2018 Winter Conference

The WMCA enjoyed keynote speakers and breakout sessions during our 2018 Winter Conference. Over 100 area counselors gathered to learn new skills and network together! Join us next year!

7:30-8:00 Registration – Please join us for breakfast sponsored by Forest View Hospital.
8:00-8:10 Welcome – Kasey Hagler, WMCA President
Keynote

8:10-9:10

New Mind Set, New Results –  Becky Telzerow, LPC, NCC

If at first you don’t succeed… that’s better than OK!  Attendees will gain an understanding of how our mindsets impact our thinking, learning, motivation and treatment results.  Tools and strategies will be presented that will assist attendees foster growth with students, clients, family members and within themselves.

 

Breakout Session #1

 

9:15-10:15

Language, Concepts and Practices for Serving LGBTQIA+ Students

Jen Hsu-Bishop &

Marla Wick,

Directors of Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center

Grand Valley State University

This presentation will cover basic language and concepts related to gender, sex and sexual orientation.  Participates will discuss steps they can take in their roles to be more supportive and affirming of people with LGBTQIA+ identities.

Creating an Effective Strategy to Pay for College

Joe Harmon

Harmon Wealth Management

Learn to identify and understand a family’s best strategy to pay for college by using four key components.  Counselors will be able to better equip parents and students for the college funding process.

Addressing Problematic Media Use in Children

Sarah E. Domoff, Ph.D.

Participants will learn about the current screen media used by children today and the mechanisms by which such use may impact children’s well-being and mental health.  Participants will learn about how to assess for symptoms of pathological or problematic screen media use in children.

Preparing the Parents: Igniting Parent Involvement & Engagement in the College-Going Culture

Kanyn Doan, B.S

Grand Rapids University Prep Academy

This presentation will focus on the vital part that parent participation plays in cultivating a true and sustainable college going culture.  Participants will leave with tools to better prepare students AND their parents for post-secondary opportunity.

 

Breakout Session #2

 

10:30-11:30

Language, Concepts and Practices for Serving LGBTQIA+ Students

Jen Hsu-Bishop &

Marla Wick,

Directors of Milton E. Ford GVSU LGBT Resource Center

This presentation will cover basic language and concepts related to gender, sex and sexual orientation.  Participates will discuss steps they can take in their roles to be more supportive and affirming of people with LGBTQIA+ identities.

Creating an Effective Strategy to Pay for College

Joe Harmon

Harmon Wealth Management

Learn to identify and understand a family’s best strategy to pay for college by using four key components.  Counselors will be able to better equip parents and students for the college funding process.

Addressing Problematic Media Use in Children

Sarah E. Domoff, Ph.D.

Participants will learn about the current screen media used by children today and the mechanisms by which such use may impact children’s well-being and mental health.  Participants will learn about how to assess for symptoms of pathological or problematic screen media use in children.

Where’s the Front Door to College?

Shayla Willis, BSSW, M.Ed.+

Our Community’s Children/T2C Studio

Have you heard about the T2C Studio: Grand Rapids Center for College Success?  In this session, you will learn more information about the To College, Through College Studio and Initiative, as well as hear student testimony.

Breakout Session #3

 

11:35-12:35

League of Everyday Guys Inspiring Our Neighbors (L.E.G.I.O.N) – Creating a Boys Mentoring Program in Schools

 Kelly Green, CECP,

Phyllis Powers-Fata, LPC & Zack Krywyj, Grand Rapids Griffins Organization

Explore a mentoring program established to pair high school leaders in a 1:1 mentoring relationship with middle school boys.

Creating an Effective Strategy to Pay for College

Joe Harmon

Harmon Wealth Management

Learn to identify and understand a family’s best strategy to pay for college by using four key components.  Counselors will be able to better equip parents and students for the college funding process.

Addressing Problematic Media Use in Children

Sarah E. Domoff, Ph.D.

Participants will learn about the current screen media used by children today and the mechanisms by which such use may impact children’s well-being and mental health.  Participants will learn about how to assess for symptoms of pathological or problematic screen media use in children.

Wise Up

Al Hight

American High School Championship Association

Wise Up is a student recognition and awards program that is built to recognize student achievers on a broad range of categories.  Participants will gain a better understanding and appreciation of the opportunities students have if they are guided with purpose.  You will also receive hands-on training and resources.

12:35-1:15 LUNCH – Please take time to visit the sponsor and exhibitor displays in the hall.We thank them for their support of WMCA. 
Commercial Break: Sponsor Introductions and Information  (*Gold Plus Sponsors*)

Forest View Hospital, Ferris State University, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

Keynote

1:25-2:15

Helping Students & Clients Understand and Manage Stress – Patricia A. Latus, M.Ed.

Attendees will gain an understanding of strategies to help their clients understand the physiology and impact of stress.  Topics will include: helping clients identify sources of stress and how stress presents itself, the role of the brain and the body in the human stress response, the importance of understanding the sympathetic nervous system, mindfulness, self-compassion, and resilience. 

2:15-2:30 Wrap Up & Door Prizes….. You MUST be present to win.

THANK YOU to the following for their support of WMCA!

  • Ferris State University
  • Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services
  • Forest View Hospital
  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • Michigan Virtual University
  • Psychology Associates of Grand Rapids

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