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Ocean County Personnel and Guidance Association 

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Monmouth County School Counselors Association

34th Annual Good Ideas Conference

 

7:30 am - 8:00 am                  Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00 am - 8:20 am                  Welcome and Announcements

8:20 am - 9:20 am                  Keynote Address

9:30 am - 10:30 am                Workshop Session I

10:40 am - 11:40 am              Workshop Session II

11:50 am -12:50 pm               Workshop Session III

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm                  Lunch, Turn in Session Evaluations & PDH Certificate Distribution

Breakfast and lunch compliments of the

Office of Admissions, Georgian Court University

 

KEYNOTE

"The Only Moment is Now" 

Cynthia O'Connell, MEd

An overview of Mindfulness and Meditation, specifically tailored to the self-care needs of counselors. Participants will be introduced to the attitudinal foundations of Mindfulness, as well as applications of the practice that can be immediately implemented into their daily routine. Consistent mindfulness practices can facilitate responsive behaviors rather than reactive ones. Counselor's personal practice of staying present and centered in the moment can influence all of the stakeholders of the school community.

Cynthia O’Connell, MEd is a Specialist Professor in the Educational Counseling graduate program at Monmouth University. She has worked as a teacher, coach, school counselor and Director of Counseling Services K-12 in New Jersey for over 30 years. She is a certified Yoga Calm® Trainer and an RYT200 Yoga Instructor. She works with children through adults in yoga/mindfulness techniques, meditation and Yoga Calm®, a nationally recognized program and curriculum. She has trained educators in New Jersey school districts and Iceland.  She created and facilitated an eight-week program at Brookdale Community College with their GED students, 16-24 years old and continues this program. She works with the New Jersey Bar Association presenting workshops on meditation and facilitated the Mindfulness Lounge at their conference.  She received her training in teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Integrative Medicine Center in Philadelphia.  http://mindfulnessconnection.com/

Workshop Session I

A. Body Image: Trends and Risks

Presented by Amy Nolan, Ed.S, MA, LPC, ACS, NCC, Director, Life Prep Counseling

Explore the history of body image and see real transformations of Photoshop. Explore the trends of  youth's media exposure that leads to low self-esteem and unrealistic physical expectations.  Learn the signs and symptoms of eating disorders and how to navigate the appropriate referral system. (K-12)

B. Bucket Filling and Beyond - Making Mindful Connections

Presented by Patricia DeBenedetto, Counselor and Faye Gilmore, Teacher, Switlick Elementary School

Children succeed more academically and behaviorally when they have positive connections in school.  This presentation will introduce Bucket Filling in its simplest form and provide ideas how you can implement the concept in your school or enrich your existing Character Development Program.  The discussion will include the integration of mindfulness and bucket filling and how you can implement each within the classroom. (K-8)

C. CRAFT: Helping Loved Ones Enter Recovery

Presented by Kristina Bloodgood, MSW and Deidre Lonza, LCSW, New Hope IBHC

CRAFT, Community Reinforcement and Family Training is an evidence-based practice that focuses on strategies for the non-using, concerned family member. The presentation offers insights and techniques in order to achieve three main goals: to reduce the love one's harmful substance use; to engage the loved one into treatment; and to improve the quality of life for the family members. (9-12)

D. Education, Economics and Emotions: Finding the Sweet Spot to Life After High School

Presented by Alisa Hogan, Associate Director of Admissions Marketing and Communication, & John Iacovelli, Dean of Enrollment Management, Stockton University

As high school and college educators, are we serving our students as ethically, socially and responsibly as we should? In this session, college readiness regarding academics, including testing will be discussed. Economically, talk will occur regarding financial responsibility, collegiate costs, and expectations versus reality. Emotionally, attendants will learn how to prepare for the large life transition from protected teenagers to independent young adults. (9-12)

E. Facilitating Positive School Climate

Presented by Paul O’Neill, Supervisor, Lacey Township School District

This workshop will focus on a systemic approach that will improve school climate. Participants will be able to take away realistic and relevant strategies that can be applied immediately.  If you are ready to make a difference in your school community this is the workshop for you! (K-12)

F. Gangs 101

Presented by Detective Ramon Camacho, Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office

This training is aimed to provide awareness to counselors, teachers, and school administrators of gangs. Thoroughly discussed are the signs to look for to determine if their students may be associated and/or members of a criminal street gang. (6-12)

G. Gender Diverse and Transgender Youth: Best practice in schools.

Presented by Stacy Liss, MS/LCSW, Private Practice and Clinical Supervisor @ RBRHS School Based Youth Services Program (The Source)

