Advanced Secondary School Counselor Summer Institute

NEACAC is accepting applications for faculty members for ASSCSI 2018.  You can access the application here.  Deadline for submission is December 15, 2017. Feel free to contact Cristan Harris with questions at

 NEACAC’s Advanced Secondary School Counselor Summer Institute (ASSCSI) is designed for experienced secondary school counselors who have five years or more in the field.  

If your school or college would be interested in hosting this program, please see the bid form here.

Here's a recap of 2016 ASSCSI:

The 2016 Institute’s theme was “Restoring Mental Balance to the College Search.”  Counselors are often overwhelmed by the need to respond to the logistical requirements of applicants and colleges. They are rarely given the opportunity to engage in a conversation about the emotional and mental well being of students in the process.  ASSCSI 2016 addressed both the philosophical and practical approaches to these issues.  

ASSCSI 2016 took place at Simmons College.

Elements of the program included:

  • Keynote Address by Richard Weissbourd, member of the Making Caring Common project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a co-author of Turning the Tide: Inspiring Concern For Others And The Common Good Through College Admissions
  • Panel of Admissions Officers at Trinity College (CT), Goucher College (MD), and Minerva University (the World) who are creating new ways of evaluating students beyond the numbers
  • Workshops on conflict management in the workplace and beyond
  • Breakout sessions on organized athletic recruiting, diversity movements on college campuses, financially intelligent college searches, and mindful college lists
  • Tours of Wellesley University, Brandeis University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • A FREE pre-conference tour of The Colleges of the Fenway on July 12th
  • Time to socialize, brainstorm and relax with colleagues who understand the complexity of our profession

Attendees were encouraged, but not required, to read Frank Bruni’s Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be as a philosophical approach to our topic.

Front Row, L-R: Dan Monahan (Cheshire Academy, Grace Cheng (Wellesley College), Marina Offner (Brandeis University), Bredna Poznanski (Bishop Guertin HS), Andrea D'Entremont (Sharon HS),

Back Row, L-R: Moira McKinnon (Berwick Academy), Donna Lyons (Longmeadow HS), Sam Prouty (Middlebury College)