University of Rochester

Event for School Counselors Offers Renewal, Ideas, Networking

December 19, 2003

Strategies and answers to meet the professional and personal needs of school counselors will be targeted at a daylong conference on Wednesday, Jan. 21, sponsored by the Warner Center for Professional Development and Education Reform at the University of Rochester. The format and content of workshops, skill-building sessions, and networking will capitalize on the expertise of area professionals.

Conference participants can pick from more than a dozen sessions on such topics as the impact of the Internet on children’s communications skills to methods of re-charging your “batteries” in the high-pressured job of counselor. A special session introducing Rochester-area counselors to the new statewide model for counseling program will be featured in this year’s theme of “The Resilient School Counselor: Extending our Influence and Enhancing our Work.”

The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a keynote address by Jody Fiorini, assistant professor in the School of Education at the State University of New York at Oswego, on change and the “climate of complexity” faced by counselors. Fiorini teaches in the human services counseling and school counseling programs, and joined the Oswego faculty in fall 2001. She earned her doctoral degree in counselor education and supervision at Syracuse University.

Now in its 13th year, Renewal and Reflection for Counseling Professionals is open to counselors at all grade levels and school districts. The cost of the conference, which will be held at the Airport Holiday Inn on Brooks Avenue, is $65, including lunch; $50 for graduate students. The registration deadline is Friday, Jan. 16.

The counseling conference is presented by the Warner Center, an initiative of the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester. Other planning partners are the New York State School Counselor Association; Midwest Coordinated School Health Center; Upsilon Rho and Nu Chapters of Chi Sigma Iota; Department of Counselor Education at SUNY Brockport; Rochester City School District Counseling Department; and Counseling and Human Development Faculty of the Warner School.

The Warner Center for Professional Development and Education Reform supports the development, implementation, and research of innovative approaches to education reform. This work focuses on professional development and systemic reform and is undertaken in collaboration with other community partners. The Warner Center is currently working in the areas of literacy, early childhood, evaluation, mathematics, history, inclusion, counseling, and technology. The center works with K-12 schools, community agencies, institutions of higher education, and corporate foundations.

A full description of the program is available on the Web at or by calling (585) 275-8270.