Programs

Quality Continuing Education for Professional School Counselors

*This list is subject to change.

(A) - Administrator Track | (NC) - New Counselor Track | (R) Recorded Program

Sunday, February 13, 2022

Learning Institutes: 10:30 am - 5:30 pm

A. Helping Your Counseling Staff Understand Professional Boundaries & Responsibilities (A)
Time: 10:30 am - 5:30 pm
Room: Acacia
Topic: Comprehensive School Counseling Program Design & Management
Presenter(s): Kristen Ascencao; Elias Zambrano; Gail Roaten

The Texas Association for Counselor Educators & Supervisors (TACES) is proud to present a session specifically for Counseling Supervisors! Does your staff understand their professional boundaries and responsibilities? Does your school counseling program embody all four service delivery components of guidance curriculum, responsive services, individual student planning, and system support? Does your school counseling staff have a firm understanding of the ten domains of the Texas Evaluation Model for Professional School Counselors (TEMPSC, 3rd edition)? Does your school system have a plan for SB 179? Join us as we investigate the three 'T's' - Time (SB 179), TEMPSC 3rd edition, and the Texas Model for Comprehensive School Counseling Programs. These three documents are shaping the school counseling profession and helping to promote a comprehensive school counseling program. During this session, we will learn how to use the three 'T's' to promote growth in your school counselors by helping them understand their professional boundaries and responsibilities.

CANCELLED B. Assessment of Non-Academic Development in Schools: A Framework for Multi-Tiered Social and Emotional Development in K-12 Learning Environments (A)
Time: 10:30 am - 5:30 pm
Room: Bamboo
Topic: Social & Emotional Learning & Guidance
Presenter(s): Rochelle Cade

Schools are the largest providers of social and emotional development services in Texas. This means that strategies for social and emotional learning in schools represent our greatest opportunity to inoculate youth to the stressors and strains associated with mental health concerns among adolescents and young adults. Join us for an institute that will show you a framework for implementing universal and intensive services for your students by leveraging existing supports.


90 Minute Programs: 2:00 - 3:30 pm

1. Breathing New Life into Your Guidance Lessons
Time:
2:00-3:30 pm
Room: Kilimanjaro 1 & 2
Topic: Comprehensive School Counseling Program Design & Management
Presenter(s): Richard Zabransky

This program will demonstrate tools for breathing new life into guidance lessons:
1.  Creative ideas for adding interesting twists to guidance stories listed in the bibliography.
2.  Simple, exciting methods to introduce a lesson that engages students as they act out feelings and emotions.
3.  Strategies that will incorporate cross curricular objectives such as reading comprehension, writing, vocabulary, and alpha order.

2. Understanding and Interpreting Ethical & Legal Standards for School Counselors: A review of ACA, ASCA, & TX Education Code (NC)
Time: 2:00-3:30 pm
Room: Kilimanjaro 3 & 4
Topic: Ethics & Legal Issues
Presenter(s): Mike Moyer

This is a highly interactive program full of ethical dilemmas, case studies, and large group discussions related to the interpretation of ethical and legal standards. Participants will be challenged to look at their own personal values which may affect their ethical and legal decision making. Participants will come away with a better understanding of the laws that affect their certification and ways to most effectively make work through ethical dilemmas.

3. The Whole Child: A Social-Emotional Learning Within a Guidance Program (R)
Time: 2:00-3:30 pm
Room: Kilimanjaro 7 & 8
Topic: Social & Emotional Learning & Guidance
Presenter(s): Kimberly Gaskill

In this session, the participant will gain knowledge on the step by step framework of social-emotional learning within a guidance program.  The general skills of self-awareness, self-regulation, social-awareness, positive communication, determination, responsible decision making and autonomy will be discussed.  This discussion will center around how these skills impact the whole child and how counselor can present the information to their campus.

4. Superpowers Activated: The Impact & Process of a Strong Counselor/Administrator Relationship (A) (R)
Time: 2:00-3:30 pm
Room: Kilimanjaro 9 & 10
Topic: Comprehensive School Counseling Program Design & Management
Presenter(s): Brittany Torres; Elizabeth Bostic; Deidre Hannible

As a school counselor, the key to your success lies in your ability to create and sustain positive relationships with your students, staff, families, and community. The relationship between school counselors and campus administrators is paramount to obtaining positive student academic and social-emotional outcomes. In this session, you will learn the tools necessary to create an impactful school counselor and administrator partnership while allowing administrators to see the value of school counselors' training and roles in relation to overall school achievement.

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3 Hour Programs: 2:30 - 5:30 pm

5. Identification, Warning Signs, and Diagnostic Considerations of Eating Disorders (3 Hours)
Time: 2:30-5:30 pm
Room: Crown Palm
Topic: Responsive Services (Preventative, Remedial, & Crisis)
Presenter(s): Ametis Bassir

Body image dissatisfaction, eating disorders, along with biases on weight and body size/shape are rampant within our societal norms cultivated by a stance of privilege which often discounts inclusion of many individuals. Due to the multivariate nature and connectedness of both body image issues and eating disorders, the incorporation of a multidisciplinary team, parental/family involvement, and support from schools are a part of the gold standard for treatment. With onset of eating disorders and body dissatisfaction occurring in as early as 9 years old, it is even more critical that we incorporate school counselors and administrators into the treatment team to collaborate with family and outside resources. Across the research that has come out within the last decade, there has been more and more emphasis on examining various components in connection to the identification of eating disorders and ways minority populations define and assess body image. The goal for the presentation is for participants to take away screening methods, techniques to increase ethical competency of working with students of various body shapes, sizes and racial identities, and preventative treatments to implement.

CANCELLED 6. Transforming School Culture Through Restorative Practices (3 Hours) (A)
Time: 2:30-5:30 pm
Room: Banyan
Topic: Social & Emotional Learning & Guidance
Presenter(s): Rachel Cerna

This workshop will feature student voices as we examine the impact of Restorative Practices and Social Emotional Learning. You'll hear from Teachers as they give tips on how to quickly and effectively implement restorative practices, morning circles and mindfulness in the classroom. It will also briefly cover the basics on trauma informed classroom procedures and strategies to ensure your campus is a brave and belonging space for children.

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90 Minute Programs: 4:00 - 5:30 pm

7. Beyond SEL: Addressing the Mental Health Crisis
Time:
4:00-5:30 pm
Room: Kilimanjaro 1 & 2
Topic: Responsive Services (Preventative, Remedial, & Crisis)
Presenter(s): Audrey Robinson; Kem Edwards; Kristy Davis; Alyssha Walker

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is widely held as a crucial aspect of school counseling programs and the school system at large.  SEL practices are designed to provide a foundation for overall student wellness and impact school climate.  The current mental health crisis has been prevalent in articles and the news, underscoring the need for more accessible supports.  The crisis is exacerbated by many obstacles: parental support, finances, transportation, child-care, and the availability of therapists. This need puts added pressure on the school systems to meet student and family needs that are unable to be addressed highlighted the need for targeted services to address, training of all staff, and responds to larger mental health concerns through tiered counseling services.  A tiered approach for services will be shared for use or adaptation.  Targeted mental health services, dubbed 'wrap-around' services, are designed to meet the needs of students and families, and address growing amount of unmet mental health needs.  These services align with SEL and other district level initiatives and state requirements.  A shareable model and resources will be provided, so counselors and directors of any level can create a plan tailored to fit individual district

8. Batman and Robin: Adventures of a Co-Responder Model in the School System
Time:
4:00-5:30 pm
Room: Kilimanjaro 3 & 4
Topic: Suicide Prevention, Intervention, Postvention
Presenter(s): Sheila McMullin; Shelly-Ann James-Perelion

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD took the innovative step to implement a district wide Mental Health Intervention Team (MHIT) to promote and support the mental health needs of the community through prevention,intervention and safety. We will present our co-responder mental health professional and officer mode including who we are, what we do, school safety measures as well as suicide and threat prevention efforts. We will share perspectives from the roles of law enforcement, counseling and psychology highlighting how our dynamic duos positively impact mental health.This model continues to evolve to best support the mental health needs of our community.

9. Increasing High School Graduation for Students Experiencing Homelessness or in Foster Care in Texas (NC) (R)
Time: 4:00-5:30 pm
Room: Kilimanjaro 7 & 8
Topic: College, Career, Military Readiness
Presenter(s):  Lisa Ranallo;  Alleanne Anderson 

Did you know Texas has laws and regulations specifically intended to help students experiencing homelessness or in foster care graduate from high school and avoid falling behind when they move? This session will go over existing policies and share strategies to implement them. We will help you develop a short action plan on the spot to bring this information to ensure every student experiencing homelessness or in foster care who is eligible to graduate, can do so. Most importantly, we will share the perspective of a student who experienced homelessness in high school.

