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Conference 2017

ANNUAL CONFERENCE FEB. 21-23, 2017


Preconference Workshops Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017
Full-Day WorkshopsHalf-Day Workshops


Full-Day Preconference Workshop

February 21, 2017
Full Day Preconference Workshops

Dr. Trish Hatch

“The Use of Data in School Counseling” (K-12)
Dr. Trish Hatch

Dr. Trish Hatch, Professor, San Diego State University, Founder of the Center for Excellence in School Counseling and Leadership (SDSU), Co-author of the ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs (ASCA, 2003; 2005).

This full-day workshop is designed to provide participants with the attitudes, knowledge, and skills to utilize data to design, implement, evaluate, and improve their school counseling programs.  Dr. Trish Hatch will cover segments from her new best-selling text: The Use of Data in School Counseling: Hatching Results for Students, Programs, and the Profession (2014).  Aligned with current research in evidence-based practice and the ASCA standards, this essential “must have” resource includes a complete set of user-friendly tools and templates for data collection, analysis, action planning, and reporting.   
 
Attendees will increase their knowledge and understanding of:
·       The improving and changing role of today’s professional school counselor.
·       The value of using data to drive decisions and improve programs and outcomes for students.
·       The many types of data school counselors use, including achievement, achievement-related, process, perception, and outcome data.
·       How to design core curriculum action plans aligned to standards and academic mindsets.
·       How to design data driven intentional/closing the gap systemic interventions and action plans.
·       How to design pre-post tests and other results-based accountability tools.
·       How to measure, utilize, and share school counseling program results using the Flashlight Approach© and other advocacy tools.
 
Purchase of the text is highly recommended, but not required, as it serves as the training manual and will help to ensure that attendees have a quality experience. Attendees who already have the text are advised to bring it with them, as it replaces handouts for this session.

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Mark Kuranz

“Get started with the ASCA National Model”  (K-12)
Mark Kuranz

Get started with the ASCA National Model. This workshop reviews The ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs and outlines the components of a comprehensive school counseling program. Participants will:

  • Understand the profession’s shift from a focus on the school counselor to a focus on a school counseling program
  • Articulate the core components of a school counseling program
  • Conceptualize a first step for model implementation
  • Identify resources for use in model implementation

Half Day Morning Preconference Workshops

February 21, 2017
Half Day Preconference Workshops - Morning

February 21, 2017       9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Scott Neubauer

Identifying and Addressing Trauma Part I: Identifying Abuse (K-12)
Scott Neubauer, MPA  – Thirty-five years in law enforcement and ten years as a criminal justice instructor.

 We highly recommend signing up for Part I (morning) and Part II (afternoon) of the Identifying and Addressing Trauma session. Part I will help to educate professionals about early identification, reporting and investigation of physical and sexual abuse of children. Actual photos and case studies designed to help differentiate injuries caused by child abuse from those caused by accidents will be presented. Additionally we will discuss substantiate rates of child abuse in Wisconsin and in the Midwest and examine the role of school counselors in helping address this problem.  As part of the sexual abuse portion of the training we will discuss the red flags that indicate child sexual abuse and introduce UW-Whitewater research on identifying children who have been sexually abused through their art. We will also suggest ways to report child abuse that have the best opportunity for successful substantiation.
 
Learning Objectives:
·      Recognize the indicators of child abuse.
·      Differentiate between accidental and intentional child abuse injuries through the use of photos of abused children.
·      Recognize and respond appropriately when children are disclosing abuse and neglect.
·      Recognize who are mandated reporters and the training required for mandated reporters.
·      Evaluate the effectiveness of reporting by mandated reporters and non-mandated reporters through the substantiation rates in WI and in the other Midwestern states.
·      Integrate understandings of best practices for successfully reporting physical and sexual abuse. 
·      Recognize the usefulness of children’s art in identifying sexual abuse among children.
·      Encouraging a continued dialogue on solving child abuse.


