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
2018-2019 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

September 28, 2018

Preventing Violence & Building Compassion

September 24, 2018

November 9, 2018

Technology & Leadership in School Counseling

November 5, 2018

February 1, 2019

Current Legal Issues & Trends for Counselors & Administrators in the Schools

January 28, 2019

April 5, 2019

Exploring Post-Secondary Options for Students: College is Not the Only Path to Success

April 1, 2019

Workshop Series

Date of Workshop: Friday, September 28, 2018

Title of Workshop: Preventing Violence & Building Compassion

Description of Program: This lively and engaging workshop will cover the risk factors of violent behavior and protective factors for building connection and compassion with youth. Dr. Richman will help individuals working with youth to acquire a deeper understanding of the biological and environmental factors associated with violence and compassion and how a deeper understanding can allow those individuals in a position to take action to identify the signs and symptoms of youth in crisis. Participants will also learn how to advocate for those at risk of violence to themselves or others and how to foster healthy compassionate youth connected to communities. Dr. Richman and his wife, Jennifer Hensel, started the Avielle Foundation, committed to preventing violence and building compassion through brain health research, community education, and engagement.

Speaker: Dr. Jeremy Richman

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Date of Workshop: Friday, November 9, 2018

Title of Workshop: Technology & Leadership in School Counseling

Description of Program: In an advancing technological world, school counselors can learn to use technology to maximize their practice: making daily tasks more efficient and maximizing time with students, updating presentation styles to capture your audience, addressing the state and national standards in a manageable way, and collecting data to affirm and advocate for your school counseling program. With access to school wide data, school counselors have the ability to affect and leverage the direction and role of the school counseling program and visibility in schools as leaders. School counselors will address what it means to be a leader as a school counselor, identify and navigate the structure of leadership in schools, and reflect on personal leadership styles to build confidence as a leader.

Speaker: Nga Huynh

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Date of Workshop: Friday, February 1, 2019

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

Description of Program: This annual workshop will cover the most up-to-date state and federal laws and regulations that counselors and administrators in schools encounter. Specifically, this workshop will provide an overview of recent decisions and guidance from the State and Federal departments of education such as foster care, restraints and time outs in public school settings. The workshop will also address the prevention and response to truancy and chronic absenteeism and the public schools’ legal obligations. Student privacy, confidentiality and statutory privileges in public schools will be reviewed as well. This workshop will provide practical tips for navigating common issues and disputes relating to student privacy and confidentiality.

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

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Date of Workshop: Friday, April 5, 2019

Title of Workshop: Exploring Post-Secondary Options for Students: College is Not the Only Path to Success

Description of Program: A four-year college degree has been considered by many, to be the best, or only, path for career success. High school students and their families hear this all the time. Yet, according to a recent Georgetown University study (2017), there are 30 million jobs with an average salary of $55, 000 dollars a year that do not require a bachelor’s degree. There are many viable paths to obtain a good job and subsequent career success. While a four-year degree is the best route for some, it is not the only path for students. However, post-secondary training, such as associate degree programs, technical training programs, certificate programs, apprenticeships, state and federal programs, the military and/or employer training programs are essential. This lively and engaging workshop on post-secondary options will explore alternatives to four year colleges for high school students and will provide counselors (School, Rehabilitation) and Transition Specialists information, tools and resources to assist students and their families navigate the best path for career success.

Speaker: Dr. Jan Chiappone

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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. If you have questions about registration please contact John Landers at 508-767-7430.