Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Comment Period for WPRCA Constitution and Bylaws now through May 21, 2013

If you wish to review, please take a moment to click through to the 2013 WPRCA Constitution and Bylaws survey.

It is not necessary for you to do so, but the document is now open to members for comment, now through our Year-End Meeting on May 21.  We will vote on the document at that meeting.  Please feel free to request a copy via email by emailing mdelbalzo@cw.edu with your full name and email address, and type WPRCA Constitution and Bylaws in the subject line, or by requesting a copy by providing your information at the end of the survey.

Thank you.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Crosspost - Boston Resources

On behalf of the entire WPRCA Executive Board, our prayers, thoughts and condolences go out to the families, friends and victims of April 15's bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

 As WPRCA Technology Liaison, I never post items from my own blog, but this time is different.    Please feel free to click through to gather resources.
Alternately, click directly through to the Jed Foundation/MTV Love is Louder website to access resources for ourselves, our students, our colleagues and our loved ones.
Mary Beth Del Balzo, LCSW

Crosspost - Family Inst of Westchester - May 10 - Bereavement Workshop for Clinicians & Counselors

333 Westchester Avenue ~ Suite E--‐106, White Plains, NY 10604 ~ Phone: 914--‐777--‐3909 ~ Fax: 914--‐341--‐1478 ~ info@fiwny.org

Please Join our Workshop with Emily Laitmon, LCSW

May 10, 2013 – 9:30 am – 12:00 pm $65.00
Family Institute of Westchester
333 Westchester Avenue, Suite E-106
White Plains, NY 10604


As mental health professionals, we may encounter clients who have suffered the loss of a loved one (a spouse, sibling, parent, or child). One may refer the person to a bereavement counselor, see the individual, or work in conjunction with a grief counselor. In this session, we'll discuss how the specialized grief counselor may join with psychotherapist or school guidance personnel to mutually support the client. We’ll explore how mental health providers can compliment one another while utilizing one’s clinical skills to move through intense loss. Mass
shootings in Newtown and Aurora have only heightened awareness of our need to come to terms with the unimaginable and how our expertise within agencies and schools may benefit children and adults.

In this seminar the grief process will be revisited while gaining insights and providing interventions to respond to guilt, anger, abandonment, and acceptance. We will learn techniques to be most effective in offering support to enable the telling of their “stories”, dealing with family and friends, and coping in the workplace. How does child or parent loss alter the family system and how can we aid in creating a new normalcy? We’ll discuss “holding on” and “letting go” through voices and essays of moms who have endured and maintain hope.
Most importantly we will look at ways to keep memories alive as death does not end the Relationship.

Emily Laitmon LCSW is a psychotherapist in private practice in NYC and New Rochelle.
She specializes in family therapy, couple counseling, and women’s issues. After her son Daniel died she received additional training in Bereavement, and is a group facilitator for spouse and child loss at the Bereavement Center of Westchester. Her book, “Our Children, Our Hearts: Journeys of Child Loss and Remembrance” was published in 2008.

CEU’s Available for Social Workers ~ 2.5 Awarded
Food and Beverages can be purchased in the Bistro outside the Conference Room
Cancellation Policy: Cancel up to 2 weeks before event for a refund fee,
minus a $15.00 administrative charge;

Reservations Call 914-777-3909 or Visit our website www.FIWNY.ORG

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Cross Post LIU Panel Discussion - April 24 - Cultivating Resiliency After a Crisis

Another NYSACAC Cross Post - Joan Zinner Scholarship Fund Contributions Sought

Dear NYSACAC Colleagues,
My mother, Joan Zinner, a long-time college counselor and a past president of NYSACAC, passed away on April 22, 2008. In May of that year, I met with Michael Acquilano, who was then President of NYSACAC, to design a vehicle which would honor my mother's life, her commitment to college counseling and her role as a mentor to professionals within our association. We quickly determined that a fund to support participation in the annual conference would be the ideal solution.
 The first grants were awarded just a few weeks later, allowing two secondary counselors to attend the 2008 NYSACAC Conference at Manhattanville College. Since then, the generosity of friends and colleagues have made it possible for 10 additional counselors to take part in what we all know are among the best professional meetings available to members of our field. Two more recipients will be named soon, and they will be with us at Canisius College this June.
 This year marks the fifth anniversary of both my mother's death and the establishment of the Joan Zinner Scholarship Fund in her memory. I hope that you will join me in marking this milestone with a gift to the Joan Zinner Scholarship Fund in support of NYSACAC and our professional community. 
 Contribution can be made through the NYSACAC website at https://nysacac.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&Itemid=96. Of course, I will be available to accept donations during the conference --- and to distribute donor ribbons. 
 Thank you for your support of this important project. 
 See you in June.

All the best,

Lisa Sohmer
Past President, NYSACAC

Cross Post - NYSACAC Conferences April 26 and April 30

Greetings from the Professional Development Committee,
The last two NYSACAC Professional Development Forums are just around the corner! Join us on Long Island or in The Bronx as we discuss this year's hot topic, "The College Process: Working with Students with Learning Differences."  If you have not yet registered, please do so today:http://www.nysacac.org/regional-forums

Listen to experienced panelists discuss answers to questions such as what defines learning differences? How do legal responsibilities differ for high schools and colleges? What type of documentation is required for the college application process?

Panels will include speakers from:

Long Island: Friday, April 26 at The Wheatley School
 Brian Loew, Senior Assistant Director-Marist College
  • Jean Vizvay, Director of Special Services-Marist College
  • Lyle Wind, Assistant Director - Stony Brook University
  • Greg Wasserman, Guidance Counselor-The Wheatley School
 New York City Region: Tuesday, April 30 at Fordham Preparatory
 Mary Cohen, Director of OASIS Program- Pace University
  • Lauren Gallo, College Placement and Transition Coordinator-Winston Preparatory
  • Rob Piurowski, Director of Admission- Concordia College
  • Maureen Santella, Director of Transition & Youth Development- NYC DOE
  • Kankia Wright, Admissions Counselor- CUNY
 We are pleased to announce that at each forum we have been approved by NACAC to offer CEU's.  Each forum will also raffle off to one high school counselor in attendance a complimentary NYSACAC membership for the upcoming year as well as a NYSACAC Conference grant to attend this year's annual conference at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY!

For more information, contact the Professional Development Committee at professional.development@nysacac.org.
 Lauren Sangimino, Stony Brook University, 631-632-1012