Workshops/Presentations - Thursday Sessions

Below are the sessions that will be presented on Thursday, October 6th*:

Using Data as an Advocacy Tool: Mid and End-Year Reports
Advocacy and Accountability
The goal of this session is to showcase how mid-year and end of the year reports can be used as advocacy tools to support your comprehensive school counseling program and role. By providing examples of mid-year and end-of-the year reports used in Stockton Unified School District and Pomona Unified School district, attendees will be able to see first hand how these types of reports can advocate for appropriate use of school counselors and the need for our role within the school. Attendees will be provided with templates to start developing their own reports upon returning to their school sites.
Designing and Running Effective Student Groups
Evidence-Based and Best Practices
This workshop will provide participants with the practical knowledge to design, implement, and assess effective student groups in any counseling domain. The focus will be on methods for identifying site based student needs, recruiting/soliciting student participation, designing/selecting curriculum, and assessing effectiveness of group intervention. Participants will be provided with access to a shared Google folder of resources to utilize.
Today's Foster Youth: How to Create a Comprehensive Foster Youth Support Program on Your Campus
Safe and Supportive Schools
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, mentorships, district and community outreach, career readiness, resources, and how to build meaningful relationships for this at-risk population. Financial limitations/options, and ideas for all grade levels will be discussed.
Steps to Becoming an Anti-Racist School Counselor: Voices from the Field
Social Justice and Equity
In this session, panelists will discuss the newly released guide, “Becoming an Anti-Racist School Counselor,” created by members of CASC’s Social Justice, Equity, and Anti-Racism Committee. Panelists will share strategies and experiences of implementing anti-racist school counseling practices at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Attendees will receive access to the digital guide, “Becoming an Anti-Racist School Counselor.”
Preparing Students for a Mobile World
College and Career Readiness
At Apple, we believe that great technology in the hands of many can change the world. And that begins with empowering every student with great learning experiences that are connected, collaborative, creative, and personal. We see these principles at work in the most innovative schools, the workplace, and the world. Join us to explore what’s possible with Apple technology in learning and discuss strategies for building the future of learning.
Empowering Ourselves and Our Students: School-based Suicide Prevention and Intervention Strategies
Mental Health in Schools
Suicide is a mental health issue that affects people of all ages and backgrounds. The scope of practice of school counselors includes suicide prevention and intervention through education, screening, and support. Come to this session to learn or revisit basic principles of suicide assessment, understand warning signs and underlying issues related to suicidal ideation, gain tools to support students and families, incorporate self-care, discover resources, and practice intervention strategies.
Creating an Effective Administrator-Counselor Relationship to Promote Success for ALL Students
School Administrators
This session is designed to promote and strengthen the dynamics of the Administrator/Counselor relationship. Through the review of the ASCA National Model and in collaboration with components of College Board’s 10 Characteristics of an Effective Principal-Counselor Relationship, you will gain a better understanding of how Administrators and Counselors can collaborate to help all students SUCCEED.
Enhancing Family Partnerships with Appreciative Inquiry
School Administrators
Student outcomes are tremendously impacted by the degree to which families and school staff work together. Appreciative Inquiry is an evidence-based approach administrators and school counselors can employ to identify services that families value and appreciate the most in terms of developing their child’s academic, college/career and social emotional strengths. Consider Appreciative Inquiry as an inclusive and strengths based approach to systemic change. Actionable resources provided!
We are Better Together - School Counselor and Administration Collaboration
School Administrators
The goal of this workshop is to show collaboration between school counselors and administrators can build and create effective school programs and student interventions. Both positions play a vital part in creating a school environment that meets the needs of their students. Strategies and examples will be shared to help participants identify areas where collaboration compliments each other’s roles and effectively benefits the students and school community. Participants will have an opportunity to strategize for their individual school sites and share ideas via a Google document.
Finding Our Way Forward Out of the Pandemic: Lessons Learned from Understanding Covid-Melt
College and Career Readiness
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a national crisis of educational disruption and disengagement across the P-16 pipeline. This session will focus on direct high school to college enrollment, persistence, and completion. The presenters conducted surveys with local San Diego and Inland Empire students to acquire a deeper understanding of the unique needs they face and compared these findings with a national survey sample. The presenters will share what was learned from the students and a set of recommendations for all school counselors who assist students with postsecondary planning during and after the pandemic. Resources will be shared.
Hearing Their Voices. Honoring Their Journeys. Educational Journeys of Continuation School Youth & K-12 School Counselor Support
Evidenced-Based and Best Practices
“Learning from my journey and where I came from and the whole adversity I overcame... I learned that I do matter and that my story matters (Anthony, 2019)." Continuation school counselors often encounter incredible students who have fostered resilient, hopeful futures for themselves despite the traumas of their past. Join me as I share the K-12 educational journeys (testimonials) of eight remarkable continuation school graduates, now college students. Learn from their stories about how the trauma they experienced impacted their education and the role of educators along their journey. This includes shining a positive light on their continuation schools regarding them as hopeful, family-like environments. Hear more about their perspectives surrounding the role of school counselors within their K-12 journey, and what school counselors can do to support students with a history of trauma. Lastly, their reflective message of resilience will bring empowering awareness regarding the strength of the self in overcoming trauma. Recommendations for supporting At-Promise Youth, including practical takeaways, will be shared along with a call to action for school counselors. The goal of this session is to both uplift the stories of continuation school youth, and recognize the power and privilege school counselors have to impact change within this population of students.
