November 19-20, 2020

Marriott Indianapolis East Hotel and Convention Center
7202 E 21st Street
Indianapolis, IN 46219


15-Minute Counseling Techniques that Work: What You Didn’t Learn in Grad School

Allison Edwards

Thursday, November 19, 2020 | 11:30 a.m.


SPEAKER BIO: Allison Edwards LPC, RPT is an affiliate professor in the Human Development Counseling department at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of Why Smart Kids Worry, Worry Says What?, and Marcy Is Having All the Feels. Allison received her graduate degree in Counseling from Vanderbilt University and is a National Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Registered Play Therapist. Allison has over 20 years experience working as a school teacher, school counselor, child/adolescent psychotherapist, and educational consultant to schools throughout the country.

Allison travels both nationally and internationally training professionals in the areas of empowering anxious children in the classroom, managing the emotional needs of students, recognizing the social/emotional needs of gifted students, and sharing how educators can talk to parents about student anxiety. Allison helps school leaders understand how social/emotional differences can be supported in their neurologically diverse student populations, and provides consultation and staff development on how to effectively improve emotion regulation in the classroom.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Allison as she presents 15-Minute Counseling Techniques that Work: What You Didn’t Learn in Grad School. Feel like you don’t have enough time to do counseling? Participants will learn 15 counseling techniques that can be implemented in less than 15 minutes from when a student walks into your office. The program can be suited to elementary, middle, or high school counselors (or a combination of all) and participants will not only learn the strategies but will be doing them alongside Allison as she teaches how to implement them. Get out your Play-Doh! This hands-on, experiential program will revolutionize your counseling department and help kids leave feeling empowered.

Allison will also present a breakout session titled, Helping Students with Trauma and Emotional Dysregulation (school counselor focus). Counselors work daily with students who are unable to regulate their emotions. Trauma and ACE’s are a large part of this epidemic and based on brain research, this workshop will help counselors learn how to identify triggers, teach effective coping strategies, and help students go from debilitated to empowered.

Friday, November 20, 2020 | 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

The Core Skills Building Workshops are included in the conference registration fee and are being held at the same time. Each session will be repeated twice, once from 8:30 am – 10:00 am, and again from 10:30am – 12:00pm.

MTSS and School Counseling: How Do They Fit Together?

Emily Goodman-Scott


SPEAKER BIO: Dr. Emily Goodman-Scott is an Associate Professor in Counselor Education and the School Counseling Coordinator at Old Dominion University, in Virginia. As a previous school counselor and special education teacher, Dr. Goodman-Scott has been in education for nearly 15 years. She was a 2018 recipient of the Top 40 Under 40 award for her region, is the current president/chair of the Virginia School Counselor Association, and enjoys speaking at national conferences, invited state association workshops, and school districts trainings. Dr. Goodman-Scott is the lead editor of the 2019 book A School Counselor’s Guide to Multi-tiered Systems of Support, and has co-authored the I Can series of children’s social stories.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Emily as she presents MTSS and School Counseling: How Do They Fit Together? Is MTSS (PBIS/RTI) currently implemented in your school? Is your school considering implementation? Would you like to learn more? MTSS is widely implemented throughout the country and school counselors are often an integral part of implementation. Come to this session to discover the alignment between MTSS and Comprehensive School Counseling Programs (e.g., the ASCA National Model), gaining strategies to maximize your efforts. Work smarter, not harder. The presenter will share school-based examples for implementation and alignment.

Mindful Practices to Help Troubled Teens: Behavioral Interventions to Help Students Succeed

Natalie Spencer Gwyn


SPEAKER BIO: Dr. Natalie Spencer is an Assistant Professor at North Carolina A&T State University. She was previously a high school counselor and student assistance counselor (SAP) for many years before moving into higher education. Dr. Spencer received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She later earned a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from North Carolina State University. Dr. Spencer is the author of Mindful Practices for Helping Troubled Teens. She is also a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of North Carolina, and owns her own private practice, Natalie Spencer Counseling and Consulting. Dr. Spencer has presented her research on the local, state, and national level.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Natalie as she presents Mindful Practices to Help Troubled Teens: Behavioral Interventions to Help Students Succeed. School counselors often encounter students with a variety of behavioral and mental health concerns throughout a day. Mindfulness and mindful interventions have been shown to help students by introducing a variety of skills, such as guided imagery, mindful breathing, and gentle yoga. This presentation is designed to give school counselors tools to implement mindful techniques and help empower students discover their true potential. It will be an exciting and hands on presentation that will introduce counselors to mindfulness techniques and strategies to help all students succeed.

