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AIMS School Counselor Retreat
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When: 10/25/2019
8:30 am to 2:30 pm
Where: Bons Secours Retreat and Conference Center
1525 Marriottsville Road
Marriottsville, Maryland  21104
United States

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Whether you are new to school counseling or an experienced veteran counselor, you will gain valuable resources and practical takeaways to be used in your important everyday work.


Participants will have the opportunity to review counseling best practices, discuss important topics with others working at similar schools or with similar experience levels. 


Goals for the day include:


·        Regulating the process so you aren’t reinventing each time

·        Addressing issues of confidentiality

·        Creating a network of support and resources (offered by us and by the participants):

o   Assemblies

o   Speakers

o   Teaching life skills classes

o   Peer counseling

o   Training kids to do symposiums

·         Offering strategies for responding to a crisis

·         “Cleaning the mirror” - self-care for the counselor to allow for better ways to reflect and engage in reflective listening


Takeaways for the day will be resources and contacts, peer network, digital library and a practical-use workbook.


IMPORTANT NOTE:  CEUs will be available for participants. 

  • Counselors will receive a certificate for 6 Category A, CEU hours. 
  • Social workers will receive a certificate for 6 category II hours. (Note to social workers:  The Maryland Association issues a limited number of social work category I CEUs per year and we were not able to obtain them; however, we will issue a certificate for category II hours.)


The presenters for the day, Jen Cort and Ilene Lees share a combined 42 years of experience in counseling programs and 17 years of experience supervising counselors.


AIMS Members: $150 (through October 11th) or $175 (After October 11th)
NON AIMS Members: $200 (through October 11th) or $225 (After October 11th)


Please note that NO REFUNDS will be issued for cancellations for this class after October 15th. 



  Jen Cort's career blends her experience as a clinical social worker and educator.  Her educational administrative experiences are as an assistant head of lower school, head of a middle school and senior administrator.  Jen's therapy background includes serving as a counselor in lower, middle and upper schools as well as private practice.  Jen went into consulting after seeing a need for supporting schools to live out their missions regarding diversity and inclusion such that students can be seen and heard while learning to be visible and use their voices in productive ways. 


Jen works with schools around the country and in Canada. She is host of the internally syndicated podcast “Third Space with Jen Cort” with leading thinkers and doers on equity, diversity, inclusion and justice in schools as guests. 


Ilene Lees, LCSW-C, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in therapeutic work with individuals, adults, older adolescents, and parents. Ilene holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Ilene has spent the past 17 years as a high school counselor at an Independent School working in direct service with adolescents and parents. She specializes in anxiety, depression, relationships, trauma, parenting teens, and life transitions. Ilene uses a supportive, solution-focused approach to help clients get unstuck and move forward while providing productive and manageable feedback.


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