2015 Annual Conference

PreConference Workshops

Preconference Workshops Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015
Full-Day WorkshopsHalf-Day Workshops

Full-Day Preconference Workshop

February 17, 2015
Full Day Preconference Workshops

“School Transitions from Pre-K – Gr. 12: From Struggle, to Resilience, to Thriving”
(Pre-K – PS)

Patrick Akos

We all know students who struggle with transitioning from one grade level to the next, especially when it involves moving to a different building. While data suggest that many students struggle with school transitions, there are contemporary strength-oriented developmental frameworks that can be utilized to maximize opportunity in transition. This full-day preconference workshop will engage elementary, middle and high school counselors in the latest research based school transition programming.

“Data Driven Counseling with the Wisconsin School Counselor Accountability Report (WSCPAR formerly SPARK-W)”
(K – Gr. 12)

Paula Haugle

Are Accountability, Effectiveness, Data, & SLOs – on your mind? Learning how to create a Wisconsin School Counselor Accountability Report (WSCPAR) can assist you with writing SLOs, promoting the School Counseling Program and utilizing data to show how the School Counseling Program is impacting students at your school. Although there is no Effectiveness Model specific to school counselors yet, WSCA is anticipating that it will be coming in the future. Being able to produce a meaningful WSCPAR will provide school counselors with an artifact to use as evidence of their effectiveness. Walk step by step through the WSCPAR Components – Principal’s Comments, School Climate & Safety, Student Results, and School Counseling Program Goals. Learn how to create impactful graphs. Write SMART Goals (which can lead to SLOs). This is WSCA’s new Accountability Training designed to assist you in finding, creating, using, and sharing data so it’s abundantly clear that your school counseling program is effective. Start a WSCPAR!

(Pre-K – PS)

Gregg Curtis

In the 2017 – 18 school year, school districts will be required to ensure that all students in grades 6 – 12 recieve academic and career planning services (ACPs). The ACP process braids multiple educational initiatives together, providing a vision for ensuring students graduate with a solid plan for their futures. This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of ACP history/research, project implementation to date, and opportunities for attendees to map out an implementation process for their districts.

Half Day Preconference Workshops

February 17, 2015
Half Day Preconference Workshops – Morning

February 17, 2015 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

“Anxiety disorders in Childhood: A Cognitive Behavior Therapy Based Multi-Modal Treatment Approach”
(Gr. 6 – 12)

David Jocobi

In this workshop I will provide an overview of current DSM-5 anxiety disorders including obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia, separation anxiety disorder and selective mutism. The basic principles of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) will be reviewed and an in depth discussion of exposure based interventions for anxiety disorders will be provided. Examples of thinking errors, such as catastrophizing and probability over-estimation, will be reviewed and ways to challenge these maladaptive thoughts will be offered. Family accommodation which includes providing excessive reassurance to a child, assisting with their anxiety behaviors or encouraging avoidance will be discussed as will ways to reduce accommodation. Family accommodation can have a significant impact on treatment outcome. For example, in a recent study children with OCD from families with low blame and criticism and high cohesion fared better in treatment than families who demonstrated higher levels of family dysfunction (Peris, Sugar, Bergman et al. 2012). A significant portion of the workshop will be devoted to discussing the specific treatment interventions for OCD, GAD, social anxiety disorder and panic disorder/agoraphobia. Attendees will be provided with a detailed overview of the specific elements of these treatments using a CBT conceptualization and specific exposure-based approach. I will briefly review medication interventions for anxiety disorders and the role of health behaviors such as exercise, diet, and sleep and how these can impact treatment compliance and outcome. Lastly, I will describe how anxiety manifests in the school setting and provide ways for teachers and school counselors to manage these individuals. Ample time will be allotted for questions from the attendees.

February 17, 2015 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

School Counselor Program Accountability: RAMP It Up
(Pre-K – PS)

Mark Kuranz

Drive your school counseling program to the next level. Show your administrators, school board and the community at large that you’re committed to delivering a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program. The workshop reviews the Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) designation from the American School Counselor Association. Special emphasis will be on writing SMART goals that drive the RAMP process.



