Friday, March 15, 2019
8:15 a.m.–2:30 p.m.


Ruth S. Harley University Center
Adelphi University
1 South Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530

Nassau Counselors’ Association Presents the 2019 Counselors, Administrators and Parents (CAP) Conference: Trauma-Sensitive Schools


Responding to the NYS Mental Health and Counseling mandates, join us as we explore ways to build schools that address the social-emotional needs of all students. By implementing trauma-sensitive policies, procedures, and practices we can learn how to create an environment where students and faculty feel heard, protected, and safe. 


Registration and Breakfast
8:15 a.m.–8:45 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks
8:45 a.m.–9:05 a.m.

Keynote Presentation: Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools
9:10 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

Melissa Sadin Ed.D., MAT, MEd

As many as 1 in 4 children in every classroom have experienced childhood trauma. They are often children who are in the achievement gap. This keynote will show the neurobiological impact of trauma and demonstrate the prevalence of these children in our classrooms. Participants will learn about the 4 R’s of trauma-informed education – Realize, Recognize, Respond, and Avoid Re-traumatization. Participants will be aware of the different types of childhood trauma and their prevalence. They will realize the impact of trauma on a child’s neurobiology and the influence of this atypical neurobiological development on learning and social/emotional growth and recognize learning challenges and behaviors that are the result of trauma. The keynote will share ideas on how to address their students, in a trauma-sensitive way,  through mindfulness practices, resiliency development and executive function support. All of this will be handled with care and humor.

Workshop Session I: Getting Ready for Change: Understanding the New School Counseling Regulations
10:35 a.m.–11:35 a.m.

Carol Dahir Ed.D.

What do school counselors need to know and be able to do to successfully implement the new school counseling regulations (NYSED, 2017) that take effect this next school year? Additionally, we have the new Social Emotional Learning Benchmarks (NYSED, 2018) and the new Mental Health Education Literacy in Schools (NYSED, 2018). Feeling overwhelmed? Where do you begin? Take this hour to see you are probably already well on your way. We’ll look at user-friendly tools to help you meet the expectation of the new regulations which focus on academic, social-emotional, and career and college readiness. You’ll see how far along in the process you already are!

Coffee Break and Networking Fair (ongoing)
11:35 a.m.–11:50 a.m.

Workshop Session II: An Invitational Approach to Positive School Climate:  It’s Everyone’s Job
11:55 a.m.–12:55 p.m.

Joan R. Fretz Ms.Ed.PD

Rolling out the new Mental Health mandate presents a rare opportunity for counselors to take a leadership role in teaching social and emotional skills to students AND adults. This workshop presents a simple approach to successfully pushing into classrooms as a teacher of mental health skills, as well as sharing strategies with school adults and parents that improve communication and invite students to choose beneficial behaviors. Come learn how intentionally positive messages and mindsets create a socially and emotionally safe school.

Lunch (ongoing)
12:55 p.m.–1:15 p.m.

Feature Presentation: Moving the Needle on Childhood Adversity: Trauma-Informed School Culture and Practices
1:15 p.m.–2:15 p.m.

Mary Crnobori Ph.D.

In this presentation, a practical model of trauma-informed strategies that administrators and educators can implement will be discussed. Strategies on how educators can help all children thrive and buffer the impacts of adversity through safe, stable, nurturing relationships will be presented. Trauma-informed school culture and practices that promote resilience for all students, will also be emphasized. The presentation will define a clear neurobiological storyline, based on current science, to explore the impacts of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on the developing brain and school success and how this affects the way we support students’ learning, behavioral and social-emotional needs.

Raffles and Certificates of Attendance
2:20 p.m.


Registration for this event is free.

The 2019 CAP conference has reached capacity. For questions, or to be added to our waiting list, please email

CAP Co-Chairs

Paula Curci
School Counselor

Melissa Bellantonio
Associate Director of Admissions
Adelphi University
For additional information or questions regarding the CAP Conference, please email  
Graciously sponsored by the Nassau Counselors’ Association.