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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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2014 Webinars

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.

Speakers:
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.

September 9: Essential Resources for College Consulting: The Sequel

What are the most useful college books and websites? Which do you recommend? The amount of information available to students and parents—and IEC's—about colleges and the college admission process has increased geometrically in recent years. This webinar explores the information that is most helpful to your practice. You will also hear the results of a recent member survey of college resources.

Speaker: Dr. Antonoff has been in private practice as an independent educational consultant in Denver for almost 30 years. He is former Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid and Dean of Students at the University of Denver. He was instrumental in the founding of the IECA Summer Training Institute. He was the recipient of the IECA Professional Achievement Award in 2014. Steve is the author of College Match: A Blueprint for Choosing the Best School for You! and author of The College Finder. He speaks to parent, student, and independent educational consultant groups nationally He teaches Principles of Educational Consulting and Independent Educational Consulting Practicum in the certificate program in educational consulting at UC Irvine Extension.

October 14: Understanding Boarding School Financial Aid

Understand and gain insight into the boarding school financial aid process. Financial aid is an equation of many pieces and variables—often with a good number of dead ends before a family finds what they need. We will talk and take questions about what ‘financial aid’ means. How does a school think about financial aid? What is the financial aid processor’s role? And, in general, how should families approach the financial aid process—what they can expect to do, experience, and see. For families coming to the financial aid process, we recommend understanding it, harnessing it for use, and working to be at peace with the possible outcomes. The only way for a family to find out if they qualify for financial aid is to apply.

Speakers:
Brian Fisher: Since 1998, Brian has been a principal in Admissions Quest, an on-line reference for families considering boarding school. He is the primary author at the Boarding School Blog and the author of several e-book references, including Private School Rankings: They’re Misguided! and Understanding Private School Financial Aid. Brian previously served as a teacher, coach, dorm parent, and administrator for three different schools. He has also served as source for boarding school articles at www.nytimes.com, money.cnn.com and www.smartmoney.com.

Kristen Carey Power is the national director, business development for School and Student Services (SSS by National Association of Independent Schools). She previously worked as a regional manager and then vice president of business development for prepGATE, by First Marblehead Corporation, a $70 million student loan program that serves the private primary and secondary school market. Power has been quoted in various online publications such as www.smartmoney.com and www.bankrate.com. She co-authored “US independent schools struggle to balance priorities: increasing access or affordability?” for the Association of Independent Schools of South Africa’s quarterly publication.

Eric Long joined the Tabor Academy community as the associate director of admission in July 2007 and was appointed director of financial aid in fall of 2011. In these roles, Eric is responsible for interviewing over 200 applicants each year and overseeing a financial aid budget in excess of five million dollars. He also serves as a house parent in West House, advisor to five students, and Head Varsity Girls’ Hockey Coach. Prior to Tabor, Eric worked as the assistant/associate director of admission at Kimball Union Academy.

November 11: Realizing the College Dream with Autism or Asperger Syndrome
(rescheduled from July)

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.


Speaker:
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.


2015 Webinars

January 13: Legalized & Decriminalized Pot: The Impact on College and School Campuses

Colorado and Washington states decriminalized the use and sale of marijuana. Other states may follow. How does this change affect students? How does it affect Independent Educational Consultants? How do we as IECs keep up with legal and social changes? Does this one require changes in our practice parameters or our school recommendations? Should you question a student’s motives when a CO or WA college is on their list? This webinar, a reprise of the successful panel held last year at the IECA conference in Indianapolis, is made up of IECs as well as knowledgeable college and school personnel.

Speakers:
Carl Johnson, Executive Director of Campus Life at the University of Denver
Carl attended the University of Tennessee and received a bachelor’s degree in Communication and a master’s degree in Leadership Studies. He began his career in student affairs as a Hall Director for first year men’s residence hall, and then worked as the Coordinator of Greek Life at the University of South Carolina.He has been at the University of Denver since 2001.


Kila McCann, Director of Admission and Financial Aid, Fountain Valley School, Colorado Springs
Kila previously served as director of boarding and international students and head of house at Darlington School in Rome, Georgia. She also worked at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario, Canada as a recruitment/enrollment officer, and at Fulford Academy in Brockville, Ontario, Canada as a placement officer and student counselor.

Dave Herz, Founder and CEO, Vive, a Mentorship, Parent Coaching & Counseling, and therapeutic mentoring program in Boulder, CO
Dave earned an M.A. in Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder, is a certified psychotherapist, and has worked with kids and families as a teacher, counselor, therapist, mentor, and coach for more than 20 years. Dave’s passion is to help young people find the courage and inspiration to move toward responsible, productive, joyful young adulthood, while helping parents engage this process with less pain and more hope.

Andrew Bryan, IECA member, college success coach, Boise, Idaho
Andrew Bryan is the founder and director of Emerge. He has worked with adolescents and young adults and their parents since 1989. He has an expertise in coaching and mentoring young adults and working with individual learning styles and the wide array of educational and vocational options available to both students who have faced emotional or behavioral challenges and those who learn differently. Andrew has been interviewed and quoted nationally on education related topics.

Steve Antonoff, IECA member, Denver, Colorado
Dr. Antonoff has been in private practice as an IEC for almost 30 years. He is former Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid and Dean of Students at the University of Denver. He was instrumental in the founding of the IECA Summer Training Institute. He was the recipient of the IECA Professional Achievement Award in 2014. Steve is the author of College Match: A Blueprint for Choosing the Best School for You! and The College Finder. He speaks to parent, student, and educational consultant groups nationally. He teaches Principles of Educational Consulting and Independent Educational Consulting Practicum in the certificate program in educational consulting at UC Irvine Extension.

The list of webinars will be regularly updated.