Tuesday, December 10, 2013

WPRCA Holiday Program & Donation Information



Reminder to attend the WPRCA Holiday Program this Thursday, December 12th at Knollwood sponsored by The University of Alabama.
 
In the spirit of the holidays, WPRCA kindly asks for your contribution toward our donation to Friends of Karen.

Friends of Karen gives support to children with a life-threatening illness and their families.
Suggested Donation: $5

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Reminder: You're Invited! Thursday, December, 12th at Knollwood



You’re Invited!

WESTCHESTER PUTNAM ROCKLAND COUNSELING ASSOCIATION
"Speaking Out for Autism and Asperger’s"
Dr. Christine O’Rourke-Lang, PH.D., BCDA-D
Parent speaker, Jennifer Brooks
& Alex Olinkiewicz

* Sponsored by The University of Alabama *

WHEN:
Thursday, December, 12th
TIME:
Registration 3:30pm—4:00pm
Program & Dinner 4:00pm—7:00pm

WHERE:
200 Knollwood Road Extension
Elmsford, NY 10523
ADMISSION:
Current WPRCA Members: FREE
Non-WPRCA Members: Event Fee $25
Become a WPRCA Member for only $30/year!

RSVP by Tuesday, December 3rd
(914) 831-0455


Teaching and Expanding Social Skills: A Behavioral Approach for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder presented by Dr. Christine O’Rourke-Lang, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Christine O’Rourke-Lang received her Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis from Columbia University and has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Special Educator for over 10 years.  She specializes in working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder and has extensive experience across broad age ranges and developmental levels.  She provides consultation to schools and families, delivers trainings and workshops, as well as gives presentations locally, nationally, and internationally.  Dr. Lang is the chairperson of the Special Education Department at Mercy College and is also the director of the Program in Applied Behavior Analysis.

This interactive presentation focuses on evidence-based strategies that can be implemented within a counseling context in order to establish social skill repertoires in children with autism spectrum disorder.  The methods discussed are based upon the principles and tactics associated with Applied Behavior Analysis and topics that will be addressed range from teaching pro-social behaviors to functional communication skills and pragmatics.

How social skills are impacted in every-day life activities and the role from a parent view that counselors can play in addressing social skills within the school setting presented by Jennifer Brooks.

In My Mind presented by Alex Olinkiewicz.
“Hi! My name is Alex Olinkiewicz. I was born, raised and went to the Shelter Island School, Long Island, New York. I’m a young adult diagnosed with Asperger’s from infancy. My successful YouTube video, IN MY MIND, with over 1,400,000 views, has inspired me to write about my journey through life dealing with Asperger's/Autism. My book has been taken over by Future Horizons, a national publishing company which specializes in Autism. I want to share my experiences and most importantly my message, so that I and people like myself with Asperger's will be treated as equals, and calmly given more respect, and not considered as just plain odd people who want to get their way. And if so, I will be able to help parents and fellow travelers. Then, I’ll finally be understood, and have a break once in a while.”

Monday, November 18, 2013

Mentoring for HS Counselors



You’re Invited!

WESTCHESTER PUTNAM ROCKLAND COUNSELING ASSOCIATION
NEW High School Counselors Mentoring Meeting
This experience is open to all new or untenured high school counselors, including leave replacements who are currently working.  It is an opportunity to share experiences, and get helpful advice in a confidential and supportive environment.
*Coffee and continental breakfast will be served*

WHEN:
Friday, December 6th

TIME:
8:00 am—10:00 am

WHERE:
Manhattanville College
in Reid Castle, East Library
PLEASE RSVP:
Anyone who is interested in going should RSVP to
Susan Buchman:  sbuchman@byramhills.org

Thank you.

*WPRCA REMINDER* Middle School Mentoring Group --November 20th!



An Organization for School Counselors, College Personnel, Graduate Students and Human Development Professionals announces:

Middle School Mentoring / Networking Group for Middle School Counselors as well as Graduate Students interning at a Middle School.  All Middle school counselors are welcome to attend and share their wealth of knowledge and experience!

WHEN?
Our fall meeting will be on Wednesday, November 20, 4:00 PM.

WHERE?
Westlake Middle School, Westlake Drive, Thornwood, New York.
We will meet in the Main Office of the Middle School.
The Middle School building is attached to the high school and sits behind it.
We will enjoy sharing and learning together. 
Refreshments will be served. 

