• ECISD creating counselor, diagnostician pipelines
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    ECISD creating counselor, diagnostician pipelines

    Stemming from a necessity for counselors and diagnosticians, Ector County ISD has arrange pipelines with native and regional universities to develop their very own.

    “Proper now, we now have an settlement with UTPB for a diagnostician pipeline, and we’re within the ultimate levels, it hasn’t been board-approved but, however we’re within the ultimate levels of creating an settlement with Sul Ross, for diagnostician as nicely. So we’ll have two methods through which we will certify diagnosticians, get them the credentials,” Government Director of Expertise Growth Ashley Osborne mentioned.

    A counseling pipeline additionally has been setup via Angelo State College, Government Director of Counseling Chelsea Reyes mentioned.

    Osborne famous that the pipeline efforts are grant and basis funded. The district is both making an attempt to pay their wage for that internship 12 months or their tuition and costs.

    Government Director of Steerage, Counseling and Wellness Chelsea Reyes mentioned there are six elementary faculty counseling openings and two of these are those at Downing and Fly which have extra openings. Wilson & Younger Medal of Honor Center Faculty and Bowie Center Faculty every have one.

    Osborne mentioned there are six staff within the counseling pathway and 4 that can be within the diagnostician pipeline.

    Osborne mentioned having a number of universities concerned means ECISD can have a number of pathways so individuals can purchase credentials.

    The district additionally pays for his or her bachelor’s and grasp’s diploma.

    “Chelsea really did the legwork to evaluation and meet with a whole lot of … potential companions. Angelo State College simply was the very best match for our wants. And so they had expertise in working a cohort mannequin, which is what we had been actually enthusiastic about doing as a result of that’s simply one other layer of assist for the candidates which might be searching for that grasp’s diploma and certification,” Osborne mentioned.

    Having a bunch of individuals taking the identical observe can assist create a community, which she mentioned provides extra assist.

    Osborne mentioned the programs are provided on-line.

    Reyes mentioned one of many causes Angelo State was chosen was their expertise, but in addition that this system is on-line.

    “… After 12 months one of many program, they obtain an intern certification. As soon as they obtain the intern certification, we will rent them on as faculty counselor interns to assist fill a number of the vacancies,” Reyes mentioned.

    Interns are nonetheless going via their practicums.

    “A part of their practicum is the requirement of the hours, counseling providers, the psychological well being counseling piece. Faculty counselors have educating backgrounds in order that they’re capable of present all the different providers so far as steering classes, responsive providers, particular person planning, however the psychological well being part actually is what the internship is for,” Reyes mentioned.

    Reyes mentioned extra positions had been added to the biggest elementaries, two of that are EK Downing and Murry Fly.

    Osborne mentioned one of many obstacles to turning into a counselor or diagnostician is funds.

    “Us with the ability to present assist when it comes to tuition and costs after which additionally the assist of the cohort mannequin ensures extra that our workforce members can be extra profitable of their pursuit of that credential, whether or not or not it’s a grasp’s in counseling or what have you ever and that extra persons are capable of pursue these alternatives as a result of we eliminated the monetary barrier. That’s … the pattern that you simply’ll see in all of our pipelines is compensation, or that monetary side,” Osborne mentioned.

    She added that they wish to give counselors and diagnosticians a top-notch basis as a result of they don’t simply need individuals filling jobs.

    “We would like them to have high-quality preparation and be able to tackle that place earlier than they really do after which get them positioned the place they’re the very best match,” Osborne mentioned.

    Candidates additionally work with ECISD in job-embedded skilled studying for a 12 months to know what it means to tackle the counselor or diagnostician place, she added.

    Reyes mentioned they surveyed counselors to see the place they attended faculty so they might discover out what faculties had been feeding into ECISD.

    “We interviewed the highest three college applications that we had. I consider it was UTPB, Sul Ross and Angelo State. These had been the highest three the place our counselors had been coming from … I do know a whole lot of the barrier for some individuals is the requirement that programs be in particular person. That was the rationale that we additionally selected this one after which, once more, the truth that they provided the intern certification was a profit to the coed and to us as a result of in the event that they wish to counsel they wish to start sooner moderately than later,” Reyes mentioned. “It’s a two- 12 months program, whereas another applications may be two to 3 years.”

