School Counselor Academy

2019 School Counselor Academy - "Recharge, Renew and Refresh"

November 7-8, 2019

Holiday Inn Kearney


Full Academy Program

Lodging (Holiday Inn Reservation Desk NOW OPEN) - Due to the flood this past July in Kearney, the Holidy Inn has been closed and will re-open just in time for our event.  However not all of the hotel sleeping rooms on the first floor will be finished.  Therefore our block of hotel rooms has been split between the Holiday Inn (50 rooms on the 6th and 7th) and the LaQuinta (20 rooms on the 6th and 40 rooms on the 7th).  The LaQuinta is just adjacent to the Holiday Inn.  The group room rate at both hotels is $109.95+tax.  To make reservations at the LaQuinta call their reservation desk at 308-237-4400.  The Holiday Inn reservation desk is NOW OPEN.  To make reservations at the Holiday Inn call 308-237-5971.

Featured Speakers

Eric Sparks is Assistant Director fo the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) where he facilitated the development of the ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs (3rd and 4th ed.), the ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors for Student Success: K-12 College and Career-Readiness Standards for Every Student and the ASCA School Counselor Professional Standards and Competencies.  He isa former high school counselor and Director of School Counseling for the Wake County Public School System (NC).  He has also served the school counseling profession as President of ASCA and the North Carolina School Counselor Association.  Sparks is a school counseling graduate of North Carolina State University and earned a doctorate in Education Leadership from the Univeristy of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.


Keith Fulthorp has over 25 years of experience within the Recreation and School Counseling Professions, and is currently an Association Professor at California State University, Long Beach in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies.  Keiths' research interests are in the area of municipal recreation and parks in urban areas, leadership, teambuilding and solution-focused counseling.  He completed his doctorate degree from the University of Southern California in 2009 and continues to be closely tied to both the Recreation and School Counseling Professions.  Keith has presented both educational and research sessions at many local state and national school counseling conferences including local school districts in California, Colorado and Nebraska; state school counseling associations in Alabama, Arizona, California, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee, Utah and Washington; the American School Counselor Association, California School Counselor Association, and the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association.


Arond Schonberg has over 20 years experience in the field of social work and school counseling.  Arond started out working with the chronically mentally ill and chemically dependent homeless adults in Los Angeles.  Transitioning to education, Arond discoverd that working with young people presented a different type of challenge.  However, due to his personal obstacles as a youth, along with his training and professional experience he has seen the positive results of using a solution focused approach in his professional as well as personal life.  His hope is that shcool counselors see the benefit of using solution focused counseling in their practice as a means of becoming more efficient and effective.  Arond has presented his unique apporach to solution focused counseling throughout North America.  In addition to being a practicing school counselor, he is a part time lecturer at a state university in California.  What he has discovered through the practice of solution focused counseling is that everyone has the capacity to change.  Some just do it faster than others.  We have to be patient with the students we serve and allow them to blossom in their time, not ours.



Breakout Sessions To Date (More to Come)

