Sessions

Here are a just a few of the informational sessions that will be presented* at the CASC conference. Check back frequently as we unveil more in the coming days! *Sessions are subject to change



All the Skills You'll Need to be a Successful Learner!

This workshop will show you how to teach executive function skills in a variety of settings: classroom mini-lessons, psychoeducational small groups, parent educational workshops. Using the latest research and advice from psychologists, researchers, and the Harvard Center on the Developing Child, this presentation will offer innovative strategies and activities to use with all students with an emphasis on grades 5--8.

Toolkit for Transformational Learning
Are your school teams truly transformational? Do they produce measurable changes in student success? Is the collaboration between team members highly functional and accountable? School counselors are called upon to collaborate and consult with a wide range of stakeholders, often in teams, committees, and other school-based groups. Join this session for tips and evidence-based systems for growing more powerful teams in your building. Walk away with an actionable toolkit of team-based activities, data, discussion questions, and protocols for transforming your school teams into vehicles of real and lasting change that promote equity and access!

How to Organize and Use Data to Advocate for Your Comprehensive School Counseling Program
Data is an integral part of the comprehensive School Counseling Program, and an important advocacy tool for school counselors to avoid assignment of non-counseling duties. In this session you will learn to use Google Drive to organize, log, and present your own data in order to advocate for your role, as well as learn to navigate the CA School dashboard in order to find your own data. After the session you will walk away with resources so that you can begin advocating for yourself right away!

Wild for Wellness: Creating & Implementing a Virtual Student Wellness Summit
One school day was designated for 2,000+ students and staff in the district to put into practice the fundamentals of taking care of their physical and mental health. In this session, we will share the planning and outcomes of our district’s first annual Virtual Wellness Summit. You will receive access to our website along with the templates that were utilized in the planning stages.

Supporting Families of Students with Technology Addiction
The goal of this session is to raise awareness about students with technology addiction and to recognize the signs. We will be presenting research and data on the topic, prevention techniques and the focus of risks of overusing technology. We will be sharing handouts and resources that we have come across or developed ourselves.

Helping Students With Anxiety In Schools
The goal of this session is to have a clear understanding of what anxiety is, recognition of anxiety, effects on school attendance and academic performance, and strategies for working with students who have anxiety.

Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself: Healing and Rewiring the Brain for Success After Trauma
Learn about the brain’s unconscious negativity and understand how internal voices turn into distortions, twisting students' thinking, leading to negative behaviors. Distorted thinking develops from adverse childhood and other negative experiences. Students' thoughts impact relationships, self-esteem, communication, mental wellness, and success. Using techniques from Cognitive and Dialectical Behavior Therapies, untwist student's thinking and create positive behavior and success. Handouts provided.

Moving Through Grief
Moving Through Grief will explore the many causes of loss and grief during COVID-19 and how it relates to ourselves, our scholars, our families and our co-workers. We will show ways of honoring all forms of loss and restoring hope. We will show how grief is a non-linear, sometimes irrational, process and provide resources on how to move through it and heal. We will touch on cultural factors, gender differences, variations in age, comprehension, processing, etc. A PDF of the presentation with live links to resources will be available to CASC attendees.

Evoking Change in Our Students: The Secret of Motivational Interviewing for School Counselors
Parents, teachers, and administrators are frequently asking the school counselor to help MOTIVATE their students. Yet, most school counselors intuitively know motivation does not come from external influences. However, we can evoke the motivation that is already alive in the student using motivational interviewing (MI). This research-based approach will change how you practice, and you will leave equipped with the essential skills to start immediately. A game changer for all levels. Add MI to your toolbox.

Neuroplasticity Hacks: How Counselors Can Rewire Students Neurons
Often, educators focus too much on changing the ways students behave, rather than how they can think. Neuroplasticity, on the other hand, promotes mindset shifts, as it simply suggests that the brain (neuro) is changeable (plastic). Abundant amount of research supports that every time we think, feel, or experience something, we strengthen a specific neural pathway. This is how habits are efficiently and effectively formed. Through understanding the science behind neural pathways, counselors can, even in their brief sessions with students, help to rewire their students’ neural pathways through the use of conversation. In this session you will be provided with specific techniques you can apply during counseling sessions with students that will help change their thinking on a neural level. This session focuses on enhancing your counseling skills with students.

