Professional Development Opportunities

Throughout the academic year, the Center for College Planning (CCP) offers a variety of school counselor trainings. To register for a training, please call 888.747.2382, x119 or click here.

School Counselor Workshops

Accessibility Services for College Students

Join a panel of college accessibility service professionals as they discuss the ways in which students with accommodations, adaptations, and/or modifications made through an IEP or 504 plan can successfully transition to college. Topics of discussion include the differences between high school and college accommodations, the role of the school counselor in the college process, when and how a student should apply for college accommodations, a student's role in the process, and more.

The next training will be held: Friday, December 11, 2020 at 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

This workshop will be held at our Concord campus.


Admissions 201: The Admissions Evolution

Let's face it. The college admissions process is constantly changing. Evolving professional structures and expectations, changing demographics, trending majors, changing technology and the impact of social media, shifting recruitment strategies, and buzzwords such as "demonstrated interest", "SAT optional school", and "full need colleges" impact admissions professionals, school counselors, parents and students. Join us for an engaging discussion with admissions professionals from both public and private universities to address these changes and get advice on how to best counsel your students in the ever-shifting college process.


Admissions and COVID-19: What School Counselors Need to Know

Without question, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the college admissions process for those involved at every level. As a school counselor, have you been wondering how best to address the concerns of your students and families? This interactive panel discussion will address topics such as whether or not COVID-19 is a good topic for the college essay, what will happen if students are unable to take the SAT/ACT, what should a counselor do if a student has been MIA for the last several months due to family concerns/lack of access to internet or laptop, what should be included in a LOR or on the school profile to allow admissions offices to understand a school’s remote learning process, how will a school’s decision to go pass/fail during remote learning affect admission for a student, etc. In this live webinar event, a panel of admissions experts will address these issues and more. This will be a very interactive panel – “bring” your questions!

View this recorded webinar here.


College 101

College 101: A Workshop for the New School Counselor offers a behind-the-scenes look at the college process. A panel of seasoned school counselors and expert college admissions professionals offer guidance and support to school counselors new to the profession. Topics of discussion include the role of the school counselor in the college process, the campus visit, the college essay, letters of recommendation, the application process, what colleges are looking for in an admissions candidate, and more.


College Boot Camp for Professionals: Letters of Recommendation & College Essays

Writing a "standout" letter of recommendation or college essay means you and your students need to know what colleges are looking for and what they are not looking for. This summer workshop is designed for school counselors and English and writing teachers and will explore strategies for helping your students to pick a strong college essay topic, avoid the "pitfalls" of a bad college essay, and offers tips on writing an impactful letter of recommendation. Our experienced college counselors will use "real-life" examples to discuss recent trends in college essay topic choice and will offer tips for helping your students rise above the pack. Come join us for a day of interactive learning.


Creating Effective High School Profiles and Transcripts

Whether an academic record is being reviewed by a college admission professional or a scholarship organization, the high school transcript and profile should provide the reviewer with comprehensive, up-to-date, and easy-to-understand academic information about the student. What should you include - or not include - on your school's profile? What is the best way to highlight your school's uniqueness? What information does an admission office wish every high school would clearly outline on a student's transcript? Join us for a lively panel discussion with experienced high school counselors and admissions professionals and learn the ins and outs of creating and updating these essential documents.


Financial Aid Workshop

Join us for our virtual Financial Aid Workshop for School Counselors. This workshop provides a comprehensive and easy-to-understand overview of the financial aid process, the role of the school counselor, resources for students and families and updates to the process. We will also discuss some of the specific scenarios you may encounter as a school counselor – from divorced parents or undocumented students to homeless or foster youth – and dispel some of the common FAFSA myths.


NCAA 101: Information for School Counselors

Participating in college athletics; it is the dream of many of high school students. But how can a school counselor help them to achieve their goal? Join us as a compliance officer shares valuable information regarding the NCAA Eligibility Center (what it is, who needs to register, when a student should be registered), identifying the approved courses at your high school, how to identify student athletes at your school to ensure they are taking the required coursework, the ins and outs of official vs. unofficial college visits and which schools students should be targeting in each of these categories, and more.


North Country School Counselor Training

K-12 school counselors from across the North Country are invited to join colleagues for our annual training day.


School Counseling 201: Letters of Recommendation & College Essays

Writing a "standout" letter of recommendation or college essay means you and your students need to know WHAT colleges are looking for and what they are NOT looking for. The CCP has designed a program for both school counselors and English teachers to explore strategies for helping your students to pick a strong college essay topic, avoid the 'pitfalls' of a bad college essay, as well as some tips for writing an impactful letter of recommendation. Learn from an expert panel of college admission representatives about trends in college essay topic choices, tips for helping students rise above the pack, and strategies for using the letter of recommendation to "fill in the blanks" of your students' applications.


Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Training

In this workshop, experts from college nursing programs in New Hampshire will speak to the use of the TEAS test in their admission process and what school counselors need to know to advise their students interested in these programs. Learn when and where students can take the exam, how students can prepare themselves for the test, how often they can repeat the exam, how this exam is used in college admission, and more in this two hour workshop.


Welcome to the CCP: A Workshop for Elementary and Middle School Counselors

This workshop is for the new or seasoned counselor who is interested in learning more about the resources available through the Center for College Planning (CCP). In this workshop, we will introduce two newest initiatives for K - 8 students - “College Family Feud” and “Claim Your Future”. We will also review our downloadable curriculum created for school counselors to present in their schools and tour our early awareness website, www.nhcollegeclub.com.

The next training will be held: Friday, September 25, 2020 at 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Register for this webinar here.