Skill Builder Topics and Presenters

Thursday, November 21

  • Advocacy and RAMP: A Match Made in School Counselor Heaven - Mrs. Erica Germani, MA, School Counselor, Western Wayne SD
  • Apps for Counselors: Useful tools meeting ASCA standards - Dr. Claire Dandeneau, PhD, Counselor Educator, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Nicolette Dayarmin, M.Ed, Graduate Student, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Career Day 101: Easy Steps to Planning and Implementing an Elementary School Career Day - Mrs. Brenda Cappy Gruhn MA, NCC, LPC, Doctoral Student, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Connecting Counselors: Collaboration, Mentorship and Relationship-building - Mrs. Jennifer Kirk, M.Ed, School Counselor & High School Counselor Curriculum Leader, Upper St. Clair SD
  • College Financial Aid 101 - Mr. Dennis Moy, B.S. Business Development Manager, Discover Student Loans
  • Connecting with “the other side:” Forging Relationships Between College Admissions & School Counselors - Mrs. Carrie Thompson, MS, Director of Undergraduate Admissions,  Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Mrs. Nicole Levis, MS, School Counselor, Avonworth SD
  • Creating Secondary School Career Portfolios - Mrs. Janet Toth, M.Ed, NCC, NCSC, LPC, School Counselor, Charleroi Area High School 
  • Effective Strategies to Identify and Serve Students Experiencing Homelessness - Ms. Nicole Anderson, MPA, Region Coordinator, Allegheny Intermediate Unit
  • How Do I Fit in Self-Care When I Don’t Have Time forLunch?! - Dr. Karen Dickinson, PhD, Counselor Educator, West Chester University
  • Knowledge is Power: Redesigning Small Groups for Better Results in Less Time! - Mrs. Stephanie Steigerwalt, M.S. Ed, School Counselor, Greenwich-Lenhartsville Elementary School
  • School Counselors in a Cyber World - Mrs. Laura Manko, M. Ed, School Counselor, Agora Cyber Charter School, Mrs. Whitney Patterson, M. Ed, NCC, School Counselor, Agora Cyber Charter School, Mr. Barron Whited, M. Ed, School Counselor, Agora Cyber Charter School
  • Suite Success: Getting Google's suite of services to work for you! - Mrs. Theresa Onody, M. Ed, School Counselor, Stroudsburg Area SD
  • Supporting Grieving Students - Mr. Shawn Sledzianowski, MA, NCC, LPC, CT, Counselor Educator, Highmark Caring Place, Mrs. Laura Frencho, MSW, LSW, Counselor Educator, Highmark Caring Place
  • Teen Technology Usage Trends and Mental Health Sharing Through Social Media - Mr. Ryan Kilingensmith, MA, LPC, NCC, Shape the Sky 
  • The Relationship Between Social Media and Hate Crimes - Bernie Hoffman
  • Time Tracking & Record Keeping for the Organized School Counselor - Mrs. Alaina Schrader, M. Ed, NCC, School Counselor, Avonworth Elementary School
  • Trauma and Learning Environments: A Comprehensive Approach to School Climate - Dr. Stacie Molnar-Main, EdD, Consultant, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Dr. Dana Milakovic, NCSP, Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Triumphant Transitions: Supporting College Success for Students with HFA - Dr. Jennifer Barna, PhD, NCC, ACS, Counselor Educator, Marywood University, Mr. Matthew Nice, MS, LPC, NCC, Graduate Student, Duquesne University
  • Weaving Chapter 339 into Your Core Curriculum - Mrs. Barbara Micucci, MS, School Counselor, Caley Elementary School, Mrs. Kelly Gallagher, MS, School Counselor, Roberts Elementary School
  • Whose Job is It Anyway? The School Counselor’s Role in Educational Leadership” - Mr. Adam Oldham, M.Ed, LPC, NCSC, School Counselor, East Pennsboro Area SD
  • Zero Suicide in Schools. A new framework for suicide prevention - Dr. Perri Rosen, PhD, Project Director, Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention Program, Mr. Stephen Sharp, M. Ed, School Counselor
  • School Counselors’ Efficacy in Knowledge of the College Process- Dr. Jerad Kolbert- PhD, LPC, NCC, Director of Operations, Counselor Education Program, Duquesne University, Mr. Matthew Nice, MS, LPC, NCC, Graduate Student, Duquesne University, Dr. Kristi Krasta, PhD, Adjust Professor, Duquesne University

