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

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. Lunch is provided.

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’ 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.

Financial Aid Workshop

Join us for our 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. From 9 to 11 a.m., we invite new school counselors to join us for an introduction to financial aid where we will cover the different types of financial aid, necessary application forms, scholarship opportunities, special circumstances, and general funding options. At 11 a.m., we invite experienced counselors to join us for the latest updates to the FAFSA, FSA ID, IRS DRT, and more. After lunch, a panel of financial aid counselors will share their expertise regarding topics such as special circumstances, dependency/dependency overrides, undocumented students, net price calculators, with time for a question and answer session. Lunch is provided.

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.

College for Students With Learning Differences and Youth-In-Transition

This workshop begins with a panel of college disability services staff as they discuss how 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. A second panel of experts shares how to assist youth-in-transition (unaccompanied/homeless and foster youth) on their path to college. Learn strategies and tips to help students effectively transition, which state programs and funds are available to help these student populations, how to collaborate with case workers to help students reach their college goals, and how financial aid applications are completed for these populations.

North Country School Counselor Training

K-12 school counselors from across the North Country are invited to join colleagues for our annual training day, held at White Mountains Community College. This training will be held Friday, May 25, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Middle School Counselor Workshop

The Workshop for the Middle School Counselor is for the new or seasoned counselor who is interested in learning more about the resources available through the Center for College Planning. In this workshop, we will review our downloadable curriculum created for middle school counselors to present in their schools. We will also introduce our early awareness website,, and review our Early College Planning evening presentation for parents.

Understanding the Financial Aid Award Letter

With the May 1st National Candidate Reply date looming, join us as we explore the world of financial aid award letters. This workshop will provide school counselors solid tools and resources to help students and their families make good decisions when choosing a college. Using actual award letters received by New Hampshire students, learn how to decipher the various parts of an award, where to find the current cost of attendance and how to determine the bottom line cost to the family.

High School Counselor Intern Training

Are you studying to become a high school counselor? This workshop is for you! During this session we will discuss the fundamentals of the college admission process including the college search, application basics, writing letters of recommendation, what colleges are really looking for in a student, standardized testing, the role of the school counselor, and more. We will also discuss the basics of financial aid covering the types of financial aid, forms to file, scholarship opportunities, special circumstances, and funding options.

College Planning for the High School Equivalency Student

In this session, we will explore how to support students receiving their high school equivalency certificate on their path to college. We will highlight the admissions and financial aid processes, share best practices, and hear from admissions staff from the Community College System of New Hampshire and the University System of New Hampshire.