 February 21, 2017      9:30 - 12:30 pm

 

Gregg Curtis
Robin Kroyer-Kubicek
“Academic and Career Planning 303:Focusing on 'How'"
(6-12)
Gregg Curtis and Robin Kroyer-Kubicek 

Academic and Career Planning services (ACPs) are required to be delivered to all students in grades 6-12 beginning in fall 2017. While the past two years have focused on “What” ACPs are and “Why” they are important for student success, the focus of this pre-conference sectional is “How” to do it. Through the use of sample practices collected from the 25 ACP Pilot Schools, the professional development materials created through the DPI/UW-Center on Education and Work partnership, resources developed by the National Center for College and Career Transitions (NC3T), and DPI’s new instructional database WISElearn, this presentation will help districts to identify, vet, submit, and collect materials to use with students, school staff, and other partners as they move toward district-wide ACP implementation.


 


 February 21, 2017       9:30 - 12:30 pm 

Elizabeth Cook

Wisconsin’s Framework for School Mental Health: An Introduction" (K-12)
Elizabeth Cook


In Wisconsin, it is estimated that one in five children and adolescents experience a significant mental health issue that impairs their functioning in the community, at home, or in school. Symptoms of student mental health issues are wide ranging and can include behavioral outbursts, disengagement from friends and usual activities, problems with grades and school attendance, substance use and abuse, and thoughts or attempts of suicide.  In an effort to reverse this trend, the Department of Public Instruction, in coordination with various stakeholder groups, developed the Wisconsin School Mental Health Framework (The Framework).
 
By the end of the session, participants will have gained knowledge about the various aspects of The Framework.  Additionally, the session will explore how best to:
·       Shift the perspective of student behavior from ‘kids do well if they want to’ to ‘kids do well if they can’
·       Braid aspects of The Framework into existing Multi-level Systems of Support
·       Implement strategies found within The Framework in a way that’s meaningful and manageable to your school
·       Utilize resources created by the Department of Public Instruction in the areas of:

o   Trauma Sensitive Schools
o   Social Emotional Learning as a Universal Strategy
o   Resiliency
o   Emotional Regulation
o   Creating Memorandum of Understandings 



February 21, 2017       9:30 - 12:30 pm 

Steve Yaun

Using Career Cruising to Lead ACP Development from the Counselor Perspective"  (6-12)
Steve Yaun

Bring your laptops to this sectional for hands-on advanced training on key components of the Career Cruising system used by students and educators.  We’ll dig deeper into the many tools and capabilities in the ACP section of Career Cruising and how counselors can use these tools with their students and parents. 

A section on the Career Advisor Management System will provide deeper knowledge of functional capabilities in the administrative management component of Career Cruising and the counselor’s role in using them.  We’ll hear from counselors about how they are using these tools and we encourage you to bring your ideas and questions to share with the sectional participants.

We’ll explore the Inspire business and education platform that integrates into Career Cruising, learn about the tools in Inspire that students can use to learn about employers in their communities and in Wisconsin that are aligned to the students’ career interests, and, how the students can dialogue through Inspire with adult volunteer career coaches and connect with employer for work-based learning opportunities such as job shadows, internships, summer part-time work, tours, apprenticeships and more.  We’ll discuss the counselor’s role in supporting Inspire in the communities in which it is deployed.

A panel of middle and high school counselors from small and large school districts around the state will share and discuss best practice implementation and usage strategies from the counselor’s point of view and ample time will be provided for questions for the panelists from the sectional participants.  Participants will also have the opportunity to work in small groups for discussing the counselor’s role in using and leading Career Cruising for ACP and developing implementing and usage strategies that will fit their district's unique needs and work best for them and their students.  We encourage participants to bring their ideas and also any challenges or obstacles they have had to deal with and/or are trying to overcome in deploying Career Cruising in their school buildings as part of their Academic and Career Planning models.  We’ll also be focusing discussion time on ideas and practices for engaging parents in the process.

We’ll close out the session by hearing some students share what the ACP and Career Cruising experience has meant to them.

 


February 21, 2017      9:30 - 12:30 pm

Carri Hale

Cultural Competency: Deeper Conversations about Race and Equity" (K-12 and Post-Secondary)
Carrie Hale

 Cultural Competency is so important within the role of school counselors.  As school counselors, our own lens and perception has the power the help advocate for students; it also has the power to unknowingly contribute to institutionalized racism.  It is imperative that we learn how to have courageous conversations about who we perceive ourselves to be and how we perceive those who are different from us.  If we are to truly help ALL students be successful academically, socially and in their future college and careers, we must advocate for the whole student and their inherent potential to find greatness. 
 