Friday, November 22

  • An innovative approach for site supervisors: Creating successful interns - Dr. Shannan Shiderly,PhD, NCC, Counselor Educator, Geneva College, Mr. George Bellinger, MA, NCC, School Counselor, Aliquippa SD, Mr. Joshua Denny, MA, NCC, School Counselor, Williamsburg-James City, Ms. Elizabeth Dewar, MA, NCC, School Counselor substitute, Hopewell Area School District
  • ‚ÄčASCA National Model, 4th Edition Updates – Mark Kuranz, ASCA Trainer
  • Elementary Sharing Session – A facilitated sharing session with a focus on the CEW Standards Benchmarks and the PA Career Ready Skills. Details on “sharing options will be sent to registrants.
  • Ethics and Social Justice - Where Do They Intersect? - Mrs. Meg Rieley, M. Ed, School Counselor, Mechanicsburg Middle SchoolFull-Tuition ROTC Scholarships- Mr. Christopher Boissonnault, MS, Scholarship Officer, University of Pittsburgh
  • Hatching Results for Elementary School Counseling - Dr. Trish Hatch, President & CEO of Hatching Results; Terri Tchorzynski, M.A., Assistant Director of Professional Development, Hatching Results
  • Hatching Results for Secondary School Counseling - Dr. Trish Hatch, President & CEO of Hatching Results; Terri Tchorzynski, M.A., Assistant Director of Professional Development, Hatching Results
  • Just Talk About It - Mrs. Shelia Gillin, LCSW, Counselor Educator, Clinical Director of Minding Your Mind, Mr. Scott Prendergast, BA, Speaker/Advocate, Minding Your Mind
  • OnTrack - College readiness curriculum provided for FREE by a non-profit to high schools - Mr. Andrew Zivic, MA, Director of College Readiness, On-Track to Post-Secondary Education
  • PaSMART! School Counselors Supporting Pennsylvania’sInvestment into the Future! - Ms. Torrie Sparks, M. Ed, School Counselor, West Crawford Elementary School, Ms. Erin Campbell, M.Ed, School Counselor, Mifflin County SD, Ms. Kelsey Kman, BS, Graduate Student, Millersville University, Ms. Nicole Sayre, M.Ed, School Counselor, Northley Middle School
  • Paving the Way: Ensure Educational Stability and Opportunity for Students in Foster Care - Mr. Matthew Butensky, PA State Education Foster Care Contact, Center for Schools and Communities
  • POW! Pearls of Wisdom from a Middle School Counselor - Ms. Carol DeMarco, MSW, School Counselor, Peirce Middle School, West Chester Area SD
  • Reaching the Unreachable Student - Mrs. Susan Kriznik, M.S. Ed, School Counselor, West Allegheny SD, Mrs. Tony Baldanzi, M.Ed, Administrator, West Allegheny SD
  • School Counselor Advocacy: From the Schoolhouse to Capitol Hill - Dr. Amanda Fitzgerald, Director of Public Policy, American School Counselor Association
  • School Counselors Implementing Social Justice Competencies for Marginalized Populations - Dr. Diana Wildermuth, PhD, NCC, LPC, PA certified counselor, Counselor Educator, Temple University, Ms. Caitlin Hewitt, BA, Graduate Student, Temple University, Ms. Lianna Meskun, BA, Graduate Student, Temple University
  • Secondary Sharing Session – A facilitated sharing session with a focus on the CEW Standards Benchmarks and the PA Career Ready Skills. Details on “sharing options will be sent to registrants.
  • Steering Boys to Men and Girls to Women - Dr. Montaire Taylor, EdD, LSW, School Counselor, Evergreen Elementary School, Gateway SD, Mrs. Lezlie, DelVecchio-Marks, MS, NCC, Burchfield/Reserve Primary Schools, Shaler Area SD
  • The Role of the School Counselor in the Crisis Oriented World of Today - Bernie Hoffman
  • Trends in College Admission: A Discussion Between Admissions Professionals and School Counselors - Mrs. Katy Charles, M.Ed, College Admissions Administrator, Millersville University of PA, Mr. Michael May, MBA, College Admissions Administrator, Slippery Rock University
  • Walking with the Warrior: Counselor Boot-Camp for Serving Those Who Serve - Dr. Stephanie McHugh, School Counselor and Counselor Educator, Belle Vernon Area SD Dr. Dan Accamando, EdD, Director of Veterans Affairs, Duquesne University, Mr. Paul Shipley, Graduate Student, California University of Pennsylvania