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Crisis services in the past decade have undergone a technological change to better reach at-risk populations. Learn how the state of Iowa is implementing bullying and suicide prevention crisis services specifically geared towards youth and how those youth have interacted with those services so far.
School counselors deal with many sorts of issues and personalities. Ruts and boxes can confine people from changing. In this webinar, Kris Meyer reflects on the strategies of the creative counseling theorists Carl Whitaker and Virginia Satir. She will hopefully inspire courage to try unique approaches to situations that will better motivate students and families to change.
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” John Lennon
Positive psychology has been increasingly gaining attention of researchers and mental health practitioners. The concepts and strategies of positive psychology has just been started to be implemented in education. Educational implications of positive psychology positions well-being of students at the center focusing on not only academic achievement but also constructing a good, meaningful and a happy life. The purpose of this presentation is to share main positive psychology concepts and interventions that can be useful for school counselors. Participants will learn research results as well as practical strategies and interventions from positive psychology to use in their school counseling programs to promote well-being of students. Positive psychology provides a holistic, strength based, optimistic framework to mental health and counseling and focuses on focuses on individuals’ innate capacity to solve their problems through contributing to others. We will strategies and interventions that can be used by school counselors to promote well being. We will explore specific concepts and models and corresponding interventions such as happiness and well-being, optimism, hope, positive emotions, gratitude and many others. The concepts and interventions will help school counselors to promote happiness and rejuvenate mind, body, heart and soul.This webinar will provide an overview of the RAMP process, including the why, when, and how. Join us to discuss why RAMP can be an important advocacy tool, the timeline for this process and receive an overview of the components and scoring of RAMP. We will also review useful resources to help guide the development of your application.
ISCA/ICAN Webinar Series: FAFSA Season is Almost Here - Prior Prior in Action
Join members of the Iowa College Access Network's team of financial aid experts as we go through a final round of review on the changes to financial aid right before FAFSA season kicks off on October 1. If you still have questions about Prior-Prior or what this new timeline means for your students, join us. We'll go over all the details and then open it up for your question.
ISCA/ICAN Webinar Series: Three Steps to Building a College-Going Culture in Your School
College Application Campaign, FAFSA Completion Initiative and College Decision Day! This webinar will give a brief overview of each program and review best practices from previous years and high school participants. Participants will leave the webinar with techniques to implement the 3-Step Process in their high schools.
Throw away the financial aid calendar as you know it, because everything is about to change. Last fall big changes were announced regarding the financial aid process, effectively changing the entire timeline of the college planning process. So what is Prior-Prior Year and how does it impact a counselor's role in college planning? ICAN will review these changes and provide guidance on what this change means, and what it doesn't mean, for counselors, students, parents, and the entire college going process.
We will also cover how these changes will impact ICAN services and the upcoming timeline for scheduling programs for the 2016-17 school year.
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This webinar is designed for counselor and administrator teams, but either one can still participate on your own. We will address the Why, What, and How of College and Career Readiness Programming K-12 by sharing several resources and tools you can use together in order to best leverage your counselor-principal relationship to guide programming decisions for College and Career Readiness as it relates to your unique school and students.
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Iowa’s Intermediary Network partners are connecting today’s students and teachers to tomorrow’s careers. Erin Swancutt of Cedar Valley Career Connections-Hawkeye Community College and Laurie Worden of Workplace Learning Connection-Kirkwood Community College will share information on the exciting growth of the intermediary network partners throughout the state of Iowa, explain the programs their intermediaries offer, how participants can connect to their regional resources and invite questions from the participants. Download the PowerPoint.
This session will:
Review the School Counselor's professional and ethical obligation in assisting students/families with mental health concerns
Provide descriptions and warning signs of common mental health issues
Discuss suicidal risk and conducting assessments
Organizing and Collaborating in the World of Google
Do you constantly get invites for Google docs but then can’t find them when you want them? How do you organize your documents so that you can find them and use them when you want to? In this one hour session, we will go over the basics of Google drive and help you to organize your important items.
Stepping Up for School Counselor Advocacy: How to Implement Advocacy in Your Program Every Day!
Advocacy is one of the four ASCA themes that school counselors need to demonstrate. Sometimes we overlook the things we do on a daily basis that can be used for the purpose of sharing our program and letting people know what we do and the difference we make. Join us to learn ways to advocate on a daily basis that make an impact.
Resources for New Counselors - 2015
Each level Vice President shares their roles and responsibilities in each of their districts, as well as their favorite go-to resources.
Looking for a way to network with other school counseling professionals around Iowa? Searching for information to support your school counseling needs? Iowa SCENE, a new forum for Iowa School Counselors, utilizes the ASCA SCENE and will provide a way for Iowa school counseling professionals to ask questions, receive information, and share documents specific to our state school counseling curriculum and needs. This webinar provides an introduction to Iowa SCENE, background on the ASCA SCENE, how to gain access, create and account and best tips on utilizing the site.
Social media is obviously huge today, and Twitter can help you in connecting with students, parents and other school counselors. This Webinar will cover the basics of Twitter, using hashtags, and how you can take advantage of Twitter connecting with school counselors from all over the country.
Has the use of BMI measurements caused harm to the health of our youth? Is there a better way to measure the health of youth? Learn how your school can manage the shame, stigma, disordered eating, and eating disorders that have become part of the aftermath of BMI report cards.
School counselors are often resource finders and keepers. Livebinders is an electronic three ring binder without the paper and the binder. It is a free technology that allows school counselors to find and share resources electronically with other counselors. It is easy and convenient to use and available to you anywhere you have Internet access.New Counselor Resource Video
ISCA board Vice Presidents representing K-12, secondary, middle and elementary professional school counselors discuss the resources that have made their programs successful and offer tips to new counselors just starting out.