Training and Support
Training & Support for New Counselors
ACCIS offers programs and services to support individuals new to the college counseling profession. Whether you're a former college admission officer or teacher, or someone simply new to the field of education, ACCIS provides both a one-time comprehensive introduction to the college counseling profession through its Pre-Institute Workshop, as well as support for new counselors throughout their first year through monthly webinars. New counselors are invited to participate in any of the programs listed below.
Monthly Conference Call Seminars: Throughout the year, new college counselors are invited to partake in hour-long conference call seminars that are topics-based and provide previews of the challenges and issues of the month ahead.
- September 24 (Mon) – Preparing for NACAC & fielding new college counselors’ questions
- November 8 (Thurs) – The Year Ahead: Challenges and Managing What’s to Come
- December 11 (Tues) – Counseling the Financial Aid Student
- January 10 (Thurs) – Building the College List: Resources & Tips
- February 11 (Mon) – Supporting Recruited Athletes
- March 14 (Thurs) – Supporting the Artists: Auditions and Portfolios
- April 25 (Thurs) – Working with International Students
- May 7 (Tues) – Crafting Board Reports and Presentations
All seminars will take place at 3:00 PM EST on the dates listed above.
Pre-Institute Workshop for New Counselors:
Registration for the Pre-Institute Workshop for New Counselors will open February 1, 2013.
Immediately preceding the 2013 Summer Institute at Macalester College, ACCIS will host its annual Workshop for New College Counselors, a two-day professional event from June 14 – June 16, 2013 for educators with zero to two years of experience at the secondary level. Designed to explore the challenges encountered specifically at independent schools, the Workshop will be led by a team of seasoned counselors that will host seminars and facilitate discussions on a variety of topics, including:
- Understanding College Counseling at Independent Schools: Boards, Headmasters, Faculty, and other Constituencies
- The Landscape of College Admissions: Trends, Demographics, and Understanding Selectivity
- The Year Ahead: The College Counseling Cycle at Independent Schools
- The Utility of Networking: ACCIS, NACAC State & Regional Affiliates, College Tours, and Establishing Relationships
- Building the College List: Resources & Tips
- Writing Recommendations
- Managing Expectations: Parents, Students and Faculty and how they approach college admissions
- Transitioning from College Admission to College Counseling
The number of Workshop attendees will be limited to 25, thereby allowing for ongoing dialog and frequent exchange of ideas, and participation in the subsequent Institute will provide another forum for networking and conversation with veteran counselors. Attendees will leave the Workshop with tools and strategies for implementing and directing nationally recognized college counseling programs, with a potent grasp of the demographics, policies and trends that affect college admission decisions, and with a firm understanding of the role of College Counseling in independent schools.
The cost of this workshop is $400 ($300 for commuters).
To take advantage of any of these programs or services, please contact:
Director of College Counseling