Workshops/Presentations - Friday Sessions

Below are the sessions that will be presented on Friday, October 7th*:
 

School Counselor Mentorship
Advocacy and Accountability
The goal of this presentation is to showcase the idea of how veteran school counselors can mentor new school counselors to get them acclimated to their new job, school, and district. The presentation will consist of how CNUSD has already implemented the Mentor/Mentee program and the success that have come from it along with data collected along the way. It will also include ideas for how to get started and possible meeting topics.
 
Empower Students with Career Self-Management Skills
College and Career Readiness
Counselors will learn how they can use the California Department of Education California Career Resource Network program’s free online and mobile career exploration tools to strengthen a student’s self-concept by equipping them with the career self-management skills necessary to identify and pursue a chosen life-work path. Presentation will primarily be a live demonstration of online resources. Attendees will receive a handout providing resource summary information and links to all resources.
 
Tier 2 PBIS Intervention: Service Learning on the Green Team
Evidence-Based and Best Practices
Tier 2 interventions for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports include counseling groups and psycho-educational groups, Check-In Check Out, and service learning opportunities, the last of which is heavily underutilized. Service Learning develops a student's sense of duty to the community, impacts a wider purpose, and helps them gain new knowledge and skills, strengthening the protective factors tied to resilience. The Green Team Service Learning Projects related to caring for the environment, galvanizing students to develop a sense of their own ability to make an impact as well as providing an introduction to environmental justice and practices.
 
Culturally Relevant Multi-Tiered System of Supports for Mental Health
Mental Health in Schools
As schools continue to address the heightened mental health needs of students as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the growing attention on racial inequity, there is a continued need for school counselors to provide adequate systems of support for their students. This webinar will discuss the current mental health state of youth in K-12 schools, including the continuous impact of racism on the mental health of Black, Indigenous, students of color. Participants of this workshop will walk away with a comprehensive understanding of current mental health trends among adolescents and strategies to implement culturally relevant multi-tiered interventions.
 
Counselors as Leaders: The Compass to Whole Child Wellbeing
Safe and Supportive Schools
School counselors are the center of the student universe, experts at reading the multi directional compass of Whole Child wellbeing. Carrying this responsibility is as daunting as it is fulfilling and we are stronger and more effective when we embrace our powerful role as irreplaceable leaders. The education ecosystem needs our leadership and resistance can be navigated with small shifts that will bridge barriers with your leadership and colleagues while expanding your impact for all students.
 
An Overview of the Protective Factors Index: A Brief & Validated Measure of Social-Emotional Competencies
Advocacy and Accountability
Although school counselors’ collaboration with teachers on students’ social-emotional development often helps facilitate academic success, few efficient methods exist to routinely collect related data. In this session we will describe the development, implementation, and validation of the Protective Factors Index (PFI), a brief teacher rating of student social-emotional competencies. We will provide an overview of the instrument and share the multiple ways the PFI can and has been used.
 
Beyond Allyship: Advocacy for LGBTQ+ Students
Advocacy and Accountability
Research conducted by national LGBTQ+ organizations and climate surveys demonstrates LGBTQ+ youth face discrimination and barriers in K-12 schools. Beyond allyship, we aim to give recommendations for systemic advocacy in support of LGBTQ+ students. The presentation will cover an overview of LGBTQ+ terms, common issues faced by LGBTQ+ students, LGBTQ+ student rights, recommendations for advocacy in support of LGBTQ+ students, and resources which will be distributed digitally.
 
Building from the Ground Up: Transitioning from High School to Elementary School Counseling
Evidence-Based and Best Practices
After 5 years working as a high school counselor, I was transferred to an elementary school that had never had a full time counselor before. Transitioning from one level to another can be overwhelming and confusing, but building a program from the ground up even more so. This session will include tools and resources that helped me during my 1st year as an elementary counselor, advice I received, and tips and tricks to improve your program, whether you’re in your 1st year or an expert!
 
Seven Narrative Counseling Techniques to Support Youth in Schools
Mental Health in Schools
Come learn about school-based narrative counseling, an effective, strengths-focused approach in working with diverse young people to navigate life’s problems while honoring the unique expertise of their own lived experience. Through interactive activities and experiential role-play, participants will develop a practical understanding of how to use narrative counseling’s most popular and effective evidence-based techniques. Beginner or more seasoned, all practitioner levels are welcome!
 
Elementary Level Tier 1 Interventions
Safe and Supportive Schools
During this session, presenters will share strategies for school counselors on how to deliver various tier 1 level interventions. The presentation will include examples of classroom instruction and school-wide initiatives for every domain. Attendees will receive access to a Google drive folder with resources that will aid their school sites in delivering tier 1 interventions of their own.
 