10. Counselors Are Reaching Exhaustion-The Ethical Importance of Self-Care for School Counselors (NC) (R)
Time: 4:00-5:30 pm
Room: Kilimanjaro 9 & 10
Topic: Ethics & Legal Issues
Presenter(s): Carrie Proctor; Tavel Cummings

Two years into a global pandemic, research has begun to reveal the impact of educational disruption on academic performance and the increased mental stress on students and educators. School counselors have supported both the academic and emotional needs of students while experiencing their own pivots, shifts, and changes. This interactive session will look at the ethical imperative of maintaining professional boundaries and personal wellness to ensure professional competence. Compassion fatigue will be defined, and participants will engage in assessing their experiences and creating an individualized self-care plan.

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Monday, February 14, 2022

90 Minute Programs: 8:00 - 9:30 am

11. Neuro Nuggets
Time:
8:00-9:30 am
Room: Kilimanjaro 1 & 2
Topic: Social & Emotional Learning & Guidance
Presenter(s): Susan Surovik; Andrea Prcin

Our social/emotional well-being is directly connected to our brain. Connecting conversations about our brain to our emotional well-being can promote shame-free conversations to grow tools and skills needed to improve our health.  Come listen to a collection of guidance lessons that includes brain basics to create a common language to work on these important skills.

12. Integrating Counseling Competencies & Campus PBIS into Tier 1 Restorative Circles (A)
Time: 8:00-9:30 am
Room: Kilimanjaro 3 & 4
Topic: Responsive Services (Preventative, Remedial, & Crisis)
Presenter(s): Ashley Frutos; Jana Mclain

With the challenge of Covid and the complex political situation in the United States, it is more important than ever to provide our students with educators who are trained to support the students in the classroom.  In this session, you will gain effective ways to utilize Tier 1 Restorative Circles to enhance your comprehensive counseling program, reinforce your guidance curriculum, and empower your teachers to lead instructional, community building, and to problem solve in their classrooms daily. Daily Tier 1 Restorative Circles provide a platform for all students to have a voice and a choice when sharing, learning, and problem solving in the classroom. The circles give students and teachers Tier 1 tools to effectively implement in their classroom, reinforce PBIS initiatives, and supply daily exposure to the Texas Model Counseling Competencies.

13. Career Development Activities for F2F and Virtual Learners (R)
Time: 8:00-9:30 am
Room: Kilimanjaro 7 & 8
Topic: College, Career, Military Readiness
Presenter(s): Chanel Thompson; Denise Toro

College and Career exploration is imperative for our students to be prepared for success beyond high school. Join us for our 'Career Development Activities for F2F and Virtual Leaners' session to see how you can implement college and career development curriculum at the elementary level. During our session, we will review House Bill 5, 'Future Friday', our program we created to expose our students to different careers and pathways,  and Virtual College and Career Exploration through google classrooms. We will share resources that we used and how to use them yourself. You will leave with not only a better understanding of how you can prepare your students for the future, but the resources to start right away for your face to face and virtual learners.

14. How do I Know if my Student is a Victim of Human Trafficking? And What do I do About It? (R)
Time: 8:00-9:30 am
Room: Kilimanjaro 9 & 10
Topic: Responsive Services (Preventative, Remedial, & Crisis)
Presenter(s): Nancy Galle; Rod Pruitt

How do I know if my student is a victim of Human Trafficking? And what do I do about it? Schools provide the perfect opportunity for traffickers to take advantage of our most vulnerable populations of all ages. Traffickers and trafficking victims can be found in schools, playgrounds, and other places where children and teenagers congregate, including inner-cities, suburbs, and rural areas. In this presentation school counselors will learn about the laws regarding mandatory reporting and responding, how the increased use of technology plays a role in human trafficking, the potential warning signs of human trafficking, and proactive approaches districts can use to assist in prevention and awareness.

15. The Opportunities and Challenges of SB 179 and the Response of One Small School District (A)
Time: 8:00-9:30 am
Room: Acacia
Topic: Comprehensive School Counseling Program Design & Management
Presenter(s): Elias Zambrano; Tonie Hutzler; Kenneth Rohrbach

Medina Valley ISD, a small rural school district in South Central Texas, moved quickly and decisively to address the requirements of SB 179.  By the end of summer 2021, all school counselors and administrators had received training regarding implementation of the Texas Model for Comprehensive School Counseling and the alignment of counselor duties.  The district's school superintendent, school counseling program director, and a contracted consultant will discuss the district's commitment,  the opportunities and challenges created, and the process used to enact the changes to the school counseling program and the school counselors' roles.

16. Stigma Strikeforce
Time:
8:00-9:30 am
Room: Bamboo
Topic: Suicide Prevention, Intervention, Postvention
Presenter(s): Megan McCarty; Sheila McMullin

During this session, members of the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Mental Health Intervention Team will outline the structure of the team, general roles and duties, and major initiatives since inception. Presenters will focus on generalizable takeaways related to implementing impactful mental health programming at all levels. Using MHIT's mission statement, 'to promote and support the mental health and well-being of CFISD students, families, staff members and community through prevention, intervention and safety,' and MHIT's experience as a case-study, participants will engage in rich discussion, evaluate their current organizational supports and develop an action plan for their organization to promote mental health.

17. Supporting Students in the Online Environment (A)
Time: 8:00-9:30 am
Room: Cypress
Topic: Technology
Presenter(s): Melissa Freeman; Kristina Huff; Malisa Barnes; Melissa Brooks

In this session, we will discuss strategies for supporting and counseling students in an online environment. We will focus on academic support and social/emotional needs while navigating remote and hybrid learning settings. We will also share approaches for implementing testing in online proctored systems.

18. Facts over Feelings - How to Use Data to Drive your Comprehensive School Counseling Program (NC) (R)
Time: 8:00-9:30 am
Room: Portia
Topic: Comprehensive School Counseling Program Design & Management
Presenter(s): Christina Galanis

The program will go over methods to collect data, types of data, how to disaggregate data from a counseling lens, and creating SMART goals and action plans to address gaps highlighted by data.

19. The Intersectionality of Eating Disorders and Trauma in Minority Populations
Time:
8:00-9:30 am
Room: Crown Palm
Topic: Multicultural & Social Justice
Presenter(s): Ametis Bassir

The workshop will provide current research, as well as areas of limitations, on how minorities negatively internalize messages around weight stigma, fat phobia, and body shaming in comparison to majority culture. We will describe how trauma correlates with eating disorders and the various negative impacts. We highlight the lack of access and why minority populations are missed diagnostically when evaluated for eating disorders and tend to have varied lengths of stay in treatment compared to other racial groups. Next, we will be speaking to the Health at Every Size paradigm and Intuitive Eating Principles developed as treatment modalities and their efficacy to increasing ethical competency to working with those living in various body shapes, sizes, and racial identities.

We will close with effective tools and including a client's cultural identity into treatment planning and helping to change the narrative around body image, relationship with food, and mental health.

20. Whole Body Wellness For Adults and Students (A)
Time: 8:00-9:30 am
Room: Banyan
Topic: Wellness & Self Care
Presenter(s): Jessica Frasier

This session will explore how food, movement, tapping, laughter, water, and sunshine betters our mental health and will provide easy, actionable tools to help children and self-maintain healthy mindsets as we attempt to get back to 'normal' school.

21. Counseling the Special Education Student: From Legal Requirements to the Provision of Counseling Services on an IEP.
Time:
8:00-9:30 am
Room: Kalahari F
Topic: Counseling Theory & Practice
Presenter(s): Linda Garza

Counseling has long been associated with positive outcomes. There are numerous studies that indicate that schools are the optimal place to provide counseling services. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) (2004) also recognizes that counseling services can be beneficial for special education students; however, limited guidance is provided that would assist a school counselor in determining which students should be eligible for counseling as a related service. The goal of this program is to provide school counselors with valuable information that can assist them in determining which students should be considered for counseling as a related service, as well as selecting evidenced and research based counseling interventions in the delivery of these services. Additionally, school counselors can learn about federal requirements in the provision of counseling services for special education students, as well as hearings and litigations cases that have provided a framework for school personnel providing counseling as a related service.

