NorCal Workshops - Feb 6

February 6, 2017    8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Burlingame, CA

Solution-Focused Counseling and Ethics and Law - in one day!

In response to requests to offer Northern California school counselors key training opportunities like their counter-parts in Southern California, and in celebration of National School Counseling Week 2017, CASC will be hosting concurrent sessions by two renowned authors, lecturers and national leaders in the school counseling profession. Dr. Linda Metcalf and Dr. Carolyn Stone will each provide 3-hours of dynamic training in Solution Focused Counseling and Legal and Ethical Concerns for Today’s School Counselors (respectively) at one low cost. Through presentation and in-class exercises, participants will strengthen their skill-sets markedly in these two vital areas. These workshops are designed to cater to both the novice and seasoned school counseling professional. Admission for CASC members is only $78, and $48 for current graduate student members. Each admission includes a catered lunch.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity of having both of these sought-after speakers in one place at one time! Space is limited so register today!

Counseling Toward Solutions II
Adding Narrative Counseling to Common School Problems

Have you ever gotten stuck with solution focused counseling and wondered if there was just one more question that might do the trick to bringing a hopeless student around? Maybe a student or parent was too emotional to conjure up a miracle or, was stuck because something in their life simply did not agree with their values.   Maybe the parent wanted to talk sincerely about the importance of a certain activity to her that was not important to their child.  And the teacher who felt her way was the only way, couldn't see that how she presented herself to her students caused the turmoil.  These very real situations occur often and while the solution focused approach offers a framework to building solutions, it sometimes needs a bit more...
This workshop will introduce how the solution focused counseling model and narrative counseling model can work together and show how the combination adds a rich, meaningful creative process to solving all kinds of school problems. Exercises and videos will  be presented so that the school counselor  gains skills to use the ideas with a variety of school concerns such as bullying, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, trauma and more.  Ideas for elementary, junior high and high school will be presented.  The result of combining the two models presents a sort of pallet of ideas to the school counselor to try when things seem hopeless, yet still utilizing the competencies of the school client.

The workshop is based on a new book, A Solution Focused Approach to Narrative Therapy, (Metcalf, L., 2017. Springer Publishers) which will be published in April, 2017.  During the workshop, handouts will be provided, along with videos illustrating the approach and discussions about how to use the ideas will be encouraged.

Linda Metcalf is a national leader and expert in Solution Focus Counseling. She is an author of eight books on solution-focused therapy and derives her expertise, in part, to her experience as a former school counselor. She is currently a Professor at Texas Wesleyan University.  We are fortunate to have her expertise as a sought-after trainer to thousands of counselors nationally and internationally.  She will provide workshop attendees with central concepts of solutions focused counseling that will help enhance their solution-focused counseling abilities with the students they serve.  

Legal Literacy and Ethical Practice in the Complex World of School Counseling

School counselors must negotiate the competing interests of the overregulated school environment, student’s need for confidentiality and the legal rights of parents to be the guiding voice in their children lives.   Updates on these competing interests will be discussed through 10 primary court rulings and the new 2016 ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors. Legal rulings and ethical practice will be highlighted in areas such as sexually active students, bullying, academic advising, child abuse, educational records, sexual harassment, first amendment rights, and transgender youth.  Particular attention will be given to the developing laws regarding off-campus cyber speech and other uses of social media that are difficult to address without offending the first amendment. Through case study and the application of federal, state, and judge made laws, participants will actively dialogue in a lively forum.  The goal is to facilitate participants’ legal literacy and provide guiding principles to support best ethical practice.

Carolyn Stone is a Professor of Counselor Educator at the University of North Florida where she teaches and researches in the area of legal and ethical issues for school counselors and school counselors impacting the opportunity, information and achievement gaps.  Prior to becoming a counselor educator in 1995, Carolyn spent 22 years with the Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, Florida where she served as a middle school teacher, elementary and high school counselor and Supervisor of Guidance for 225 counselors.  The University of North Florida recently bestowed their highest honor on Dr. Stone by naming her the 2016 Distinguished Professor.  Carolyn was the 2006 President of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and is in her fourteenth year as their Ethics Chair.  Dr. Stone has written the only book exclusively for school counselors on legal and ethical issues.  Dr. Stone was awarded the Mary Gerke Lifetime Achievement Award by ASCA in 2010 and the Bob Myrick Lifetime Achievement Award by the Florida School Counselor Association in 2012.  Carolyn is a past President of the Florida Counseling Association and the Florida Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors.  Carolyn has delivered over 500 workshops in all 50 states and 23 countries.  She has authored six books, dozens of journal articles and serves the courts as an expert witness in cases involving school counselors.  Her professional path in elementary and high school counseling, middle school teaching, Supervisor of Guidance for one of the nation’s largest school district, and counselor educator has prepared her with first hand experience and understanding of the professional world of school counselors.