Youth Development News from OCM BOCES Instructional Support

September 2016

Want to organize your calendar to include national and world themes? Look at the themes below and choose some dates to celebrate with your school.

School Counseling Awareness Dates for 2016/2017


  • National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
  • 5-11 National Suicide Prevention Week
  • 10 World Suicide Prevention Day
  • 21 International Day of Peace
  • 26 Family Health and Fitness Day


  • Bullying Prevention Month
  • LGBT History Month
  • Positive Attitude Month
  • 4-10 Mental Illness Awareness Week
  • 5 World Teacher’s Day
  • 7 World Smile Day
  • 10 World Mental Health Day
  • 19 Unity Day/Stop Bullying Day
  • 23-31 Red Ribbon Week


  • Military Family Appreciation Month
  • National Career Development Month
  • 13 World Kindness Day
  • 13-21 National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
  • 16 International Day of Tolerance
  • 19 Great American Smokeout


  • 1 World AIDS Day
  • 3 International Day of Persons with Disabilities
  • 10 Human Rights Day


  • National Mentoring Month
  • National Thank You Month
  • 16-20 No Name Calling Week
  • 23-29 National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week


  • African American History Month
  • Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month
  • 2 National Groundhog Job Shadow Da
  • 6-10 National School Counseling Week
  • 13-17 Random Acts of Kindness Week
  • 22 World Thinking Day


  • Gender Equality Month
  • Middle Leel Education Month
  • National Nutrition Month
  • 21 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  • 23-27 National Youth Violence Prevention Week


  • Alcohol Awareness Month
  • Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • Community Service Month
  • Counseling Awareness Month
  • Month of the Military Child
  • National Autism Awareness Month
  • 2 World Autism Awareness Day
  • 3-7 National Youth Violence Prevention Week
  • 6 National Alcohol Screening Day
  • 7 World Health Day
  • 14-16 Global Youth Service Days
  • 22 Earth Day


  • Mental Health Month
  • Military Appreciation Month
  • National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
  • 1-7 National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week
  • 1-7 Screen Free Week (TV Turnoff Week)


  • National Hunger Awareness Month
  • 1 International Children’s Day
  • 14 Flag Day

The UCLA Center: Mental Health in Schools Program and Policy Analysis, Summer Newsletter contains a thought provoking article entitled: Rethinking Education Initiatives: Lessons Learned and Moving Forward. I encourage everyone to read and think about the issues brought up that deal with piece meal implementation of programs and “the program of the month” club. The following quote makes a case for developing a Comprehensive School Counseling Plan that intentionally meets the needs of the whole child/school community.

“The transformation involves first unifying and weaving together all school resources currently expended for student and learning supports. And then, the focus is on discriminatively braiding school and relevant community resources together to fill gaps. The intent over time is to replace the current laundry-list of fragmented practices by developing a unified, comprehensive, and equitable system that can serve all students.” (pg. 4)

The above publication also delves into Understanding Diversity to Better Address Barriers to Learning. Find resources for supporting diversity at and type in Diversity into the Search menu for the site. A comprehensive list will assist one in finding the area that is most helpful for understanding the situation.

America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa

America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa is back with new data, updated lessons and a brand-new episode! Each installment offers you an opportunity to teach about how diverse ethnic identities contribute to the “new” America. If you didn’t catch the series the first time it aired, don’t miss out on a fascinating look at how changing demographics in the United States influence the way we live, work and govern.

New York State School Counseling Regulations – Thanks for your Patience
The Youth Development department is still waiting for the final approval of the regulations. As it now stands, the new regulations would go into effect as of the 2018/2019 school year. The department will continue to update the field once the regulations have been adopted. Stay Tuned!

Professional Development Opportunities from Youth Development - School Counselors Round Tables and Trainings

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Dignity Act CoSer Trainings

(sign up on MLP)

  • DAC Training – Thursday, September 15th/Main Campus/Owasco/Syr/11:15-12:45.
    Dignity Act Coordinators will hear about case law regarding the Dignity Act from Subhash Viswanathan, lawyer with BSK. New training opportunities will be examined along with research based programs that assist with positive social and emotional development.

