Pre-Conference Sessions - Sunday, November 6, 2016

The following Pre-Conference Sessions were offered Sunday, November 6, 2016.

Are You Ready for College & Career Readiness?

Presented by: Steve Irvin, Student Success Advisor and Brittania Morey, Director of Communications - Iowa College Access Network

Are you looking to improve your knowledge and skills in the college and career readiness? Are you looking for tools and resources to help your students plan for and make informed decisions about life after high school? This pre-conference session will explore what college and career readiness is all about. We will take a look at readiness at each level, elementary, middle, and secondary, and explore tools and resources you can use to engage your students in the planning process. Join us for an interactive discussion on how to integrate these concepts into your school counseling program, and how to engage not only your students, but parents and colleagues as well.  This session is intended to be practical and also to allow participants to have work time to begin to outline how the concepts, tools, and discussion points can be integrated into your counseling program.

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Weighing In: Reshaping the School Counselor's Role in Eating Disorder Prevention

Presented by: Ann Christiansen, Elementary School Counselor - Madrid & Ogden Community Schools

This session will debunk common myths about eating disorders and teach you how to recognize them in your schools.  You will learn strategies for eating disorder prevention and acquire practical tools for working with students affected by eating disorders.

Find out about the hot topics involving social media, eating disorder legislation, fitness trackers, alternatives to BMI measurement in schools, orthorexia and exercise bulimia, and eating disorders among boys and the LGBTQ community.  The session will conclude with a panel discussion and an opportunity for Q&A.

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Trauma-Sensitive Schools

Presented by: Jen Alexander (MA, NCC, SBRPT), Co-Lead of Attachement & Trauma Networks' Trauma Sensititve Schools Task Force/School Counselor - Cedar Falls Schools

Childhood trauma affects at least one in four students in every single classroom across the nation and can negatively impact students’ behavior, learning and overall success. This workshop, led by an experienced school counselor, will help participants define what trauma is, identify the common causes of childhood trauma, understand how trauma may affect youth at school and learn ready­ to implement strategies for creating school environments marked by trauma­ sensitivity.

The hand­out linked here is one that will be used in the training.

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Ideas, Encouragement, and Resources for New School Counselors and Graduate Students

Presented by Sue Schirmer, Professional Learning & Leadership Consultant - Heartland AEA

School counselors can't do it alone. Come! Learn some ways to engage your school adminstrators, teachers, parents, and community members in shaping your school counseling program and asking, "Is it good for kids?"

Designing, organizing, and implementing a comprehensive school counseling program can be an intimidating task. This session will provide participants with the opportunity to learn how The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) has changed school counseling from a service to a program. Participants will learn how to focus their skills and energy in order to maximize their program's effectiveness and ensure that meeting students' needs is at the center of all decisions...Sitting Bull said "We must put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children."

This session is especially for new counselors and graduate students. It will offer mentoring possibilities, resources, materials, and personal support!

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