22. The Power of Encouragement
Time:
8:00-9:30 am
Room: Kalahari G
Topic: Social & Emotional Learning & Guidance
Presenter(s): Richard Zabransky

Encouragement is at the root of all growth and healing. Without encouragement we can easily fall into despair and depression.  Building each other up, instilling confidence and strength, and practicing empathy is what makes us human.  Encouragement is the antidote to the negativism and criticism we all face in our daily lives. It is at the root of building relationships and mental health.  This session will explore 8 ways that encouragement promotes social-emotional stability.  One of the best ways of improving our skills and outlook is to look towards those who have set an example.  This session will cover examples of how encouragement has transformed lives through 12 step programs.  Additionally, an inspirational example of selfless giving was Father Charles Kram.  He lived his life as a quadriplegic, yet found joy in comforting the sick and dying.  it is very easy to get caught up in our own disappointments and to forget about others.  The goal of this session is to remind us all that we are not alone.  Gratitude and encouraging others is vital to overcoming depression and living a healthy life.

23. Ideal Versus Reality: A Study of School Counselor Perceptions From the Field (NC)
Time: 8:00-9:30 am
Room: Kalahari H
Topic: Leadership & Advocacy
Presenter(s): Tamra Kelly; Charles Crews

The following presentation focuses on the perceptions of job performance and preparedness of Professional School Counselors (PSCs), specifically in rural communities, to fulfill the assigned roles and duties on their campus. Understanding the realities of the field experienced by PSCs will better facilitate counselor educators and supervisors in career preparation as well as help to identify and close gaps in role alignment through advocacy. This program will introduce new research related to the PSC role and provide opportunities for meaningful discussions necessary to further grow in knowledge and promote change for the benefit of the profession.

24. How Far You’ll Go: Pushing Old Boundaries to New Frontiers in School-Linked Mental Health
Time:
8:00-9:30 am
Room: Kalahari I
Topic: Social & Emotional Learning & Guidance
Presenter(s): Tony Walker

More and more, school districts are being looked to as anchors in their community and as a go-to for families seeking help for a variety of needs beyond academic concerns. Join the team from the Meadow’s Mental Health Policy Institute as they share how and why schools are perfectly positioned to serve as a hub for student and family care and support the delivery of professional mental health services and explore the connection between district investment in these kinds of wraparound services and student achievement. An overview of current best practices in school mental health, practical next steps for school counselors and leaders, and case studies will also be presented.

25. I'm Trauma-Informed, Now What?  A Trauma-Responsive Approach for Educators
Time:
8:00-9:30 am
Room: Zambezi
Topic: Responsive Services (Preventative, Remedial, & Crisis)
Presenter(s): Jennifer Hatchett

Becoming trauma-informed has become a statewide training initiative, with the expectation for educators to recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma, as well as its impact on students and families. With this training and support, we've increased the capacities of educators on identifying trauma and their potential triggers, but how do we move from being informed and aware to becoming trauma-responsive? Creating a trauma-responsive school culture requires a systemic look at policies and practices that impact both individual students and students at large. It is built on shared values and a shared commitment to support students of trauma while actively resisting re-traumatization.

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 90 Minute Programs: 12:00 - 1:30 pm

26. TSCA Presents: Today, Tomorrow, and Three Years From Now (NC) 
Time: 12:00-1:30 pm
Room: Kalahari H
Topic: Comprehensive School Counseling Program Design & Management
Presenter(s): Ernest Cox

Session participants will become familiar goal setting strategies to evaluate their immediate, one-three-and five year goals.  Participants will reflect and identify priorities to be accomplished in short and long term. The Texas Model for Comprehensive School Counseling Programs, 5th Edition, will be utilized to guide goal setting work.  Participants will also engage in art activities to visualize their current programmatic growth and areas inhibiting the attainment of long term goals.  Participants will also engage in right brain activities whereby they will process needs, wonders, and identify future personal and professional next steps.

27. Theoretical Ear + Theoretical Mind + School Counseling= Better Together (R)
Time: 12:00-1:30 pm
Room: Kilimanjaro 9 & 10
Topic: Counseling Theory & Practice
Presenter(s): Carlete Metoyer

'School counselors do not provide therapy!'  Working in the scope of your school counseling role doesn't mean abandoning your graduate level training in counseling theory.  Learn how to reactivate your theoretical ear and theoretical mind to improve your school counseling practice.

28. TEA Legislative Updates and New Resources (A)
Time: 12:00-1:30 pm
Room: Acacia
Topic: Professional & Legal Issues
Presenter(s): Stephanie Lerner; Alexis Bauserman

Program Description/Summary: This presentation will provide key K-12 updates from the 87th Texas Legislature and draw connections to existing legislation that affects school counselors. Presenters will highlight new counseling resources from TEA and solicit your input on plans for future initiatives and resource development.

29. Suicide and Crisis Response for Counselors of Children
Time:
12:00-1:30 pm
Room: Bamboo
Topic: Suicide Prevention, Intervention, Postvention
Presenter(s): Audrey Robinson; Jennifer Milligan

Suicide rates in children are hard to track for many reasons. The lack of data is due to communication deficits due to developmentally appropriate language skills and many suicides being ruled as accidents.  The definition of childhood can vary among scholars and practitioners, which contributes to the lack of robust data for youth under 12.  Current research and trends will be explored and applied to the school setting.  A model for crisis and suicide ideation/attempt response will be shared and applied to example cases.  Developmental needs of children and the school setting present unique hurdles for risk assessment.  Evidence based methods for assessing risk in children that capitalize on available resources and counselor strengths will be shared for use or adaptation.  Attendees will use case examples for practice risk assessment to strengthen skills and promote confidence in high pressure, emotional situations.

30. Resilience Can Be Taught: 4 Strategies to Build Resilience in Every Student
Time:
12:00-1:30 pm
Room: Cypress
Topic: Social & Emotional Learning & Guidance
Presenter(s): Jason Johnson will be substituting for Christian Moore

Grit. Fortitude. Determination. Resilience. No matter what you call it, teachers and administrators nationwide agree that there has never been a greater need to teach our students how to thrive in school and in life.  Studies have shown that students who score higher on resilience measures have improved social skills, higher grades, a greater love of learning, and better decision-making skills.

The breakthrough idea of this presentation is that resilience can be taught. In fact, it's something we are all born with ? from the homeless person on the street to the brightest Harvard professor. Most of us ? including many of our schools' most struggling students ? just haven't learned how to access what's already inside. In this presentation, participants will learn about the vital skills of resilience found in WhyTry Founder Christian Moore's book, 'The Resilience Breakthrough: 27 Tools for Turning Adversity into Action.' This engaging presentation will empower participants to deliver these skills to students of any background and learning style.

31. Happy Teachers, Happy Students: Supporting Teachers to Help Maintain a Positive Culture and Climate for All (A) (R)
Time: 12:00-1:30 pm
Room: Portia
Topic: Wellness & Self Care
Presenter(s): Danielle Knight

Teachers set a climate when interacting with students, which can then have a positive or negative effect on the student's academic performance and self-regulation. Teachers regularly experience high levels of stress due to the demands that come with the job; especially during a pandemic. This training will help School Counselors be mindful of teacher wellness and support them to maintain a positive culture and climate. Be prepared to leave the presentation with multiple ways to be a positive role model on campus for our teachers, which will then trickle from our teachers to our students.

32. College Resources for Foster Care Alumni
Time:
12:00-1:30 pm
Room: Kalahari F
Topic: College, Career, Military Readiness
Presenter(s): Drew Melton

HB 2537 went into effect 6/9/2017 and requires high school counselors to inform students in foster care about their post-secondary school benefits every year. This workshop will help attendees understand the unique challenges that face foster care alumni completing their post-secondary education as well as explore the possible solutions. The presentation will highlight the resources available to current and former foster youth and will underscore the importance of aftercare service providers and foster care liaisons creating partnerships to assist youth aging out of foster care realize their educational goals.

33. JUST School Counseling: The Intersectionality of Professional School Counseling and Being a Change Agent for Equity
Time:
12:00-1:30 pm
Room: Kalahari G
Topic: Leadership & Advocacy
Presenter(s): Dr. Tommie Smith

A reckoning of educational need and social inequities occurred in the Spring of 2020, which has profoundly impacted the work of Professional School Counselors for future generations.  As state agencies and school districts across the county are addressing equity and adjusting for social justice, it should be a prideful point that Professional School Counselors remain 'at the ready' to ensure such educational outcomes.  Growing from 'That's the way we've always done it' to doing what is appropriate and unbiased for every student will become an everyday occurrence for attendees who choose this session. To that end, ASCA Standards and The Texas Model for Comprehensive School Counselor Programs direct and facilitate the work of Professional School Counselors, will be shared.  Cultivate and re-ignite the skill of JUST being a School Counselor!

