Institute for School Counseling and School Psychology

Susan Scully-Hill, Ph.D., Director of School Counseling Program

Institute for School Counseling and School Psychology is one of the few professional continuing education programs in the nation focused exclusively on the needs of school counselors. All of the workshops are open to School Counselors, School Social Workers/School Adjustment Counselor, School Psychologists, Rehabilitation Counselors, related counseling practitioners, and graduate students interested in the counseling fields.

The Institute provides training sessions for which 5 NBCC credit hours are awarded for completion of the full-day workshop, which may also be used towards the collection of PDP's per the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


Institute for School Counseling and School Psychology
Assumption College
2017-2018 Workshop Series

All workshops are held on Friday’s from 8:30am – 2:30pm
at Hagan Campus Center Hall
Click here for directions and a campus map
Director, Dr. Susan Scully-Hill (

Registration for each workshop is required. See event links at the end of each workshop description to register.

Please view Frequently Asked Questions here

Additional parking and event details are emailed to each registered attendee on the Monday of the event week.

At A Glance

Workshop Date


Payment Due By

October 27, 2017

Current Legal Issues and Trends for Counselors and Administrators in the Schools - SOLD OUT

October 15, 2017

December 1, 2017

Post-Secondary Transition Planning for High School Students with Disabilities: What Counselors Need to Know - SOLD OUT

November 30, 2017

March 23, 2018

Cultivating an Inclusive School Environment for Diverse Student Populations - SOLD OUT

March 20, 2018

April 27, 2018

Everybody Gets a Seat at the Table: Building School, Family, and Community Engagement in Schools: A Workshop for School-Based Practitioners - SOLD OUT

April 15, 2018

Workshop Series

Date of Workshop: Friday, October 27, 2017

Title of Workshop: Current Legal Issues and Trends for Counselors and Administrators in the Schools

Description of Program: This annual workshop will address legal issues facing school counselors and administrators in public schools. Topics to be covered will include: (1) responding appropriately to student absences and school refusal; (2) recent Federal guidance on physical restraint; transgender students; discipline; and Section 504 eligibility; and (3) strategies for conducting effective and legally compliant IEP/Section 504 Team Meetings. This workshop will provide participants with both an overview of applicable Federal and State laws and regulations as well practical approaches and solutions to issues faced by school counselor and administrators in public schools throughout the Commonwealth. 

Speakers: Matthew MacAvoy, Esq. and Leigh Mello, Esq. 


Date of Workshop: Friday, December 1, 2017

Title of Workshop: Post-Secondary Transition Planning for High School Students with Disabilities: What Counselors Need to Know

Description of Program: This workshop will cover the essentials of effective post-secondary transition planning and counseling for students with disabilities. Participants will gain an understanding of frequently encountered disabilities and the barriers created for entry into post-secondary contexts. Knowledge of adult service agencies and vocational/transition assessment for students with disabilities will also be covered.  Strengths-based, culturally responsive counseling approaches will be emphasized in order to cultivate positive school experiences and post-secondary opportunities for students with disabilities. This workshop will also cover how and when Special Education should be involved in Transition Planning.

Speaker: Dawn Breault, Ed.D.


Date of Workshop: Friday, March 23, 2018

Title of Workshop: Cultivating an Inclusive School Environment for Diverse Student Populations

Description of Program: According to the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), the role of the school counselor is to advocate for students to ensure equity and access, to help students and their families navigate systems of oppression and injustice, and to act as agents of change within their school settings. With the ever changing social and political landscape, staying abreast of best practices, strategies and interventions to create an inclusive school environment can be a challenge. This interactive workshop will use the multicultural change process as a basis to provide participants with the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to positively impact the school experience of diverse populations. This workshop will pay specific attention to transgender youth who experience negative developmental outcomes in the school environment as a result of violence, victimization and stigmatization. 

Speakers: Calvin Hill, Ph.D. and Merric C. Kallfelz


Date of Workshop: Friday, April 27, 2018

Title of Workshop: Everybody Gets a Seat at the Table: Building School, Family, and Community Engagement in Schools: A Workshop for School-Based Practitioners

Description of Program: Family engagement has been supported by decades of research and is associated with a host of benefits for children, classrooms, schools, even neighborhoods and communities. Meaningful family engagement means that schools partner with families, jointly supporting children’s development and learning so that they are successful in school and in life. For school-based practitioners, family engagement is both a mind-set and skill-set. This workshop will review the latest research and resources in the growing family engagement field, including “Family Engagement 2.0” approaches. Bring your creativity! Participants will have opportunities to practice their family engagement skills, design family engagement activities, explore strategies and resources, and test out new ideas.

Speaker: Lorette McWilliams, M.Ed.-CAGS, Ph.D. Candidate


Registration Information for All Workshops
All registration rates include workshop materials, morning coffee/tea service and lunch in Taylor Dining Hall. 

Professional - $75.00
Current Practicum Site Supervisor - complimentary
Assumption College Faculty - complimentary
Assumption College Alumni - $50.00
Graduate Students - complimentary

Payment Methods: 
Mail payments to: (please include copy of receipt of registration so we may match your payment directly)

Assumption College
School Counseling Program
500 Salisbury St.
Kennedy Suite 107
Worcester, MA 01609

Payments Accepted:
Personal Checks
Money Orders/Cashier's checks

If you need additional assistance with payments, please contact the cashier's office at 508-767-7412.