We did it! We finished our presentation (one person who came up to us afterwards called it "brilliant!"), and we're headed home. Here's the program description of our presentation this morning at NACAC:
E511. Beyond Bragging Rights and Bumper Stickers: The College Process, Adolescent Development and Family Dynamics
Austin Convention Center, Room 18C
Secondary Counseling Issues
Explore issues of adolescent psychology and family development as they relate to the college process.
Case studies will illustrate how a partnership between college counseling and psychological counseling can enhance and strengthen the work of the college process.
Participants will learn how to recognize and work with problematic separation issues, high anxiety, student frustration, parental over-involvement and anger, and dysfunctional family dynamics.
Presented by three colleagues from the same NJ independent school.
And here's an email I got just a few minutes ago:
Thanks for the great seminar this morning. I moved into college work from a psych background and I have had been conflicted about the way college admissions sucks up my time and takes me away from working with these key developmental issues that kids are working with. However, in recent times I have accepted and found that the college application process is an excellent doorway through which to integrate the emotional psych piece into my work. Your presentations was very affirming and I hope you keep presenting on this key area of our work.We had a terrific time and a packed room of about 200 conference attenders! A steady stream of folks approached us afterwards to request that we email them our presentation notes. The Q&A session was lively and productive. And we left with a renewed sense of gratitude for the strength of our personal and professional relationships... we make a great team! We are already plotting... how and when will we do this again? Yay!