34. Small Town, Big Ideas, and a Practical Approach to Serving the Whole Child (A) (R)
Time: 12:00-1:30 pm
Room: Kilimanjaro 7 & 8
Topic: Comprehensive School Counseling Program Design & Management
Presenter(s): Danielle Howard; Kimber Bennett; Leann Stork; Blanca Martinez

Ever wonder how to incorporate PBIS, MTSS, Mental Health, Behavioral RTI, and the Texas Comprehensive Model at the same time?  Come join us, as we share our journey towards implementing Mental and Behavioral Health and healing approaches in a small town. Resources will be shared.

35. Personalized Counseling in Humble ISD ~ a Wrap-Around Approach to Student Success! (A)
Time: 12:00-1:30 pm
Room: Kalahari I
Topic: Comprehensive School Counseling Program Design & Management
Presenter(s): Matt Smith; Tye Hobbs

Come and experience counseling in Humble ISD! We'll share successes and also lessons learned from our journey to personalized counseling with elementary and secondary students. Guidance lessons, small groups galore, personalized 1:1 individual meetings, and our brand new student wellness therapists. This session has it all! Come learn together and laugh together as we navigate the comprehensive counseling world together!

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3 Hour Programs: 12:30 - 3:30 pm

36. TSCA Presents: Interactive Bootcamp for New School Counselor District and Campus Leaders (3 Hours) (A)
Time: 12:30-3:30 pm
Room: Kilimanjaro 1 & 2
Topic: Comprehensive School Counseling Program Design & Management
Presenter(s): Monya Crow; Monya Crow; Janet Graczyk; Sharon Bey

Leading and supporting school counselors is critical to the effective development of comprehensive school counseling programs. Yet, district-level leadership roles and responsibilities can vary significantly. It can be intimidating to know where to begin! In this workshop, we will share the lessons, strategies and resources that were most helpful during our first year in a district position. Participants will leave with ideas to implement immediately as well as points for growth over time.

37. TSCA Presents: Interactive Boot Camp for New School Counselors (3 Hours) (NC)
Time: 12:30-3:30 pm
Room: Kilimanjaro 3 & 4
Topic: Counselor Education & Supervision
Presenter(s): Lesley Casarez; Michael O'Briant; Michelle Wilson; Elizabeth Rogers

If you’re a new counselor or even a relatively new counselor, we have the help you’ve been looking for!  Come learn from experienced school counselors from across our great state of Texas as they guide you through creating a Texas Model Comprehensive School Counseling program for your students and campus.  You will walk away with a wealth of new ideas and the tools for implementing those ideas in all four areas of a comprehensive program.  Most importantly, this program will help you build your support system as you meet others who are going through your same experiences as well as TSCA Board members who have been there, done that and can share what it looks like at the other end!

38. Children of Domestic Violence (3 Hours)
Time: 12:30-3:30 pm
Room: Crown Palm
Topic: Responsive Services (Preventative, Remedial, & Crisis)
Presenter(s): Kenneth Elliott; Laura Perry

Children of domestic violence are those children living in a household where domestic violence is occurring, yet they themselves are not victims of physical or sexual abuse.  The effects can negatively impact children emotionally and include both short-term as well as long-term harm.  Workshop participants will gain a greater insight into the frequency of incidences as well as the severity visited upon children through a developmental lens.  Participants will be able to:  identify the short term emotional, developmental, and educational harm visited upon childhood observers of domestic violence; recognize the long term effects of witnessing domestic violence within the home; and be less likely to minimize or deny the harmful effects to children.  Participants will gain basic home and school coping strategies for students as well as increase awareness and need for systemic awareness and change in order to become better advocates.  Participants will increase their overall awareness of domestic violence and improve their skills when working with potential children of domestic violence.

39. TSCA Presents:  Real Self-Care (3 Hours)
Time: 12:30-3:30 pm
Room: Banyan
Topic: Wellness & Self Care
Presenter(s): Megan Guidry; Cally Tilly

Let us not talk about self care when we can partake collectively.  The joy of art making can be yours! It is a well known reality that our world has required a lot of mental health practitioners and there is no shortage of need for rejuvenation. Join us for a true self care opportunity that is purely experiential.  All of the techniques used are also applicable for use with clients and students.  No art experience required.  You can expect to be able to create several art-based projects that will serve as new tools for your toolbox.

40. Supporting Educators Through the Ups and Downs of Daily Challenges (3 Hours)
Time: 12:30-3:30 pm
Room: Zambezi
Topic: Social & Emotional Learning & Guidance
Presenter(s): Judith Norman

As school-based mental health professionals we're working at the intersection of educational and mental health frameworks.  It's our job to support educators and students with the challenges that come from stress, anxiety, and trauma, while also supporting teaching and learning.

In this training you will learn how to help educators understand what is happening in moments of dys-regulation. You will learn practical neuroscience that can guide teachers in understanding behavior, along with identifying appropriate expectations in different moments. You will learn to help educators view behavior as information about arousal states and use this understanding to effectively choose strategies and approaches. You'll learn to support interventions for entire classrooms and to work from a teaming approach.

You'll learn to identify clues that help YOU understand where an educator might be along a developmental continuum, so you can understand their individual needs and readiness. Providing a sense of safety and belonging for both students and educators is vital.

Students can't learn when they don't feel safe. Educators play a key role in preparing students' brains to learn, we play a key role in helping them understand what that means.

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90 Minute Programs: 2:00 - 3:30 pm

41. Building Cultural Sensitivity in Your School - The Cultural Connection (R)
Time: 2:00-3:30 pm
Room: Kilimanjaro 7 & 8
Topic: Multicultural & Social Justice
Presenter(s): Karen Powell; Jessica Johnson

This session will equip you with skills and tools needed to help create culturally responsive teachers and staff on your campus who are aware of, and address the cultural and ethnic needs of students to help foster positive relationships and give students a sense of belonging.  The focus on our campus this year is becoming more culturally sensitive to our co-workers and students to help increase student success and positive outcomes, both academically and behaviorally.  This session will go into detail about how we are accomplishing this task on our campus this year.  This will be an interactive session where participation is encouraged as we teach activities and strategies that can be used with students and staff.  Participants will leave with ready-made Power Point slides and activities that they can use to train their campus staff, and lesson ideas for teaching students these important skills.

42. A New Lens: Looking Beyond the Behavior (A) (R)
Time: 2:00-3:30 pm
Room: Kilimanjaro 9 & 10
Topic: Social & Emotional Learning & Guidance
Presenter(s): Shelly-Ann James-Perelion; Adeli 'Minet' Cortez

Understanding how trauma impacts students can help provide a new perspective on student behavior. Learning strategies to set up a trauma informed classroom will reduce dysregulated behavior, encourage social-emotional skill sets, foster positive connections and ensure a safe learning environment. Challenging behavior is not a normal condition but the result of misdirected energy and unmet needs. Children can improve behavior if given an environment of love, activity and creativity.

43. Texas School Mental Health & Wellness Resources
Time:
2:00-3:30 pm
Room: Acacia
Topic: Comprehensive School Counseling Program Design & Management
Presenter(s): Rohanna Sykes

The Texas Education Agency has a new website and School Mental Health Toolkit available for districts and schools. These resources were developed with collaboration between Texas Education Agency, Health and Human Services Commission, the University of Texas and the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center to help districts align with the Safe and Supportive Schools and Effective Schools Framework in supporting best practice implementation for your students, staff, and community. Attendees will walk away with an in-depth look at the newly released resources for immediate implementation in their district and on their campus.

44. Debunking the Myths of Non-Suicidal Self Harm and Suicide in School Aged Children and Adolescents (NC)
Time: 2:00-3:30 pm
Room: Bamboo
Topic: Suicide Prevention, Intervention, Postvention
Presenter(s): Michelle Holcomb

There are many myths out there regarding non-suicidal self harm in school aged children and adolescents.  In this conference program, we will debunk the myths and stereotypes of non-suicidal self harm, learn evidence based practice methods to assess risk for suicide and non-suicidal self harm, and will participate in hands-on activities to demonstrate useful tools in working with individuals in a school environment.

45. TSCA Presents: Tech tools for School Counselors (NC)
Time: 2:00-3:30 pm
Room: Cypress
Topic: Technology
Presenter(s): Dyann Wilson; Amy Storer

Come join us for a hands-on presentation about how you can integrate technology into your counseling program. We will be highlighting a few of our favorite tools-Wakelet, Flipgrid, Canva, Google Sites, and more- and sharing with you how we can use these tools to support ALL learners. These tools can easily be integrated to support social emotional learning, self-compassion, internet safety, self-awareness, conflict resolution, and more!

