The Institute for School Counseling and School Psychology

Mary Ann Mariani, Ph.D., Director
Evans Tsoules, Ed.D., Coordinator

The 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 offered to Master of Arts program students. C.A.G.S., undergraduates, and Special Students may also attend the Institute sessions. This provides a unique and powerful opportunity for Master's candidates to interact with current professionals in the field.

The Institute provides training sessions for which PDP's and CEU's may be granted. Some training sessions may be taken for graduate credit with additional course requirements.

The primary goals of the Institute are to offer:

  • professional training that enables counselors and psychologists to be current with new theories and methodologies
  • on-site in-service training to teachers and administrators covering topics that advance the work of school counselors and psychologists towards achieving the standards in the Massachusetts Model for Comprehensive School Counseling Programs;
  • outreach consultation to schools seeking assistance with delivery of service.



Friday, September 26, 2014 
"The Changing Landscape of College Admissions & Financial Aid: What Counselors Need to Know"

PRESENTER(S): Paul Lynskey, MBA, Executive Director, Blackstone Valley Education Foundation, Allison Sherlock St. Pierre,B.A., Assistant Director of Admissions, Assumption College, and Mike Perron, M.A./C.A.G.S., Admissions, Assumption College. 

Workshop details

Friday, November 7, 2014

"Positive Psychology & Strengths- Based Assessment For School Counselors"
PRESENTER: Keith Lahikainen, Psy.D.

Workshop details

Friday, December 5, 2014
"Executive Function: Effective Strategies & Interventions"
PRESENTER: David Nowell, Ph.D

Workshop details

Friday, January 30, 2015
"Promoting a Positive School Climate and Meeting the Challenges of Professional Burnout Through Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, and Loving Kindness"

PRESENTERS: Mary Ann Mariani, Ph.D., Evans Tsoules, Ed.D
Workshop Details

Friday, March 27, 2015
"Critical Legal & Ethical Issues For School Counselors"
PRESENTER:Matthew MacAvoy, J.D., Partner in Law Firm Sullivan, Nuttall, & MacAvoy, P.C. and Michael Joyce, J.D., Sullivan, Nuttall, & MacAvoy, P.C., Adjunct, Boston College
Workshop Details

Graduate Credit Option (3 credits)
SCP 730.29 Special Topics: Best Practicies in Mental Health Services (Guidance and Adjustment). Attendance at all 5 workshops and completion of additional course requirements is mandatory. AC MA/CAGS students may register for 3 credits at the regular tuition rate of $1,770 plus $20 registration fee.

No Credit Option
Assumption College students and faculty may attend any workshop free of charge but need to register prior to the workshop. To register please call (508) 767-7430 or e-mail Assumption College is located at 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609. Consult our web site for directions and information: (go to institutes/centers)

Registration Information: For more information & registration, Please call Ashley at (508) 767-7022 or e-mail Consult our website for directions & information (go to Institute/Centers). Registration fee includes continental breakfast and lunch.

PDPs CEUs Option (6 CEUs PDPs): A $70 registration fee will be charged for each workshop participant earning PDPs and CEUs. Each participant receives 6 PDPs or 6 CEUs (NBCC approved) per workshop. Register for all 5 workshops for ONLY $300.00. (30 CEUs or PDPs).  

Special Discount for Assumption Alumni: $50 per workshop; register for all 5 for $200.00. 

AC Faculty & Students: Assumption College students & faculty may attend any workshop at no charge for no credit. AC faculty & AC students must also register prior to the workshop.