Pre-Conference Sessions

(Please note that Orlando pre-conferences will be held on the morning of March 3rd from 8:00am - 11:00am.  The main conference will begin at 12:00 pm on March 3rd.)

Kaye Randall

See My Pain: You Can Make a Difference - Helping All Educators Understand and Help Students Engaging in Self-Injurious Behavior

Recent trends suggest that self-injurious behaviors in elementary, middle and high school students are on the rise. According to research, about 13-25% of youth aged 11-25 self-injure.

Young people who deliberately do harm to their own bodies are often misunderstood. The underlying contributing factors that may lead to self-injury, such as anxiety and depression, can be very complex. Adding to this is the addictive nature of the self-injury cycle. Without effective intervention self-harm is likely to continue and may escalate leading young people to engage in dangerous compulsions that can have shattering consequences.

This workshop will help participants better understand and respond to self-injury and other self-destructive behaviors using research-based, best-practice approaches to self-injury within the classroom and the wider school setting. During this research-based session, Kaye Randall, MSW, LISW-CP, author of “See My Pain: Helping Youth Who Self-Injure”, will teach innovative approaches that educators may use in the school setting to create a wellness path for students, in and out of the classroom. These strategies are designed for students to use to gain an understanding of and mastery over their interpretations and choices to help them live more powerful lives.


  • Understand the underlying reasons for these harmful and addictive behaviors.
  • Define Critical “do’s and don’ts” : Helpful responses to suspected or observed self-injury in young people.
  • Learn the “Power of Interpretation” as a strategy
  • Utilize Intervention Mapping: Helping young people acknowledge and address their self-injurious behavior
  • Design a “Comfort Kit” to be used by the student in a school/home setting
  • Integrate the “Healing Hands” Activity- an individualized relaxation technique into groups
  • Share other creative impactful strategies in helping students who self-injure.

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Carolyn Strong

Black Girl Blues: Intra-Racial Bullying

What does it mean to be black in America? As long as there have been blacks in the new world, this has been an issue up for debate. But for African American girls, these questions of racial identity and physical appearance and manifest themselves in a way that is detrimental to themselves and other girls. Light Skin vs. Dark; Straight hair vs. Kinky hair; this media-fueled war wages on in the inner circle of black girls.


  • Describe historical events that have contributed to the emotional factors in racial identification and preference in African-American girls.
  • Examine recommendations for reducing aggressive behavior in girls.
  • Apply best practices to address aggressive behavior with the secret world of black girls.

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Lisa King

Mindset Matters: Helping Students Succeed with a Growth Mindset

Want to infuse the Growth Mindset theory into your counseling program to help students increase self-esteem and achievement? Counselors can use this research-based theory in class lessons or small group by teaching: Mindfulness, Identify Brain Basics, Not Yet is OK, Determination/Grit, Self-Talk, Everyone is Unique, and Teaching Others. Lessons will be shared.


  • Understand the rationale and value for using growth mindset to reinforce academic contents.
  • Discover how to facilitate therapeutic expression.
  • Apply MINDSET lesson ideas and prompts that can be used immediately.
  • Integrate resources to use when generating and developing ideas for future student interactions.

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