Leading a Dynamic College Counseling Program
A Three-Day, Faculty-Led Workshop from NACAC
Dec. 6, 7, and 8 | Three - five hours per day
An intensive workshop to support secondary school and college counseling professionals.
About this workshop
As the field of college admission evolves, so does the role of college counseling. Leading a Dynamic College Counseling Program (Leading) is an intensive workshop designed to support professionals in the acquisition of essential tools, resources, and knowledge pertaining to the field.
College counseling professionals, regardless of title, can lead their program and facilitate change from any position. The facilitators of this workshop provide hands-on training, as well as resources to support participants in their pursuit of becoming a transformative leader in their college counseling office.
Topics include: defining and understanding leadership, inclusive counseling, data-driven decision making, and preventing counselor burnout.
The director of Leading is Stacy Richardson, director of college counseling, Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School (DC). Leading is offered as part of NACAC Workshop Week.
Who should attend
This workshop is for secondary school and college counseling professionals, college counseling department directors and supervisors, aspiring directors, and veteran counselors.
This workshop is held over three days: Dec. 6, 7, and 8. See below for a detailed breakdown of each day's schedule and featured presenters.
Recordings and workshop materials will be made available via the learning management system to registrants for two weeks after the last day of the workshop. These are available only to paid registrants and will not be sold after the live event.
How to register
The cost is $350 for members and $375 for non-members.
EARLY REGISTRATION (until Nov. 23): $300 for members and $325 for non-members. Seats are limited.The registration deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 1 or when seats are filled.
No refunds will be provided, although a substitute participant may be designated.
For purchasing and billing questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
This workshop is sponsored by Study in Wales
DAY 1 Schedule: Monday, Dec. 6
11:30 - 12:00 a.m. ET
12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. ET
Take an intricate look at leadership from a college counseling perspective. Discuss models of leadership and how it’s enacted.
Presenters: Stacy Richardson, director of college counseling, Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School (DC); Patricia Tomashot, school counseling director, Stowe High School (VT); Chelette Stephenson, director of counseling, St. Thomas High School (TX); Janet Weller, director of college counseling, Harpeth Hall School (TN): Cherise Ogle, associate dean of college counseling, The Weber School (GA); and Cicily Shaw, director of college counseling, Boston Trinity Academy (GA).
1:15 - 1:45 p.m. ET
1:45 - 3:00 p.m. ET
Defining and Aligning Your Mission
A dynamic college counseling program starts with its mission and goals. Explore the need for a clearly articulated mission and discuss how to ensure that it is aligned with your school’s mission or vision statement.
Presenters: Patricia Tomashot, school counseling director, Stowe High School (VT), and Cicily Shaw, director of college counseling, Boston Trinity Academy (GA).
3:15 - 4:30 p.m. ET
Managing Up, Down, and Across
Examine personnel issues, budgetary considerations, and communications. Learn a variety of strategies that will create the strong and nimble foundation needed to support a dynamic program.
Presenters: Patricia Tomashot, school counseling director, Stowe High School (VT), and Cherise Ogle, associate dean of college counseling, The Weber School (GA).
DAY 2 Schedule: Tuesday, Dec. 7
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET
12:00 - 1:15 p.m. ET
Assessing Your College Counseling Practice for Inclusivity
You might be intentional in counseling diverse populations, but is everyone in
Presenter: Stacy Richardson, director of college counseling, Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School (DC)
1:45 - 3 p.m. ET
Data Driven Decision Making: Using Data to Improve College Counseling
Without data, conversations about college can be lost behind the idea of a namesake, cost, or national acceptance rates. With the help of session leaders, attendees will develop a clear understanding of how to forecast, collect, translate, and recycle data to be useful for a variety of constituencies: the college counseling office itself, students, families, principals/head of schools, and board of trustees or district personnel. Learn about a variety of approaches to implementing more data during the coming year.
Presenters: Janet Weller, director of college counseling, Harpeth Hall School (TN)
3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET
Nothing is more constant than change in college admission, and it is essential counselors keep in touch with the new trends and issues that arise as we support our students. Gain perspective on hot topics, and gather resources to stay on top of the changes to come.
Presenters: Chelette Stephenson, director of counseling, St. Thomas High School (TX); and Janet Weller, director of college counseling, Harpeth Hall School (TN).
DAY 3 Schedule: Wednesday, Dec. 8
12:00 - 1:15 p.m. ET
Preventing Counselor Burnout
Counselors promote work-school balance to students, but often find they are unable to find a work-life balance that allows them to continue in their profession. With increased caseloads and additional tasks, coupled with busy daily lives, counselors often can't take care of their needs. This session provides strategies to help counselors work smarter
Presenter: Chelette Stephenson, director of counseling, St. Thomas High School (TX).
Final Wrap Up
1:30 - 2:00 p.m. ET
The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5242. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NACAC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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