    Osborne mentioned they’re proud that their pipeline work includes departments from throughout the district. Misty Hiner is the particular training supervisor for ECISD.

    “We regularly have vacancies within the diagnostician positions. Submit-COVID, we’ve had a big inflow of referrals for kids to be examined for particular ed, so to satisfy that must attempt to ensure that they’re all examined in a well timed method we wanted extra individuals, in order that’s the place we mentioned the necessity for the diagnosticians,” Hiner mentioned.

    “The pipeline is to pay for his or her wage as they’re an ARD facilitator, pay for his or her faculty courses to get them the diploma. It pays for the certification check after which somebody to be their mentor whereas they’re an ARD facilitator. As soon as they change into an authorized diagnostician, we will transfer them into the emptiness positions that we now have for diagnosticians. So our hope is that as an ARD facilitator they’ll conduct the ARDs on the campuses whereas the diagnosticians can proceed to do the evaluations for the scholars,” Hiner mentioned.

    ARD stands for Admission, Evaluation and Dismissal. Hiner mentioned each different state calls it an IEP assembly, however in Texas they name it an ARD assembly.

    IEP stands for Individualized Schooling Program and Hiner mentioned you deal with the IEP via the ARD assembly.

    “There’s required individuals for the ARD committee; that’s your diagnostician or analysis personnel, so that may be the diagnostician, or the ARD facilitator, a common ed trainer, particular ed trainer, guardian, after which an administrator for the campus. Along with that, it is determined by what providers the youngsters are afforded like in the event that they obtain adaptive PE, then there’s an adaptive PE particular person; anyone that does associated providers may also be in these conferences,” Hiner mentioned.

    She added that there are 5 openings proper now. That is her fifth 12 months in her place they usually have by no means been totally staffed with diagnosticians.

    “Typically it’s one or two vacancies, however we’re at all times trying,” Hiner mentioned.

    Requested if they’ll have college students examined in a well timed means proper now, Hiner mentioned they’re engaged on it.

    “There, once more, has been such an enormous inflow. We’re desperately making an attempt to remain inside timeline. Now we have not gone out of timeline but,” she added.

    Sometimes, Hiner mentioned, when there’s a referral there isn’t actually a timeline to get it began.

    “It’s as soon as the diagnostician has that referral then, after they ask the guardian for consent to check, that’s when the timeline begins normally,” Hiner mentioned.

    Testing requests can come from the dad and mom, trainer or the campus.

    “Sometimes what’s purported to occur is that the campus acknowledges there’s a necessity; they begin the response to intervention course of. By that course of, they supply totally different tiers of instruction … objectives are created and progress is monitored. Then via that RTI course of, if the interventions that they supply aren’t working, then normally your referral is created to have that youngster examined,” Hiner mentioned. “That may be guardian initiated; that may be campus initiated, it’s whomever sees the necessity, which a guardian also can request in writing to have their college students examined.”

    Dad and mom can request it verbally, however for documentation functions, the division normally asks dad and mom to place it in writing in order that they have that on file, Hiner mentioned.

    The diagnosticians are those that conduct the coed evaluations.

    “They’re those to check to find out in the event that they qualify, and in that case how they qualify,” she mentioned.

    Their umbrella consists of the youngsters who qualify via particular training, 504 and speech.

    The Texas Schooling Company web site says Part 504 “requires that faculty districts present a free acceptable public training to certified college students of their jurisdictions who’ve a bodily or psychological impairment that considerably limits a number of main life actions.”

    Autism is among the methods college students can qualify for particular training providers. For college kids which have suspected autism or emotional disturbance, Hiner mentioned there are licensed specialists in class psychology that check these kids.

    They’ve mentioned making a pipeline for that place as nicely.

    The district additionally wants speech therapists and is now contracting with outdoors companies to supply digital remedy to verify the scholars meet their minute requirement.

    “It is determined by every scholar, primarily based on their wants and the way they qualify. Typically they see the speech therapist as soon as per week, twice per week, after which the minutes simply rely upon what the speech therapists really feel the classes have to be. That’s all primarily based on scholar want. Similar factor with children with particular training. The providers that they’re offered on campuses relies on functioning ranges, objectives, weaknesses, areas that they’ve wants,” Hiner mentioned.