Creating a School-Wide Safety Plan as Part of Your Counseling Curriculum
The goal of this session is to review the statistics that demonstrate the need for all students to have a safety plan as a Tier One Social-Emotional Intervention, and strategies for creating a safety plan for all students during counseling lessons. Attendees will learn how safety planning is done in the therapeutic setting and how the elements of a safety plan can be transferred to a school-wide lesson to cast the widest net possible in suicide prevention. Sample safety plans, lessons, and parent communication will be provided to all attendees.

Empower Students With Career Self-Management Skills
Who am I? Where am I going? How will I get there? Learning to answer these career related questions can help build a student’s self-concept by equipping them with the career self-management skills necessary to pursue their chosen life-work path. Session attendees will learn how the California Career Resource Network’s (CalCRN) free career exploration tools can be used to help students assess their career related interests, identify occupational options, and develop Career Action Plans.

Undocumented Students & School Counselors: Creating a Genuine Partnership
The session will provide educators with tools on how to create equitable schools that support all students, specifically, undocumented students in the United States of America from grades 6-16. The session will highlight the importance of servicing a diverse student body and it will do this by addressing how to support undocumented students academically, socially-emotionally, and with college and career readiness. Attendees will also learn about California’s policies that impact undocumented students’ educational experiences in grades 6-16. Additionally, attendees will learn how to tailor their counseling programming to undocumented students’ needs. The learner outcomes in the session will be aligned to the American School Counselor Association Standards.

Reaching Higher!
Through leadership, advocacy, innovative practices, and a direct focus on equitable outcomes, school counselors possess the power to act as agents of change within their buildings. Learn how the Reach Higher Initiative and Better Make Room Campaign changed a school culture. This workshop will share strategies on how to reach higher throughout the school year. The audience will walk away with tools and strategies to help more students transition to post-secondary education or training such as college signing days, financial aid workshops, and activities. Participants will gain practical ideas they can implement in school-wide events, classroom lessons/group activities, and using the ASCA Mindset and Behavior Standards (Mindset Standard M4, Behavior Standard, B-LS 5).

Uplifting My Story: Shining Light on the Voices and Narratives of BIPOC Students
Similar to a resume, the Brag Sheet is a form that students fill out to help their counselor write letters of recommendation. This session will guide you on how to utilize the Uplifting My Story template (“Brag Sheet”) when working specifically with BIPOC students whose voices and narratives need to be heard and shared in an authentic manner. The focus is to help students who at times find it very difficult to share their experiences, challenges, or stories.

Today's Foster Youth: How to Create a Comprehensive Foster Youth Support Program on Your Campus
Foster youth are often the invisible underserved population. Participants will learn how to create a comprehensive academic and social/emotional program serving the needs of today's foster youth. The presentation will include academic supports, on-campus programs and mentorships, district and community outreach, career readiness, resources, and how to build meaningful relationships for this at-risk population. Financial limitations and options, and ideas for all grade levels will be discussed.

Targeted Attendance Interventions: Going from Last to Best!
How to use data and targeted interventions to improve attendance. Focusing on Socio-Emotional learning and relationship building to improve school wide attendance and sense of belonging.

Handling Student on Student Reports of Sexual Abuse
The goal of this session is to educate school counselors about the legal and internal processes that might result from a student on student report of sexual assault. The session is not intended to advise counselors about therapeutic techniques but rather to educate them about what happens when a student reports such a claim and when a student is accused of one. The session would include background of Title IX claims and the current status of the law, and the program handouts would include very practical pointers on what these reports mean and what a school and the police/ DA's office does when such complaints are received. We also would discuss high profile Title IX matters and what implications those cases have on future matters. This is a subject that is very painful for all parties involved, so the idea is to educate counselors about what these cases involve so that they feel comfortable and confident in how they then support the students.

