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IECA's educational Webinar Series will focus on the issues affectingIndependent Educational Consultants and allied admission professionals. IECA's monthly webinars will provide professional development covering admission issues in college, secondary school, and therapeutic placements, as well as learning disabilities and broad adolescent issues including depression, anxiety, and more.

Our webinars are designed to meet the needs of Independent Educational Consultants and we believe many school-based counselors will find the topics equally compelling, as well as admission representatives, school administrators, and program and private therapists. The presenters are chosen for their expertise and experience as online instructors. Webinars will be offered live on the second Tuesday of each month at 12:00 noon EST, 9:00 a.m. PST. All sessions will last one hour, including a question and answer segment with the presenter. In addition, IECA will archive all webinars, which will then be available for one year. Those who register for the live broadcast, or for an archived segment, will be able to view the presentation up to three times over the course of the year. For more details, check our webinar FAQs.

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May 13: Facilitating Student Transfers from Two- to Four-Year Colleges

Articulating the curriculum needed by transfer students to successfully matriculate at four-year institutions is a critical and timely issue. Additionally, the design of transfer-transition programs that foster transfer students' persistence to completion of the baccalaureate degree is critical as well. This webinar introduces current community college efforts to create transfer associate degrees–statewide pathways that allow students to earn an associate degree, receive priority admission, and transfer seamlessly to colleges or universities with junior status. Specific, systematic strategies for supporting the transition and subsequent retention of transfer students will be outlined as well.

Pam Brown Schachter Pam Brown Schachter has been involved in education for over 35 years as faculty, director of transfer and advisement, and articulation officer. Her extensive curriculum experience extends throughout the systems of higher education in California. For the past three years, she has worked directly with each inter-segmental discipline faculty group on the development of the associate degrees for transfer for the California Community Colleges. Pam has been a professional member of IECA since 2009.

June 10: Nail Your College Essay

This webinar will share the techniques and materials used to help students “nail their college essay.” The technique being presented has worked to widen students’ views and encourage them to write the kinds of stories, in their own voices, that can sometimes make the difference in having an admission’s officer truly see who they are. A student will be part of the webinar to interact in the process as it is discussed and demonstrated.

Objectives of this webinar are, using the Socratic method, to have IECs:
• Understand the nature of a college essay;
• Guide a student to find his or her voice, and his or her own story;
• Learn techniques to help a student through different stages of the development process;
• Help a student find a “so what” purposeful ending;
• Become a supportive, eager audience for the essay.

Jan Rooker, IECA (CT) has worked as an independent educational consultant for 15 years and has helped hundreds of students successfully navigated the college essay process.
She published “Nail Your College Essay” in 2009. Jan earned a B.A. in English from Cornell University; an M.A. in Education from Stanford University; and an M.Ed. in Psychology from Columbia University.

July 8: Realizing the College Dream with Autism or Asperger Syndrome

More and more students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or learning differences are able to attend college. This webinar is based on the presenter's bestseller, "Realizing the College Dream with Autism or Asperger Syndrome: A Parent's Guide to Student Success." She discusses strategies for preparing the student for the transition to college; the importance of self-advocacy and self-disclosure in the college setting; the supports that a student may need while in college; and the importance of learning functional skills to be as independent as possible. This webinar will be helpful for parents and professionals working with students with ASD who are considering college, as well as students with ASD preparing to go to college or already attending college. Learning objectives:
1. Learn how parents and professionals can help prepare the student with ASD for the transition to college.
2. Learn about the importance of self-advocacy in college.
3. Learn what supports are available in the college setting and how the student can access those supports.
4. Learn about common difficulties for students with ASD in the college setting.

Ann PalmerAnn Palmer is the parent of a 31-year-old son with autism. She is a faculty member at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD) at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and is the former director of advocacy and chapter support for the Autism Society of North Carolina. She was the parent support coordinator for Division TEACCH for 14 years, developing and coordinating a parent mentor program that served more than 800 families in North Carolina. Ann is also the author of: "Parenting Across the Autism Spectrum: Unexpected Lessons We've Learned," co-authored with Maureen Morrell, "A Friend's and Relative's Guide to Supporting the Family with Autism: How Can I Help?" and co-authored "Families of Children with Autism: What Educational Professionals Should Know." Ann has presented internationally and in the U.S. including the Autism Society of America National Conference, the Kate Welling Disability Lecture Series, the TACCLD Annual Conference, the MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome Annual Conference, and the Association of Higher Education and Disabilities (AHEAD) Annual Conference.

August 12: Eating Disorders: Symptoms and Responses

Eating disorders constitute one of the most severe mental illnesses with the highest mortality rate, and yet only one in ten people with and eating disorder will obtain treatment. With 86% of the onset of eating disorders occurring by age 20, it is essential that independent educational consultants understand eating disorder symptoms as well as how to respond. This presentation provides an overview of the various sub types of eating disorders as well as common myths. The presenters will also discuss intervention strategies and options for treatment, including the range of options available at high schools and colleges.

Katie Thompson has been a primary therapist at Castlewood Treatment Center for the past several years where she facilitates groups, including all of the eating disorder groups, and is an active participant in the research team. She specializes in eating disorders and anxiety disorders, specifically binge eating disorder. Katie is skilled in using DBT, CBT, IFS, ERP and group therapy, is trained in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and has earned her certification in Internal Family Systems Level 2. Katie lectures regionally and nationally on Eating Disorders, Binge Eating Disorder and treatment interventions. She earned a B.A. in Communications, Education from Marquette University and a master’s of Science in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Deanna James is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Dance and Movement Therapist. She has worked at Castlewood Treatment Center since 2006 in various roles including therapist, program director, and now as the director of marketing. Deanna has completed Level I training in the Internal Family Systems model of therapy. She specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, trauma based disorders, and body image issues. Deanna incorporates creative arts therapy, internal family systems therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapies in her approach to therapeutic healing. She earned her bachelor’s of arts degree from the University of Oklahoma in Psychology and a master’s of arts in Dance Movement Therapy and Counseling from Columbia College Chicago.

The list of webinars will be regularly updated.