  • CUSD Lead Counselor Kristen Ereno Will Give attention to Faculty and Profession Readiness
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    CUSD Lead Counselor Kristen Ereno Will Give attention to Faculty and Profession Readiness

    Supply: Coronado Unified College District

    Kristen Ereno, newly employed because the Lead Counselor for Coronado Unified College District, is juggling many balls however is especially targeted on serving scholar wants within the areas of school and profession readiness.

    Ereno is in her third 12 months within the district and was initially employed as a profession counselor and Profession Technical Schooling (CTE) and WorkAbility Program Coordinator. Her new place as Lead Counselor incorporates these duties together with further duties. “I’m excited to proceed my work with the CUSD group. I’m actually obsessed with college students who don’t have any thought of what they are going to do after highschool commencement. I wish to see each scholar depart CHS with a plan and I would like them to see that there are such a lot of totally different potentialities out there to them,” she shared.

    At the moment of the 12 months, with school purposes in full swing, she is busy ensuring college students get the assist they want within the school course of. “We now have a number of faculties and universities on campus each week and we provide digital, lunch, and after faculty school ‘visits.’ Additionally proper now we’re holding weekly (each Monday) school software workshops for college kids. They’ll actually end a CSU software throughout lunch,” she defined.

    Ereno doesn’t wish to simply deal with school and profession planning for college kids within the fall of their senior 12 months. “I wish to create school and profession occasions to assist inform college students in any respect grade ranges about postsecondary choices,” stated Ereno, She and her group are planning ‘Profession Day’ and ‘Choices After Excessive College’ occasions for the spring. “We discovered some classes final 12 months and this 12 months we’ll maintain these occasions throughout the day so we are able to get extra scholar participation,” she shared.

    Ereno has been tasked with district-wide counseling initiatives and can be working carefully with the Director of Studying, Dr. Megan Battle to help in areas similar to course sequencing, growing insurance policies and procedures round early commencement, transcripts, and grasp schedules. She can also be a part of the group that’s constructing a CUSD Graduate Profile. One other initiative Ereno is especially obsessed with is increasing internship alternatives for highschool college students. “We now have grown this system from a couple of college students with internships on the Coronado Historic Affiliation to 45 college students now doing official internships. And it’s nonetheless rising,” she shared.

    Because the chief of the counseling group, the checklist of things-to-do and objectives that Ereno has is spectacular. On the high of that checklist is to “develop programs and constructions for a extra environment friendly and cohesive counseling division in all three domains of college counseling: educational, school/profession, and social/emotional.” She additionally will work on constant use of information to assist scholar placement, grasp schedule, and the wants of subpopulations of scholars; streamlining and growing communication between the counseling division and households and college students; and growing the variety of UC/CSU A-G eligible college students.

    Since Ereno got here to CUSD she has co-written $1.2 million in Profession Technical Schooling (CTE) grants with Director of Particular Applications Shane Schmeichel. “It’s in all probability my least favourite factor to do; writing grants shouldn’t be enjoyable, nevertheless it’s profitable!” she laughed.

    Initially from Colorado, Ereno has an administrative credential from Nationwide College, and a masters diploma in Schooling, with a focus in counseling and steering, from Level Loma Nazarene College.

    Not solely does she carry 11 years of expertise in training counseling (most not too long ago because the Head Counselor at Eastlake Excessive College) to the district, she additionally has the distinctive perspective of somebody with a variety of life and work expertise. She earned a bachelor diploma in sports activities drugs from Colorado State College and labored for seven years in company accounting within the sports activities and leisure business. She additionally has expertise in social work, and after school she helped her mother and father open a bunch dwelling for foster teenage ladies in Colorado. Ereno has been in San Diego since 2004. She and her husband Patrick have two kids, four-year-old Maverick and two-year-old Mia. “They’re at nice ages and completely the very best youngsters ever. We now have a lot enjoyable with them!”

    CUSD Lead Counselor Kristen Ereno Will Give attention to Faculty and Profession Readiness
    Coronado Unified College District Lead Counselor Kristen Ereno along with her husband Patrick and
    kids Maverick (4) and Mia (2).

