Preconference Workshops

Please take this opportunity to attend one or more of the excellent preconference workshops offered by Region 7 in 2018!

All preconferences are $25, unless noted otherwise. They will be held the first day of the Conference, Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

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 you will need to register onsite. 


P1. Practical Applications of Motivational Interviewing in Advising
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 12:00-3:00pm
Robert Pettay, Kansas State University

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an approach designed to initiate behavior change based on intrinsic motivation. Motivational Interviewing is defined as “a client-centered, directive method for enhancing intrinsic motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence. Professional academic advisors work with students in the decision-making process related to majors, courses, careers, and behaviors that influence the student's ability to achieve success in college. Often change is necessary and required if the student is to grow and develop and the advisor is in a primary position to assist the student in behavior change. Objectives include increasing familiarity with MI and MI principles, understanding 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. Composing the Profession: Research and Writing in Academic Advising
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 12:00-1:50pm
Rhonda Dean-Kyncl, University of Oklahoma

As the scope of the profession of advising grows and deepens, individual advisors will be increasingly expected to conduct research. The research process remains, for many of us, a mysterious process that we are reticent or fearful to embrace. Our research, though, composes this profession. This highly interactive session will address recent initiatives of the NACADA Center for Research as well as writers’ support structures and networks. This session will explore the research process from start to finish, eliminating the mystery and providing practical methods for engaging in this important work from invention to structuring to writing to submitting your findings, engaging our significant role in composing our profession.


P3. Creating a Professional Identity - By Design, Not Default
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 2:00-3:50pm
Erin Justyna, Texas Tech University

Advisors have become engaged in a dialogue about what it means to have a profession of advising, and therefore, what it means to be a “professional” in the field. This session challenges participants to consider the development of their professional identity by asking: “Are you operating by design or by default?” When operating by default, individuals give up power and allow others to determine their path. In contrast, when individuals begin to design their professional identity, they create new opportunities and purposeful pathways that lead to greater productivity and fulfillment. Through activities and discussion, participants will: take stock of their priorities, talents, and habits; consider how NACADA can contribute to their identities (and those of colleagues, staff, and students they advise); and begin to design their own professional identity plan.


P4. Career Exploration for Exploring Students
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 2:00-3:50pm
Nikki Brown, Fort Hays State University

Looking for a way to help your students explore major options? This pre-conference session will take participants through a career exploration process that is designed to assist students with identifying college academic programs that match their interests, values and strengths. Information will be shared on assessment tools and resources that are utilized to assist students in declaring and confirming academic majors. Participants will complete the self-assessments and use that information to practice skills that can be used at their institution in career advising. Some assessments will need to be completed prior to attending the pre-conference session. Presenters will contact participants after they are registered. Tips on how to market such a program will also be shared.


P5. NACADA New Member Orientation
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 4:00-5:00pm
Angelica Barrera, The University of Texas at San Antonio
Christina Bowles, Missouri State University, Region 7 Chair

Get introduced to NACADA – The Global Community for Academic Advising and your NACADA region! This new member orientation will provide you with guidance and insights as you begin your journey – to understand 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 to this session to start your journey and learn how NACADA – The Global Community for Academic Advising can support your role in academic advising!