How School Counselors Can Make a Difference in the Lives of Transgender Youth
Interested in learning more about how to support transgender and gender nonconforming (gnc) youth? This session provides facts about trans/gnc adolescents—including terminology, identities, social and medical transitions, support needs, families, and common issues they face. Evidence-based research explains the challenges they face and how school counselors can play an essential role in helping them via support, advocacy, referrals, and more. Counseling strategies and resources will be shared.

Driving Systemic Change Through Student Voice
Participants will walk away with skills to analyze data and implement an advisory council in order to use student voice to improve student engagement. School counselors from the Menifee Union School District will share an applied example of how they started a district-wide advisory council and utilized stakeholder input to review California Healthy Kid Survey (CHKS) data and implement targeted interventions to address school connectedness. Participants will be equipped to prioritize student voice as they develop goals and action plans to address student needs through a comprehensive school counseling program. Resources will include sample advisory council presentations, invitations, stakeholders to invite, goals, and action plans.

Reenvisioning Social-Emotional Supports for Black and Brown Students
As we move in a more sociopolitical climate focused on equitable systems for all people including underserved populations, we must commit to reenvisioning current systems and creating new ones as needed. In alignment with this purpose and as a current school counselor, I seek to help educators implement Tier 1 social-emotional supports that are rooted in asset-based, trauma informed and restorative practices. In these processes, we keep all students, especially Black and brown students at the core of our developing comprehensive Tier 1 social emotional systems of support.

Promoting Safety, Inclusion and Well-Being for LGBTQ Students
A lack of cultural competency on LGBTQ identities and fear of pushback often result in hesitancy around LGBTQ inclusion efforts, which create unwelcoming and sometimes hostile school climates. There are a growing number of schools offering professional development, updating policies, and creating procedures to ensure LGBTQ students are supported and protected. These schools are experiencing dramatic improvements in school climate resulting in increases in attendance, achievement and graduation rates. Join us to strengthen your knowledge, attitudes, and skills to become a more effective advocate for needed change in your school. Participants will gain a better understanding of our legal obligations, how to effectively address pushback, identify emerging best-practices, and gather the latest resources, including a new resource on supporting LGBTQ students in a virtual setting.

Leadership for Supports for New School Counselors: Advocacy, Mentoring and Professional Learning
New school counselors often struggle to learn their role in relation to the core education program in schools. Based upon the practitioner-researcher’s research study, this presentation offers the opportunity to discuss, process and learn about leadership for school counselor induction. Communities of practice and systems change theories are the cornerstones to suggested recommendations.

Finding Pathways to Self Care, Healing Hearts for Wholeness
School counselors are called upon to be leaders in the face of tragedies such as the loss of a student or staff member, school wide threats and crisis. We provide psychological first aid and emotional care, but often we don't apply those skills to our own lives. School counselors need the knowledge, attitude and skills to recognize and prevent professional burnout and compassion fatigue. Learn about the physical, emotional, behavioral and spiritual signs of compassion fatigue, and leave empowered to use the three R's as a strategy for self-care.

Incorporating CA Best Practices in Pre-Service Course Design
As school counselor educators seek to improve graduate students’ readiness for fieldwork and/or professional identity development, intentionality when designing course assignments and projects should be considered. This session will outline ways to incorporate the CA Best Practice Guidelines for School Counselors within pre-service programs. Participants will learn how to support graduate students to make connections with professional standards within their practice. Resources will be shared.

Using Critical Race Theory to Deconstruct Cross-cultural Code-switching
For many, especially those belonging to an underrepresented population, code-switching is a survival mechanism. Code-switching entails recognizing that there is a degree of difference between people and, as a result, one may feel compelled to alter one's behavior. This alteration can result in avoidance of negative stereotypes and hostility from the dominant group. As a result, one is more likely to keep aspects of one's true identity hidden. Therefore, using Critical Race Theory to inform career development is essential to ethical practice. This presentation will examine the ways in which cross-cultural code-switching impacts career decisions that Black women navigate and counselors’ roles and responsibilities in aiding career development.