    Supply: Coronado Unified College District

     

     

  • UM’s On-line Habit Research Certificates Filling Essential Counselor Shortages
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    UM’s On-line Habit Research Certificates Filling Essential Counselor Shortages

    MISSOULA – For College of Montana pupil Amanda Martinez, the choice to review habit counseling was each tutorial and deeply private.

    Recovering from drug habit, Martinez needed to make use of her troublesome life experiences to assist different girls fighting medication and alcohol and knew she wanted coaching to succeed.

    “My story will not be distinctive and that’s unhappy,” stated Martinez, a mom to 2 daughters. “For therefore many ladies one thing dramatic occurs and so they don’t know what to do. They lose their children, and they’re damage, and the vicious cycle begins. I wish to be an advocate for girls and moms.”

    That want led Martinez to enroll in Missoula School’s Habit Research Program, which now gives a completely on-line Certificates of Technical Research to assist tackle the rising points associated to substance abuse whereas rising the variety of professionals practising within the discipline.

    In line with the Montana Substance Use Dysfunction Job Drive, an estimated 79,000 Montanans battle with substance abuse problems, with drug overdoses being the fourth main reason behind harm associated deaths within the state. In the meantime, a examine by the Substance Abuse and Psychological Well being Providers Administration, discovered 92% of Montanans with a substance abuse dysfunction aren’t receiving therapy.

    “In each group there’s a workforce scarcity for individuals who wish to deal with substance abuse problems. And that will get even tougher in rural areas,” stated Katie Smith, an adjunct college member in UM’s Chemical Habit Research program. “Substance abuse is treatable if we’ve got the assets.

     “And each single one that completes this program is that useful resource.”

    The Habit Research CTS offers college students wherever they dwell with the web coursework wanted to use for a Licensed Habit Counselor license. With the coaching full, graduates are totally employable, and may apply for his or her license after finishing 1,000 supervised hours working within the discipline, Smith stated. The certificates additionally might be mixed with Missoula School’s Basic Research Certificates to finish an Affiliate of Arts diploma.

    UM’s On-line Habit Research Certificates Filling Essential Counselor Shortages
    Patrick Ryan, medical program supervisor of Restoration Middle Missoula, calls Missoula School’s Chemical Habit Research program “important” to the therapy of substance abuse locally.

    Patrick Ryan, medical program supervisor of Restoration Middle Missoula on the Western Montana Psychological Well being Middle, serves on the advisory board for this system and calls it “important” to the therapy of substance abuse locally.

    “Demand for providers at all times outweighs provide,” stated Ryan, a recovering alcoholic himself. “I’ve sufferers ready three to 5 weeks to get one in all our beds. Whereas they’re ready, they may proceed to make use of. Not all of them will make it to their admission.”

    Sober since April 23, 2012, Ryan stated he tried for years to handle a illness that’s unmanageable with out assist, lastly getting right into a long-term therapy program supplied by WMMHC’s Share Home. Whereas there, he was accepted into the state’s Vocational Rehabilitation Program and enrolled in Missoula School’s Chemical Habit Research program. He ultimately moved his method up from a volunteer at WMMHC to a Licensed Habit Counselor and is now the director of the restoration heart.

    “The truth that I’ve come full circle has not been misplaced of me,” Ryan stated. “To go from affected person to pupil to skilled. That’s what that is all about.”

    Smith and Ryan careworn that whereas many college students in this system are in restoration or have household expertise with addictions, it isn’t essential to succeed as an habit counselor.

    “Being in restoration might help you determine relationships, however you continue to must have the instruments to grasp tips on how to assist,” Ryan stated. That features, he provides, understanding how trauma can play a driving pressure in alcoholism and drug abuse.

    For Martinez the loss of life of her mom in a automobile crash exacerbated her drug use.

     “I wasn’t taking part in life, and I acquired into quite a lot of hassle,” Martinez stated. “I attempted to handle it myself, however I didn’t have any steerage on how to do this.”

    After serving time and finishing a Montana Division of Corrections therapy program, Martinez returned to her household’s dwelling in Victor and is engaged on fixing relationships together with her daughters, establishing a group of restoration and crafting a brand new future for herself.