I hope that you will bring an open mind, questions and concerns to this workshop, which will explore ways in which school personnel can create an environment that is welcoming, safe and supportive of our gender diverse and transgender students. We will review best practice, current trends, define terms and explore the variety of ways in which we can advocate for and support our students. Identification and assessment of at risk students, confidentiality, unique challenges, concerns and family communication will be explored. (K-12)

H. Holistic Stress Management

Presented by Kelly Brown, SAC Lacey Township High School

Participants will learn and practice Holistic Stress Management techniques such as guided imagery, relaxation, breathing, essential oils, meditation and a bit of yoga.  Techniques can be used for self care, in the classroom or in a counseling setting. (K-12)

I. Learning to Speak SAT/ACT

Presented by Chris Cho, Owner, Cho Educators

How you can help students and families overcome the hardship and stressors related to standardized exams in a cost effective manner.  To be discussed are LTSS/LTSA - QOTW - Study guide materials and workshops designed to help guide students through every fact, pattern, and strategy worth knowing about the SAT and ACT. (9-12)

J. The Anxiety Epidemic: A Toolbox of Coping Strategies for School Aged Children

Presented by Cheryl Kasper, LCSW, Director, Ocean County Social Skills

This workshop will discuss anxiety and how it relates to youth today, the types of anxiety seen in children, causes, and a toolbox of strategies to begin to use today! (K-12)

K. The Undecided Student - Fast Track Training For In Demand Careers

Presented by Scott Shanes, Program Coordinator, Continuing Education, Brookdale Community College and Ocean County College

This workshop will focus on career pathways for undecided students.  Topics will include regional job trends, career pathways, credentials, fast track training programs and resources available for career exploration. (9-12)

Workshop Session II

L. But Where Do I Start? Planning Career Programs for Your Students

Presented by Jill Donovan, Sarah McElroy, & Anne LaPorta, Career Services and Leadership Development, Brookdale Community College

This highly interactive workshop will provide attendees with a comprehensive plan for creating and managing career and leadership events for students! We will begin with CAREER EXPLORATION, where participants will engage in hands-on activities related to values and career exploration, and then move to CAREER ENGAGEMENT, where participants will learn about career events and how to implement them. Participants will engage in a mock career fair, networking, and interactive resume-writing activities. We will also discuss creating and building meaningful connections. Finally, a focus on CAREER READINESS, to discuss career competencies, partnerships, and programs to prepare students for their careers.  (9-12)

M. Character Does Matter

Presented by Lt. Colonel Al Ponenti and SFC Robert Shaughnessy, NJ State Police

The Character Does Matter (CDM) program was developed by the Travis Manion Foundation with aspirations of creating and inspiring the next generation of future leaders by delivering dynamic and inspiring presentations to emerging leaders across the United States.  The CDM has now become a premier national school based leadership program designed to engage and empower our youth. Inspired by Travis Manion’s ethos. “If Not Me, Then Who?”, the CDM program brings the powerful personal stories of veterans and survivors to the leaders of tomorrow.  A CDM Ambassador will present on core principles—to connect with groups of young people and aspiring leaders across New Jersey, and teach them about character by modeling integrity, courage, leadership, and selfless service.  (9-12)

N. Cognitive Behavioral Approach to Anxiety in Adolescents

Presented by Gangadeep Singh, Owner and Executive Director, Center for Wellness

Anxiety in adolescents is an all-too-common focus in clinical practice.  While working with adolescents can be very rewarding, creating a therapeutic alliance with them can be a challenge. This workshop will involve an introduction and illustration of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) modalities to assist adolescents with anxiety.  Dr. Singh's personal style, which he brings to his private practice and to his PC/IOP at Center For Wellness, involves tying in current events and pop culture to illustrate how teens can best use these skills to challenge their symptoms. (K-12)

O. Counseling Student Athletes

Presented by Dave Frick, Counselor, Rumson-Fair Haven High School

Learn best practices as it relates to helping the student athlete in the college search. (9-12)

P. Early College High Schools

Presented by: Anita Voogt, PhD Executive Dean, Brookdale Community College and Frank Rother

Early College High Schools (ECHS) are joint ventures Brookdale Community College establishes with local school districts for academically-prepared high school students to enter higher education. Beginning in the 9th grade, the program affords students the opportunity to concurrently earn an Associate of Arts degree while also achieving their high school diploma. This presentation will discuss the process by which these programs are jointly developed including academic, student services and administrative issues and lessons learned from Brookdale’s three years of experience offering these programs. (9-12)

Q. Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying - The Law and Best Practice

