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Monday, June 1, 2020
8:00 a.m.


Center for Recreation and Sports
Adelphi University
1 South Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530

Nassau Counselors’ Association – CAP Conference

Our sponsor Adelphi University is committed to safeguarding our visitors and community’s health. While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Adelphi, out of an abundance of caution, the 2020 CAP CONFERENCE will be rescheduled to Monday, June 1st. All registrants will be automatically re-registered for the new event date. We ask that if you can no longer attend the conference, you email so we may open up the spot to someone on our waiting list. 

Developing 20/20 Vision: Focusing on Restorative Practices

Gain a better understanding of positive alternatives to school discipline through brave conversations and restorative interventions. Let’s work to create a school culture of responsible, caring and productive learners.


Attendance at this event is free. RSVP is required. Space is limited.

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Please be aware of the change of venue due to campus construction. The 2020 conference will be held at Adelphi’s Center for Recreation and Sports.


Monday, June 1

8:15 a.m.–8:45 a.m.

Registration and breakfast, Center for Recreation and Sports, Gymnasium 

9:00 a.m.–9:20 a.m. 

Welcome Remarks and NCA General Membership Meeting, Adelphi Performing Arts Center, Concert Hall 

  • Kathleen Blakeley, MS Ed, School Counselor, Townsend Harris High School  
  • Kathleen Dunne, LMHC, School Counselor, Oceanside Middle School   
  • Susan Ellis, Senior Coordinator of Special Recruitment Initiatives, Adelphi University 
  • Gina Christel, MS, PD, assistant principal, Sacred Heart Academy 
  • Sue Moller, MS in Counseling Past President, Nassau Counselors’ Association and school counselor, Lynbrook High School

9:20 a.m.–10:20 a.m.

Keynote Presentation, Adelphi Performing Arts Center, Concert Hall

  • “Inclusive and Equitable Discipline Utilizing Restorative Justice” Nathan Maynard, Co-Author, Hacking School: Discipline: 9 Ways to Create a Culture of Empathy and Responsibility Using Restorative Justice 

10:35 a.m.–11:20 a.m.

Workshop Session I, Center for Recreation and Sports, Campbell Lounge, Rooms 1 and 2

  • “How to Reach the Unreachable” Nathan Maynard 

11:20 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

Lunch and Networking Information Fair, Center for Recreation and Sports, Gymnasium 

12:25 p.m.–1:10 p.m. 

Workshop Session II, Center for Recreation and Sports, Campbell Lounge, Rooms 3 and 4      

  • “Courageous Conversations” Helen Turner, Director of Youth Education, Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County 

1:15 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Feature Presentation, Center for Recreation and Sports, Campbell Lounge, Rooms 1, 2, 3 and 4 

  • ”Building Community–Healing Community: The Power of Restorative Practices” Cassie Schwerner, PhD, Morningside Center for Teaching Social Justice

2:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. 

Raffle and Certificates of Attendance, Center for Recreation and Sports, Campbell Lounge, Rooms 1, 2, 3 and 4

  • Raffle will be held at 2:10 p.m. You must be present to win.  

CAP Co-Chairs

Susan Diminich Ellis
Senior Coordinator of Special Recruitment Initiatives
Adelphi University

Kathleen Dunne
School Counselor
Oceanside Middle School

Kathleen Blakeley, MS Ed
School Counselor
Townsend Harris High School

For additional information or questions regarding the CAP Conference, please email
Graciously sponsored by the Nassau Counselors’ Association.

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