46. Punitive or Restorative: Schools Can't Have it Both Ways (A) (R)
Time: 2:00-3:30 pm
Room: Portia
Topic: Leadership & Advocacy
Presenter(s): Ashley Pringle

We will examine common behavior strategies through a trauma-informed lens. Come to find your voice as an advocate for restorative, learning-focused discipline on your campus. Leave feeling curious, creative, and courageous!

47. TSCA presents: What's in Your Bucket - Looking at SB 179,  Are Your Program Buckets Half Full (80%) or Half Empty (20%)? (A)
Time: 2:00-3:30 pm
Room: Kalahari F
Topic: Comprehensive School Counseling Program Design & Management
Presenter(s): Stacey Griggs; Jenny Hernandez; Kasey Navin; Katherine Vela; Katrina Duvall 

As exciting as the passing of SB 179 is, many professional school counselors are faced with (what for many is) a daunting task to identify and realign what is in their program 'buckets'.   Through activities and discussion, counselors  will join us in the steps we took to review our current program 'buckets' and practices. Participants will walk away with the tools to review, unpack, and refill their current program 'buckets' in alignment with The Texas Model for comprehensive School Counseling Programs and  SB 179.

48. 'I'm grieving as fast as I can!'
Time:
2:00-3:30 pm
Room: Kalahari G
Topic: Social & Emotional Learning & Guidance
Presenter(s): Jill Riethmayer

In a world saturated with loss, the past two years with COVID has taken 'loss' to an entirely new level.  2020 - 2021 have been 'banner years' in regard to loss:  multiple losses, lost opportunities to physically be with the sick and/or dying, lost opportunities to mourn our losses with family, loss of being physically present with a support system, loss of our 'normal', etc.  Come and learn as we take a look at loss and grief  with this workshop looking at loss specifically through the lens of the recent COVID Pandemic.  Learn how 'ungrieved' losses of the past still impact both our present life and losses as well as our future life and losses.  Ungrieved past loss magnifies and complicates current, new losses and in the process always 'robs us' of  being able to fully live in the present.  Come and look at grieving new loss as well as 'layered losses'.  Specific grief tools will also be shared in this workshop.

49. Novice or Ninja?  We Have Updates to the ApplyTexas Application and Counselor Reporting Suite PLUS AskADVI
Time:
2:00-3:30 pm
Room: Kalahari H
Topic: College, Career, Military Readiness
Presenter(s): Andrea Panter; Lisa Shaw

In this 90-minute workshop we’ll cover the essential updates to ApplyTexas. It’s the only college application system that lets students apply to any public university in Texas. It includes many private and community colleges in Texas too. We’ll also look at updates to the ApplyTexas Counselor Reporting Suite. High school counselors and authorized users can use the suite to track admission and financial aid data for their students. And we’ll dive into the many resources that Texas OnCourse provides to educators using ApplyTexas. Resource highlight of the day: AskADVI! It’s a new virtual advising chatbot that brings advising to students’ fingertips.

50. Motivational Interviewing: A School Counselor's Best Friend! (NC)
Time: 2:00-3:30 pm
Room: Kalahari I
Topic: Counseling Theory & Practice
Presenter(s): Solomon Moore

Are you having endless conversations with students and nothing seems to change? Do you feel like you have no strategies or techniques to guide discussions with students within a limited amount of time? If you answered yes to these questions, this session is for you! You will learn the foundational components of motivational interviewing (MI), which is a person-centered modality for eliciting positive change in students by moving them from ambivalence to action. Wouldn't this be AWESOME with teens?? This session will frame MI within the school counseling world and provide practical strategies/techniques to use with students. You will walk away with concrete techniques to use immediately in your school counseling practice when you return from the conference. Motivational interviewing is a GAME CHANGER for helping students to grow and make positive changes for success! This session is geared towards middle school and high school counselors, but MI can be used with upper elementary as well (4th/5th).

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90 Minute Programs: 4:00 - 5:30 pm

50A. Extending Ethical Decision-Making to Meet the Needs of Minors
Time:
4:00-5:30pm
Room: Kilimanjaro 1 & 2
Topic: Ethics
Presenter(s): Teri Sartor

Effectively counseling minors requires specific training in BOTH skills and ethics. In the wake of recent happenings additional skills and ethical codes are at the forefront of counseling practices due to the virtual and socially distanced counseling spaces. While there is some clarity in the BHEC, TSBEPC, and TSBEMFT Rules and Regulations along with the ACA and AAMFT ethical codes, the 'grey areas' create shaky ground for counselors who provide treatment to minors. This presentation will discuss and explore an ethical decision-making model specially related to counseling minors with respect to developmental concerns, treatment modality, and counseling setting.

51. What Should I Do? Using Ethical Standards and an Ethical Decision-Making Model in Daily Practice. (NC)
Time: 4:00-5:30pm
Room: Kilimanjaro 3 & 4
Topic: Ethics & Legal Issues
Presenter(s): Gail Roaten

School counselors are called upon daily to make decisions and take actions regarding student issues. It is often difficult to determine what to do. Do you call parents/guardian? Do you disclose information to an administrator? Situations are unclearand have no single response or action. In this session, participants will review the ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors (ASCA, 2016) and learn a basic ethical decision-making model. The participants will then apply the decision-making model to three real life situations including non-suicidal self-injury, use of drugs/alcohol, and the disclosure of student issues to administration (breaking confidentiality).

52. Purposeful Small Group Counseling (NC) (R)
Time: 4:00-5:30 pm
Room: Kilimanjaro 7 & 8
Topic: Responsive Services (Preventative, Remedial, & Crisis)
Presenter(s): Krystel Santiago Villarrubia; Julianna Wimberly

Purposeful Small Group Counseling is a session that will provide all the things a School Counselor will need from beginning to end for a School Year utilizing 4 of The Great 8 Skills such as Optimistic Thinking, Self Management, Goal-Directed Behavior, and Relationship Skills. We will have activities like Make and Take to help students identify feelings or how they feel from Fist to Five, pre and post-assessments to measure student progress, lesson plans, movement activities, a copy of Google forms, and 6 activities per Great 8 Skill.

53. Individual Counseling in a School Setting (NC) (R)
Time: 4:00-5:30 pm
Room: Kilimanjaro 9 & 10
Topic: Behavioral Interventions
Presenter(s): Tershundrea Branch

Individual counseling sessions in a school setting with limited time? No problem! In this interactive session, we will provide specific strategies that can be used by school counselors from all grade levels to provide individual counseling sessions. Through modeling and role playing, counselors will learn how to utilize treatment planning as a therapeutic approach that can assist students in resolving conflicts, removing obstacles, and gaining self-acceptance. This unique approach can be used for brief counseling sessions. Each participant will walk away with an introductory understanding of how Sand Tray can be used to explore feelings and the implementation of treatment planning that can be immediately put to use!

54. The Benefits of Laughter and So Much More!
Time:
4:00-5:30 pm
Room: Acacia
Topic: Wellness & Self Care
Presenter(s): Rosa Linda Cruz

The Benefits of Laughter and So Much More will allow participants to actively engage in self care tools and coping strategies.

55. Expanding the School Counselor's Reach and Efficiency in Serving Students and Parents with Technology
Time:
4:00-5:30 pm
Room: Bamboo
Topic: Technology
Presenter(s): Tran Le

Using technology to communicate with students and parents can promote connectedness and eliminate constraints such as time and space (Natale, 2018). While face-to-face communication remains an effective form of connecting with students and parents, school counselors can explore innovative tools and methods to expand their reach and efficiency.

This presentation will introduce attendees to various technology trends and find ways to integrate online tools into their work. The audience will learn how to effectively implement technology with intentionality and purpose, to expand the school counselor's reach and efficiency in serving all students, increase access to resources, and contribute to overall student achievement. This interactive presentation will allow participants to develop an understanding of how technology can help school counselors utilize virtual platforms to connect with students and parents by offering virtual office hours, delivering inspiring daily or weekly messages and activities, and monitor students' needs and progress.

56. POWER and Potential - Creating Safe Spaces for High School Students Through Psychoeducational Groups
Time:
4:00-5:30 pm
Room: Cypress
Topic: Responsive Services (Preventative, Remedial, & Crisis)
Presenter(s): Carrie Proctor; Kehinde Olowoyeye; Adrian Singh

POWER (Proud Original Women Empowering Relationships) is a safe place for at risk high school girls to connect, learn valuable skills, and build confidence as they prepare for the transition to life after high school. Come learn how a high school administrator, counselor, and teacher collaborated to develop and facilitate a weekly group to meet the unique needs of their students. This program is held at an alternative high school of choice that is focused on credit recovery and post-secondary transition for students who needed a second chance at success.

