Advanced Secondary School Counselor Summer Institute

Join your school/college counselor colleagues for the 2018 Advanced Secondary School Counselor Summer Institute (ASSCSI), to be held July 16-18 at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI.

Targeting those counselors with at least five years of experience, participants will engage in a variety of sessions related to issues in college counseling, spend a day touring area campuses, and enjoy a keynote address from Dr. Patrick O'Connor, a 2017 U.S. Department of Education School Ambassador Fellow and Associate Dean of College Counseling at Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Tentative Schedule (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

Monday, July 16
9:00 am - 11:00 am - Attendee Arrival
11:00 am - Conference Welcome
Noon - Lunch
1:15 pm - Keynote Address
3:00 - 5:00 pm - Afternoon Sessions
6:00 pm - Reception and Dinner
Tuesday, July 17
Campus Tour Day!
6:00 pm - Evening Out
Wednesday, July 18
8:00 am - Noon - Sessions
Noon - 12:30 - Closing Remarks and Evaluations

Registration is open now.

Scholarships are also available. Applications are open. Apply by June 1st.  Apply NOW for an ASSCSI Scholarship.

Feel free to contact Cristan Harris with questions at



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)