This workshop leads you through the 12 steps of the Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) application:

  1. Vision Statement
  2. Mission Statement
  3. School Counseling Program Goals
  4. ASCA Student Standards – Competencies and Indicators
  5. Annual Agreement
  6. Advisory Council
  7. Calendar
  8. School Counseling Core Curriculum Action Plan and Lessons Plans
  9. School Counseling Core Curriculum: Results Report
  10. Small-Group Responsive Services
  11. Closing-the-Gap Results Report
  12. Program Evaluation Reflection
  • Learn how to examine your school counseling program to assess if it’s RAMP-ready.
  • Address the benefits to your program of achieving RAMP status.
  • Asses your data literacy
  • Examine sample SMART goals
  • Use the scoring rubric, and learn what the RAMP reviewers look for in an application.
  • Learn about online resources ASCA has available for completing the RAMP application.
  • Review sample RAMP components, and discover how to apply it to your application.

February 17, 2015 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Learning to Crave Mondays: A Love and Logic® Approach to Building the Important Stuff
(Pre-K – PS)

Chris Peterson

Drive How can we flip the stigma of “I hate Mondays” on its ear? How do we reach kids who are seemingly unreachable? Join me in taking a deeper look at the connection between what we do as an adult and the impact on kids. Let’s learn why focusing on character and personal responsibility can form the foundation of lasting achievement. Let us find the mindset to see Mondays as our favorite day of the week. process.

February 17, 2015
Half Day Preconference Workshops – Afternoon

February 17, 2015 1:30 – 5:00 pm

LGBTQ Issues in Schools: Making Schools Safe for Everyone
(Pre-K – PS)

Brian Juchems
Jody Lynn Rendall

Participants will be given background knowledge about current trends in dealing with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students, allies and the community in general. We will look at what it means to be LGBTQ and how that can impact interactions within family, school and community settings. We will discuss current federal, state, and local legislation, litigation and policy along with what the counselor can do to ensure that all students’ needs are met.

February 17, 2015 1:30 – 5:00 pm

“Activity-Based Counseling Training”
(Pre-K – PS)

Shawn Becker

Tell me, and I will forget; Show me, and I may remember;
involve me, and I will understand…Association of Experiential Education

Are you looking for activities that can help you reach your students? Activity-Based Counseling can provide you with new ways to connect with your students and help them reach their personal goals. This workshop will be highly interactive including many fun filled activities. The activities will focus on life skills such as: communication, cooperation, self-management, trust, problem solving, leadership, decision-making and creative thinking. It is not a “sit there and listen to what I have to say approach.” Rather, it is an “experience for yourself” action-based program.
You will also learn how to sequence activities so that your group becomes cohesive, builds on its success, and works well together. Finally, you will learn how to help the participants transfer what they learned from the activities to their real life situations. The processing component is the most important part of Activity-Based Counseling. Without it, you are just providing a recreational experience.

The training will be broken into the following areas

I. Introduction to Adventure-Based Counseling and Rationale
II. Appropriate ages, groups, and settings
III. Group Dynamics
IV. Portable Adventure-Based Counseling activities that you will directly experience

Types of Activities
Ice Breakers
Trust Builders
Group Builders
Cooperative Problem Solving
Brain Teasers
Life Lessons

V. Processing the experience to create real life connections and long lasting effects

Come prepared to have fun as you learn unique games and activities that will draw your groups together. You will participate in each of the activities yourself. Not only will you have tons of fun in the workshop, but you will also leave with a toolbox of easy to use activities that are perfect for almost any age and type of group.

You can learn more about a person during an hour of play than in a year of conversation.

February 17, 2015 1:30 – 5:00 pm

WSCA Day on the Hill
(Pre-K – PS)

Nate Rice

WSCA Day on the Hill has become a cornerstone of the annual conference Come learn how to effectively advocate for the profession you love and put it to practice under the dome! This inspiring session will provide an overview of how to get your message out to your legislators about what you do, the difference you make, and how they can help support our mission. Following the interactive training session, we will walk to the Capitol where you will be scheduled to meet your respective legislators. This event is an outstanding opportunity for professional leadership and advocacy. Over the years, our presence on the Hill has paid, and will continue to put, dividends for WSCA and all school counselors statewide! Join us and help keep the positive momentum growing!