gwyn

Counselors often find themselves in situations where they seek interventions to best meet the needs of children and adolescents. When assisting children and adolescents, feelings and behaviors can change very quickly and many children and teens are already equipped to solve minor and routine behavioral problems. Solution Focused Brief Counseling ( SFBC) has proven to be a great tool for anxious children and teens as they learn to manage challenges at school and home. This interactive presentation will introduce creative and effective SFBC techniques counselors can use in both individual and group counseling, with an emphasis on helping anxious children and teens. Attendees will gain a better understanding of emphasizing solutions instead of problems, learn the 12 basic assumptions of SFBC, discover strategies to implement SFBC in small and individual group counseling, and develop techniques to help anxious children with developmentally appropriate techniques.

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Develop a Trauma-Informed School

Lead Presenter: Elishia Basner

We all know that students who have experienced trauma might not be ready to learn because their trauma history has impacted their brains. Fortunately, it is not reasonable or even necessary to find students who have experienced trauma to develop a trauma-informed school. Learn the steps to creating a trauma-informed school that fosters the “learning brain” regardless of the student’s trauma history.

Immediate Strategies and Resources for Closing Achievement Gaps

Lead Presenter: Mary Gilbert

Discover effective strategies to close achievement and opportunity gaps using everyday SEL CASEL Select practices. This process of transforming a school climate while considering the needs of the whole child begins with building intentional relationships. FREE online resources and a game app for making connections with students and families will be shared for immediate implementation!

Making Data FUNctional

Lead Presenter: Anna Taylor

Data usage is an essential skill for school counselors to assess their programs, demonstrate student progress, and advocate for their role. However, the reality is that data can feel scary and overwhelming. The presenter will provide simple and practical approaches for counselors to collect, analyze, and share data with others. Attendees will practice data analysis and hear examples of how school counselors have used data in their schools.

Minding the Gap for Postsecondary Planning

Lead Presenter: Abigail Murdock

If you had access to resources to provide your students with FREE ACT/SAT prep, a FREE Career Exploration Program, and FREE resources/info on postsecondary planning (financial aid, occupational outlook, college programs, resume/portfolio building), would you pass up the opportunity to use them? Discover how you can now! Every student deserves the opportunity and access to resources to make informed decisions on their postsecondary plans.

Providing Educational Stability for Students in Foster Care

Lead Presenter: Katrinna Collins

Youth in foster care represent one of the most vulnerable subgroups throughout the state. These students are more likely to struggle socially and academically. This interactive session will provide recommendations of academic and non-academic supports to increase student success for students in foster care. The presenters will also outline Project Wrap Around, a joint project designed to ensure educational stability for students in foster care.

The School Counselor’s Role in Career and Technical Education

Lead Presenter: Cynthia Lockett

The world of CTE is ever evolving and can seem overwhelming when it comes to new terminology and course updates. Come learn about the alphabet soup of CTE terminology, how to work hand in hand with your CTE department, and how CTE curriculum can help your school counseling program.

Simple Activities and Children’s Books to Implement SEL and Create a “Simple Common Language”

Lead Presenter: Bruce Coberly

Are you wanting ideas on ways to effectively present SEL components to an individual student, a class, school-wide, your community, even your faculty? Are you a new to your role wondering where to start? A veteran looking for new tricks? This is a “common sense” workshop that looks at each of the SEL competencies and provides different children’s books, activities, and tricks as ways to to enhance each component and create a “common language” for all stakeholders, in your classroom and/or school-wide, to understand and use! WARNING: You will not be allowed to leave the session if you don’t have at least one “take away”!!

Student-Athletes: Supporting with Evidenced Based Practices & Strategies

Lead Presenter: Lisa Davies

Demands made upon student-athletes’ mental health and academic development continue to rise. New research has found evidence that student-athletes are a vulnerable population suffering from issues such as depression, suicide, anxiety, and learning disabilities. This session examines support systems and services for student-athletes. Review how school counselors may design proactive strategies promoting best practices for all student-athletes.

Supporting the Whole Child

Lead Presenter: Jessica Alberson 

This session will provide processes and strategies on addressing the whole child through a tiered system of support. Hear about processes that work from a district view and the training recommended for all stakeholders. Learn when to include specific supports into the tiered process and ideas for the recording the data needed. See the impact this approach has on the school culture in a positive manner for students, teachers, staff, and communities.

