35th Annual
Counseling Centers 
of New York (CCNY)  
Conference

Pre- conference: June 7, 2017
Conference: June 8 & 9, 2017

A collaboration of Canisius, Niagara, Daemen,  Medaille, Villa Maria, University at Buffalo, Trocaire, Hilbert, and Buffalo State

Directors
Some of you will be attending the SUNY Directors meeting on Wednesday and have sent Sharon Mitchell your agenda items. That’s great. I’ll see some of you there. 

 
I am writing now because I am hosting the NYS Directors meeting which is always held as a breakfast meeting during the CCNY conference.
So, for those of you who are attending the conference, we will have a meeting Friday June 9th at 7:45 in the Assembly Hall of the Campbell Student Union. 
 
Please send me your agenda items even if they are similar to those sent to Sharon.  If you can’t make Friday’s meeting but would like to submit a topic---please send it to me.
     - Joan McCool, MCCOOLJL@BuffaloState.edu

June 5, 2017

All Registered CCNY attendees

Hello again---I am sending this out to wish you safe travels to CCNY at Buffalo State.  We

look forward to seeing you!  

Registration and breakfast start at 8am on Thursday June 8th  at the Campbell Student Union.  Welcome address at 9 and Keynote at 9:30 in the Social Hall.

You can have free parking in lots R12, R13,and R14.  Here is a link to the campus map.  Parking and housing are at rear of campus, near Grant Street entrance. Registration and training are in middle of campus—Campbell Student Union.
                                            :: Campus Map ::

Information for Presenters -- You don’t have to bring your laptop unless you wish to.  You will be presenting at Caudell Hall. Buffalo State staff will be there for additional technical assistance.  A PDF of our Caudell instructions can be found at our website here: https://rite.buffalostate.edu/assets/caudell2017i nstr.pdf.  The instructions are also already printed, laminated and taped to the top of all of the consoles in the building.

Furthermore, there are Windows 10 PCs in all of the generally scheduled classrooms in Caudell that presenters are welcome to use. If presenters prefer, they can bring in their own devices and connect to our rooms via HDMI or VGA connections.  If you are using a device that does not have a direct HDMI or VGA connection (such as a Mac laptop), you will need to provide their own adapters to connect.

So laptops are not necessary---bring a zip drive/ thumb drive/ USB drive.

Take care, 
Joan

P.S., If you registered for the Pre-conference, you should have gotten an email about that, too.  


June 2, 2017

Hello colleagues and registered CCNY conference-goers.

We are delighted to say that we are expecting over 150 of you from across NY State  and beyond for the conference and that 115 of you are also attending the pre-conference. Can’t wait ‘til you arrive!

This is a reminder that if you have not paid yet, please bring a check with you. We will not have a way to use credit cards at check-in.  

OR, if you do want to pay by credit card still----go to your CCNY registration confirmation email and follow the instructions for paying electronically.

See the information at the left to learn a little more about the conference.  These are being printed now and you will have hard copies of these and other handouts in your packets when you check-in.

Thank you to Dr. David Gilles-Thomas who has been uploading these attachments and emails onto the CCNY website.

Thank you and see you soon!

Have a good weekend,

Joan

Joan L. McCool, Ph.D.
Director, The Counseling Center
219 Weigel Health Center
SUNY Buffalo State
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, New York
716-878-4436-phone
716-878-3003-fax
http://counselingcenter.buffalostate.edu/

May 15, 2017

Hello again everyone,   

We are very excited to host you at Buff State and I have some updates for you:

As of this morning 106 of your colleagues and friends have registered, and 61 have included payment. THANK YOU!   Reminder to get your Registration in this week as Registration closes on May 19th.