This session will go beyond the surface of understanding white privilege, institutionalized racism, and internal bias.  We will spend our time together digging into a deeper conversation about how these realities impact the lives of students in our schools.  This will be a hands on, courageous conversations about race and equity.  School counselors have a responsibility to be advocates for all students and change agents against institutionalized racism.  With current events across the country, our students now more than ever need us to be present for them and to try to understand the impact of these events on their lives both in and out of school.

 

Half Day Preconference Workshops - Afternoon  

February 21, 2017      1:30 - 4:30 pm

Identifying and Addressing Trauma Part II: Working with Students Who Have Trauma Histories" (K-12)

We highly recommend signing up for Part I (morning) and Part II (afternoon) of the Identifying and Addressing Trauma session. Now that you know the subtleties of identification and reporting, the second part of this presentation will help you to know how to respond to students who have been abused.  You will learn about the psychological impact of abuse and how it can be exhibited in the classroom. We will examine the impact of trauma on neurobiology and the learning process. Most importantly you will learn what you can do as a counselor to address trauma and maximize learning for students.  Often the problematic students are students who have been victims of abuse. While sometimes educators are shocked by the backgrounds of students who seem to always excel. Learning to approach children from a trauma-informed lens will shift how you react to children’s behavior, provide a healthier school environment, and enhance learning opportunities.
 
Learning objectives:
·           Understand the impact of attachment on development.
·           Understand the disruption of development brought on by child abuse and neglect.
·           Examine the cognitive, emotional, and neurodevelopmental concerns related to childhood trauma.
·           Discuss helpful interventions for educators, mental health professionals, and other significant adults in a traumatized child’s life.
·           Examine specific responses to enable a healthier school environment and more effective learning. 


February 21, 2017      1:30 - 4:30 pm

Katrina Eisfeldt
Eric Mueller

Interactive Hands-On Technology Instruction for School Counselors" (6-12)
Katrina Eisfeldt and Eric Mueller


Have you always wanted to use more technology but were unsure where to start or how to begin the process? Come participate in this hand’s-on pre-conference workshop on the integration of technology into a comprehensive school counseling program. It doesn’t matter if you have never signed onto Google Docs before or don’t even have a Facebook Account.  We will walk you through each and every process from start to finish. 
 
This experiential program will focus on a variety of technology including but not limited to social media (Facebook, Twitter, Remind, Instagram), Google Apps for Education, including Google Drive, Sites, Classroom and so much more. Prior to the pre-conference workshop we will send out a survey for specific input on the technologies that we will spend additional time exploring and setting up for your building.   
 
What you need to participate: Patience!  With everyone at a different stage in the technology process this will be both group and individual instruction. 


 


February 21, 2017      1:30 - 4:30 pm

Gregg Curtis
Robin Kroyer-Kubicek 

Academic and Career Planning 101/202: Beginning & Continuing the Journey" (6-12)
Gregg Curtis, Robin Kroyer-Kubicek, and ACP Pilot Schools 

Academic and Career Planning services (ACPs) are required to be delivered to all students in grades 6-12 beginning in fall 2017. While most schools have many ACP components and opportunities in place for some students, the “trip” to move beyond random acts of career development to an integrated, personalized journey for each student will require a systems approach. This presentation will help districts to begin and/or continue their own journeys toward district-wide ACP implementation by providing some foundational information on “What” ACPs are, “Why” they are important for students’ success, and initial steps in creating the infrastructure necessary for systematic ACP implementation. Further, attendees will also hear directly from ACP Pilot Schools, who will describe their work during the pilot year; including lessons learned, activities they completed, and strategies they used to plan and implement foundational ACP processes.



 

February 21, 2017      1:30 - 4:30 pm

Steve Yaun

"Using Career Cruising to Lead ACP Development from the Counselor Perspective" (6-12)
Steve Yaun 

Bring your laptops to this sectional for hands-on advanced training on key components of the Career Cruising system used by students and educators.  We’ll dig deeper into the many tools and capabilities in the ACP section of Career Cruising and how counselors can use these tools with their students and parents. 

