CAP Conference

Date: March 15, 2019

Time: 8:15 am

Location: Adelphi University

Held every spring, the CAP conference brings together counselors, parents, administrators and experts to discuss important issues in our community.

2019 Information will be available soon. See below for 2018 information.

CAP 2018 – Emerging Faces of Mental Illness and Substance Abuse

Join us at the 2018 Counselors, Administrators, Parents (CAP) Conference as we break the taboo of mental illness within our schools: Learn to recognize early signs, understand its link to substance abuse, and explore both prevention and treatment strategies.

CAP Conference: Emerging Faces of Mental Illness and Substance Abuse

Join us at the 2018 Counselors, Administrators, Parents (CAP) Conference as we break the taboo of mental illness within our schools: Learn to recognize early signs, understand its link to substance abuse, and explore both prevention and treatment strategies.


8:15 a.m.–8:45 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:45 a.m.–9:05 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
9:10 a.m.–10:30 a.m. Keynote Presentation:
Terence J. Houlihan, M.S.Ed.
Houlihan Educational Consultants
The Developing Adolescent: A Brain at Risk

Terence will inform us about the current cutting-edge research scientists have learned about the developing adolescent brain. He will explore the multifaceted impact of how substances effect the adolescent brain, as well as the impact of trauma. Also, Terence will address the phenomena of risk-taking behavior and the variable effects of social media an emergent brain. Counselors will learn more effective ways of engaging and connecting with their students, handling behavioral issues, making referrals, educating parents and developing sound, evidence-based interventions to help teenagers move successfully through their adolescent years. Participants will also gain strategies for collaborating more effectively with administrators, parents, and teachers as part of that intervention system.

10:35 a.m.–11:35 a.m. Workshop Session I:
Diane F. Sweet, LCSW
Opening the Dialogue: Rethinking Mental Illness, Addiction, and Suicide. For Our Children’s Sake

Diane will begin her workshop talking about how educators can break the stigma that surrounds mental disorders by creating a greater awareness, understanding, and compassion for and about mental illness, addiction, and suicide. She will examine the technological revolution and its impact on youth mental health and explore interventions that promote mental health, mental health treatment and support.

11:35 a.m.–11:50 a.m. Coffee Break and Networking Fair (ongoing)
11:50 a.m.–12:50 p.m. Workshop Session II:
Steven Dodge, CASAC
A Personal Perspective on Saving Lives from Addiction through Treatment and Education

Steve will inform us of the signs and symptoms of addiction and, from the unique perspective of a recovering addict, how S.L.A.T.E serves to support the choice of sober living and to strengthen one’s desire to improve their social and emotional well being. Steve will discuss some steps you can use to help an addict: including crisis intervention, the initial approach with the addict (what works and what doesn’t), where to turn for professional help, and what to do once the addict returns home from treatment. Steve will talk about what recovery really is and about the different types of rehab settings that exist. Lastly, he will discuss what S.L.A.T.E. offers the community and what he personally does to contribute to the solution of eradicating this epidemic that is ripping through our society.

12:50 p.m.–1:15 p.m. Lunch (ongoing)
1:15 p.m.–2:15 p.m. Feature Presentation:
Larry Glenz
A Parents Perspective on How to  Help and Forgive a Child with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders

Mr. Glenz has been speaking to high school, middle school, and college students as well as their parents about the heroin epidemic on Long Island since the passing of his son, Kevin Glenz, an all American Lacrosse player, in 2010. Larry will share their story and an explanation of the lessons he has learned from their ordeal. As a parent and as an educator Larry will speak about coping strategies and the importance of peer support groups for parents and loved ones of those suffering from mental illness or drug addiction.

2:20 p.m. Raffles

Register here.

CAP 2017- College and Career Readiness: Unlocking the Pathways to Success

Join us as we navigate the pathways from middle school through graduation and beyond; explore what it means to be college and career ready for all of our students. We will hear from Dr. Susan Berry Brill de Ramírez, Professor of English at Bradley University and author of Make College Work for You (2014). Our workshop and feature presentations will also include CareerSmarts’ educator and consultant, Susan H. Grubing and Ellen Palazzo from the CTE Technical Assistance Center of NY.

CAP 2016- The Under Resourced: Strategies for Family and Student Engagement

Nassau Counselors’ Association and Adelphi University co-sponsored another successful Counselors, Administrators, Parents (CAP) conference on Friday, March 18th, 2016.  One hundred and thirty eight professionals attended the event, all anticipating opportunities to learn about economic class and culture and how they influence learning.   The day long conference, “The Under-Resourced: Strategies for Family and Student Engagement” examined ways in which we all can better engage with the students and families we serve.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Bethanie Hamlet Tucker, a Professor of Education at Averett University, spoke to the audience about the tenants of the AHA Process: A Framework for Understanding Poverty.  Her interactive and motivational speaking style was appreciated by our conference attendees. Dr. Tucker shared real life stories as well as the data driven research of Dr. Ruby Payne.  Additionally, Dr. Tucker also kept the audience alert with anticipation for alternative approaches to this dynamic issue, focusing on tangible examples from her book, Understanding and Engaging Under-Resourced College Student.

Joy Connolly, the Directory of Education Program Services at Child Care Council of Nassau, Inc., shared current educational research and ideas.  Her workshop, “Are You Culturally Competent?” discussed how culture and other factors influence our communication styles and interpersonal behaviors.

The panel discussion, led by Kathleen Dunne, focused on shared knowledge from several alternative school professionals whose years of experience made them experts in working with at risk populations, including dropout prevention and parent engagement techniques.

Many were very pleased with the Networking Fair, which provided the attendees with current grass roots organizations, alternative school programs, and social service agencies that can provide direct services to the families and children we serve.

The Nassau Counselors’ Association has received many accolades from attendees of this program in including, “great, enlightening, engaging experience,” “always pleasant and informative,” “well knowledged presenters,” “well planned,” “best CAP Conference ever!”  Many thanks to the committee members who worked tirelessly on this event: Kathleen Dunne, Robert Germino, Andrea Porzelt, Seeta Ramprasad, and Edward Tacchi.

Thank you for another successful CAP Conference!

For More Information about this event, please contact:

Paula Curci

Melissa Bellantonio


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