What’s Next for the Next Guides?

Lead Presenter: Suzette Telli

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission created the Next Guides to support high school students as they decide what’s next after high school graduation. In this presentation, we will discuss all four Next Guides with emphasis on the new Freshman Next Guide, which helps freshmen transition from middle school to high school as well as begin their college search, and the Family Guide, supporting families of seniors as they take that next step.

You Can Face the H.A.G. in Restorative Practice

Lead Presenter: Christine Lewis Pugh

The state requirement of social-emotional learning or character education into the school curriculum is important to the work of Restorative Practice (RP) in P-12 schools. While schools are seeing the importance of social-emotional learning as a tool to aid in student relationships, RP addresses behavior, discipline, and relationships. The current presentation will lead individuals to become self-aware using the “H.A.G” (honesty, acceptance, and grace).

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions

Averting Targeted School Violence

Lead Presenter: Kimberly Daubenspeck

In 2021, the U.S. Secret Service released a study on 67 averted school attack plots that demonstrates that there are always intervention points available before a student’s behavior escalates to violence. Participants will learn about the key findings and implications in averting school violence as well as resources to prevent school violence.

Beyond Adequate SEL

Lead Presenter: Candace Smith

The need for wrap around Social Emotional Learning, (SEL), in schools has increased following current events and post pandemic. While students are taught classroom lessons in most schools it is typically adequate and does not include support for educators, administrators and families. School staff needs support in order to best support students. Without full wrap around and being embedded, it is not possible to move beyond adequate with social emotional programming and creating an authentic culture of care that will also support academic success.

Camp Engineering Feelings: Intertwining SEL+STEM Using Co-Teaching

Lead Presenter: Emily Fain-Lynch

Would you love to have fun with your students while merging SEL/STEM standards? Join us to hear about how our co-teaching journey started, see some collaborative lesson examples including topics of teamwork, careers, the brain and coping strategies, and community outreach. We will share some helpful tips to get you started with your collaboration , provide time for idea share, and present you with a model lesson entitled “Boomerang Kindness.”

Connecting the Dots: A Deep Dive into K-12 Threat Assessment

Lead Presenter: Makenzie Perkins

Curious if your school is prepared to prevent and manage potential acts of targeted violence? Wondering how different professionals in a school should be utilized to build a functioning multidisciplinary threat assessment team? Look no further! Through the use of a case study, you will leave with a better understanding of what threat assessment is and how to use the threat assessment process to effectively enhance school safety.

FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS: They Aren’t Soft Skills…but Hard Science

Lead Presenter: Tara Brown

The Pandemics’ emotional/psychological toll on kids is still to be discovered but ‘You can’t get to Blooms without going through Maslow.’ The SEL component and understanding the role of emotions and feelings in learning and achievement is more important than ever. This session will provide cutting edge research on the critical role feelings, emotions, perception play in increasing emotional safety, motivation, engagement, academic achievement.

Handle With Care Program Implementation

Lead Presenter: Ashley Dale

Handle With Care is a program that partners first responders with schools in order to provide timely intervention for potentially trauma-affected students. The goal of the program is to build a wider safety net to support students in their emotional, physical and mental health as well as increasing attendance and academic success.

I am a School Counselor: Understanding Your Role and How to Advocate For It

Lead Presenter: Joyce Hollins

School counselors receive specific professional training. However, many of us lose sight of our professional identity once we fall into the routine and job responsibilities created for us. It is imperative for school counselors to increase their professional competencies and to utilize the tools necessary to advocate for the appropriate role and responsibilities of school counselor while developing a collaborative relationship with administrators.

Legacy Lessons

Lead Presenter: Whitney Chambers-Woods

As a school counselor, we have limited time to make high impact. How can this be done? Learn about Legacy Lessons and how to implement into every classroom session to make a long-term impact with a short amount of time.

New Middle School Career Awareness, Career Exploration, and Career Advising

Lead Presenter: Liza Ambrose

Newly created for the 2022-23 school year, the Tennessee Department of Education has published three new career courses available for middle school credit: Career Awareness, Career Exploration, and Career Advising & Planning. Each course is designed to better reflect the career programming life cycle and will support middle school students as they progress through a greater knowledge of their strengths, communities, and opportunities.