A section on the Career Advisor Management System will provide deeper knowledge of functional capabilities in the administrative management component of Career Cruising and the counselor’s role in using them.  We’ll hear from counselors about how they are using these tools and we encourage you to bring your ideas and questions to share with the sectional participants.

We’ll explore the Inspire business and education platform that integrates into Career Cruising, learn about the tools in Inspire that students can use to learn about employers in their communities and in Wisconsin that are aligned to the students’ career interests, and, how the students can dialogue through Inspire with adult volunteer career coaches and connect with employer for work-based learning opportunities such as job shadows, internships, summer part-time work, tours, apprenticeships and more.  We’ll discuss the counselor’s role in supporting Inspire in the communities in which it is deployed.

A panel of middle and high school counselors from small and large school districts around the state will share and discuss best practice implementation and usage strategies from the counselor’s point of view and ample time will be provided for questions for the panelists from the sectional participants.  Participants will also have the opportunity to work in small groups for discussing the counselor’s role in using and leading Career Cruising for ACP and developing implementing and usage strategies that will fit their district's unique needs and work best for them and their students.  We encourage participants to bring their ideas and also any challenges or obstacles they have had to deal with and/or are trying to overcome in deploying Career Cruising in their school buildings as part of their Academic and Career Planning models.  We’ll also be focusing discussion time on ideas and practices for engaging parents in the process.

We’ll close out the session by hearing some students share what the ACP and Career Cruising experience has meant to them.

 


February 21, 2017      1:30 - 4:30 pm

Mark Gillen
Erin Kelly
Jason Ferkinoff

"Solution-Focused Theory at Work in Schools" (K-12)
Mark Gillen, Erin Kelly, Jason Ferkinhoff 

The presenters, two middle school counselors and a counselor educator, will review the use of solution focused theory (SFT), including foundations and technique options. The presentation will focus on how SFT is being used as the primary theoretical construct that guides the work at Jackson Middle School-the largest middle school in Minnesota. Included will be how-to practical ideas for implementing SFT into school counseling, use of SFT to drive student meetings, group counseling, and general school counseling practice issues. The session will be interactive with the expectation that the presenters will support your understanding and work with solution focused theory.



 



February 21, 2017      1:30 - 4:30 pm

Nate Rice
 
Andrea Donegan

“Afternoon On The Hill"
(K-12 & Post Secondary)
Nate Rice and Andrea Donegan

 The WSCA Government Relations Committee is committed to helping all school counselors find their voice and advocate for their school counseling program, and our profession, at the local, state, and federal level. Now more than ever, we must share our story about the difference we make for our students and families every day, ideally backed by data that supports the effectiveness of our efforts. We embrace WSCA’s challenge to seize the moment and be visionary leaders who impact the state and national agendas surrounding education and student success.
 
One of the best ways you can engage and raise the profile of school counseling in the Wisconsin Legislature is by participating in WSCA’s annual Afternoon on the Hill Preconference Workshop on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, in conjunction with the 2016 WSCA Conference in Madison. The event is FREE and a lot of fun! The preconference begins at 1:30 PM at Monona Terrace and finishes at the Capitol at about 4:30, just in time to grab a complimentary beverage and debrief at a nearby Madison establishment TBA!
 
Prior to our walk to the Capitol, you will have the opportunity to meet with other professional school counselors from your state senate and assembly district to strategize and craft your talking points prior to your legislative visits. All appointments will be set in advance by the Government Relations Committee, so all you need to do is show up and shine!
 
Afternoon on the Hill is a truly memorable, inspiring experience! Your participation makes a BIG difference and will keep our collective positive legislative momentum growing and set the stage for future influence and success. Join us!

 

ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Make your plans to attend the 2017 WSCA Annual Conference to be held February 21-23, 2017 at the at the Monona Terrace Convention Center, Madison WI
 


WSCA CONFERENCE FORMS

WSCA SCHOLARSHIP FORMS
  • Coming August 2017

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