Advocating for a Comprehensive Program with your Administration Jodie Green -Doane University District/Building Advocacy
ASVAB Post-Test Interpretation: Why it is so effective for college major selection and insight. Larry Beer - US Army Test Interpretation
Breathing Takes Practice! Amanda Riemers - Randolph Public Schools Mindfulness and Self-Care
Building Agency, Voice and Expression Brady Rhodes - Bold Leaders Practical Tools for Small Groups and 1:1
College & Career Access Day - Details are Key! Rose Kenney - Milford Public Schools College and Career Access Day
College & Career Champions Club Suzi Yokley-Busby - Omaha Public Schools Career Exploration through research, field trips, and speakers
College for Parents  Stacy Athow and Laura Carlow - Ralston Public Schools Involiving Parents to Ensure Student Access to College
Creative Strategies for School Counselors Elizabeth Tolliver and Tran Thang - University of Nebraska Omaha Impact Therapy and Creative Counseling
Customizing Naviance to Meet the Technological Needs of the iGeneration! Don Ferree and Ashleigh Weaver - Omaha Public Schools Naviance/Post-Secondary Counseling
Delivering Manufacturing to Your Classroom Door-  Career Experience for the Next Generation Brian Deaken - Nebraska Vocational Rehab Integrating Experiences Into Classroom STEM Principles
Demystifying the Buffett Scholarship Application Bianca Bautista - The Susan T. Buffett Foundation Buffett Scholarship
Developing Self-Regulation Methods and Enhancing Growth Mindset With Yoga Marybeth Ferree - Omaha Public Schools Combining Yoga, Mindfulness, and a Growth Mindset
Expanding Course Offerings and meeting Rule 10 Beth Kabes - ESUCC Meeting AQuESTT Tenets for Educational Opportunities and Access as well as being College, Career and Civic Ready?
Helping Students Build a Sense of Purpose Merritt Nelson - Midland University Promoting Student Mental Health
How School Counselors Can Help Improve the Scholarship Application Process  Eric Drumheller - EducationQuest Foundation Improving the Scholarship Application Process
Impementing an Apply2College Event Katie Cameron (Omaha Public Schools, 1 Class B Counselor, 1 Class C/D Counselor Apply2Collge Events in a Variety of School Sizes
Involvement in NSCA and the Policy Governance Model Doug Hauserman - Nebraska School Counselor Association School Counseling Leadership
K-12 Self-Harm and Suicide Threat Assessment Theresa Crnhovich - Elkhorn Public Schools Responding to Suicide and Self-Harm Threats
Motivational Interviewing as a Technique to Engage our Parents and Children in and Beyond the Classroom Marybeth Ferree - Omaha Public Schools Motivational Interviewing
Parent Information Event (PIE) Andrea Hinrichs - Winside Public Schools Parents, Community and Student Social/Emotional Needs
Presentation on Second Step Jason Folkers - Santeen Community Schools Implementing Second Step Curriculum
Promoting Positive School Climate Through Podcasting & Social Media Loni Watson & Jerry Mack - Chadron High School School Climate
Promoting Resiliency Samantha Carwyn Resiliency With Our Most Vulnerable Youth
Snaps, Sexts, & Social Media  Loni Watson - Chadron High School Social Media and Youth

Social Justice in School Counseling

Jodie Green - Doane Univerisity Strategies for Working with Underrepresented Populations
So much influence yet so little time: a plan to allow high school college counselors to work less and impact more. John Baylor - On To College Post-Secondary Counseling
So you've asked the Miracle Question, now what? Keith Fulthorp, California State University Long Beach & Arond Schonberg Redondo Beach Unified School District Gender Identity, Gender Boxes and Terminology
Supporting Trans* and Gender Nonconforming Youth Samanta Carwyn - GLSEN Omaha and Steph Engelbart - PFLAG Gender Identity, Gender Boxes and Terminology
Technology Dependence and Adolescent Development Thang Tran & Dan Kissinger - Univeristy of Nebraska Omaha Technology Challenges and Opportunities
Teens and Social Media Allison Derby - Papillion LaVista Public Schools Technology Challenges and Opportunities
The Power of Puppets: Increasing Engagement in Classroom Lessons and Small Group Work  Erika Mardock - Omaha Public Schools Puppets and Social Emotional Learning
The Zen Den Debi Jaeke - Omaha Public Schools Setting Up Your Sensory Room for Student Success
Using the SBQ-R to Help Address Suicide Concerns Brenda Leggiadro, Jamie Kreikemeire, & Andrea Phillips - Lincoln Public Schools Responding to Suicide Threats
What Is All This About Mindfulness? Aaron Weiner - Wisdom House Collaborative & Josie McDonnell - Omaha Public Schools Mindfulness
What is the Enneagram Jake Willems - Omaha Public Schools Understanding Student Personalities and Their Needs


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