57. Creating SEL Connections - How to Support Teachers in Integrating SEL into their Curriculum (R)
Time: 4:00-5:30 pm
Room: Portia
Topic: Social & Emotional Learning & Guidance
Presenter(s): Anne Lehew

As Professional School Counselors, we are trained and know how social emotional learning (SEL) can positively impact our learners. But are your teachers trained in this as well? In this world where no one 'can do one more thing', Professional School Counselors need to help educators understand that this isn't one more thing, they already are teaching SEL!  PSCs are tasked in the Texas Education Code (TEC 33.003-33.007) 'to work with the school faculty and staff to implement, and evaluate a developmental  program to include a guidance curriculum to help students develop their full educational potential, and system support to support the efforts of teachers and staff in promoting the educational, career, personal, and social development of students.'  In this session we will discuss how to help your staff understand the importance of SEL, how they are already teaching SEL, and ways to infuse more SEL opportunities for their learners.

58. Whatcha Talking About Willis? You Said Which Evaluation? You Mean there is More Than One?  The Texas School Counselor (A)
Time: 4:00-5:30 pm
Room: Crown Palm
Topic: Comprehensive School Counseling Program Design & Management
Presenter(s): Valerie Martinez

This presentation will guide you in how to appropriately communicate with your central office and administrators of the appropriateness of TEMPC 3 over other evaluation systems.

59. Help! I want to use Art-based and STEM Activities in my School Counseling Program
Time:
4:00-5:30 pm
Room: Banyan
Topic: Social & Emotional Learning & Guidance
Presenter(s): Daniel Alvarez; Courtney Taylor

Art-based counseling and STEM activities have been around for many decades. The use of these activities in the counseling process has many different benefits for students of all ages. Some of these benefits include improved self-esteem, increased self-awareness, reduction of stress, and anxiety. Art-based counseling and STEM activities are also very flexible and can be used hand-in-hand with many different SEL programs. Stop by and enjoy a hands-on presentation where a school counselor can learn how to use different art-based counseling and STEM activities in the school counseling setting with regards to individual, small group, and guidance/SEL lessons.

60. Transformation of Self & Relationships: Self-Care, Well-being, Movement, & Community
Time:
4:00-5:30pm
Room: Kalahari F
Topic: Wellness & Self Care
Presenter(s): Christina Shaw

In this workshop, the participants will be able to use some of the techniques shared today to help them self-regulate as we begin another unprecedented school year. Additionally, participants will be able to self-regulate by incorporating breathing and mindful techniques that will be explored. Also, participants will recognize that we are all in this together and as a community, we are all still recovering from some trauma from the last year and a half in the pandemic. There will be a sense of relief from the current anxieties and stress through breathing, mindfulness, and movement.

61. Thornes and Roses: The Connection Between Depression and Self-Esteem
Time:
4:00-5:30 pm
Room: Kalahari G
Topic: Social & Emotional Learning & Guidance
Presenter(s): Melodi Parker; Jessika Lara; Nicci Staggs

How many positive Patty's and negative Nancy's do you encounter throughout the day? Do your scholars focus more on the negative or positive perceptions of themselves? Studies have reported that self-esteem is a prospective risk factor for depression. Low self-esteem and depression can have significant, long term negative effects on a young person's life. Being self aware strengthens relationships, regulates emotions, improves decision making skills, and increases confidence.  In this presentation, you will learn how to create a therapeutic art activity to help scholars become self aware and process how positive and negative events have shaped their personal views.

62. Wow them with Wellness: Impacting Climate and Culture through Teacher Wellness (A)
Time: 4:00-5:30 pm
Room: Kalahari H
Topic: Wellness & Self Care
Presenter(s): Amy Jolley; Lori Robinson; Anita Stetson

Participants will leave this session with ideas on how to impact the overall culture and climate on their campuses through teacher wellness.  This session will provide ideas for staff development, lunch and learn opportunities, and creative ways to celebrate, engage and fill the cups of your staff.

63. Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Students with Dual Diagnosis
Time:
4:00-5:30 pm
Room: Kalahari I
Topic: Leadership & Advocacy
Presenter(s): Stephanie Barbre; Chinomso Ihenagwam; Devender Banda

Dual diagnosis is a term used to describe having an intellectual/developmental disability (IDD) with a co-occurring mental health condition. The prevalence of co-occurring mental disorders is three- to four-fold in youth with IDD, and it is estimated between 30% to 50% of children with IDD experience co-occurring mental health disorders. Although students with IDD are more vulnerable and susceptible to mental illness than the general population, their mental health needs often go unidentified and untreated due to a lack of awareness, training, and experience among caregivers and service providers. The presentation will discuss the interaction of unique vulnerabilities and risk factors that perpetuate the likelihood of mental health conditions among the IDD population and how an innovative program, Project TEDD: Training Educators in Dual Diagnosis, is using a collaborative approach between educators and mental health professionals to address the mental health needs of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

64. The Big, Bad 'B' Word
Time:
4:00-5:30 pm
Room: Zambezi
Topic: Social & Emotional Learning & Guidance
Presenter(s): Chris Scheufele

Tired of the angry emails and phone calls? Tired of parents and schools being at odds? Tired of all of the social division creeping into schools without a way to handle it? Wonder what's' going on in some students' heads? Tired of EVERYTHING being called 'bullying'? Tired of the 'same old same old' not working? Chris will show you the simple, laugh-out-loud methods to help unite schools and parents, and help students achieve unbelievable growth in social emotional learning and resilience!

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022

 90 Minute Programs: 8:00 - 9:30 am

65. Well-Being, Belonging, and Engagement: Integrating SEL for Meaningful Outcomes
Time:
8:00-9:30 am
Room: Kilimanjaro 1 & 2
Topic: Social & Emotional Learning & Guidance
Presenter(s): Houston Kraft

Culture is the sum of the behaviors in your school or district - the behaviors of both students AND staff. This session puts a practical focus on effective behavior change through the thoughtful teaching of social and emotional learning (SEL), character development, and relationship-building. How do we integrate and teach these skills in an engaging and relevant way? In this interactive and resource-packed session, you will learn a framework for powerful culture change and will walk away with low-burden, high-impact strategies and tools to make an impact RIGHT NOW. Houston, a former TSCA keynote and the co-founder of CharacterStrong, will provide stories, research, and tools that will impact your work immediately.

66. Helping Children Through Loss (NC)
Time: 8:00-9:30 am
Room: Kilimanjaro 3 & 4
Topic: Responsive Services (Preventative, Remedial, & Crisis)
Presenter(s): Jessica Frasier

This session will explore some common myths of grief, unhealthy coping skills, and helpful tips in guiding children, self, and others to more healthy coping skills.

67. Save Time by Creating a Grief Group (R)
Time: 8:00-9:30 am
Room: Kilimanjaro 7 & 8
Topic: Counseling Theory & Practice
Presenter(s): Jessica Leinen

The past two years have been difficult for everyone and the need for grief counseling has increased exponentially. Mental health in general is on the rise and our jobs as school counselors has become exhausting as there's just not enough time in the day to meet with all of the students in need.  Join this session to learn all about creating a grief group within your own school and learn how to save time by meeting with multiple students at once. Starting a grief group can be overwhelming but I promise to provide you with all of the tools and resources to start your own grief group tomorrow.

68. TSCA Presents: TEMPSC-III: Enhancing School Counselor Practice Through Job Related Performance Evaluation (A) (R)
Time: 8:00-9:30 am
Room: Kilimanjaro 9 & 10
Topic: Comprehensive School Counseling Program Design & Management
Presenter(s): Ernest Cox

Are you ready for a professional evaluation tool that is totally aligned with the Texas Model? In this session, participants will learn about the Texas Evaluation Model for Professional School Counselors, 3rd edition. As a document focused on school counselor growth and development, it provides clear direction and supports for the appraisal of school counselor performance with respect to our state statutes and specific counselor competencies. Come learn about this wonderful advocacy tool!

69. TSCA Presents: CREST Winner Panel
Time:
8:00-9:30 am
Room: Acacia
Topic: Comprehensive School Counseling Program Design & Management
Presenter(s): Jennifer Akins

In this session we will feature the CREST success stories from some of our winning submissions. Successful school counselors will share their tips and strategies for collecting data, working with stakeholders, and advocating for their programs.

