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Welcome to the 2019 Counselor Summer Institute. We are pleased to offer a comprehensive professional development event that will support counselors throughout the school year and will help prepare students for college and career success.

This year’s event provides counselors with:

  • Effective college and career readiness strategies and resources from school counseling leaders
  • College admissions trends and innovations presented by higher education professionals
  • Global admissions strategies targeted to international counselors and their students
  • Discussions on the school counselor role in supporting LGBTQ youth and students experiencing mental health or substance abuse issues

All webinars are 1–2 hours in length and allow you to earn 0.1–0.2 continuing education units (CEUs). Continued Conversations are 45 minutes in length and allow you to earn 0.1 Continuing Education Units.

We encourage viewing the webinars with a colleague or as a group. Select the Meeting Room View option when prompted during registration or as you join the event. All participants in Meeting Room View will still receive their CEUs.

Here are some resources to help keep you organized throughout the event:

Click here to register for multiple events at once or scroll down to register for individual events.

Continued Conversations

Provides a unique opportunity for counseling professionals to engage in 45 minute professional learning experiences about key topics requested by attendees.

Title and Description Date/Time

Lifesavers: From Signs to Strategies

One out of five individuals have mental health issues. This session will examine warning signs and strategies school counselors and the school community can use to support students and their families. Find out about risk and protective factors. See what should be considered when choosing a college for students with mental health concerns.

Location: Online

Level: All

Sep 16, 1 p.m.
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Lifesavers: From Signs to Strategies

taking place on Sep 16, 1:00 pm

No Labels!

The college admissions process can be intimidating for most students. Join an expert panel to understand challenges faced by LBGTQ youth and the role of school counselors to make these students feel safe and supported in school. Learn strategies to help them find the best college fit

Location: Online

Level: All

Nov 1, 1 p.m.
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No Labels!

taking place on Nov 1, 1:00 pm

Sudden Impact: Student Substance Use and Abuse

According to TYBS  data, although the percentage of students who reported using select illicit drugs decreased from 2007 to 2017, nearly one in seven U.S. high school students reported misusing prescription opioids. This session will explore the role of the school counselor, the impact of substance use, student school performance, and overall well-being .

Location: Online

Level: All

Jan 29, 1 p.m.
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Sudden Impact: Student Substance Use and Abuse

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Sudden Impact: Student Substance Use and Abuse

taking place on Jan 29, 1:00 pm

Counselors Professional Knowledge and Guidance

Hone your professional skills! Join seasoned K–12 colleagues and counselor educators to learn about current trends and information to enhance your professional development and growth.

Title and Description Date/Time

Trends in College Admissions: Understanding the Changing Landscape [recorded session]

College admissions is ever-changing, and counselors must be well informed to give accurate, up-to-date guidance to students and parents. Gain professional knowledge directly from higher education leaders.

Location: Online

Level: All

Aug 6, 3 p.m.
Watch for the workshop titled

Trends in College Admissions: Understanding the Changing Landscape [recorded session]

taking place on Aug 6, 3:00 pm

Engaging Parents in the College Admissions Journey

Parental participation in the college application process ranges from hands-off to intricately involved.  Join the conversation about how counselors can include and engage parents in the college admissions journey in ways that support their student.

Location: Online

Level: All

Aug 7, 10 a.m.
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Engaging Parents in the College Admissions Journey

taking place on Aug 7, 10:00 am

Promote Your Counseling Program and Build Beneficial Partnerships

Counselors can have a hard time tooting their own horns, but students, parents, and school leadership should understand and value your critical role. Learn strategies and best practices from award-winning counseling colleagues to highlight your role and impact on the school community.  

Location: Online

Level: All

Aug 8, 1 p.m.
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Promote Your Counseling Program and Build Beneficial Partnerships

taking place on Aug 8, 1:00 pm

Beyond the Ivies for International Counselors

Discover different kinds of universities in which international students can thrive.  Our expert panel will share their experiences and techniques for broadening the horizons of students, parents, and school leadership.

Location: Online

Level: All

Aug 9, 3 p.m.
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Beyond the Ivies for International Counselors

taking place on Aug 9, 3:00 pm

Beyond the Ivies for International Counselors

Discover different kinds of universities in which international students can thrive.  Our expert panel will share their experiences and techniques for broadening the horizons of students, parents, and school leadership.

