Preconference Workshops

Please take this opportunity to attend one or more of the excellent preconference workshops offered by Region 7 in 2019!

All preconferences are $25, unless noted otherwise. They will be held the first day of the Conference, Friday, March 8, 2019.

You can sign up for preconferences online while registering for the conference. If you have already registered for the conference and would like to add a preconference workshop, please follow these steps.

P1: Practical Applications of Motivational Interviewing in Advising
12-3 pm | Friday, March 8
Robert Pettay, Kansas State University

Motivational Interviewing is defined as 'a client-centered, directive method for enhancing intrinsic motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence'. Academic advisors work with students in the decision-making process related to majors, careers, and behaviors that influence student success in college. Often change is necessary and required if the student is to grow and develop. This workshop will focus on the use of MI in the advising setting and will include information on MI, discussion, video demonstration, and activities related to understanding MI and the use of MI in the advising profession. Objectives include increasing familiarity with MI, principles of behavior change, understanding the role of open-ended questioning and reflection in advising, and guidelines for applying MI in the advising setting.

P2: Utilizing Safe Conversations as a Relational Tool to Improve Academic Advising
12-3 pm | Friday, March 8
Curtis Hill, Southern Arkansas University

Safe Conversations is an educational program that focuses on dialogue promoting a new way of talking and listening to one another. When applied appropriately connection and safety occurs which promotes respectful and healthy relationships. Safe Conversations, by definition, is a relational technology that creates safety in all conversations, in all ecosystems, and facilitates a sense of connecting. While informational knowledge and conceptual understanding are necessary, alone, they are insufficient to thoroughly provide quality academic advising services (Two-thirds of the Academic Advising Core Competencies). The applicability of this relational technology can be paired with any academic advising model which is an essential skill for all academic advisors.

P3: An Introduction and Overview of Advising Assessment
12-3 pm | Friday, March 8
Isaiah Vance, The Texas A&M University System
Jaimie Haider, Texas State University

Assessment is a critical component in the continuous improvement of an advising program, but most advisors do not understand and are not engaged in assessment. This session will guide advisors through the assessment stages, starting from developing a vision and mission, so that it is clear how an assessment plan is developed and how it should serve to continuously aid in the improvement of advising programs. This highly interactive session will provide a platform to develop a brief, complete assessment plan so that each person will leave with an understanding of the full assessment cycle and how each piece of assessment fits together. Gaining a better comprehension of advising assessment will also allow advisors to better articulate the role advising plays in student success at the institution.

CANCELLED  ** P4: Law & Order: FERPA Edition  ** CANCELLED
1-3 pm | Friday, March 8
Temple Carter, University of Texas at San Antonio

P5: I Don’t Have a Couch, but I Have a Chair for Your Story
1-3 pm | Friday, March 8
Casey Schumacher, Texas A&M University

As advisors we are trained to have discussions with students about schedules, probation, dismissals. What about the other conversations: depression, rape, death? At a time where we might wish for a couch so the students can lay down and tell their story, as academic advisors we only have a chair and a listening ear. The goal of this session will be to have deep discussions of how advisors can assist students and themselves when these topics are disclosed. We will discuss ways advisors can sense that something is wrong, how to handle the situation, and how to make sure the advisor not only helps the student but also themselves. Deep conversations, audience experiences, and sharing of best practices are highly encouraged.

P6: The Secret History of Academic Advising: Of Women, Deans, & the Future of the Profession
1-3 pm | Friday, March 8
Ryan Scheckel, Texas Tech University

According to the most recent research, four out of five academic advisors are women. Yet the histories and voices of the women who brought us to this new era of professionalization and scholarship go largely unheard. Join us as we venture into the hidden histories of women in higher education and, more generally the American workplace, to discover the possible futures for academic advising. Where *did* the Deans of Women go and what does their disappearance mean for today's advisors? We'll explore that mystery and many more as you'll be challenged to decide where you'll make your impact on the future of academic advising!

P7: NACADA Orientation for First-Time Conference Attendees - FREE
3:15-4:15 pm | Friday, March 8
NACADA Leaders

As a new member or a first time attendee at a NACADA event, you most likely have questions you want answered: How can I benefit from my NACADA membership? I am only in my first year, can I even get involved? What is my NACADA region and what opportunities are available to me?

In this session you will be introduced to NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising and your NACADA region. This orientation is designed to provide guidance to new members and firsttime attendees as they begin their journey - learn how you can make the most of your “first year experience” in NACADA and with your region. During this session you will have the opportunity to: 1) Learn about the structure and opportunities of NACADA; 2) Develop ideas for resources and networking to help you both personally and professionally in your region; and 3) Listen to colleagues share their stories and connect with other new members to the association.

Bring your questions as well as an open and reflective attitude! Your participation in this session can be the beginning of the first chapter in your NACADA story!


March 8-10, 2019
San Antonio, TX

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Barbara Smith
University of Texas at San Antonio
(210) 458-5586

Angelica Barrera
University of Texas at San Antonio
(210) 458-4302

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