Pre-Conference Workshops

Monday, November 8

(all times are in Eastern)

11:30 a.m.–1:10 p.m. Pre-Conference Workshop 1:
Applying to Graduate Programs: How Is It Different?
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Presentation
12:30–1:10 p.m. Live Q&A
Learn how your clients can strengthen their candidacy in graduate school admissions. The presenters will explore how the college experience can position applicants for success—including academics—relationships with professors, standardized testing, extracurriculars, and internships. They will also address how to identify “best-fit” features and develop an appropriate grad school list. A panel of admissions staff and program directors will discuss trends and address questions.
Presenters: Pamela Carroll, EdD, University of Central Florida; Steven Pruitt, MBA, Lynn University; Caroline Ferrucci, MEd, IECA Associate; Julie Gross, EdM, MBA, CEP, IECA


11:30 a.m.–1:10 p.m. Pre-Conference Workshop 2:
Embracing Financial Fit as a Part of Your Practice
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Presentation
12:30–1:10 p.m. Live Q&A
In recent years, the costs for a higher education have gone up more than health care costs. More and more families are looking for ways to make college affordable. What does it mean to include financial fit into the college planning process? Using case studies, this session will delve into how financial fit can be considered in all aspects of college planning. Presented by the College Affordability subcommittee.
Presenters: Melissa Mieyr, IECA Associate; Donna Sakabu, IECA; Lynne Bossart, IECA; Cyndy McDonald, CEP, MA, PPS, IECA


11:30 a.m.–1:10 p.m. Pre-Conference Workshop 3:
Developing Cultural Awareness
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Presentation
12:30–1:10 p.m. Live Q&A
Intercultural competence is both a knowledge base—about oneself, other cultures, and attitudes—and a skill set for effective communication between people from different cultural backgrounds. It is achieved by working primarily on oneself and challenging the belief that one’s own culture is the most “natural” or “coherent.” This workshop is for those who wish to initiate the process of developing cultural awareness by exploring one’s own prejudices and ethnocentrism.
Presenters: Almendra Staffa-Healey, MA, MBA, SIETAR Spain; Esperanza Portillo, MA, Intercultural Understanding SL; Brian David George, Intercultural Understanding SL; Kara Madden, MA, IECA


Tuesday, November 9

(all times are in Eastern)

11:30 a.m.–1:10 p.m. Pre-Conference Workshop 4:
Increasing Parental Engagement in the Therapeutic Process
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Presentation
12:30–1:10 p.m. Live Q&A
An introspective workshop that will help therapists and educators at therapeutic boarding schools investigate how their perceptions and expectations influence parental engagement in the therapeutic process.
Presenter: Alan Simanowitz, EdD, LDTC, Ucanachieve Learning Alternatives


11:30 a.m.–1:10 p.m. Pre-Conference Workshop 5:
College Admissions Testing in a Test Optional World
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Presentation
12:30–1:10 p.m. Live Q&A
Test optional remains the default position for most colleges during the pandemic. Last year’s admissions cycle gave us insights into acceptance rates for test submitters and nonsubmitters. When do test scores help? How do they affect admissions and scholarships? How do we talk about the tests? What should we recommend? Let’s examine these issues from the admissions, prep, and counseling sides.
Presenters: Sarbeth Fleming, Emory University; Drew Heilpern, PhD, Summit Educational Group; Jed Applerouth, PhD, NCC, Applerouth Tutoring Services; Diana Jones, MA, MEd, IECA Associate; Belinda Wilkerson, EdD, IECA


11:30 a.m.–1:10 p.m. Pre-Conference Workshop 6:
Creating Safer Spaces for Our LGBTQ+ Students
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Presentation
12:30–1:10 p.m. Live Q&A
GLSEN joins IECA to present a reflective and interactive Creating Safer Spaces workshop. The speakers will present national data on LGBTQ+ students’ experiences, work through classroom-based case studies, and provide resources and strategies for creating inclusive spaces. As the leading education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students, GLSEN will teach us how to be adult allies for our LGBTQ+ students in our practices.
Presenters: GLSEN Phoenix representative; Chris Andersson, MA, IECA; Suzanne Lewis, MEd, IECA