Workshops/Presentations - Thursday Sessions

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

Session I - 9:40 am - 10:50 am

Self Care For Administrators Who are Getting Ready for the Future
Dr. Bobbi Alba, Professor, Azusa Pacific University
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
Jasmine Arellano-Najera, District School Counselor, Pomona Unified School District; Nichole Harris, School Counselor, Pomona Unified School District; Cesar Casarrubias, Director of Pupil Resources, Pomona Unified School District
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
Becky Love, Lead Professional Development Specialist, Hatching Results, LLC; Melissa Lafayette, Lead Professional Learning Specialist, Hatching Results, LLC
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
Monica Zavala Afshar, Adjunct Instructor, High School Counselor, California State University, Dominguez Hills, School and College Counseling Graduate Education Department, John H. Glenn High School
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”
Marisa Gaines, School Counselor, Day Creek Intermediate School; Chris Lowe, School Counselor, Murray Middle School, Sierra Sands Unified School District
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.”
Language Matters: Effectively Communicating Your Role and Skillset in Mental Health
Caroline Lopez-Perry, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School Counseling Program | ASEC Dept, College of Education, California State University Long Beach
Mental Health in Schools
The COVID-19 pandemic affected student mental health, triggering higher levels of anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems. This presentation will share recent findings from the “California State of Student Wellness Report” released by the ACLU California Action and The CSU Center to Close the Opportunity Gap. The report captures two years of survey responses from over 1,200 students across 23 counties and 46 California school districts. Participants will learn about the current state of student mental health and factors that prevent many from seeking the support they need. Recommendations and resources for improving access will be discussed.
Campus Racial Climate and the Social Emotional Health of Latino High School Students
Enrique Espinoza, Ph.D., School Counselor, Garden Grove Unified School District
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.
One School District’s Journey to Meeting the National School Counselor Ratios of 250:1 and How Other Districts Can Do the Same!
Sonia Llamas, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent, K-12 School Performance and Culture; Katy Castellanos, Director of College and Career Readiness; Rebecca Pianta, Ed.D., Coordinator of College and Career Readiness all of Santa Ana Unified School District
Advocacy and Accountability
Santa Ana Unified School District's historic journey to reduce the counselor-to-student ratios to 1:250 began a few years ago which included the building of a district-wide integrated wellness coordinated care and comprehensive school counseling programs aligned within a multi-tiered, multi-domain system of supports. Participants will learn how this effort unfolded and how Santa Ana is serving to exemplify the effectiveness of smaller caseloads in reaching desired student outcomes through integrated systems of support with wellness partners. Participants will also learn the process of advocating and aligning school counseling program goals within the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) data metrics and will walk away with practical strategies to reduce their counselor-to-student ratio.

Session II: 11:00 am - 12:10 pm

Using Data as an Advocacy Tool: Mid and End-Year Reports
Jordan Blevins, School Counselor, Stockton Unified School District; Jasmine Arellano-Najera, District School Counselor, Pomona Unified School District
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
Davina Santos, School Counselor, Palo Alto Unified School District; Lacosta Browning, School Counselor, Charter School of Morgan Hill;  Renya Hill, School Counselor, San José Unified School District
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
Jenna Mendez,  TK-12 District Foster Youth Counselor/Liaison, Corona-Norco Unified School District; Kara McDonnell, Elementary School Counselor, Corona-Norco Unified School District
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
Brandon Castro, School Counselor, Merced City School District; Tiffany Le, School Counselor, Santa Ana Unified School District; LaShonda Tillmon, School Counselor, Riverside Unified School District, Christiana Cobb-Dozier, School Counselor, Resolute Academy Charter School
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
Apple Education
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
Aubrey Uresti, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, San José State University; Suzy Thomas, Ph.D., Professor, Saint Mary's College of California
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
Frances Rose, School Counselor, Moreno Valley Unified School District; Ashley Holguin-Stiles, School Counselor, Moreno Valley Unified School District Amanda Fernandes, Assistant Principal, Moreno Valley Unified School District
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.
DOES ALL REALLY MEAN ALL? PROVE it with the FASFA/DREAM ACT Application as a Graduation Requirement
Rae Dunn, Coordinator Secondary Education, Robin Ellison, Counselor, Rancho Verde High School,  Mark LeNoir, Assistant Superintendent, Education Services - Val Verde Unified School District
Evidence-Based and Best Practices
Want to empower educators, counselors, students, and families? We believe you can through having ALL students filling out a FASFA/DREAM ACT Application. Join Val Verde USD as we share our journey from 2017 to the present time as we continue to develop a robust FASFA/DREAM ACT Application Support System. This journey will create a roadmap that others can follow to add a FASFA/DREAM ACT Application Support System to their districts, while identifying barriers, monitor progress, and address a district’s current reality.