  1. Important-- if you are planning to pay in person, please bring a check. You will not be able to pay by credit card at check-in. 
  2. You may now register for the Pre-conference only, without attending the full conference.  See the Registration & Conference Info link at the left
  3. There is a slight change in the Pre-Conference training “Trauma-informed Care on a College Campus.” The training will now be co-facilitated by Elizabeth Davis and Annie Monaco.  The training will have the same content and the same 5.25 CEUs.
  4. Speaking of CEUs, we have added Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) to the CEU-approved list. LMFTs will now earn 5.25 CEUS upon completion of the PreConference, same as the LMHCs, LCSW, LMSWs. 
  5. Correction: The Erie County Historical Society Tour is $10, not $7 as earlier posted. Please bring cash for any of the tours.
  6. Hotel Henry has just opened up---and it is right next door to campus.  Right now they have a 15% off promotional discount and some availability. Link: https://www.hotelhenry.com/
  7. Note that meals are included in the price of the conference:
  • Wednesday-Preconference includes continental breakfast, snacks, lunch and snacks again. 
  • Thursday-Conference includes breakfast, snacks, lunch, snacks and dinner together on Thursday night.   
  • Friday- Conference includes breakfast, snacks and, as is our CCNY tradition, boxed lunches to go!
  1. A map of Buff State and directions can be found to the left.
  2. Campus Apartments include bed linens and pillow and towels. 
  3. The Keynote information :   After a Welcome at 9 am on Thurs. June by President Katherine Conway-Turner, Professor Drew Kahn will give the Keynote (interactive) Address.  Title: The Healing Power of Story:  Processing Experiences, Building Resilience.  Human beings have been sharing and using stories for over 150,000 years.  We share stories to connect with each other and use stories to bring order to the complexities of life.  Professor Drew Kahn, founding director of SUNY Buffalo State’s Anne Frank Project, will remind us that we are all ‘wired’ for story and how the story building process provides tools for students to navigate their challenging journeys.  Note:  This session will involve physical participation.
  4. Lastly –here is a draft of the program you have been waiting for, the link for which is at the left.  Don’t forget the Pre-Conference starts on Weds the 7th –Registration/Check-in at 8:30-9:30 and training goes from 10-4:30, then dinner is on your own. On June 8th Registration is at 8am and  the Welcome address starts at 9,  and Keynote address start at 9:45.  Then the programs attached will begin. You will get a copy of these materials at check- in. 
Joan L. McCool, Ph.D.
Director, The Counseling Center
219 Weigel Health Center
SUNY Buffalo State
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, New York
716-878-4436-phone
716-878-3003-fax
http://counselingcenter.buffalostate.edu/

April 19, 2017 

Hello again everyone!

We are excited to invite you to register for the 35th annual Counseling Centers of New York (CCNY) conference.  The program, speakers, and workshops have been selected and we have planned some fun activities for you. I know you will find a lot to learn and great people to share with at CCNY.  Please feel free to forward this to others who might be interested. Thank you.

Below (and at the left)  please find the Registration form and be sure to click on links to expand what we are offering this year.  We tried to keep prices reasonable and this year some of you can accrue Continuing Education credits for the Preconference.  Check it out!  Note that you will be able to pay by Visa or Master Card and the form will tabulate your costs for you.   If you are staying on campus, be sure to list others you would like as an apartment- mate and we will try to accommodate your requests. As for the tours, the ones bulleted on the form are all walking distance to college and will get you back in time for the Thursday evening dinner and festivities.  We’d like to get an idea of which ones you are interested in, so please check one and you will not be committed to it, but it will help us estimate.  One exception- If you know you’d like the Richardson tour, you can pay for that one right away through the form. This is the former Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane, right next door to our campus, a national historic landmark—you can click on that video to get more information.

http://counselingcenter.buffalostate.edu/35th-ccny-conference-registration-form

About Buff State:     Buffalo State is the largest comprehensive university/college in the SUNY system and the only comprehensive located in a city. Our beautiful 125-acre campus is located between the hip Elmwood Village and the 350-acre Delaware Park, Buffalo’s version of Central Park. We are in the heart of a vibrant museum district, surrounded by magnificent green spaces, trendy cafés, restaurants, and shops.