  • Mental Health First Aid – Tuesday, October 4th/Main Campus/Owasco/Syr/8:00-4:30. (Limit 30)
    This is an 8 hour public education program which teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adults, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorder.

  • Trauma Informed Care – Wednesday, October 12th/Main Campus/Seneca Large/Syr/8:30-11:30.
    Learn about the impact of trauma on children and families and how that changes dynamics in schools.
    *Afternoon consultation with Jackie Yusko available to District Teams. Contact Penny Williams for more information and to sign up for a time slot.

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid – Tuesday, January 10th/Main Campus/Owasco/Syr/8:00-4:30 (Limit 30)
    This class is an 8 hour public education program which teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorder.

HELPS Trainings

(working with Prevention Network)

  • Trauma Informed Care (Crouse)
    Thursday, November 9th/Prevention Network/Prevention Network/9:00-4:00, COST $60 per person payable to Prevention
    Prevention Network Training Calendar

  • Science of Addiction (Kathy A Miller)
    Wednesday, January 18th/Canandaigua/Syr/8:30-11:00 – No Cost (MLP pending)
    The training provides individuals with a better understanding of addiction and recovery. This workshop will explore: the neuroscience of addiction and recovery, the impact of addiction on the brain and the science behind the entire process.

  • Drug Trends/Prevention (Brad Fetes and Elizabeth Toomey)
    Thursday, March 9th/Canandaigua/Syr/8:30-11:00 - $25.00 per person payable to Prevention Network
    Prevention Network Training Calendar

Social Work CEU’s

(Cost $25.00 per credit hour)
MLP/Xenegrade pending

  • Trauma Informed Care (Jackie Yusko)
    Thursday, October 13th/Main Campus/Seneca Large/Syr/8:30-3:30
    An introduction to the impact of trauma on children and families and the importance of a Trauma Informed Care Treatment Environment will be discussed.

  • Mindfulness: Awakening Presence through Mindfulness Practice (Pauline Cecere)
    Friday, October 14th/Cayuga Onondaga BOCES/Auburn/9am to Noon
    This course will introduce practitioners to the principles and practice of mindfulness as it applies to social work. Since mindfulness is known through experience, an emphasis will be on practice through class exercises. We will explore the interface of personal presence with the helping relationship. We will also discuss mindfulness as prevention of worker burnout and practical uses of mindfulness with clients. Wear comfortable clothing and, if possible, bring a YOGA mat.

  • Drug Trends & Other Risk Behaviors for Adolescence (Beth Hurny)
    Wednesday, November 2nd/Main Campus/Seneca Large/8:30-3:30
    What are adolescents doing to provide the rush of adrenaline that keeps them moving? Find out about adolescent behaviors and drug trends that affect their behaviors/thinking.

  • Recognizing, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing and Regulating Emotions-RULER (Penny Williams)
    Monday, January 30th/Main Campus/Seneca Large/Syr/8:30-3:30
    Emotions matter for all of us and especially for children. How we feel affects our learning, the decisions we make, how we treat others, and our personal well-being. Learn about this curriculum that can be adopted to work with adults and children. This research based program comes out of Yale University Center for Emotional Intelligence.

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders, Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Executive Functioning Deficits (Dominique Ricciardelli)
    Tuesday, February 14th /Main Campus/Seneca Large/Syr/8:30 – 3:30
    Participants will learn about the diagnostic criteria for ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Strategies will be given that include academic, social and behavioral supports. Participants will also understand the role of executive functioning in the brain and practical strategies for supporting students with EF deficits.

  • Suicide Awareness and Prevention (Maxine Block)
    Thursday, March 2nd/Main Campus/Seneca Large/Syr/8:30-3:30
    This course will begin with an overview of the topic of suicide, including statistics about the prevalence of suicide, review of data and identified vulnerable populations. This will include a discussion of demographic and environmental factors, and will also address the connection between suicide and self-harming. Most of the session will focus on reviewing the process of suicide risk assessment, including a comprehensive discussion of identifying and responding to overt and suspected suicide risks. Effective strategies for immediate evaluation and response to suicide ideation and behavior will be discussed, including safety and crisis planning and obtaining consultation as needed.

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