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Lost and Found: Rescuing Our Kids from Video, Screen, Technology, and Gaming Addictions

Kim “Tip” Frank


SPEAKER BIO: Kim “Tip” Frank, longtime school counselor and therapist, has had the privilege of helping thousands of students, formerly as a teacher, and more recently, as a counselor/therapist. Tip worked in the public school setting for over 20 years and now maintains a thriving, private counseling practice. He has authored and coauthored numerous books on topics including ADD/ADHD, anxiety disorders, depression, social skills, grief, technology and gaming addictions, divorce and separation, and presents nationally on these topics.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Tip as he presents Lost and Found: Rescuing Our Kids from Video, Screen, Technology, and Gaming Addictions. With young people increasingly tethered to Smartphones and digital devices, there has been a sharp increase of serious problems such as anxiety and depression. There is also a direct link to other problems such as social skills deficits, exploitation of young people (bullying, predators), raging, violence and addictions not to mention a negative educational impact. Tip lays out eight specific problems that the “iGen” faces in our technology-laden world. He identifies these concerns in stating how to take careful “MEASURES” when teaching young people how to have a healthy relationship with today’s technology. Tip will bring out ideas from his book Lost and Found: Rescuing Our Kids from Video, Screen, Technology, and Gaming Addictions to proactively head off these eight problems. However, if a young person is developing or has an addiction to screens be it social media, video games, etc., clear direction is given on how to get “unplugged” and get the help needed for recovery.

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, November 19, 2020

7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Registration and Information Center Open

8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Exhibits Open

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Session 1

9:30 am – 10:00 am

Exhibitor Break

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Session 2

11:00 am – 11:30 am

Exhibitor Break

11:30 am – 1:15 pm

Keynote Luncheon

1:15 pm – 1:30 pm

Transition Break

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Session 3

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Exhibitor Break

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Session 4

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

ISCA Board Meeting

Friday, November 20, 2020

7:30 am – 2:30 pm

Registration and Information Center Open

8:00 am – 12:30 pm

Exhibits Open

8:30 am – 10:00 am

Core Skills Building Workshop

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Exhibitor Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Core Skills Building Workshop

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm

Awards Luncheon

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Session 5

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Membership Meeting
Immediately following the last session

Attendance certificates will be located in the program (Participant’s Manual) which may be used for PGP and CEU credits if your district accepts this documentation.

A virtual element is being explored for this event. Please check back for more details.

Become a ISCA Member

Save $80 on your conference registration by becoming a member of the ISCA!

Before registering for the conference, please visit the ISCA web page and become a member or renew your annual membership to save.

Supervisor Approval Letter

Do you need help justifying this conference to your Supervisor? Vying for a good funding source can be challenging sometimes. We have created a letter for you (Modeled from ASCA) to customize according to your needs to support your efforts to attend the 2020 ISCA Conference!

FULL Conference
(November 19-20)

(by October 11, 2020)

Professional Member*: $160
Student / Emeritus Member*: $105
Non-Member: $240

(after October 11, 2020)

Professional Member*: $185
Student / Emeritus Member*: $130
Non-Member: $265

ONE-Day Attendance
Thursday OR Friday
(November 19 OR 20)

(by October 11, 2020)

Professional Member*: $110
Student / Emeritus Member*: $75
Non-Member: $190

(after October 11, 2020)

Professional Member*: $135
Student / Emeritus Member*: $100
Non-Member: $215

*You must be a current ISCA Member to receive the Member Price. To take advantage of the discounted Member prices, renew your membership if not current, or become a member for the first time by joining on the ISCA website.

**To qualify for the Early Registration Rate, your registration form AND payment (copy of your purchase order, check, or credit card) must be received or postmarked by the Early Registration cutoff date.  


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MAIL: National Center for Youth Issues, ATTN: ISCA
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Please Note: If we are forced to cancel the ISCA Conference because of a “force majeure” event, such as a government restriction on large gatherings that cover the intended size of the conference, then we will issue full refunds of the registrations. Otherwise, our normal cancellation policy will be upheld: There will be no refunds after November 1, 2020. All cancellations before November 1, 2020 will be refunded less a $25 handling fee. There will be no refunds if you register as a non-member and then later become a member. Please become a member or renew your membership before registering for the conference. The association is not responsible for and cannot give refunds due to problems beyond its control, such as weather and school closings.

On social distancing and other health and safety measures, the regulations/guidelines that apply to hotels and conference centers are still unfolding and being developed. The ISCA Conference will conform to all necessary regulations/guidelines that are in place as of the date of the conference.

Make Hotel Reservations Early! Limited Availability!


Marriott Indianapolis East Hotel and Convention Center

7202 E 21st Street
Indianapolis, IN 46219

The Marriott Hotel has a conference rate of $129 per night, plus tax, which remains valid for reservations made by October 27, 2020, while rooms are available.


  • CALL:  (317) 352-1231 or (888) 236-2427. Please be sure to mention the “Indiana School Counselor Association Conference” room block.
  • REGISTER ONLINE:  Go to the Marriott Hotel website. Then under the Select Your Guest Type drop down choose “Attendee” to start your reservation. 
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Come Learn and Play!

In the evening, make sure you take time to relax and enjoy the surrounding area. Click the images below to see the things to do around the beautiful Marriott Indianapolis East Hotel.

Visit the Fashion Mall at Keystone!

Shop at places like the Ann Taylor or Saks Fifth Avenue and eat at restaurants like Maggianos or The Cheesecake Factory.

Visit the Castleton Square!

Shop at places like Forever 21 or H&M or go to the AMC Theater to catch that movie you have been wanting to see!

We hope this conference will educate and equip you to do your job well, and we also hope you will take advantage of the wonderful ways you can relax and be refreshed!