During the entire month of October 2020, we had live professional development workshops, webinars, chats, movies and social events for International School Counselors.
There were at least three to four events/speakers/webinars and chats every day addressing topics that are relevant to you and your work as an international school counselor. People had the option to either attend live or view replays of all the resources and presentations, which will be available online until September 30, 2021.
Even though the live event is over, you can still join and listen to all the workshops, access all the presentations and handouts until September 30, 2021- as if you were there live! It is so convenient. Think of it as a podcast specifically for your job!
During the Collaborative Dr. Sean Truman delivered two keynote presentations where he examined how and why mental health problems are on the rise, and system wide approaches to addressing these problems.
Additionally, exclusively through the International School Counselor Collaborative, Dr. Sean Truman and Truman Group clinicians will ran a 4-module course with a specific mental health focus each module. Each module was presented by a panel of Truman Group clinicians, who provided content, demonstrated skills, and engaged in discussion both among the panel and with module participants.
Truman 4-Module Course Descriptions
Module I (90 Minutes) October 5 -- 14:00 GMT Taking a Clinical Stance: A Conceptualization of What it Means to “Help”.
When we think about how to support distressed students, we need to be methodical about how we understand what is going wrong, and what we need to do to support them effectively. In the clinical world, this process is called “conceptualization”, which means that we think critically about what is going on with a child, why they are struggling, and specific ways that we can support them to facilitate change. To do this effectively, clinicians employ different theoretical and clinical frameworks, which leads to different ways of supporting students. We will focus on how to design and implement intentional and effective interventions that are based in theory and in practical experience. We will introduce some basic theoretical perspectives, and in breakout sessions we will talk about how those perspectives drive different approaches to diagnosis and effective interventions.
Module II (90 minutes) October 12 -- 14:00 GMT Developing Emotional and Professional Supports for School Counselors: Establishing and Using Consultation Effectively
In many communities around the world, international school counselors work with few professional supports. In many regions there are few (or no) mental health resources available locally, and school counselors are forced to take on the responsibility of managing very significant problems affecting students, faculty and community members. As a result, counselors can feel overwhelmed, under-resourced and under-supported in their work.
There are structured approaches to working effectively in these environments. The workshop will demonstrate ways in which developing formal support and professional collaboration improves both professional performance while supporting counselors emotionally. We will address the core elements required for developing effective peer consultation. Didactic learning will be followed by live demonstrations and active participation.
Module III (90 minutes) October 19 -- 14:00 GMT Medicine for Mood: A Psychiatrist’s Perspective
Over the course of the last twenty years we have seen a dramatic increase in the use of psychotropic medication to treat children who struggle with anxiety, depression, inattention and behavioral dysregulation. This module will address some of the most commonly prescribed classes of medication, and the ways in which school counselors can work more effectively with physicians and mental health professionals to support students in schools. Breakout sessions will use case examples to illustrate how and when to consider medication and ways to effectively consult with other healthcare professionals.
The number of students suffering from impairing emotional distress has risen dramatically over the course of the last decade, and schools are best served by developing coordinated and intentional approaches to managing student mental health. We will address ways for counseling staff to determine what constitutes “clinical” as opposed to “painful” emotional experience, and we will talk about the implications of differentiating between what requires clinical care as opposed to school based support.
This workshop will address how and why counseling and mental health professionals have both helped and exacerbated mental health impairment in children. We will discuss how counselors can work to build their own resilience, resilience in students, and create a system that supports student agency and effectiveness. We will advance a systems-based approach to responding to mental health needs, including a focus on how communities use language with respect to emotion, and the role that attribution plays in understanding our emotional lives.
One of the positive side-effects of the COVID-19 crisis has been the increased recognition of the importance of social-emotional aspects of learning and of the health and wellbeing of students and teachers. How can we build on this heightened awareness to make Wellbeing a central driver (and outcome) of our school ecosystems? Can we develop a more mindful school culture, one that engages the heart as well as the head, in a holistic approach to wellbeing in teaching and learning?
Module I-III (90 minutes) October 14, 21 and 28 -- 10:00 GMT Shifting the Focus: Making Wellbeing Central to our School Curriculum and Culture
30-Minute Meditate with MindWell: October 7, 14, 21, 28 at 8:00 GMT Caring for the Carers
School counselors, as ‘the heart of the school’, are key to the process of making wellbeing central at a school and in this 3-Module (90-minutes/module) course Kevin and Amy will build on the Featured Presentation (October 7th) to provide participants with a workshop space in which they can share experiences and explore practical skills that support the wellbeing of students, teachers, parents and themselves. We will use awareness-based approaches to help equip participants with the understanding and resources necessary to play a leading role in this vital shift of perspective in education towards ‘what really matters’.
Join Kevin and Amy from MindWell every Wednesday in October. No experience necessary - all are welcome!
Each 30 minute session will include gentle movement and guided meditation practices. Even in a virtual space many have found a powerful sense of collective nurturing through these shared experiences of calming and grounding. Join us to take a moment for yourself as we ‘care for the carers’.
Ruth Van Reken, co-author of Third Culture Kids
Susie March, Comprehensive Sexuality Education Trainer
3-4 events/webinars a day focused on the professional development and growth of the K-12 international school counselor
Access to all presentations and materials for one year
Many of the events will be interactive and experiential
Meet college and university representatives from around the world
Access to services and tools to support your counseling program
Connect with exhibitors offering services and programs to enhance our work as counselors
Mentorship opportunities for new counselors (not supervision)
Professional development hours for licensure requirements
Live social events
WHO CAN ATTEND?
The International Counselor Collaborative is available to all international counselors or educators interested in developing their skills, connections and tools with regards to counseling practices, mental health, social emotional wellbeing and best practice school counseling practices.