Presented by Jason Lippart, Counselor, Rumson-Fair Haven High School

This workshop will review current HIB law as it relates to public schools.  Additionally, it will take a hands on approach into different cases and ask participants to determine if they feel that the incidents would qualify as HIB under the current law.  A discussion will follow as to why or why not certain incidents would qualify as HIB in New Jersey.  Questions will be taken towards the end of the presentation and the power point will be available to all those attending.  (K-12)

R. Holistic Stress Management

Presented by Kelly Brown, Student Assistance Coordinator, Lacey Township High School

Participants will learn and practice Holistic Stress Management techniques such as guided imagery, relaxation, breathing, essential oils, meditation and a bit of yoga.  Techniques can be used for self care, in the classroom or in a counseling setting. (K-12)

S. Making it Right for LGBTQ Kids: School Safety, Representation, and Growth

Presented by Kate Okeson, Co-founder and Susan Boyce, Make it Better for Youth

Making it Right discusses ways that counselors, teachers, and other support staff can make incredible improvements to the safety, support, growth and well-being of LGBTQ youth in Elementary, Middle and High Schools. (K-12)

T. OCC Academy: Shaping Futures with Intention

Presented by Dr. Henry Jackson, Executive Director of Academic Success at Ocean County College

Learn how OCC is changing Ocean County’s high schools and the trajectory of its students’ futures.  An OCC Academy allows for students to earn an Associate’s degree prior to high school  graduation. This is possible through dual-enrollment classes combined with an on-campus experience, beginning junior year. Dr. H. Jackson is excited to spread his enthusiasm about this program and to start in your Ocean County district in future years.

U. School Avoidance: How to Connect to Kids and Parents

Presented by Amy Nolan, Ed.S, MA, LPC, ACS, NCC, Director, Life Prep Counseling

This presentation is appropriate for all grade levels and will explore elements of child/adolescent development, assessment, socio-emotional factors, anxiety, parental collaboration and tools with the primary goal of improving attendance rates in your classrooms. (K-12)

V. Welcoming Accuplacer Next Generation

Presented by William DeVoe, Manager Testing Services, Brookdale Community College

As a test that is used to demonstrate high school proficiency in both Math and English, many schools accept the Accuplacer to suffice as students’ college entrance scores. And recently, the Accuplacer has been revised. A thorough overview of the New Accuplacer Next Generation placement test will be provided. As a hands-on presentation, attendants will have an opportunity to take a sample section of the New Accuplacer Next Generation test. This session includes limited enrollment (9-12)

Workshop Session III

W. 504: A Practical Guide to the Process and the Law for Schools

Presented by Heather Frederick, Counselor, Bayshore Middle School and Jason Lippart, Counselor, Rumson-Fair Haven High School

This workshop will provide counselors with strategies for evaluation and implementation of 504 plans. Key differences between accommodations and modifications will be explored.  (K-12)

X. College Admissions Panel

Facilitated by Nicole Wallner, OCVTS Admissions, and Kim Burke, Counselor, Jackson Memorial High School

Attend this session to understand the thought patterns of varying admissions offices for prospective college students. Participating schools are as follows: Drexel University, Georgian Court University, Monmouth University, OCC, Rowan University, Stockton University. (9-12)

Y. Elementary Cracker Barrel

Presented by Jessica Goldberg and Kim Fitzpatrick, Counselors, Freehold Township Schools

All things elementary- trends, topics and procedures. (K-8)

Z. Self-injury and Social Media

Presented by Amy Nolan, Ed.S, MA, LPC, ACS, NCC, Director, Life Prep Counseling

Self-Injury is a sensitive topic.  This presentation will focus on varying types of self-injury, how schools can respond, how to communicate with parents and how to connect with students using specific counseling tools.  The primary focus of the presentation will surround social media outlets that contribute to the self-injury contagion factor on platforms such as Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram and other online forums.  (K-12)

AA. The School Counselor's Use of Extinction

Presented by Michael Tirpak, Associate Professor and Director of School Counseling Masters’ Program, Georgian Court University

In a classical behaviorism, school counselors can help students learn and succeed by developing a deeper understanding of extinction. This is demonstrated in traditional individual and group counseling formats and throughout working with general school interventions. (K-12).

BB. Welcoming Accuplacer Next Generation

Presented by William DeVoe, Manager Testing Services, Brookdale Community College

As a test that is used to demonstrate high school proficiency in both Math and English, many schools accept the Accuplacer to suffice as students’ college entrance scores. And recently, the Accuplacer has been revised. A thorough overview of the New Accuplacer Next Generation placement test will be provided. As a hands-on presentation, attendants will have an opportunity to take a sample section of the New Accuplacer Next Generation test. This session includes limited enrollment (9-12)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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