Please let us know if you are able to attend so we can plan accordingly!
GROUP LEADERS:

Marilyn Jablonski
Professor Counselor Education LIU, retired Middle School Counselor and longtime WPRCA Board Member          
(914)277-4456 | marilynjablonski@aol.com    

Kathy Ilardi
Middle School Counselor, Westlake Middle School, WPRCA Board member.
Please call Kathy for specific directions to the Middle School. The middle school is attached to the high school but the middle school entrance is “behind” the high school.
Work: (914)769-0733 / Cell: (914)433-2274 | kilardi@mtplcsd.org

Thursday, November 14, 2013

You're Invited! Thursday, December, 12th at Knollwood

WESTCHESTER PUTNAM ROCKLAND COUNSELING ASSOCIATION

"Speaking Out for Autism and Asperger’s"
Dr. Christine O’Rourke-Lang, PH.D., BCDA-D
and Alex Olinkiewicz

WHEN:
Thursday, December, 12th
TIME:
Registration 3:30pm—4:00pm
Program & Dinner 4:00pm—7:00pm

WHERE:
200 Knollwood Road Extension
Elmsford, NY 10523

* Sponsored by University of Alabama *
ADMISSION:
Current WPRCA Members: FREE
Non-WPRCA Members: Event Fee $25
Become a WPRCA Member for only $30/year!

RSVP by Tuesday, December 3rd
(914) 831-0455


Teaching and Expanding Social Skills: A Behavioral Approach for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder presented by Dr. Christine O’Rourke-Lang, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Christine O’Rourke-Lang received her Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis from Columbia University and has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Special Educator for over 10 years.  She specializes in working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder and has extensive experience across broad age ranges and developmental levels.  She provides consultation to schools and families, delivers trainings and workshops, as well as gives presentations locally, nationally, and internationally.  Dr. Lang is the chairperson of the Special Education Department at Mercy College and is also the director of the Program in Applied Behavior Analysis.

This interactive presentation focuses on evidence-based strategies that can be implemented within a counseling context in order to establish social skill repertoires in children with autism spectrum disorder.  The methods discussed are based upon the principles and tactics associated with Applied Behavior Analysis and topics that will be addressed range from teaching pro-social behaviors to functional communication skills and pragmatics.

In My Mind presented by Alex Olinkiewicz.
“Hi! My name is Alex Olinkiewicz. I was born, raised and went to the Shelter Island School, Long Island, New York. I’m a young adult diagnosed with Asperger’s from infancy. My successful YouTube video, IN MY MIND, with over 1,400,000 views, has inspired me to write about my journey through life dealing with Asperger's/Autism. My book has been taken over by Future Horizons, a national publishing company which specializes in Autism. I want to share my experiences and most importantly my message, so that I and people like myself with Asperger's will be treated as equals, and calmly given more respect, and not considered as just plain odd people who want to get their way. And if so, I will be able to help parents and fellow travelers. Then, I’ll finally be understood, and have a break once in a while.

Friday, November 1, 2013

You're Invited! Wednesday, November 13th at Knollwood



You’re Invited!

WESTCHESTER PUTNAM ROCKLAND COUNSELING ASSOCIATION
 "Death comes to school: How we can help students cope with grief."
Presented by Lisa Zeitz from the Bereavement Center of Westchester

WHEN:
Wednesday, November 13th

TIME:
Registration 3:30pm—4:00pm
Program & Dinner 4:00pm—7:00pm

WHERE:
200 Knollwood Road Extension
Elmsford, NY 10523

* Sponsored by PACE *

ADMISSION:
Current WPRCA Members: FREE
Non-WPRCA Members: Event Fee $25
Become a WPRCA Member for only $30/year!

RSVP by Monday, November 4th
(914) 831-0455


Lisa Zeitz is a LMSW who has been a practicing Social Worker since 1984. Prior to getting her Masters, she worked in school settings, both residential and day, with special needs adolescents. She was the pediatric oncology Social Worker at NYU Medical Center and then her work led her to a variety of medical settings.

She was also a part of a hospice team, and that experience led her to the Bereavement Center of Westchester in late 2001, and there she has remained. At BCW, she co-leads their Tree House program for young  families with their director, Patty Donovan-Duff, see families, adults and children in their offices, train their devoted volunteers and provide consultation and outreach to their partners in the community.