Identity Exploration and Healing The Heart: Supporting First Generation Students
Participants will gain an understanding about the importance of identity development and healing strategies for first generation students as we work to support their success in K-20 programs. We will share successful practices of STRIVE Scholars, a support program for first gen graduate students (Coronado & Rowley, 2021), student presenters will discuss their first gen journey, cultural wealth, and resilience, and participants will engage in dialogue about strategies for first gen student success.

Fostering the Development of Emancipatory School Counselors Through Expressive Arts and Anti-Racist Practices
On the frontlines, school counselors assess the toll of current events on their schools and meet challenges with adaptability, vision, and courage. Addressing systemic oppression and racial trauma with advocacy alone is not enough—school counselors must become emancipatory leaders. This session integrates anti-racist pedagogy with counseling theory and expressive arts to inspire school counselors to develop creative lesson plans, cultivate a strengths-based school climate, and promote healing.

Local Advocacy: The Politics Impacting California School Counselors - How You Can Make a Difference
The wide range of school counselor duties also includes the role of advocate and leader. This workshop focuses on recognizing the politics impacting school counseling programs at the state, local and site levels and understanding the natural relationship between activism and the daily work of school counselors. Participants will be updated on recent policy changes and the current political environment and will learn how to direct change in policy and law at the local and state levels by utilizing the practices and strategies they use every day to serve their students.

Preparing Students for a Mobile Workforce
With testing becoming more optional, this is a unique opportunity for students to showcase their work in a portfolio when submitting applications. When you teach code, you’re not only teaching the language of technology, you’re teaching new ways to think and bring ideas to life. In this session we’ll examine how counselors can introduce students to app design and development, providing fun and engaging ways to showcase their skills and strengths in a portfolio. We’ll examine how you can guide students as they consider their future career endeavors, and showcase how jobs in every industry require coding skills.

Targeted School Violence and Violent Extremism Awareness, Interventions and Grants
New funding streams have been enabled to support Public Health approaches to preventing violence. Learn about the current threat of School Targeted Violence and Violent Extremism, new resources and interventions, and available grant streams that fund intervention programs that work.

Stop Asian Hate: Supporting AAPI Communities
The goal of the session is to talk about ways that school counselors can support our Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) students and their mental health during a rise of anti-Asian sentiments and coronavirus racism. I will discuss race-based traumatic stress, collective trauma, and intersectionality.

Critical Race Counterspaces: Collaborating With Youth to Challenge Deficit Notions of Disenfranchised Communities
This presentation introduces school counselors to the concept of Counterspaces through a Critical Race Theory (CRT) lens, where disenfranchised youth can commune to challenge deficit notions and establish a positive racial climate. Counterspaces provide disenfranchised youth a space for validation, healing, and learning from one another’s experiences with forms of oppressions. Using CRT, the presentation will showcase how one school counselor collaborated with youth to create a counterspace on campus. Lastly, attendees will walk away with steps for implementing counterspaces at their respective schools.

The Rise in Vaping: One School District's Journey
This session will provide an overview of vaping and it's dangers, how it is being marketed to youth, why kids get started and how school counselors can help kids quit. The information shared is grounded in best and promising practices and will detail our journey dealing with kids and families as they try to stop the vaping epidemic. The presentation will be made available to all participants via email.

Understanding and Combating Imposter Phenomena in High School Students
This session will improve participant’s understanding of imposter phenomenon (a psychological phenomenon characterized by a feeling of persisting inadequacy despite evidence to the contrary) and its effect on the academic and social-emotional well-being of high school students. Data from research in the field will be utilized to explain the negative psychosocial outcomes of IP. Participants will also have learned how to apply brief CBT and other techniques in counseling scenarios.