70. The Roots of Violence:  Bullying, Gangs, Violence, Hate Crimes and Kids Killing Kids
Time:
8:00-9:30 am
Room: Bamboo
Topic: Social & Emotional Learning & Guidance
Presenter(s): Jill Riethmayer

One cannot deny that violence is escalating in our country - in our homes, in our schools, in our communities as well as across our state and our nation.  The violence occurs on a continuum ranging all the way from mild bullying behaviors to gang violence to hate crimes to kids killing kids (both inside and outside the classroom).  In our response initially to the high profile Columbine shootings as well as in subsequent school shootings, both schools and communities have primarily treated only the symptoms of violence, but not the actual roots of violence.  This workshop explores the roots of violence and identifies significant social toxins that contribute greatly to violence - including kids killing kids.  Participants will be able to identify the major 'patterns of violence' and then take a closer look at the overall warning signs of potential violence from a specific kid.  The last portion of the workshop will focus upon the healing process that is mandatory for 'hurt kids' to quit hurting other kids - as well as 'hurt adults' to quit hurting other adults.

71. Are you Prepared? (NC)
Time: 8:00-9:30 am
Room: Cypress
Topic: Responsive Services (Preventative, Remedial, & Crisis)
Presenter(s): Kristen Ascencao; Frank Alfaro

Are you prepared for the unexpected? Crisis management planning is an essential component of the crisis response process. Stability is crucial during an unexpected crisis, and crisis management planning helps create processes, frameworks, and response protocols, reducing further trauma. According to the National Education Agency (2018), 'there is a need to focus on school safety as a means of preventing incidents. A significant part of prevention is recognizing and addressing the mental health needs of students and staff' (p.1). School counselors should be leaders when helping their school systems prepare for these unexpected situations. Join me as we discuss crisis management best practices, the different types of traumas students and staff may face, and the importance of self-care during these unexpected times.

72. Hit Snooze: Managing Your Internal Alarm System (R)
Time: 8:00-9:30 am
Room: Portia
Topic: Wellness & Self Care
Presenter(s): Megan McCarty; Sheila McMullin

Trauma and chronic stress have direct impacts on a person's physiology. The brain, nervous system, immune system, and digestive system are some areas directly affected. Understanding the physiological manifestations of our natural human stress response system allows for a more targeted approach to self-care and wellness. In the spirit of resilience and recovery, it is vital to gain a greater, more concrete understanding of individualized body based experiences, the dysregulated reactions that ensue, and strategies that can help us rebalance.

73. Preparing Students for a Mobile Workforce (Industry 4.0)
Time:
8:00-9:30am
Room: Crown Palm
Topic: College, Career, Military Readiness
Presenter(s): Jill Allshouse and David Hernandez

Innovative mobile technologies being used by today's workforce are transforming the way we learn and work. It's increasingly important to understand how digital fluency with mobile technology is essential to career success. In this session, we'll explore how coding and app design can provide students with new ways to think and problem-solve. We'll examine how you can guide students as they consider their future career endeavors and look at how jobs in every industry require coding skills.

74. School Counselors & School Psychologists: An Essential Partnership in a UNITED Suicide Prevention Program
Time:
8:00-9:30 am
Room: Banyan
Topic: Suicide Prevention, Intervention, Postvention
Presenter(s): Ileana Moreno; Linda Garza

School counselors will learn about current national data that was surveyed on school counselors and school psychologists about suicide prevention programs in public schools in the United States. They will also learn how a school district, United ISD, school counselors and school psychologists developed a statewide recognized comprehensive, and multifaceted, suicide prevention program. School counselors will learn about the use of evidence-based practices and research, highlighting current trends, recent research findings and up to date evidence-based interventions and practices in the area of suicide prevention and mental health. Participants will also be provided with valuable resources, such as a copy of United ISD's standardized suicide prevention protocol, parent resources (in English and Spanish), as well as valuable learning lessons that can assist them in developing and/or enhancing their suicide prevention program.

75. Foster Care and Student Success: Become a Champion for students in Foster Care
Time:
8:00-9:30 am
Room: Kalahari F
Topic: Responsive Services (Preventative, Remedial, & Crisis)
Presenter(s): LaTrenda Watson

Do you know the requirements and laws that support students in foster care and promote their academic success? This workshop provides an overview of state and federal mandates, academic resources, and helpful strategies to assist students in Foster Care. Participants will gain knowledge and identify new approaches for implementing Local Education Agency (LEA) support systems that promote success for students in foster care.

76. US Service Academies and the US Naval Academy: Application, Academics and Student Life
Time:
8:00-9:30 am
Room: Kalahari G
Topic: College, Career, Military Readiness
Presenter(s): Leigh McNeil; Brittiany Leonard

Please join your Texas Admissions Counselor and Admissions Director to learn about application to the service academies, using the Naval Academy as a case in point. Learn about the application and nomination processes, majors, student life, and careers after graduation. Special consideration will be given to the role of the school officials in the processes.

77. Telehealth: the Good, the Lag, and the Pixilated
Time:
8:00-9:30 am
Room: Kalahari H
Topic: Technology
Presenter(s): James Wilkins

Worried about the challenges of providing telehealth? Unsure what these challenges even are? Attend this session to identify the challenges therapists face when providing remote counseling. Additionally, attendees will learn some strategies in combating the challenges of telehealth through this interactive presentation.

78. Supporting Black Families: A Black Brave Voice Perspective From a State of Continual Social Unrest
Time:
8:00-9:30 am
Room: Kalahari I
Topic: Multicultural & Social Justice
Presenter(s): Cynthia Jones; Danielle Hall; Jasminn Moore

The voices of Black families have been consistently ignored or silenced in our nation. This inequity has also led to negative ramifications within our country's education systems. The disparity in schools, along with continual social unrest, is yet another toll for Black families. Students are struggling in stride with the daily balance of home, school, and life as Black American citizens. The art of managing the balance and social injustice is a journey Black students should not have to walk alone. As counselors, we seek to provide a safe haven and an inclusive learning environment. Additionally, we seek to provide social and emotional support for students to find and use their voices. Our work is intentional to ensure students, families, and colleagues of color are being provided a well-rounded and emotionally safe space. We are looking to work with campus leaders, fellow colleagues, and teachers to ensure that Black students, families, and educators are valued, heard, and supported.

79. Psychosocial Considerations for Students with Invisible Illnesses
Time:
8:00-9:30 am
Room: Zambezi
Topic: Social & Emotional Learning & Guidance
Presenter(s): Sarah Davis

On the surface students with invisible or chronic illnesses often look 'normal'; sometimes even healthy, making it harder for them to receive the appropriate psychosocial support. This session will focus on identifying the unique stressors pediatric patients and their families experience due to chronic illness, as well as specific tools and techniques to use when working with this population. Participants will gain a stronger understanding of how a chronic illness impacts the social and emotional needs of families.

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 90 Minute Programs: 12:00 - 1:30 pm

80. What We Know & What We Don't About Youth Suicide
Time:
12:00-1:30 pm
Room: Kilimanjaro 1 & 2
Topic: Suicide Prevention, Intervention, Postvention
Presenter(s): Tam Larnerd

Mr. Larnerd will present the current research surrounding youth suicide, focusing on the long-term effects of COVID-19. Audience members will increase their knowledge of suicide warning signs, discuss how to strengthen suicide prevention efforts between schools and communities, and learn what to say and not say to help struggling youth.

81. How do you Fill From an Empty Cup?  How Implementation of SEL can Fill Both Educators' and Students' Cups
Time:
12:00-1:30 pm
Room: Kilimanjaro 3 & 4
Topic: Social & Emotional Learning & Guidance
Presenter(s): Kat Pastor

Coming off an unprecedented year, schools across the country continue to wrestle with finding the intentional time to dedicate to SEL on their campuses along with educators coming back to the buildings who have experienced burnout and compassion fatigue. How can we intentionally look at our culture and climate on our campuses and begin to meet the needs of both our students and staff. We must provide staff with low-burden, high-impact strategies that begin with adult behavior change and end with a positive impact on the academic, social-emotional, and career development of our students. The goal is to create systems of change that can positively and intentionally impact our students, staff and communities with focusing Tier One SEL intervention in our schools.

82. TSCA Presents: You Can Earn a CREST! (NC) (R)
Time: 12:00-1:30 pm
Room: Kilimanjaro 7 & 8
Topic: Comprehensive School Counseling Program Design & Management
Presenter(s): Jennifer Akins

In this session we will walk participants through the newly designed CREST award. The CREST honors comprehensive school counseling programs that serve student needs and make a difference in student outcomes! The newly redesigned CREST is fully aligned with the Texas Model and will help you advocate for your program. It's also a great way to show off all the wonderful things you've accomplished! Come join us to get started!

