Advisor Workshops


Professional Development Workshops for Advisors

Advisors, we didn't forget about you. We have comprehensive workshops that will not only help you better advise your students but also enhance your skills as an educator and professional. These workshops pay close attention to certain competencies of higher education and leadership. Each workshop is offered once.


Helping College Students Get What They Want And Need: What Every Higher Ed Pro Needs to Know About Empowering Today’s College Students
Presenter: Collegiate Empowerment

A few startling facts about American Higher Education today:

  • Only 35% of today’s college students will graduate in 4 years and only 54% of will graduate in 6 years
  • 1 in 6 college students will make a decision to drop out within their first 3 months of enrolling
  • 1 in 4 college students report negative academic consequences as a result of dangerous/binge drinking
  • 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men experience sexual assault in college. Our LGBTQ students experience higher levels
  • Suicide is currently the second most common cause of death among college students, with over 1,000 annually
  • The average college student will graduate with $37,172 in debt, yet never have a course about money

We could go on and on. But we will stop here. Clearly, we all have work to do. Real work to do. And that is what this session is about: The real work of Helping College Students Get What They Want & Need. And here’s the good news…today’s college students have YOU. The 21st century higher education professional. You help college students get an education, not just a degree. You teach students, not just subjects. You help students get a life outside the classroom. And most of all, you help college students take their higher education deeper.

In this dynamic and transformative session you will:

  • Dig into the data from the Higher Education Research Institute to discover what today’s students really want
  • Develop The College Empowerment Mindset through The Empowerment Triangle
  • Discover your Great Work as a Higher Ed Pro via the What Every College Student Needs To Know framework

If you’re looking for a new approach to student development which truly helps you so you can help your students, don’t miss this session!


Students, Trauma, and Triggers: Why Mental Health Matters in Higher Education
Presenter: Jennifer Mullan

Graduates will emerge from their institutions with a wide range of skills and strategies related to their disciplines. However, recent research found that 71 percent of 2,500 students currently experience or have experienced some form of mental illness including depression, anxiety and eating disorders. Another statistic from this research, which universities should sit up and take notice of, is that 40 percent of these students would much rather conceal their condition than discuss it with a mental health professional, or student affairs professional, stating that they would feel “too ashamed,” “would not be taken seriously,” or “too worried” to speak up (Student Housing Company, 2017). This is, unfortunately, just one study in a long line revealing that a significant number of students are experiencing mental health conditions and are needlessly attempting to “power through” in an attempt to maintain a public persona of coping. This workshop for advisors seeks to remove the cloak of secrecy, fear, and often anxiety that shadows Student Affairs professionals when being met with students in extreme distress. Dr. Mullan, a psychologist at New Jersey City University’s Counseling Center, will provide an overview of how to best working with students in emotional distress, and provide a helpful Mental Health Toolkit for Student Affairs Professionals.

Learning outcomes:

  • Educate student affairs professionals to consider the importance of well-developed strategies at universities for emotional well-being
  • Evaluate the scope of student mental health problems on campus and better understand current trends and issues within student mental health
  • Discover and compare ideas to promote increased access and education to mental health services for students
  • Understand the keys to successful cross-campus collaboration in mental health services
  • Provide Student Affairs professionals with a brief toolkit on how to handle student mental health crises
  • Identify and begin to manage your perceptions and emotions when dealing with students struggling with possible mental health issues

Self-Love, Self-Care, Self-Aware
Presenter: Chinez

Self-care” and “work-life balance” are buzzwords commonly tossed around in the field of student affairs. Rarely, however, are professionals given tangible tools for creating more happiness and wellness in their life and career. This interactive discussion will aid professionals in identifying self-love and self-care methods. This session will also help participants in understanding how to employ self-counseling in becoming more intentionally self-aware in creating a healthy lifestyle (Gladding, 2013).

Learning outcomes:
Participants will leave this program with the confidence in their ability to:

  • Identify five methods of self-love that build wellness and clarity
  • Build a mini action plan in meeting two self-care goals
  • Understand the importance of honesty and fearlessness in creating lasting happiness in life and career

Why I Divorced then Started Dating Student Affairs: Confessions of an Ex SA-Pro
Presenter: Chinez

What happens when trying to make change goes wrong? Why I Divorced, Then Started Dating Student Affairs: Confessions of an Ex-Student Affairs Professional, explores the pits and the peaks of working in one of academia’s more underappreciated roles.. Dive into a discussion about alternative paths in higher education and ways to create change in and outside of your role in student affairs and discuss ways to advocate for yourself at your home institution. This session will leave participants feeling empowered to craft their desired professional experience while exploring challenges and opportunities in the field.

Learning outcomes:

Participants will leave this program with the confidence in their ability to:

  • Discuss ways to advocate for yourself at your home institution
  • Identify at least two alternative options in furthering your career in education
  • Feel empowered in your ability to design your life and control your professional destiny

Design Thinking: A Story That Became A Recruitment and Retention Experience
Presenter: Cybel Betancourt

Once upon a time, a great opportunity arose to work with a nearby public school from the college campus and bureaucracy got in the way. Learn how the involvement of a few students, one professor, and an administrator became the gateway to establishing lifelong connections. Understand how using the design thinking methodology can lead the way to empower college students to become leaders, recruit other leaders, and mentor high school students. This opportunity can become an incredible recruitment and retention strategy for your campus.

Learning outcomes:

  • Identify schools in the proximity of the institution where the opportunity for collaborative works is a possibility
  • Apply creative solutions to solving high school situations, in turn, recruiting new students
  • Integrate the student body in project-based activities that will promote student retention

Purpose Passion Play
Presenter: Barb Meidl

This interactive workshop is designed to overcome the barriers student life professionals encounter in keeping events purposeful, fresh, and relevant. Join fellow student life professionals to collaborate in creating campus activities and sharing fresh ideas for connecting students using current events and social issues.

Learning outcomes:

  • Think critically about issues, ethical/moral development, value learning and identifying learning in co-curricular experiences.
  • Gather and utilize information in order to create relevant material for student programs through critical thinking and problem solving.
  • Build relational skills using group development and communication to develop programming.

9 Things Successful Educators Do Differently
Presenter: Jeff Dess

Separate yourself from the pack or be sure that you aren’t getting left behind. Achieve your goals or figure out why you aren’t reaching them. Participants will get a chance to identify what makes them unique while looking at the traits that help build a successful leader and educators. This workshop breaks down success in the areas of student development, professional development, and personal development. Find out if you have what it takes to be a different type of educator.

Learning outcomes:

  • Develop tools to build healthy, respectful, and collaborative relationships with others
  • Identify areas of improvement and strengths as an educator
  • Demonstrate an ability to critique one’s own style of work

The Art of the Side Hustle: Turning Your Passion Into Profit
Presenter: Ash Cash

Everyone has dreams but not everyone knows how to turn those dreams into reality. The Art of the Side Hustle is a workshop that teaches its participants how to live their dream while making a profit. Manage your career while also gaining the tools to turn passion into profit. Gain some valuable tips from a former corporate staff member to a proud author and entrepreneur.

Learning outcomes:

  • Provide educators with the tips needed to balance administrative live and entrepreneurial mindsets
  • Provide time management tips to help exist in multiple spaces

Do the Work Accountability Challenge
Presenter: Trill or Not Trill Team

It’s easy to talk the talk but how many of us are prepared to walk the walk beyond this conference? Trill or Not Trill’s Accountability Model assures. We wear multiple hats as student affairs professionals and it is important that underneath each of those hats we are focused and dedicated to achieving the things we set out for. Examine the good, bad, and ugly of your productivity. This is not about goal setting—it’s about goal achieving.

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn the difference between Goal Setting and Goal Achieving
  • Identify the actions that help establish a culture of accountability
  • Interpret the change that must occur in order to instill a culture of accountability within an organization and for yourself