Susan Scully-Hill, Ph.D., Interim Director of School Counseling Program
The School Counseling Professional Development Institute 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, 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.
School Counseling Professional Development Institute
2016-2017 Workshop Series
Workshop Contact Email: AssumptionSCPD@gmail.com
Registration for each workshop is required. See event links at the end of each workshop description to register.
Additional parking and event details are emailed to each registered attendee on the Monday of the event week.
At A Glance
Payment Due By
Sept. 30, 2016
Sept. 23, 2016
Oct. 28, 2016
Oct. 21, 2016
Dec. 2, 2016
Nov. 23, 2016
Feb. 3, 2017
Jan. 27, 2017
Mar. 24, 2017
Mar. 17, 2017
Date of Workshop: Friday, September 30, 2016 - SOLD OUT
Title of Workshop: Demonstrating How We Make a Difference through Data-Based Decision Making
Description of Program: The Fredrickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research & Evaluation (CSCORE) will present a full-day workshop on how school counselors can adopt an evidence-based practice approach to their work. Topics to be covered include: understanding commonly used data terms; learning a logic model framework that links the work of the school counselor to important student outcomes; using Early Warning Indicators and social emotional data to identify at-risk students; implementing a multi-tiered system of supports; and evaluating the impact of school counseling interventions. Specific examples will be shared of how school counselors across Massachusetts have used data as a tool for knowing they are making a difference in their students’ lives.
Speaker(s): Dr. Karen Harrington & Dr. Catherine Griffith from The Fredrickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research & Evaluation (CSCORE) at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Registration Link: https://goo.gl/forms/bpf8n3vd3sj4kcPj1
Date of Workshop: Friday, October 28, 2016 - SOLD OUT
Title of Workshop: Impact Therapy: An Active, Creative Approach To Counseling
Description of Program: The brain likes novelty. This fast moving, practical workshop will offer the school counselor, mental health counselor, and rehabilitation counselor many unique, theory-driven, creative techniques for making counseling more engaging. Much of the presentation will be in the form of demonstrations—both real and role play. Presenters will show how to have more impact by “talking to the client’s eyes as well as their ears.” Creative use of props, chairs, movement, writing, and drawing will all be demonstrated. Presenters promise that you will walk away with at least 15 techniques that you can use with your current and future clients. The presenters are the authors of the book, Impact Therapy: The Courage to Counsel and present nationally and internationally more than 20 times a year.
Speakers: Dr. Ed Jacobs & Dr. Christine Schimmel, West Virginia University
Registration Link: https://goo.gl/forms/annlPgTgnpRtBMne2
Date of Workshop: Friday, December 2, 2016 - SOLD OUT
Title of Workshop: The Power of Play: An Exploration of 2 Approaches of Play Therapy
Description of Program: In this program, attendees will learn to develop an understanding of two types of play therapy-- non-directive or child centered model and directive model. This will be an interactive workshop with active group participation encouraged as a way for attendees to gain firsthand experience of the activities presented. Attendees will also learn how to explain the efficacy of play therapy to parents and school staff in a way that others can understand to help advocate the needs and symptoms of clients. Workshop will be presented through lecture, videos, and group participation to engage all learning styles.
Speaker: Kristen M Melcher, LMHC, CCPT
Registration Link: https://goo.gl/forms/0GM2xYoXwQzYIxbW2
Date of Workshop: Friday, February 3, 2017 - SOLD OUT
Title of Workshop: School Law 2017 – Current Legal Issues and Trends for School Counselors and Administrators
Description of Program: This interactive legal workshop will address current issues facing school counselors and administrators in public elementary and secondary school programs. Topics to be addressed include federal and state legal requirements for preventing and responding to bullying and/or discriminatory harassment of students and the privacy rights of students in public schools. In addition to reviewing applicable legal requirements, these workshops will provide school counselors, teachers, and administrators with practical approaches and solutions to increasingly common privacy, bullying and harassment issues in school settings. Attorneys MacAvoy and Mello will also review new legislation pertaining to public records in Massachusetts, the obligations of schools under the new state Opioid Law, and recent guidance from the U.S. Department of Education relating to meeting the needs of transgender students, homeless students, and students with disabilities in public school settings.
Speakers: Matthew MacAvoy & L Mellon
Registration Link: https://goo.gl/forms/pRCAdIKn3uvgIlje2
Date of Workshop: Friday, March 24, 2017
Title of Workshop: Building Trauma Informed Schools
Description of Program: A longitudinal study found that more than 65% of children and adolescents had experienced a potentially traumatic event before turning 16 years-old (Copeland, Keeler, Angold, & Costello, 2007). These staggering statics reveal a need for school professionals to be trauma informed. The participants in this workshop will not only learn about the impact of trauma on development and learning, but they will also learn how to identify student behaviors that could be a result of trauma. For the second half of the workshop, participants will learn about school-based interventions to help create safe schools for students who have experienced traumatic events.
Speaker: Dr. Stephanie Eberts, Louisana State University
Registration Link: https://goo.gl/forms/COdshTDQc7fnbhli2
Registration Information for All Workshops
All registration rates include morning coffee & tea, along with a hot lunch & a certificate of attendance that can be used towards PDP’s.
Professional & Site Supervisor/Adjunct Faculty for 2016-2017 AY - $50.00
Professional & Alumni from Assumption Graduate Program - $50.00
Graduate Student (non-Assumption, with valid ID at door) - $25.00
Graduate Student (Assumption, with valid ID at door) – complementary
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School Counseling Program, Kennedy 163
500 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609
If you need additional assistance with payments, please contact the cashier's office at 508-767-7412.