The Associate Dean of Students Working Group held a Counselor Professional Development Training. The theme was “Caring, Connecting and Collaborating.” NOVA counselors from all campuses, NOVAOnline and Virtual Advising attended. The meetings provide an opportunity to review counseling areas and resources (outside of academic advising) to support student development and success.
The group participated in speed networking following a welcome message by planning committee co-chairs Steve Rakoff, associate dean (Manassas), and Kimberly Nicely, associate dean (Medical Education Campus). Counselor faculty were able to connect with individuals across the College, rotating through groups of colleagues. It was an opportunity to meet new faces, reconnect with others and learn about areas of expertise.
The plenary session included Lucy Caldwell, director of communications from the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB), who shared the various resources that her organization has for referral and emergency including those for mental health, substance abuse and developmental disabilities. CSBs are located in all areas of Virginia. In addition, Turning Point representatives Jackie Blake, Lauren Hillegas, Crystal Edmonds and Marissa Gentile shared information about their program for young adults who are experiencing psychosis for the first time, providing counseling and social support to members of the community including NOVA students.
The planning committee for the Counselor Professional Development Day included Stefanie Galindo, Laura Hatfield, Elizabeth Marmion, Margarita Martinez, Sandra Sweitzer and Amy Zuaso.