 

 

 

 

 

Downtown Buffalo, which is UNDERGOING A MAGNIFICENT RENAISSANCE, features concerts at Canalside, national touring productions at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Bisons baseball at Coca-Cola Field, Sabres hockey at First Niagara Center, and nightlife on Chippewa Street.

Niagara Fall: One of the world’s most visited natural wonders is a half hour away; and cosmopolitan Toronto, Canada’s largest city, is about a two-hour drive from campus. Bring your passport!

Accessible by car or bus, the campus is approximately 20 minutes from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Here's a nice two-minute video about why you should visit  Buffalo Niagara:

http://www.visitbuffaloniagara.com/meetings/choose- buf/

About the Allentown Art Festival: It takes place in the Allentown Historic Preservation District of Buffalo, New York on Saturday June 10 and Sunday June 11. Tens of thousands of art patrons visit the festival to enjoy the beauty of Buffalo's weather in June, the charm and uniqueness of the Allentown area and the quality of the art and crafts presented by the over 400 juried exhibitors.

We are very proud of our city’s history and excited for our future--- and we really hope you to visit us!  The resurgence of Buffalo is something you can learn more about if you have 12 minutes for this 2014 video: http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=sBsi5FGbY2Y

Thank you. Any questions, please contact me:

Joan

Joan L. McCool, Ph.D.
Director, The Counseling Center
219 Weigel Health Center
SUNY Buffalo State
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, New York
716-878-4436-phone
716-878-3003-fax
http://counselingcenter.buffalostate.edu/

2/1/17

Hello to all our NY colleagues and beyond!   

I’m writing on behalf of our Western NY planning committee and we are excited about the 35th Annual Counseling Centers of New York (CCNY) conference which will be held at SUNY Buffalo State College on June 7-9, 2017.  

We hope you can join us on Wednesday, June 7 for the day-long Preconference on “Trauma-Informed Care on a College Campus”.  The committee is working on providing CEUs for this training and we will update you as we know more. The official start of the conference is Thursday, June 8 and will end Friday June 9 following a farewell lunch.

:: CALL FOR PROGRAMS ::

As we are moving forward with preparations, we are excited to now begin the most important part of CCNY- The Call for Programs. What makes CCNY so great is all of YOU, who have continued to provide the programs and workshops that make the conference possible.  The committee has been hard at work planning for lodging, fun, and food, but we need your help to provide the programs and workshops that have kept CCNY going strong year after year.  We know this year will be just as spectacular.

We are looking forward to hearing from you as well as hosting you. If you have never presented before, consider making this your year. Please send us your submissions for panels, presentations, workshops, and discussions. Feel free to also contact us with any questions you may have.

Below is the link to submit program description, names of presenters and other information.  Simply follow the link and enter your information.   If you have any problems with the form, let us know.  The deadline for program submissions is Friday, March 31st.

Here is the link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TGPFDBS

Look below for the topics that come up year to year and some special requests from last year’s CCNY evaluations.   Note that there were repeated requests for “more experiential stuff.” Feel free to use any of these ideas or create a program based on your own interests:

  • How to help international/study abroad students including crisis issues
  • Memory Reintegration techniques
  • Retention and counseling
  • Difficulty of doing psychotherapy versus crisis management
  • Sexual assault-collaborating with other departments/politics
  • Mind-body connection
  • Mental health challenges in managing chronic illness
  • National trends of increased client volume and activity
  • Trauma
  • New interventions/strategies in direct practice with our students
  • Wellness
  • Emerging adulthood as a developmental stage
  • Initiatives such as peer counseling, mentoring, wellness programming
  • ACT, DBT, MBSR
  • Follow-up on Bard College’s “Unlearning Racism” presentation e.g. “Unlearning Racism II”
  • Clinical supervision
  • LGBT students in therapy
  • Crisis and after hours responding
  • Managing demand for clinical services
  • Ethical dilemmas
  • Risk assessment teams and other campus collaborations
  • Responding to the 10% of our students who take 90% of our time
  • Dealing with social media on campus and the impact on mental health
  • Medical leaves and returns from medical leave
  • Working with students who have eating disorders
  • Helping high risk students where we have limited influence
  • Training our collaborators= mental health psychoeducation for other Student Affairs staff, faculty,
  • Social identity and intersectionality
  • Counseling and technology
  • ***New this year and open to retired, emeriti, and/or former counselors who have moved into administration or other work ---Please submit program e.g. panel discussion about “Life after Counseling Center Work” or other words of wisdom.