Location: Online

Level: All

Aug 12, 1 a.m.
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Beyond the Ivies for International Counselors

taking place on Aug 12, 1:00 am

Counseling for College and Career Readiness

To get the school year off on the right foot, join national counselor leaders and colleagues to learn updates and easy-to-implement strategies. Discuss academic guidance for college and career readiness, college and career assessments, and using data for student success.

Title and Description Date/Time

It's All About Data

Resourceful school counselors collect and use data to implement, monitor, and improve student progress and achievement. In this interactive session, explore goals and implementation and assessment strategies for a comprehensive school counseling program.

Location: Online

Level: All

Aug 6, 1 p.m.
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It's All About Data

taking place on Aug 6, 1:00 pm

When I Grow Up: Career Exploration and Development

College AND career readiness is the basis of classroom and career success. Discover tools to enhance your counselling program, provide a personalized exploration experience, and create student action plans.

Location: Online

Level: All

Aug 7, 3 p.m.
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When I Grow Up: Career Exploration and Development

taking place on Aug 7, 3:00 pm

Options and Opportunities: Pre-College Credit in High School

Options to increase academic rigor, prepare for and engage in college-level coursework, and earn pre-college credit include Advanced Placement and CLEP.  Join leading K–12 and higher education practitioners to examine opportunities, student benefits, credit transfer rules, and potential cost savings.

Location: Online

Level: All

Aug 8, 10 a.m.
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Options and Opportunities: Pre-College Credit in High School

taking place on Aug 8, 10:00 am

Strengthening an International Student’s Application for International Counselors

Learn from experienced university and high school counselors what makes an international student stand out on an application. Share ideas on essays, activities, test scores, and deadlines.

Location: Online

Level: All

Aug 9, 10 a.m.
Watch for the workshop titled

Strengthening an International Student’s Application for International Counselors

taking place on Aug 9, 10:00 am

Strengthening an International Student’s Application for International Counselors

Learn from experienced university and high school counselors what makes an international student stand out on an application. Share ideas on essays, activities, test scores, and deadlines.

Location: Online

Level: All

Aug 11, 8 p.m.
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Strengthening an International Student’s Application for International Counselors

taking place on Aug 11, 8:00 pm

At the start of college application season, maximize your knowledge and develop up-to-date college counseling and advisement plans. Join national school counseling and admissions leaders to learn timely updates, information, and best practices for the college admissions process and college financial aid and affordability.

Title and Description Date/Time

Financial Aid 202: Understanding the Award Letter

Counselors are on the forefront to help students and families understand the financial side of the college decision process. Get insight from college financial aid leaders on how to evaluate financial aid award letters and determine the true cost of college.

Location: Online

Level: All

Aug 6, 10 a.m.
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Financial Aid 202: Understanding the Award Letter

taking place on Aug 6, 10:00 am

Supporting the Transition to College for First-Generation Students

A panel of college admissions leaders will introduce strategies, resources, and best practices that advisers and counselors can use to support first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented students’ transition to and success in college.

Location: Online

Level: All

Aug 7, 1 p.m.
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Supporting the Transition to College for First-Generation Students

taking place on Aug 7, 1:00 pm

College Admissions 101 for International Counselors

In this comprehensive session designed for newer counselors, we’ll cover the basics of American university admissions, including the role of testing, latest trends and policies affecting international students, financial aid considerations, on-campus support systems, and more

Location: Online

Level: All

Aug 9, 1 p.m.
Watch for the workshop titled

College Admissions 101 for International Counselors

taking place on Aug 9, 1:00 pm

College Admissions 101 for International Counselors

In this comprehensive session designed for newer counselors, we’ll cover the basics of American university admissions, including the role of testing, latest trends and policies affecting international students, financial aid considerations, on-campus support systems, and more

Location: Online

Level: All

Aug 11, 11 p.m.
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College Admissions 101 for International Counselors

taking place on Aug 11, 11:00 pm

High School Profile and the Landscape Tool

As high school counselors gear up to begin the college application process, higher education admissions professionals will employ a new tool to equally distribute opportunity across diverse applicant pools. Join a panel of college admission leaders to learn about the Landscape Tool and discuss important updates to key components of the high school profile.

Location: Online

Level: All

Sep 9, 1 p.m.
Watch for the workshop titled

High School Profile and the Landscape Tool

taking place on Sep 9, 1:00 pm

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