PPS Presidential Townhall: CASC, CASP, & CASSW
Advocacy and Accountability
Leaders from the California Association of School Counselors, the California Association of School Psychologists, and the California Association of School Social Workers come together on a panel to discuss collaborative efforts with advocacy, celebrations, and forecasting where our united efforts will be concentrated looking ahead. Come engage, so that you are up to date with all matters related to California school counseling and our pupil personnel services partners. Attendees will walk away able to discuss the power of the Pupil Personnel Services collective, be able to ask industry related questions, and be able to discuss positions taken and future concerns for our professional collective.
Wellness Education Lab: Free Online Mental Health Platform for Your Students, Staff, & Parents/Guardians
Mental Health in Schools
Learn about the FREE online mental health training for your students (13+), site staff, and parents/guardians (English & Spanish available). This breakout session provides a full overview of the research-based, 60-90 minute asynchronous training for immediate use in schools, homes, and communities. The Wellness Education Lab is a platform providing culturally-responsive and practical mental health training created by trusted clinicians, in partnership with the California Department of Education.
Self Care For Administrators Who are Getting Ready for the Future
School Administrators
Administrators are called upon to be educational leaders in the face of tragedies such as the loss of a student or staff members, school-wide threats, and crisis. Admin provides psychological first aid and emotional care, but they often do not apply those skills to their own lives. Administrators need the 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.
Journey towards a District-wide Comprehensive School Counseling Program
Advocacy and Accountability
Attendees will learn how to transform their current program into a data-driven comprehensive school counseling program that supports ALL students across the district. Learn about the nine year journey that Pomona Unified School Counseling Department has taken in their efforts towards implementing a district-wide K-12 comprehensive program. Resources will include the School Counseling Department Handbook, an ASCA aligned implementation guide, and other resources to get your district started.
Increase College & Career Readiness Using Tier 2 Root Cause Surveys to Capture Student Voice
College and Career Readiness
This session will take a deep dive into Tier 2 strategies for students needing a differentiated approach in identifying a postsecondary plan and enrollment in appropriate a-g, CTE, and Honors courses. Best practice is to start with a Root Cause Survey in order for the school counselor to identify the most appropriate intervention and to afford students an opportunity to be heard! Please join us for creative and successful Root Cause Survey development and analysis of data! Free resources will be provided!
Creating Effective School Counseling Core Curriculum Lessons to Promote Student Success and Data Outcomes
Evidence-Based and Best Practices
This session will focus on creating effective school counseling lessons that align with the ASCA Student Standards: Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success. Participants will learn how to utilize their lessons to teach students the essential knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to promote student success and improve data outcomes. A checklist with the 12 components of an effective school counseling lesson was adapted from Dr. Lopez-Perry and Dr. Mason will be distributed (Lopez-Perry, Caroline & Mason, E.. (2018). School Counselors as Curricular Leaders: A Content Analysis of ASCA Lesson Plans. Professional School Counseling. 21.)
“The Cutting Challenge: America’s Self-Injury Epidemic”
Mental Health in Schools
The goal of this session is to address the topic of self-injury among students. Attendee’s can expect to receive information about the statistical and emerging trends that are perpetuating youth self-injury, what self-harm is, warning signs, the typical course that self-harm takes, self-harm versus suicide, and much more pertinent information that will improve school counselors awareness. The information presented should serve as a guide to assist school counselors by providing background knowledge and preparedness to consult with students and their families about this complex trend among students that is becoming more prevalent at an alarming rate. Participants will also learn about how the social media platform has been involved in encouraging youth to accept and replicate self-harm “challenges.”
Life Skills: What Every Student Needs
Safe and Supportive Schools
Communicating effectively. Making good decisions. Setting and achieving goals. These are essential skills that everyone must learn in order to succeed in life. But how do we teach these skills effectively, and what resources are available to us? This workshop will explore the impact of teaching students life skills, model best practices through hands-on activities, and explain how to partner with colleagues and caregivers to reinforce skill development in all areas of a student’s life.
Campus Racial Climate and the Social Emotional Health of Latino High School Students
Social Justice and Equity
This presentation introduces school counselors to the concept of Latinx Critical Race Theory (LatCrit) as a lens to help understand the racist experiences that Latino students encounter on school campus and how it influences their mental health. This presentation will provide an overview of a study done at a southern California high school where student interviews revealed the ways in which overt and covert forms of racism manifested. Using LatCrit, the four layers of racism will be presented, followed with a discussion on how it affects the mental state of Latino students. Lastly, attendees will walk away with steps for implementing support for Latinos at their respective schools.

More to come!

*Subject to change