Session III: 2:50 pm - 4:00 pm

Enhancing Family Partnerships with Appreciative Inquiry
Becky Love, Lead Professional Development Specialist, Hatching Results, LLC
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
Cynthia Walker, Head School Counselor, Dublin High School, Dublin Unified School District; Krista Taylor, Educational Services, Vacaville Unified School District
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
Diana Camilo, Assistant Professor, CSU San Bernardino; Laura Owen, Executive Director, Center For Equity And Postsecondary Attainment, SDSU; Marisa Adams, School Counseling Graduate Student, CSUSB
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
Randee Kirkemo, Ed.D., Program Coordinator & Assistant Professor, Chapman University
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
Lezya Weglarz, Board Chair, CASC; Josh Godinez, Past Board Chair, CASC; Jeannine Topalian, Psy.D., CASP Immediate Past-President; Melissa Wood, CASP President; Paul Brazzel, Past President, 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.
The Kids Are Not Alright: COVID-19 and Student Mental Health
Caroline Lopez-Perry, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School Counseling Program | ASEC Dept, College of Education, California State University Long Beach; Amir Whitaker, Senior Policy Counsel, ACLU of Southern California
Mental Health in Schools
The COVID-19 pandemic affected student mental health, triggering higher levels of anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems. This presentation will share recent findings from the “California State of Student Wellness Report” released by the ACLU California Action and The CSU Center to Close the Opportunity Gap. The report captures two years of survey responses from over 1,200 students across 23 counties and 46 California school districts. Participants will learn about the current state of student mental health and factors that prevent many from seeking the support they need. Recommendations and resources for improving access will be discussed.
Maximizing your A-G Course List
Lori Narahara, College and Career Engagement Specialist, Tulare County Office of Education; Sarah White, District Counselor, Madera Unified School District
College and Career Readiness
As the landscape for postsecondary pathways continues to evolve, research supports the important role that A-G course completion plays in college and career preparedness. This session will help participants utilize their site or district’s A-G course list as a tool for creating equitable outcomes for students. Participants will learn tips for navigating the course management portal, how to strategically plan for upcoming courses, and how to maximize opportunities for students to graduate high school college and career ready. Participants will have an opportunity to personalize the learning from the session by examining their own A-G processes and current course lists in order to identify areas for improvement. Participants are encouraged to bring computers to this session. Slide decks and activities will be shared.
Preventing Targeted Violence
Jodi Traversaro, City and County of San Francisco, Bay Area Urban Areas Security Initiative ; Arlene Macias, U.S Secret Service and Molly Henricks, LMFT and School Threat Assessment and Management Lead, San Mateo County Office of Education
Safe and Supportive Schools
Attendees will have an enhanced awareness about the threats we face, given the increased/complex an evolving threat of school shootings and privately made firearms. Our shared goal is to prevent loss of life and provide interventions before an incident occurs. The audience will be given scenarios to work through to determine the threat level and possible responses/interventions.

*Subject to change