School counselors are the heart of the school. We support and enhance the educational achievement of students through the delivery of curriculum, focused on student wellbeing. We advocate for programs that benefit all students. Uniquely positioned in our roles, counselors connect and collaborate with students, parents, teachers and administrators. We organize, lead and evaluate crisis response. This year’s conference will focus on building our capacity to lead and advocate in these areas.
We invite counselors to submit proposals for workshops focused on areas related to the themes of curriculum, crisis response, whole-school programs and wellness activities.
To support our efforts in providing programs that address the wellbeing of the whole child, we have invited Susie March, an internationally recognized expert on Comprehensive Sexual Education (CSE), to be our keynote speaker. During the conference she will be discussing:
How to introduce a comprehensive sexual education program in your school
Experiential teaching methods and creating a safe teaching environment
Values and attitudes towards Comprehensive Sexual Education
Aligning the standards of CSE, ISCA and Council of International Schools Accreditation
Parental engagement, a whole school approach
Susie will also be presenting with Yoan Tranholm Reed, a health professional with an MA in International Child Studies, King’s College London, with emphasis on International Child Protection, International Children’s rights, International Comparative Education and Parental engagement in Sex Education.
The PREPaRE Workshop 1 Training at the ISCA Pre-conference with Chrystal Kelly provides you with the knowledge and resources to help you establish and sustain comprehensive school safety and crisis prevention and preparedness efforts. With updated research and strategies, this workshop makes a clear connection between ongoing school safety and crisis preparedness. It also will emphasize the unique needs and functions of school teams and the steps involved in developing these teams, including a model that integrates school personnel and community provider roles. The workshop also explore how to prepare for school crises by developing, exercising, and evaluating safety and crisis plans.
Participants will receive 6.5 contact hours, a spiral-bound booklet that includes the PowerPoint presentation, supplemental handouts, and a resource CD.
After attending PREPaRE Workshop 1 attendees may decide they would like to attend Workshop 2 (not offered at ISCA), which is a two-day training that focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the mental health needs of students and staff in the aftermath of a crisis. Participants can learn more about Workshop 1 and 2 here.
The PREPaRE curriculum has been developed by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and leading experts as part of NASP's decade-long leadership in providing evidence-based resources and consultation related to school crisis prevention and response. PREPaRE training is ideal for schools committed to improving and strengthening their school safety and crisis management plans and emergency response. The PREPaRE framework goals are to: