New Hampshire School Counselor Association

2021 School Counselor of the Year and National School Counseling Week Events

Upcoming events

    • 08 Feb 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Online Webinar

    How Extended Learning Opportunities
    Can be the Most Versatile Tool in the
    School Counselor’s Toolbox


    Extended Learning Opportunities (ELOs) offer a variety of alternative pathways to credit attainment.  This session will review not only what an ELO is but how school counselors can harness their power to assist students in meeting their graduation requirements and postsecondary goals. 

    About Donna Couture, CAGS:

    Donna began her career ​in education ​as a ​School Counselor in 2001. Donna’s experience also includes work as a​ ​State Personnel Development Grant Coordinator for the NH Department of Education and ​an ​Educational Consultant for the Institute on Disability at UNH. Currently Donna is the Director of Extended Learning at Winnacunnet High School and a Leadership Team member of the NH Extended Learning Opportunities Network. She is passionate about building a personalized educational program that allows students to engage in learning opportunities based on their own interests and abilities.  Donna has presented on Extended Learning Opportunities at many venues including the NH Learning Initiative’s Design Studio on Competency Based Education, the New ​England​ ​Secondary ​Schools ​Consortium​’s Conference on High School Redesign​ in Action, and the Governor’s Summit on Work-Based Learning. Donna was named the NH Extended Learning Opportunities Coordinator of the Year in 2016.

    Additional speakers:

    Dawn Berault
    Sean Peschel


    • 24 Mar 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Online Webinar

    NAMI NH:  Support and Resources for Student’s Families,
    Staff and the Community Impacted by
    Mental Health Challenges and Suicide


    The pandemic has brought incredible awareness to the struggles our students are experiencing, the challenges their families are facing and the impact to school staff and the community at large.  During this 30 minute presentation, participants will learn about the resources, education and supports that NAMI NH (National Alliance on Mental Illness) can offer especially during these tough times.  NAMI NH offers free education programs to parents/caregivers of children with mental health challenges as well as classes to individuals who have adult loved ones with mental illness.  NAMI NH delivers professional development to school staff on topics including anxiety, depression and suicide prevention.  The children’s staff offer peer support to families of children and youth with significant mental health challenges.  Learn about these opportunities and others to share with the community you support.

    About Michele Watson:

    Michele Watson is the New Hampshire Family Network Coordinator at NAMI New Hampshire (National Alliance on Mental Illness).  Michele educates parents/caregivers whose children are coping with mental health challenges, individuals who want to improve their advocacy skills, and the community on better understanding mental illness.  She also teaches NAMI NH’s Connect Suicide Prevention Training Program to school staff and community organizations and is a certified trainer for Youth Mental Health First Aid.  Michele has significant project management experience, substantial experience facilitating and working with parent support groups, and demonstrated ability to bring together community partners to improve outcomes for youth and families.  Her skill in convening families, youth, and stakeholders has been integral to developing key partnerships that have led to increased opportunities and successful outcomes.  Michele is the NH Children’s System of Care Communications Committee chairperson as well as chairperson for the Magnify Voices Expressive Arts Contest.

    Michele is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and earned her MBA from Babson College.  She is a 2013 graduate of the UNH Institute on Disability Leadership Series and currently serves on the boards of NH Challenge and the Parent Information Center.

    About Laurie Foster:

    Laurie Foster began her work with National Alliance on Mental Illness New Hampshire (NAMI NH) as a volunteer in 2006 and a Family Peer Support Specialist in 2014. She later became a Family Peer Support Supervisor in 2018 and is now the Director of Children & Youth programs at NAMI NH. She was a founding Board member for Granite Pathways, a peer support community in Manchester, NH   that provides hope, dignity, and support to adults with mental illness.

    Laurie is certified as a Support Group Facilitator State Trainer and has also completed the Parent Peer Support Provider Supervisor training by the Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA). She coordinates and supports the training of Family Peer Support Specialists (FPSS) to obtain certification and recertification within two years. Laurie promotes the family voice and knowledge of serious emotional disturbance through public presentations and professional trainings and has established parent support groups in qualifying communities. She is a member of the Wellness and Primary Prevention Council and speaks to various community groups about children’s mental health issues. Laurie is a graduate of Granite State College and earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Services.

    • 12 Apr 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Online Webinar
    Creating Connections Through Media Moments

    Talking about media with young people can open doorways for authentic dialog and create opportunities for students to learn and grow. In this Media Power Youth workshop, we’ll explore ways that you can use media as a connection point with your students to help them navigate real-life stressors and build a stronger school community. We’ll share recent research on how media affects youth mental health as well as the perspectives we’ve gathered from our Youth Media Squad. We will also discuss how to begin a conversation with parents about best media practices at home, and share some of our hands-on activities that you can implement in the classroom and during one-on-one student mentoring. This session will include a 15-minute Q&A.


    About Heather Inyart:

    Heather Inyart is the Executive Director for Media Power Youth, a New Hampshire-based nonprofit that inspires young people to engage with media in thoughtful and constructive ways that support well-being. Heather partners with educators, health professionals, parents, and community leaders to develop media literacy programs that build advocacy, critical thinking, and social-emotional skills. Media Power Youth also provides resources and supports for substance misuse prevention, mental health, and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Prior to Media Power Youth, Heather held a variety of positions in marketing and strategic planning for consumer products companies and nonprofit organizations. Heather lives in Exeter, NH, and enjoys unplugging from media and technology by knitting, cooking, and hiking with her family.

    About Claire Garand:

    Claire Garand is the Education Program Manager of Media Power Youth and is a passionate advocate for creativity and student voice. She also works annually with the New Hampshire Film Festival Young Filmmakers Workshop, guiding teens through an intense three-day filmmaking program that challenges students to engage with an audience and express themselves through film. She previously has worked with the New York Film Academy, aiding students in their creative projects as well as recruiting and supporting prospective undergraduate and graduate students. In her spare time, you can find her reading or building miniature accessories for her dollhouse. She has her bachelor’s of fine arts in film studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is currently living in Manchester, NH.

Upcoming events

Calendar includes NHSCA sponsored meetings and events in addition to other local conferences and workshops. If you have an event that you'd like to share. 

Contact: Sharon Nix 

*The inclusion or exclusion of any events should in no way imply endorsement or discredit by the New Hampshire School Counselor Association.



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