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2017 Pre-conference Sessions
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The Technology Learning Lab (half day)

Laura Ross, Dwight Parker, Nicohl Webb, Mike Weiland

School counselors can use technology to communicate, engage, and organize in their counseling programs, however, with all the tech tools available it can be difficult to know where and how to get started. Come prepared to work alongside four practicing school counselors as they guide you through how they make use of various technologies within their programs such as Excel, Google, Skype, Social Media apps, Smore, QR Codes, and more. Be sure to bring your laptops and devices as you will be practicing with each of these tech tools during the session.


Ethics (full day)
Dr. Diane Levy

Dr. Diane Levy is the founding director of Advanced Counselor Training & Supervision, LLC. She holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Practice as well as a Masters and Specialist degree in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University (GSU). She is a Nationally Certified Counselor, a Licensed Professional Counselor in GA, a Certified Professional Clinical Supervisor (CPCS) in GA, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor. Before her retirement in December 2014, for 10 years Dr. Levy was a full-time faculty member in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) at GSU. During her tenure in CPS she served as the Clinical Skills Coordinator, the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program Coordinator, and the Clinical Director for the CMHC program. Dr. Levy’s graduate-level teaching was highlighted by her design and facilitation of an advanced skills course in Motivational Interviewing (MI). She has been trained at both the introductory and advanced levels of MI.

Prior to her transition to academia in 2005, Dr. Levy was a practicing clinician at the Atlanta Relationship Center for approximately 8 years. As a clinician, Dr. Levy specialized in working with a broad range of mental health issues including, but not limited to, adults and adolescents presenting with psychological symptoms resulting from being undiagnosed with a learning disorder and other neurological impairment, adults with Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse/dependence, relationship issues (i.e divorce and family issues), educational counseling, and trauma (i.e. domestic violence, rape child abuse.)

In addition, she has consulted with mental health agencies on evaluation of professional leadership and clinical operations and, provided individual career consultation to mental health professionals.


Transforming Toxic Stress: Mindfulness Skills for School Counselors and Their Students (full day)
Dr. Peter Mountainy, Child Psychologist and Mindfulness Teacher

Students today are faced with a constant stream of pressures from school, family, and peers – pressures they feel are never-ending in the 24/7 digital age. The strain of information overload and emotional overwhelm leads to increased distractibility and disorganization, anxiety and depression, anger and aggression. In short, our students are experiencing toxic levels of chronic stress. And if we’re honest, so are we.

Mindfulness skills – the ability to focus our attention here and now, without judgment – can help our students cope with toxic stress in real-world, real-time ways. Mindfulness is the gateway skill to emotional resilience and well-being. And it is a vital skill to have in this crazy-busy world – for both our students and ourselves.
In this inspiring, highly interactive workshop, you’ll first learn how to develop a personal mindfulness practice to help manage your own work and life stress. Then you’ll learn practical ways to be more mindful at school, allowing you to be more clear, calm, and compassionate with students, parents, and colleagues! Finally, you’ll learn ways to effectively teach your students how to develop mindfulness skills they can use to deal with the daily stressors they face at school, and beyond.

Dr. Peter Montminy is a clinical child psychologist and certified mindfulness teacher who’s been dedicated to improving the emotional well-being of children and adolescents for over 25 years. He is committed to the vision that all children – regardless of ability, disability, or circumstance – can thrive when they’re raised by a mindful village of compassionate parents and educators.

Dr. Montminy has served as the Director of Child and Adolescent Services at the Penn State Psychological Clinic, the Founding Director of Midstep Centers for Child Development in State College, PA, and the creator of A Mindful Village, where he continues his private consulting practice. He also teaches graduate seminars in clinical psychology at Penn State University, as well as providing online training to educators around the world with Mindful Schools.

Dr. Montminy specializes in treating children of all ages with executive function deficits and emotion regulation difficulties. He is passionate about helping kids overcome the toxic stress in their lives by using mindfulness to build their emotional resilience and well-being. And he is highly regarded for his interactive workshops that are filled with love, laughter, and learning.

Peter received his formal education at Dartmouth College, Penn State University, and the Child Study Center at Yale University Medical School. He has maintained extensive post-doctoral studies in social-emotional learning, developmental neuropsychology, mindfulness and compassion, positive psychology, and integrative mind-body medicine. Yet his greatest and most humbling training has come from raising four children with his wife Mary in the woods of central Pennsylvania.


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