WEST REGION WORKSHOP

WEDNESDAY - MARCH 9, 2016 (8:30am-4:00pm)

Agenda for the day...hope you'll join us!

Western Region 8 Drive-In Workshop

Western Carolina University's Instructional Site in Biltmore Park Town Square, Asheville

Wednesday - March 9, 2016


Registration, Coffee and Morning snacks: 8:30-9:00am

Session I: 9:00-10:15 am

Session II: 10:15-11:30 am

LUNCH (on your own) 11:30 am-1:00 pm *walking distance ~ choices galore

Session III: 1:00-2:15 pm

Session IV: 2:15-3:30 pm

Evaluation/Closure 3:30-4:00 pm


Workshop Session I: Strategies for supporting LGBTQ students. Youth OutRight, L.A. McCrae, M. Div., Program Director for Youth OutRight

Youth OutRight is a Western NC organization that helps provide resources that are beneficial to LGBTQ youth, their allies and supportive parents. Among many partnerships, Youth OutRight partners with Schools to advocate for LGBTQ youth and educate about the harmful effects of bullying, harassment and discrimination.

This workshop is designed for professionals who work with youth on how to be an ally and advocate.


(NBCC Content Area: Social and Cultural Foundations)


Workshop Session II: Strategies for a Comprehensive Program in School Counseling, Dr. Phyllis Robertson, Western Carolina University and Jayme Benfield, Counselor Buncombe County Schools (Weaverville Elementary)

School Counselors will evaluate their school counseling program, discover areas for improvement and enhance the program’s efforts to contribute to student success.


(NBCC Content Area: Research and Program Evaluation)



Workshop Session III: Strategies for Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness - Christine Craft, Buncombe County Schools and Kate Perrotta, Asheville City Schools Coordinators of the NC Homeless Education Program

Focus will be on requirements under the McKinney-Vento Act for school districts in serving homeless students, ESSA re-authorization that will impact schools in the delivery of services to homeless children and youth as well as discussion on the collaboration efforts school counselors can conduct with homeless liaisons to effectively meet the educational needs of homeless students so that they can be successful in school.

Scenarios and Q&A will be conducted as time permits.


(NBCC Content Area: Social and Cultural Foundations)


Workshop Session IV: Data-Driven School Counseling Programs, Cynthia Floyd, NCDPI School Counseling Consultant

It is essential that data is used to develop and enhance comprehensive school counseling programs in order to meet the needs of students and be assessed for effectiveness. Both the ASCA National Model: Framework for School Counseling and NC Professional School Counselor Standards and Evaluation emphasize the importance of data in School Counseling Programs. In this session, we will review strategies for accomplishing this type of data-driven decision making and assessment. We will engage in reviewing examples of types of data that can be utilized, how to create data-driven goals and strategies, and how data can be used to assess outcomes.


(NBCC Content Area: Research and Program Evaluation)


CLOSURE, EVALUATIONS AND CERTIFICATES 3:30-4:00pm: Lyn Bush, Western VP-NCSCA


Follow-up evaluation of the sessions presented will be completed as well as the awarding of certificates of completion to all participants according to the workshops attended. Information about NCSCA membership and benefits will be given.

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*Members in NCSCA may attend the Regional Workshop for free, Non-members pay $40 (same as a membership)!!

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Sign up now. Workshop Total Participants: 70 (and filling up fast)

Driving Directions

Directions to the instructional site at Biltmore Park Town Square in Asheville:

From I-40 in Asheville: Take Exit 46A (if eastbound) or 47 (if westbound) to I-26 South on the east-southeast side of Asheville. Follow I-26 about 8 miles to Exit 37 and make a shallow left under the highway overpass onto Long Shoals Road. Continue about a block to turn left onto Schenck Parkway. The instructional site’s address is 28 Schenck Parkway, Suite 102, to your left on the south side of the roundabout. ALL ATTENDEES MUST PARK IN THE PARKING GARAGE BEHIND THE BUILDING. Directions

From Spartanburg, SC: Follow I-26 North to Exit 37. Turn right onto Long Shoals Road and continue about a block, then turn left onto Schenck Parkway. The instructional site’s address is 28 Schenck Parkway, Suite 102, to your left on the south side of the roundabout. ALL ATTENDEES MUST PARK IN THE PARKING GARAGE BEHIND THE BUILDING. Directions

On another note: Conference T-Shirts Available

We ran out it was so popular. Orders continue until March 12th (3 days after our workshop!)