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The ISCA Virtual Collaborative is a dynamic online conference that connects counselors worldwide, providing interactive sessions, knowledge from speakers, and opportunities for learning, collaboration and inspiration, all from the convenience of your own location.

This year's event will take place over 10 days within October 18-24 and November 2-8, 2023.

See the full schedule below!

"Safe and Sound"

Keeping our students safe and our programs strong. 

Child Protection - Keeping our students safe....

We will be featuring dedicated workshops on Child Protection, ensuring we equip you with the knowledge and strategies to create a secure environment for our children.

As a special highlight this year, we are privileged to have Dr. Jordan Greenbaum leading the way with over seven hours of comprehensive training throughout November. Dr. Greenbaum's expertise in the field of Child Protection will empower you with invaluable insights and skills to address crucial topics. In addition, Dr. Scott Poland will be leading workshops on suicide prevention. Dr. Poland is a respected Professor at Nova Southeastern University, and a renowned expert in crisis and prevention. 

Dr. Jordan Greenbaum 

Dr. Jordan Greenbaum is a retired child abuse physician and former medical director of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC). She has also served as the past medical director of the Stephanie Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Dr. Greenbaum is an esteemed board member of the International Society on the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) and a past president of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.

Dr. Scott Poland

Dr. Scott Poland, a respected Professor at Nova Southeastern University, is a renowned expert in crisis and prevention. With extensive experience in directing psychological services for a Texas school system, he has testified before the U.S. Congress and provided support to numerous schools and communities affected by tragedies.

Child Protection Workshops from our Featured Speakers 

Keeping our students safe....

Topics covered during the Virtual Collaborative's Child Protection workshops will include:

1. Responding to Children Who May Have Experienced Abuse or Neglect:

  • Understand signs of abuse or neglect and learn appropriate response protocols.
  • Gain essential skills and roles to provide support and assistance to affected children.
  • Foster a safe and nurturing environment where children can disclose their experiences.
2. Child Sexual Abuse/Exploitation (CSA/E):
  • Define CSA/E and discuss its forms, risk factors and indicators observed by school professionals.

  • Learn the dynamics of the disclosure process 

  • Understand appropriate responses when learning of a child’s disclosure as well as the impact of bias on our response. 

3. Cultural Considerations in Child Protection:

  • Recognize the importance of cultural influences, beliefs and behaviors in child protection practices.

  • Understand the components of the stages of change and of motivational interviewing strategies
  • Be aware of one’s own cultural views regarding some critical child protection issues.
4. Online Child Sexual Abuse/Exploitation: Protecting and Empowering Children:
  • Address the emerging challenges of online child sexual abuse and exploitation.
  • Learn strategies to  prevent OCSE and to react appropriately when concerns arise
  • Discover effective strategies to collaborate with authorities, caregivers, and online platforms.
5. Youth Suicide: Prevention, Intervention and Postvention for Schools:
  • Analyze the foundational issues for youth suicide.

  • Identify adverse experiences for youth and how they contribute to youth suicide.

  • Identify protective factors that prevent youth suicide.

  • Learn how to develop a comprehensive best practices model for suicide prevention.

Learn more about Dr. Greenbaum and Dr. Poland

Spotlight on Counseling Programs - Keeping our programs strong...

When we share the best parts of our counseling program and its impact, we inspire and equip other school counselors and communities to foster an environment that prioritizes social and emotional well-being, diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and belonging.

Here's what you can expect from the Spotlight on Counseling Programs strand:

  1. Inspiring Counselor-Led Workshops:

    • Gain insights from international colleagues who have achieved remarkable results.
    • Learn innovative techniques and evidence-based practices to strengthen your counseling program.
    • Discover effective strategies for fostering social and emotional well-being in students.
  2. Sharing Success Stories:

    • Learn from a showcase of impactful initiatives from counseling programs around the world.
    • Inspire others by sharing best practices, lessons learned, and success stories.
    • Contribute to a collaborative learning environment where counselors empower one another.
  3. Networking and Collaboration:

    • Connect with like-minded professionals and build a supportive network.
    • Engage in meaningful discussions, exchange ideas, and foster collaboration.
    • Strengthen your professional community and expand your resources for ongoing growth.

Together, we can create school environments where every student feels valued, supported, and empowered to reach their full potential. 

Learn more about all the speakers!

As always, our Virtual Collaborative will feature... 

  • 3-4 workshops per day throughout 10-days
  • Virtual workshops from the comfort of your home or office
  • Opportunities to connect with our community of international school counselors through Job-A-Like and Sip and Chat sessions (not recorded)
  • Flexibility to attend live or view replays of the presentations and access all the materials, which will be available online until September 30, 2024
  • Professional learning that lasts all year (12 months)

See the full schedule below!

More details are being added over the coming weeks. Please note workshops times and offerings are subject to changes until October 15th. 


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