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Speaker: Nandi Blanchard
Nandi Blanchard is a third-culture kid (TCK) who grew up in Nairobi and attended the International School of Kenya. Nandi studied psychology for her undergraduate studies at the University of Edinburgh, during which time she completed a year abroad at the University of Queensland in Australia.
She then went on to intern at the International School Bangkok in Thailand before starting her Master's degree in Counseling (with a specialization in International School Counseling) through the global program at The College of New Jersey. Nandi worked as a K-12 intern at the International School of Kenya at the start of her studies and has been a full-time College Counselor at The American College of Sofia in Bulgaria for the past 2 years.
Nandi has done extensive research on the unique challenge associated with International School students (including TCK's, CCK's, global nomads, cultural chameleons, etc.) throughout her Master's studies and conducted an empirical investigation on the adaptability of students transitioning to university for her dissertation.
This presentation will help international school personnel, and especially counselors develop and enhance their ability to respond to a death of a student, staff member or parent in the school community. All schools have to be ready to respond to the death of a member of the school community. Caplan’s level of crisis intervention which include primary, secondary and tertiary intervention will be outlined. The importance of verification of the death as well as the cause of the death will be emphasized along with importance of cultural competency in crisis intervention. Five questions to help schools estimate the potential traumatic impact of the death will be shared. Practical examples of school wide intervention as well as classroom interventions will be shared.
The role of parents in assisting their children to deal with grief and loss will be emphasized. All adults both at home and school need to know the typical reactions that children have to a traumatic event and how to support children in the aftermath of a death of a friend, teacher or relative. Developmental issues for children and their understanding of death will also be shared.
In addition, strategies will be discussed to help build resiliency for students and the school staff will be emphasized. The complicated issue of memorialization and what is appropriate at school will be outlined. It is especially challenging for schools to respond to the suicide of a member of the school community and best practices for suicide postvention will be discussed and references shared that schools can utilize.
Speaker: Dr. Scott Poland
Dr. Scott Poland is a licensed psychologist and internationally recognized for his expertise on school crisis. He has consulted with many international schools after a tragedy and has authored or co-authored six books and many chapters and articles on school crisis.
Dr. Poland previously directed psychological services for a very large school district in Texas and is a past President of the National Association of School Psychologists. He currently is a Professor and the Director of the Suicide and Violence Prevention Office at NSU Florida.
He has received many awards including being named the most outstanding psychologist in Texas, the Houston Wage Peace Award, the Parkland Helping the Community Heal Award and the APA Division 16 Distinguished Service Award.
Speaker: Andrew McGeehanAndrew McGeehan (he/him) is a trainer and educator based in Singapore. With a background in higher education, he focuses on helping individuals identify what role they can place in advocating for equity and justice. He has taught courses on bystander intervention, diversity & inclusion, and microaggressions. Andrew strives to provide concrete strategies in his trainings so that educators are able to implement new techniques and skills immediately.
With increasing internet use, and rapid advancements in information technology, children and young people may be at increased risk for online sexual exploitation (OCSE) in the form of sexual solicitation (grooming), ‘sextortion’, live-stream sexual exploitation and the production of child sexual abuse materials (formerly called, ‘child pornography’). In this workshop we will discuss the dynamics of these forms of OCSE, as well as risk factors for victimization and possible indicators of exploitation. We will discuss strategies for schools to help prevent OCSE and to react appropriately when concerns arise, working to protect affected children and coordinate with authorities as needed. The course is very practical and interactive, with small and large group discussions and case scenarios.
At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
Speaker: Dr. Jordan Greenbaum
Jordan Greenbaum, MD is the former medical director of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, and past medical director of the Stephanie Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She is a retired child abuse physician living in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Greenbaum is a 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. She has provided training and technical assistance to international school staff, health and mental health professionals, as well as social workers, law enforcement officers and prosecutors globally to improve the community response to child abuse, exploitation, and trafficking. She provides training and technical assistance regarding the trauma-informed, rights-based approach to interacting with children and families who have experienced trauma related to sexual, physical or community violence, and forced migration.
During this course, counselors will learn the impact that cultural humility has on the counseling process and a comprehensive counseling program. This course also aims to help identify practices that counselors can engage in that help them become more culturally competent and empathetic to the various identities they support in their daily practice.
Speaker: Kindall Tyson
"Responsive Services With A Trauma Informed Lens" with Janice Holland
March 10, 2022
Follow-up documents: "Crisis in Ukraine" How Can School Counselors Help"
March 2, 2022
Follow-up documents: "What are Counseling Consultation Circles? An Inside Peek"
January 19, 2022
CBT for Teens: Simple Strategies from CBT for Teenagers in the Pandemic
February 17, 2021
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Understanding and Communicating Your Role as a School Counselor in an Online Environment with Dr. Stuart Roe
Coping with Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Supporting the Mental Health of International Communities affected by the Pandemic with Dr. Sean Truman
What is Happening!? Can Mindfulness Based Wellbeing Really Help in a Global Crisis? with Kevin Hawkins and Amy Burke
(Resources mentioned during the webinar: resource list )
Supporting Counselors as Leaders with Dr. Chris Liang
Planning for and Responding to Grief and Loss During a Pandemic with an ISCA Panel
( PowerPoint with live links to resources)
Upskill Your Tech Skills with Sarah Carpenter
(Resources: Tip Sheet for FlipGrid and Tip Sheet for EdPuzzle)
DocuFilm ¨Like¨Q&A with Scilla Andreen
Sept 17, 2020 Counselor Chat
May 11, 2020 Schools Re-Open
August 11, 2020 Counselor Chat
September 15, 2020 Counselor Chat