Proactive Strategies To Combat Hate And Bias In Schools and Increase Cross Cultural Unity
Social Justice and Equity
Engage in learning tier one classroom lessons to promote an inclusive school culture. Create a proactive plan to respond to and combat hate and bias in school. Understand the impact of hate and bias incidents in schools and mental health. *Strategies from the Antiracist Counseling In Schools and Communities (2022) will be utilized.
 
School Counselors as Leaders in Equity, Access, and Outcomes
Social Justice and Equity
As legislation is changing across the nation determining how education is allowed to address gender, race, and other "divisive" issues, school counselors need to feel equipped to advocate for all students and our profession. In this session, participants will learn to justify the role of a school counselor in social justice and equity work and incorporate the work into a comprehensive school counseling program, such as classroom lessons, parent workshops, and staff professional development.
 
Let’s Go Back to the Future and Develop your Leadership and Advocacy Skills for Student Success
Advocacy and Accountability
Whether you are a new or an experienced school counselor, it is always valuable to build your leadership potential and advocacy skills for not only your students, but also for the school counseling profession. Move your program to the next level by focusing on strategies and best practices around the ASCA themes of leadership, advocacy, collaboration and systemic change. The ability to develop and embed these themes into your program can elevate your program so it is better aligned to work collaboratively with all stakeholders, in a position to lead school-wide and district-wide initiatives, and incorporate the voice of strong student advocates so the student perspective is always the centralized focus. What are you waiting for? Your students and profession are ready for you to reach your full leadership and advocacy potential to offer best practices that are truly supportive of student success. Come join us for this interactive, high intensity session that will provide you with practical solutions for you and your students.
 
Helping Students Discover Their Ikigai
College and Career Readiness
Now, more than ever, school counselors have an opportunity to reengage students in education in a meaningful way. Supporting students in discovering their ikigai, a Japanese word meaning “reason for being” or "life purpose" is at the heart of the work of a school counselor. The concept of ikigai can serve as a powerful compass to help students navigate college, career and life decisions. Discover strategies to support students in identifying what they love to do, what they are good at, what the world needs, and what they can get paid to do. Walk away with resources to take all college and career lessons to a deeper and more meaningful level. I will be sharing a resource list and digital folder aligning with the different components that make up ikigai.
 
Using the Science of HOPE to Support Students
Evidence-Based and Best Practices
Did you know that HOPE impacts not only well being, self-worth, and life satisfaction, but also student engagement and academic achievement? HOPE can actually be measured, taught, and nurtured in K-12 school communities, as demonstrated through over 2,000 evidence-based studies! This session will explore the application of Dr. Hellman’s work, which is timely and actionable for school counselors via Tier 1 & 2 student instruction. Walk away with FREE tools to nurture and measure HOPE!
 
Supporting Wellness and Inclusion Through the Implementation of School-Based Peer Mentoring Programs
Mental Health in Schools
In this interactive session attendees will learn about the benefits of one-to-one and group peer mentoring programs to support wellness and inclusion initiatives. They will also experience sample training activities and receive best practices outlining essential elements required for successful program implementation. By the end of the presentation attendees will have helpful tools to bolster mental health, equity and inclusion, and positive youth development within their respective communities.
 
Excel Toward Equity: Simple Spreadsheet Power Tools You Can Use Now
Social Justice and Equity
Counselors are asked to be data experts and not always trained to use powerful tools like Sheets and Excel to pull that off--so the simple spreadsheet power tools you'll learn here help build your efficacy and efficiency with data to be the equity warrior you want to be. This session will offer hands-on, down-to-earth Excel/Sheets instruction that will have you saying, “Whoa! I can do that?!” Counselors will learn techniques to: Select students for data-based Tier 2 interventions by using sort and filter; Reveal equity gaps by disaggregating data using basic formulas; Track needs, interventions, special programs and progress for all students with a powerful tool for combining data from multiple sheets into one; and review and report student mindsets/behaviors and outcomes using graphs.
 
From 0 to 3 Elementary School Counselors in One Year: How One District was Able to Reduce the Student-to-Counselor Ratio
Evidence-Based and Best Practices
The need for equity in education does not begin in intermediate and secondary school, so then why do students typically have access to school counselors until then? At the start of the 2021-2022 school year Santa Ana Unified School District hired school counselors at every level with a plan to provide all students with a 250:1 school counselor ratio, which introduced school counseling programs to elementary schools in the district for the first time. In this presentation, we will share data and our vision for the impact that our work as elementary school counselors will have on student learning outcomes and educational equity when a multi-tiered multi-domain system of support is implemented.
 


More to come!

*Subject to change