Strengths-Based Advisory

Status: RECORDED on MAY 03, 2017

$156 Non-Member

[$143.00 Gold Member]

As you begin to review/enhance your middle or upper school advisory program for the school year 2017-2018, you will find that this Webinar will provide new insights and recommendations about how to make your program most beneficial for the students. Advisory can and should be about more than problem-solving, presenting canned group activities, and doing administrative housekeeping. Create a robust, mission-based advisory program that focuses first and foremost on advisee strengths—helping advisees, individually and in advisory group, to identify, name, cultivate, and find joy in the particular virtues, aptitudes, and affinities that help them thrive academically, socially, and personally.

As a foundation, this Webinar addresses research from ISM and the field of Positive Psychology and then devotes most of its time to specific advisor practices with both individual advisees and advisory groups. You will learn ways to make advisory meaningful, personalized, and mission-serving (which are also antidotes to a stale and perfunctory experience for both advisors and their advisees).


  • Research-based rationales for a focus on student strengths
  • Methods for identifying and naming advisee strengths
  • Incorporating a strengths-based approach with advisory groups and with individual advisees in individual (one-to-one) advising
  • Partnering with advisees’ teachers and parents around student strengths

Run Time:
Total run time is 60 minutes. The presentation will run approximately 45 minutes with 15 minutes designated for Q&A.

Who Should Attend:Middle and upper school division heads, deans of students, school counselors, and faculty leaders of advisory programs.

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Roger Dillow, M.A., M.S.W.

ISM Adjunct Consultant

During his career of over 40 years, Roger Dillow has been an educator, consultant, and mental health professional. He has been teacher, athletic coach, advisor, and administrator at four independent schools; a mental health counselor and consultant at three independent and two public schools; an instructor of family systems theory and its applications at two universities and a psychotherapy training center; and a psychotherapist in agency and private practice.

A former full-time consultant at ISM on a range of management and governance matters, his current adjunct role is focused primarily on advisory programs and enrollment management. He is the author of ISM’s Mission-Based Advisory: A Professional Development Manual third edition, published May, 2016.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the College of William and Mary and master’s degrees from Syracuse and Rutgers Universities and is a member of the International Positive Psychology Association.

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