Three women talking while leaning over a tableJonathan FickiesEngaged in a breakout discussion during the workshop about the developing adolescent brain are school counselors (from left) Verg Taylor from PS 447 in the Bronx, Christine O’Rourke from PS 549 in the Bronx and Jessica Pearlman from PS 102 in Queens.
Standing woman speaks to seated man and womanJonathan FickiesRosemarie Thompson (standing), the chapter leader of UFT School Counselors Chapter, talks with participants during lunch.
Women stops at information tableJonathan FickiesAttendees browse tables at the vendor fair. This year’s conference featured 40 vendors, the largest vendor fair in the conference’s 15-year history.
Woman with microphone speaks to large seated crowdJonathan FickiesDr. Carol Dahir (standing) delivers a keynote address about new statewide school counseling regulations.
Woman records man using her smart phoneJonathan FickiesA conference attendee records UFT President Michael Mulgrew as he delivers welcoming remarks over breakfast.
Three women smiling at a table talking to each otherJonathan FickiesParticipants, including Gillian Alleyne (far left), a counselor at IS 211 in Brooklyn, try out a listening activity during a mindfulness workshop.
Crowd of people sitting and listeningJonathan FickiesAttendees listen during the keynote address.
Woman doing craftsJonathan FickiesSeneida Sosa, a school counselor at MS 22 in the Bronx, crochets during a workshop about the calming power of crafts.

About 350 school counselors and aspiring counselors came to the 15th annual School Counselors Conference on March 9 at UFT headquarters, Manhattan. The largest turnout of attendees ever enjoyed a day of networking with colleagues and honing their professional skills.

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