83. TSCA Presents:  Why Students Need a Career Story and How You Can Help Them Write One (R)
Time: 12:00-1:30 pm
Room: Kilimanjaro 9 & 10
Topic: College, Career, Military Readiness
Presenter(s): Lesley Casarez; Michael O'Briant

Many secondary students become so wrapped up in the here and now that they do not plan for the future after high school.  As school counselors, we have the ethical mandate to ensure students 'receive critical, timely information on college, career and postsecondary options' (ASCA, 2014). The Texas Model for Comprehensive School Counseling Programs (Texas Education Agency, 2018) provides curricular content on post-secondary planning and career planning to outline what guidance lessons at each level should entail.  Guiding students to develop a career goal and plan for achieving it are the first step in writing their career story.

84. Creating Safe Spaces: LGBTQI+ 101 for School Counselors
Time:
12:00-1:30 pm
Room: Acacia
Topic: LGBTQ+ Issues in Counseling
Presenter(s): Beck Munsey

School Counselors are seeing more students in the school setting identifying with the LGBTQQIAAPP community. The presenter will review key terminology, developmental milestones, and review research regarding specific mental health issues affecting those who identify with the community. Attendees will gain insight into affirmative practices for the school setting to help students navigate their identity within the learning environment. At the end of the presentation there will be time for attendees to ask questions.

85. Take a Moment to Take Care: Finding Your Anchor with SEL
Time:
12:00-1:30 pm
Room: Bamboo
Topic: Wellness & Self Care
Presenter(s): Lindsey Jackson

As teachers are asked to facilitate social and emotional learning experiences for children, the question must be asked, how do teachers learn SEL for themselves? In this session, attendees will practice mindful moments and explore the brain science behind mindfulness. In taking care of ourselves, even for just a moment, we are more equipped to take care of others and our relationships with others. We can learn to weather the storm of our days through one mindful moment, and when we do so, true social and emotional learning can begin.

86. Mental Health Implications of COVID-19 on Adolescent Children (A)
Time: 12:00-1:30 pm
Room: Cypress
Topic: Responsive Services (Preventative, Remedial, & Crisis)
Presenter(s): Jennifer Herold Fontenot; Beth Pitts

Many pediatric hospitals have reported a 100 percent increase in admissions for mental health problems, upwards of a 200 percent increase in admissions for substance use and suicide attempts. They note that 70 percent of children and youth have indicated that the pandemic has affected their mental health.  Presenters will explain how skill deficits from mental health conditions create behavioral difficulties.  Attendees will learn how skill deficits from mental health conditions make behavioral difficulties.  Finally, presenters will share with attendees COVID-19 recovery interventions and successful strategies for re-entry into school.

87. A High School Wrap-Around Approach to Social Emotional Learning (R)
Time: 12:00-1:30 pm
Room: Portia
Topic: Social & Emotional Learning & Guidance
Presenter(s): Christine Poulis; Megan Guidry; Rebecca Mourning; Jill Harney

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is a necessary and required piece of a comprehensive school guidance program.  Implementing this program presents a unique set of challenges at the High School level.  Hear how Boerne High School Counselors apply MTSS, guidance curriculum, and a wrap-around process to meet the needs of high risk students. Participants will walk away with useful tools to use with students of all levels of need.

88. Anxiety Interventions for School Counselors (NC)
Time: 12:00-1:30 pm
Room: Crown Palm
Topic: Responsive Services (Preventative, Remedial, & Crisis)
Presenter(s): Michelle Farias

School counselors are on the frontline for working with anxious students.  Parents, teachers and administrators look to school counselors for answers when students are unable to attend school, stay in class, or manage their behavior due to anxiety.  Students need additional skills besides relaxation techniques and breathing exercises to help them when their anxiety shows up.  Learn proven research-based techniques that will help students attain the skills needed to manage their anxiety.

89: TEA Legislative Updates and New Resources (Repeat of #28)
Time: 12:00 – 1:30pm
Room: Banyan
Topic: Professional & Legal Issues
Presenter(s): Stephanie Lerner; Alexis Bauserman

This presentation will provide key K-12 updates from the 87th Texas Legislature and draw connections to existing legislation that affects school counselors. Presenters will highlight new counseling resources from TEA and solicit your input on plans for future initiatives and resource development.

90. Are you Ready to Build an Engaging Counseling Toolbox? (NC)
Time: 12:00-1:30 pm
Room: Kalahari F
Topic: Comprehensive School Counseling Program Design & Management
Presenter(s): Anthonia Osborne

Are you having a difficult time fully implementing a comprehensive school counseling program at your school? Do you want new ways to reach students? If so, this session is for you. Whether this is your first year as a school counselor or your 10th year as a school counselor, this session will assist you in bringing new strategies to your counselor tool box to energize your counseling program. In this presentation, you will receive different perspectives from a seasoned counselor and a fairly new counselor. Come join us as we give great strategies to build your comprehensive school counseling program.

91. Help! I Want to Use Origami in School Counseling! (NC)
Time: 12:00-1:30 pm
Room: Kalahari G
Topic: Social & Emotional Learning & Guidance
Presenter(s): Daniel Alvarez

Origami has been around for many decades, and it has been used for many different activities and reasons. Origami does have a basis for counseling and can help students improve their mindfulness, concentration, and self-confidence. Come and enjoy a hands-on presentation where a school counselor can learn how to use origami in the school counseling setting with regards to individual, small group, and guidance/SEL lessons. We will review different folds, and simple origami structures that can be used for all grade levels.

CANCELLED 92. School Counselors Perceptions of Cultural Competence When Delivering Responsive Services to Culturally Diverse Students
Time:
12:00-1:30 pm
Room: Kalahari H
Topic: Multicultural & Social Justice
Presenter(s): Teri Marrow

Cultural competence continues to be an influential and controversial topic that affects school counseling. Evidence suggests that school counselors who demonstrate cultural competence are more responsive within diverse school settings (Holcomb-McCoy, 2008). Even though counselor education programs encourage counselors-in-training to embrace and celebrate diversity, the average school counselor may not feel well versed in the area of cultural competency (Constantine, 2001). The literature on school counselors' cultural competence is limited to the ethical standards that mandate school counselors make responsible and ethical decisions (ACA, 2005; ASCA, 2019). Cultural competence among school counselors helps to facilitate culturally responsive services for the needs of all students. In this session, attendees will gain a new awareness of the importance of ongoing multicultural training and building relationships with students, parents, and staff who are culturally different from themselves.

93. Mapping out a Comprehensive School Counseling Program (NC)
Time: 12:00-1:30 pm
Room: Kalahari I
Topic: Comprehensive School Counseling Program Design & Management
Presenter(s): Amy Rodriguez; David Rainey

Texas Education Code Sec. 33.005 outlines the expectation of school counseling programs in the state of Texas and their alignment to the Texas Model for Comprehensive School Counseling Programs.  This session will discuss our district's progression of learning and early creation of our comprehensive school counseling programs using data to meet student needs on each of our campuses.  Through this process, we have mapped out how the ASCA National Model and Texas Model intersect in order to offer robust programming to our students, families, and community.  Our goal is to fully implement a comprehensive school counseling program across all Georgetown ISD campuses by May, 2025.

94. What's My Purpose? Inspiring Meaningful Living Among Adolescents in Transition
Time:
12:00-1:30 pm
Room: Zambezi
Topic: Counseling Theory & Practice
Presenter(s): Sonya Heckler-Cheyne

Youth experience transition rapidly due to their developmental stage. Daily life, including relationships, home environment, and socioeconomic status contribute to the transition's youth experience (Feldman, 2017). 2020 to the present introduced America to COVID-19 and social injustice, further impacting transitions for youth (Maynes & Waltner, 2020). As a result, earlier generations are encountering existential questioning and crises (Frankl, 1963; White, 2020). Whereas some youth demonstrate resiliency and are thriving and excelling when confronted with new challenges, others are struggling to understand their identity, the world around them, and their place and value in society. From a humanistic perspective, this presentation will provide practical, meaningful, and powerful interventions for those serving children and adolescents today. Approaches can be used independently or integrated into current methods of practice by professional counselors in schools and working with youth (Dieser & Wimberly, 2021). Resources and techniques will be provided appropriate for various ages of youth and can be applied to levels of transitioning ranging from healthy to at-risk.

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