Many thanks to Sharon Mitchell and Amberly Panepinto from UB for managing the logistics of this Call for Programs.  

- Joan

Joan L. McCool, Ph.D.
Director, The Counseling Center
219 Weigel Health Center
SUNY Buffalo State
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, New York
716-878-4436- phone
716-878-3003- fax
http://counselingcenter.buffalostate.edu/


12/19/16

Hello everyone and I hope the semester is ending peacefully for you all.

The western NY group of counseling center directors and staff from Canisius, Niagara, Daemen,  Medaille, Villa Maria, University at Buffalo, Trocaire, Hilbert, and Buffalo State are all working together on the 35th annual conference at Buff State College next June 7, 8, and 9th.    

There will be a Call for Programs in January and a committee is exploring the possibility of earning CEUs for the programs. It’s a complicated and expensive process with no guarantees, but they are working on it.   The preconference topic is confirmed:  “Trauma-Informed Care on a College Campus”.

We hope you all can attend in 2017 and we welcome former CCNY counseling center staff and directors so please tell your colleagues who may have moved on or away.  Note that the residence halls have been reserved and it is apartment-style housing with 4 single rooms and 2 bathrooms per apartment with full kitchen and air conditioning.  We are extending an opportunity to stay on campus Tuesday night especially if you are coming to the pre-conference on Wednesday,  and you can extend your stay on Friday night if you want to explore more of the city e.g. attend the Allentown Art Festival on Saturday.  Off-campus hotels are also available.

About Buff State:     Buffalo State is the largest comprehensive university/college in the SUNY system and the only comprehensive located in a city. Our beautiful 125-acre campus is located between the hip Elmwood Village and the 350-acre Delaware Park, Buffalo’s version of Central Park. We are in the heart of a vibrant museum district, surrounded by magnificent green spaces, trendy cafés, restaurants, and shops. 

Downtown Buffalo, which is UNDERGOING A MAGNIFICENT RENAISSANCE, features concerts at Canalside, national touring productions at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Bisons baseball at Coca-Cola Field, Sabres hockey at First Niagara Center, and nightlife on Chippewa Street.

Niagara Falls—one of the world’s most visited natural wonders—is a half hour away; and cosmopolitan Toronto, Canada’s largest city, is about a two-hour drive from campus. Bring your passport!

Accessible by car or bus, the campus is approximately 20 minutes from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Here's a nice two-minute video about why you should visit  Buffalo Niagara:

http://www.visitbuffaloniagara.com/meetings/choose-buf/

About the Allentown Art Festival- It takes place in the Allentown Historic Preservation District of Buffalo, New York on Saturday June 10 and Sunday June 11. Tens of thousands of art patrons visit the festival to enjoy the beauty of Buffalo's weather in June, the charm and uniqueness of the Allentown area and the quality of the art and crafts presented by the over 400 juried exhibitors.

We are very proud of our city’s history and excited for our future--- and we really hope you to visit us!  The resurgence of Buffalo is something you can learn more about if you have 12 minutes for this 2014 video: http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=sBsi5FGbY2Y

May you have peace and joy and a happy and healthy new year!

Take care,

Joan

Joan L. McCool, Ph.D.
Director, The Counseling Center
219 Weigel Health Center
SUNY Buffalo State
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, New York
716-878-4436-phone
716-878-3003-fax
http://counselingcenter.buffalostate.edu/

 

 

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