TN Schools PREPARE:  School Crisis Postvention Training

Lead Presenter: Mandy Schneitman

We are never fully prepared as school counselors and administrators to respond and support recovery when a school crisis occurs. Let’s add some “Tools to our Toolkit”. This session will focus on managing a crisis within the school setting, postvention planning and restoring the community – through the TN Schools PREPARE School Crisis Postvention training.

Using HyperRubrics to Guide & Strengthen Counselor & Program Evaluation

Lead Presenter: Caitlin Hughes

Administrators aren’t expected to have a complete grasp of the content being presented in a classroom, but they are expected to have a general understanding of pedagogy, engagement, and standards. Unfortunately, faculty members who are evaluated via the School Services Personnel Rubric (school counselors included) are often so specialized that administrators aren’t sure of the roles and responsibilities or how to help them improve.

9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Breakout Sessions

Active Listening, Paying Attention, and Having Hard Conversations

Lead Presenter: Whitney Chambers-Woods

Did you know there are 7 components to ACTIVE LISTENING that can be modeled, used, and taught in the classroom and beyond? Did you realize that once you are ACTIVELY LISTENING, you can better PAY ATTENTION? And did you realize that it is through ACTIVE LISTENING and PAYING ATTENTION, that communication happens?

Career Exploration & Advising 6th-12th Platforms

Lead Presenter: Tamra Billings

Defined Careers (6th-12th) and Elevate TN (8th-12th) is offered through TSIN in partnership with TDOE, free of charge. Defined Careers offers an interest assessment, based on those results, students take on the role of that career by exploring hands on performance tasks. Elevate TN offers an assessment, industry recognized badging, career video interviews, standards aligned courses, & the ability for students 16 & over to apply for jobs.

The Colors of Loss: 10 Expressive Counseling Techniques to Process Grief

Lead Presenter: Makenzie Perkins

Did you know new studies estimate 1 in 11 Tennessee children will lose a parent or sibling before the age of 18? This session will allow you to leave with creative ways to help students process their own grief journeys. A variety of techniques will be explored that can be utilized in both individual and group sessions for all ages. Although we can’t control if a student experiences loss and grief, we can help give their grief a voice.

Current Trends in School Climate and Safety

Lead Presenter: Kimberly Daubenspeck

Participants will learn about how the pandemic has impacted school climate and school safety and the needs of our students today. Resources to address the needs of students will be shared as well as resources for improving school climate and safety in schools.

Practical Strategies for Supporting Student Mental Health & 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.

Resilience In and Out of the Classroom: Burnout Prevention

Lead Presenter: Ellen Crossman

The collective trauma of the pandemic has placed unprecedented strain upon students and educators. Secondary traumatic stress is compounded by the collective trauma experienced by all and can lead to burnout. Incorporating mindfulness and interventions fostering protective factors such as resilience can be implemented within classrooms and as self-care routines for educators. This informational session will include an experiential component.

School Counselors Advocating with Legal Muscle to Support Trauma-Informed Schools

Lead Presenter: Carolyn Stone

School counselors can be powerful strategists and formidable advocates when applying legal muscle to problems that impact youth who are victims of trauma. Intervening on behalf of students is infinitely easier if there is a law that provides leverage. This session focuses on the legal rights of students who have experienced trauma such as domestic violence, abuse, homelessness, foster care, sex trafficking, and bullying.

Unleashing Potential through the Power of Connections

Lead Presenter: Tara Brown

Humans are hard-wired to connect and to get into student’s heads we must first get into their heart. It is through positive connections that student’s thrive and potential is unleashed. This session will focus on how connections with student’s of all ages serve as buffers against toxic stress and trauma and what the research says about gender differences and how those differences impact processing, learning, motivation and engagement.

Using Extracurricular Activities To Improve School Performance

Lead Presenter: Priscilla Davis

This session will discuss why extracurricular activities are important to both school climate and school improvement data using a study from the US Department of Education. Along with the many benefits that will be introduced, we will also look at potential obstacles, stakeholder buy-in, financial support, and ideas to get you started. Participants will leave this session with many takeaways.

New Dynamics of Careers and the Labor Market

Lead Presenter: Jackie Morgan

Are you interested in current information and knowledge of trends in today’s job market? Evolving times require a new focus for career exploration and choices. Join us to explore current workforce changes, economic data, in-demand careers, and strategies for engaging students. Free classroom-ready resources and activities related to career exploration, decision making, postsecondary education, earning income, and more will be shared.

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