    “I assumed possibly I might return to highschool however then thought, no, I’m a felon, on probation and a drug addict,” Martinez stated. “My dad stated fill out the appliance, see what occurs. The worst factor they will say isn’t any.”

    Missoula School didn’t say no, and Martinez went on to finish her affiliate’s diploma and now desires to pursue a bachelor’s diploma.

    “My instructors by no means made me really feel much less, they celebrated my accomplishments and defined issues to me,” Martinez stated. “I felt I had nothing to supply, that I used to be too tarnished. Nevertheless it’s your world experiences that make you.”

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    Contact: Dave Kuntz, UM strategic communications director, 406-243-5659, dave.kuntz@umontana.edu.

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  • First Person: My school counselor convinced me to apply to college
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    First Person: My school counselor convinced me to apply to college

    As a recent high school graduate, I have been reflecting on my senior year, which was particularly grueling. Due to COVID, I missed the daily excitement of seeing my friends and teachers in person. My family also faced significant challenges this past year that made me feel uncertain about my future.

    When my father — who has worked in construction almost around the clock for the past 15 years — noticed a bump on his neck last fall, we thought it was a torn muscle from his constant work, including as the superintendent for three buildings. My father told us it was extremely painful, and my mom made him a doctor’s appointment, which revealed that he had cancer. Despite his compromised immune system and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, he continued to work because he is our family’s sole provider.

    Kevin Herrera
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    My father grew up in Puebla, Mexico, attended school until the third grade and has been working ever since. Many New York City students have immigrant parents who make similar sacrifices for their children. Some 37% of New York City public schoolchildren have a parent with limited English proficiency. Their parents, like mine, want their children to have a better future and new opportunities. Opportunities like going to college.

    When I found out my father had cancer in November, I was finalizing my personal statement and completing my Common Application, which allows students to apply to multiple colleges with a single application. I began to feel hopeless, doubting that I’d be able to accomplish my goals. I began to lose interest in the college application process and wanted to focus on my dad’s health. I considered getting a job when I graduated high school to help my dad and my family.

    When I told my college counselor at Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School — known as WHEELS — that I didn’t feel like finishing the Common Application, he told me that it was still important to complete the process. He said that if I didn’t, I might regret it. He offered me a glimmer of hope and reminded me that I have to keep going even if it feels overwhelming.

    Once I brought in my family’s financial documents, my college counselor encouraged me to learn more about in-state colleges that I could afford through the Higher Education Opportunity Program, or HEOP, and the Educational Opportunity Program, or EOP, for state universities in New York. Both programs provide low-income college students financial and academic support. I applied to 11 colleges and their HEOP or EOP programs, knowing that these programs would alleviate my worry about going into debt to attend college.

    My college counselor and the team at Friends of WHEELS — a nonprofit that offers leadership development, and college and career access and support to WHEELS students — were there for me when I really needed them. They made sure I turned in my finished personal statement, my college application, and the federal financial aid paperwork. They advocated for me with several college admissions officers.

    This fall, I’ll be attending Fordham University at Lincoln Center through their HEOP program. I am a member of the Class of 2025.

    All schools deserve to have the resources, staff, and expertise, or partner organizations like Friends of WHEELS, to connect with all students. But that is not the case. The average New York City guidance counselor has a caseload of 333 students. National caseloads are even heavier: 424 on average.

    Counselors can play a big role in helping students achieve what might otherwise feel impossible: pursuing college and other opportunities beyond high school. But we need more of them, especially given the fallout from the COVID pandemic. The city should use this recovery period to make intensive college counseling the norm and not the exception. Expanding access to counselors — through hiring or partnering with counseling organizations — must be a priority for the next New York City mayor.

    Students have to navigate complex personal and family issues that schools might not notice or acknowledge. And students often hide what’s really going on in their lives. I, for one, didn’t want to show the hard parts of my personal life. (Eventually, I shared my struggles and found a sympathetic ear.) While my father is still managing cancer, I am confident that by pursuing a college degree, I will soon be able to contribute financially to my family.

    When the stakes are high, students need counselors in their corners to remind them of the many opportunities that await them — the very opportunities that so many parents, especially immigrant parents, have sacrificed for them to have.

    Kevin Herrera is a member of the Fordham University Class of 2025. He plans to major in natural sciences. He has two brothers and loves playing with his dogs.