Please take this opportunity to attend one or more of the excellent preconference workshops offered by Region 8 in 2022!

All preconferences are free and are on the first day of the conference, Wednesday, May 25, 2022, unless otherwise noted. 

You can sign up for preconferences while registering for the conference. If you have already registered for the conference and would like to add a preconference workshop, please follow these steps.

P1: Co-regulating Trust: Trauma-informed Advising
2-4 p.m. | Wednesday, May 25 
Brighton Brooks,  University of Alaska Fairbanks

In this unique pre-conference session, participants will engage their senses to investigate ways of building and maintaining safe encounters and environments for students on campus and online. We will explore Polyvagal and attachment theories through guided exercises in pursuit of building trust, promoting conditions of relative safety, and empowering student agency. Special attention will be paid to cultural humility in nonverbal communication. Participants can expect to gain a better understanding of their nonverbal patterns and biases in order to consciously adapt their work with students to include trauma-informed practices. Take-aways include self-care activities designed to promote ongoing personal and professional development, as well as ideas for investigating and addressing potentially harmful institutional policies and practices.

Theory relevant to academic advising.
Create rapport and build academic advising relationships.
Engage in on-going assessment and development of the advising practice.

P2:  Advising Service Evaluation as Professional Learning
2-5 p.m. | Wednesday, May 25 
Deanna  Gonnelly Lethbridge College

Advising is teaching. So, if advising is teaching, it is essential to look to the principles of teaching and learning for advisor professional learning. This workshop will explore advising evaluation, which looks at service delivery, not advising assessment which looks at what students learn through interacting with advising. Both novice and intermediate advisors will benefit from this session by determining their personal philosophy of advising, evaluating the criteria for service delivery, and creating a plan to evaluate individual or departmental advisor learning using Killion's (2018) model of professional learning. Using relational and conceptual concepts, participants will leave this session with a solid foundation to evaluate advising service in their context and setting.

Engage in on-going assessment and development of the advising practice.
 NACADA's Core Values of Academic Advising.
 Articulate a personal philosophy of academic advising.

P3:  Psychological Intervention Skills in Academic Advising
2-5 p.m. | Wednesday, May 25
Mehvash Ali,  University of Washington

The presenter will draw upon her experience as both a psychologist and an advisor to present this workshop on how advisors can incorporate psychological intervention skills into their work with students. The strategies that will be explored in this workshop are highly effective tools to bring about change such as internal conflict resolution, cognitive restructuring, behavioral modifications, motivational interviewing, rapport building, and empowerment. This 3 hr. workshop, will include a mix of didactic training and interactive activities to introduce advisors to a variety of psychological interventions and to explore how advisors can apply those concepts in academic advising. Through targeted, participants will learn how they can strategically utilize various psychological interventions in their work with students. Workshop will also address how to maintain the role-boundary between advising and therapy.

Create rapport and build academic advising relationships.
Plan and conduct successful advising interactions.
Facilitate problem solving, decision-making, meaning-making, planning, and goal setting.

P4: Maximize Your Membership and Your Conference Experience
7:50-8:50 a.m. | Thursday, May 26
NACADA Leaders

Get introduced to NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising and your NACADA region! This new member orientation will provide you with guidance and insights as you begin your journey to understand how you can make the most of your "first year experience" in NACADA and with your region. During this session you will have the opportunity to: 1) Learn about the structure and opportunities of NACADA; 2) Develop ideas for resources and networking to help you both personally and professionally in your region; and 3) Listen to colleagues share their stories and connect with other new members to the association.

Bring your questions as well as an open and reflective attitude! Your participation in this session can be the beginning of the first chapter in your NACADA story!


Make It Happen.
Make It Matter.

May 25-27, 2022
Victoria Conference Centre

Victoria, British Columbia

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Bri Harvie

Mount Royal University

Shea Ellingham
Mount Royal University

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