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Calm Amid the Chaos: Best Practices for Taking Your College Counseling Online


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Amid the chaos and uncertainty of the coronavirus in our communities world wide, the entire college planning process has been upended. Join us for a webinar/discussion on best practices, resources and tools, both in GuidedPath and in counseling, that you can use to bring order to the process, and instill a sense of calm in students/parents in this uncertain time.

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Calm Amid the Chaos: Best Practices for Taking Your College Counseling Online

  1. 1. CALM AMIDST THE CHAOS Best Practices for Taking Your College Counseling Online
  2. 2. Cyndy McDonald, PPS/MA ◦ BS in Behavioral Science and MA in Education ◦ UCLA instructor in College Counseling Certificate Program ◦ Counselor at middle school and high school level ◦ Worked with AVID for 14 years, training over 1000 administrators/educators ◦ College Counseling Professional for over 30 years: Helped start HECA ◦ Active in Professional organizations: HECA, IECA, NCAG, AICEP, WACAC, NACAC ◦ Youtube channel with interviews with over 100 professionals (new one added this week) ◦ Female Entrepreneur: started 1 consulting company, technology company ◦ Starting new company featuring online training for female entrepreneurs & educators ◦ Starting new podcast: All About Your Next Steps
  3. 3. What are our choices? • Bring Calm Amidst the Chaos • Brene Brown- Unlocking US
  4. 4. Take care of yourself and others Eat Healthy. Learn and share. Continue with purpose and meaning. Social distancing does not mean social isolation. Increase feel-good activities. Tune in to your feeling and feelings of others around you. * From UCLA Vice Provost Office
  5. 5. Helping Teens Practice Practice Compassion Stay in Stay in touch with professionals Limit/monitor Limit/monitor exposure to news/social media Connect Connect to learning Focus Focus on facts, information Sit Sit with Anxiety Acknowledge Acknowledge validity of feelings Listen Listen Actively Maintain Maintain Normalcy Model Model Calmness From ADAA
  6. 6. School Resources for Covid-19 Centers for Disease Control US Department of Education SAMHSA Other Organizations
  7. 7. College Resources *NACAC NACAC- frequent updates on fairs, conferences and more College campus closures College Admissions Process New Online Tool Standardized Testing IB AP testing Study Abroad
  8. 8. Virtual Counseling Virtual Tours: Using YouVisit in GuidedPath Extended Virtual Tours: check college websites Crowdsource a Connection: students are home, reach out to them
  9. 9. Virtual Counseling ◦ Add links to updates in your CUSTOM MENU ◦ Update TESTING as needed ◦ Use email to announce moving to a Virtual environment ◦ Use video conferencing tools: ◦ Skype ◦ Facetime ◦ Gotomeeting ◦ Zoom ◦ Other? ◦ Use assignments and appointments to manage counseling load ◦ Use calendars and schedulers to manage load
  10. 10. Questions? • GuidedPath? • • - coming soon! Articles/Links?