February 20-22, 2019
Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa – Lexington, KY

The Pre-Conference Learning Sessions include additional opportunities for more professional development and CEU contact hours. The sessions generally cover more in-depth information and allow more opportunity for discussion. These sessions are not included in the conference registration fee. Sessions are at a minimal fee. Space is limited for all sessions. Interested participants are encouraged to register early.

All Pre-Conference sessions are being held at the same time, so you may only choose one session to attend.

King, Lisa

Teaching Growth Mindset in Schools: Mindset Matters

Lisa King

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


SPEAKER BIO: Lisa King, Ed.S, LPC has worked with students developing and using innovative practices as a school counselor for 20 years. She has won numerous awards in her district and presented her programs at local and national conferences. Lisa has previously authored many books including Integrating Growth Mindset in Schools, Mindset Matters, Making the Link, Teaching Career Essentials and How to Create A College Day. She is excited to present this new school counseling curriculum that incorporates Growth Mindset concepts into classroom and small group lessons. Lisa lives in Marietta, GA with her husband and daughter.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Lisa as she presents Teaching Growth Mindset in Schools: Mindset Matters. Are you interested in learning more about Growth Mindset? This session will review how Carol Dweck’s research-based theory can be infused into your school to improve student success. Come learn about a new curriculum, Mindset Matters which uses the letters in the word MINDSET to frame your lessons: Mindfulness, Identify Brain Basics, Not Yet is OK, Determination/Grit, Self-Talk, Everyone’s Unique, and Teaching Others. Since these concepts align with social/emotional, academic and career domains, you will walk away with a clear way to structure your year of lessons/groups and have student outcomes to show the success that comes from teaching about growth mindset.

Dean, Amie

Behavior Interventions that Work

Amie Dean

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


SPEAKER BIO: Amie Dean, M.Ed., B.A. has worked in education for 21 years. She has experience teaching at all levels, and has taught both special and general education. She was with Fulton County Schools (GA) for ten years, four of which she provided support to teachers and students as the Student Support/RTI Coordinator for her middle school. She holds a Masters degree in Education and is Nationally Board Certified as an Exceptional Needs Specialist. With 21 years experience as an educator and 10 years as a professional consultant, Amie has worked with thousands of teachers, counselors and administrators in over 250 districts to improve best practices in behavior support, student engagement, and differentiated instruction. Amie has trained with Dr. Rick DuFour, Dr. Kay Burke, Dr. Spencer Kagan, Dr. Ruby Payne, and many others.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Amie as she presents, Behavior Interventions that Work. Counselors and Educators throughout the country are facing questions they never thought they would have to ask. “Why are students giving up so easily?” “Why can’t I get them to comply?” This session is designed to provide counselors, teachers, and administrators with research based strategies to employ immediately to create a positive school climate. These are practical, hands-on strategies to use with students who have suffered trauma, have behavior challenges, or just need positive interactions to motivate them to put forth increased effort AND develop self belief.

Be the One

Dr. John Hodge

Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 9:45 a.m.


SPEAKER BIO: Dr. John W. Hodge’s career has been defined by assisting students and teachers with overcoming obstacles and achieving goals. He has served as an inspirational speaker across the United States and has been a guest lecturer at Christopher Newport University, Hampton University, North Carolina A&T State University and George Washington University. Dr. Hodge is a trained facilitator for the (SREB) Leadership Initiative Modules “Leading Assessment and Instruction” and “Creating a High Performance Learning Culture”, and a trained assessor and facilitator in the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) “Developing the 21st Century Principal” program.
Dr. Hodge is the president and co-founder of Urban Learning and Leadership Center (ULLC), an organization focused on student achievement and reduction of the achievement gap. He has served as a reading teacher, English teacher, AVID teacher, Assistant Principal and Associate Director of AVID Center Eastern Division. He served as Director of An Achievable Dream Academy, an inner city school that piloted many of the interventions used by Urban Learning and Leadership Center. An Achievable Dream Academy is a high performing, high poverty school that has received numerous national awards.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Dr. Hodge as he presents BE THE ONE! He will discuss how the education of America’s youth is a challenging prospect when one considers the many burdens faced by impoverished children and their families. Research indicates that poverty need not be a barrier to academic excellence. As co-author of the book Standing in the Gap, Dr. Hodge states, “Across the nation, schools are demonstrating that it can be done: That students can reach high standards, that all children can succeed, that the gap between white and minority students, poor and affluent, can be closed.” More often than not, one caring adult can make all the difference in the world. Dr. Hodge’s presentation will encourage all of us to BE THE ONE!

Exploring the Challenge of Mental Health Disorders in the School Setting: What Can School Counselors Do?

Richard Van Acker

Friday, February 22, 2019 | 10:45 a.m.


SPEAKER BIO: Dr. Richard Van Acker is an Emeritus Professor of Special Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Dr. Van Acker began his career in education as a high school math and science teacher. His ability to work effectively with troubled youth resulted in his becoming a teacher of students with emotional and behavioral disorders. He also worked as a child care worker in a residential treatment center for children and youth with emotional disorders. Since earning his doctorate, Rick has been engaged in teacher education at the UIC. His research explores the development of antisocial behavior in children – attempting to identify effective prevention and intervention strategies. Rick has served as president of the International Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (a Division of the Council for Exceptional Children). Rick’s research has been published in over 100 professional journal articles, book chapters, monographs and books.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Dr. Acker for Exploring the Challenge of Mental Health Disorders in the School Setting: What Can School Counselors Do? This keynote address will explore some of the most common mental health disorders displayed by children and youth. It has been estimated that 1 in 5 students attending the public schools of our nation display a diagnosable mental health disorder. Over half of the individuals who will ever display a mental health disorder sometime in their lives will begin to show significant symptoms before the age of 14. Unfortunately, the vast majority of these students will not be identified as displaying a mental health disorder and most often will receive no appropriate services. In fact, the most common response in in the school setting for the display of symptomatic behavior is punishment (despite efforts to employ positive practices in the school). Practical school-based practices and empirically supported intervention efforts will be highlighted.

Post-Conference Opportunity

Join Richard Van Acker for a “deeper dive” into his keynote presentation topic, Exploring the Challenge of Mental Health Disorders in the School Setting: What Can School Counselors Do?

Friday, February 22, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Tentative Schedule

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Registration & Information Center Open

12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

KSCA Bookstore Open

12:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Exhibits Open

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Pre-Conference Sessions

Thursday, February 21, 2019

7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Registration & Information Center Open

7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Exhibits Open

7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Light Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Breakout Session 1

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Break with Exhibitors

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Opening Keynote Session with John Hodge

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Break with Exhibitors

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Breakout Session 2

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Box lunches or cold cut buffet

1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Break with Exhibitors

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Breakout Session 3

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Break with Exhibitors

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Breakout Session 4

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Awards Dinner

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Meet and Greet / Networking Reception

Friday, February 22, 2019

7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Registration & Information Center Open

7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Exhibits Open

7:45 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

Light Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Breakout Session 5

9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Break with Exhibitors

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Breakout Session 6

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Break with Exhibitors

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Closing Keynote Session with Richard Van Acker


1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

“Deeper Dive” into Exploring the Challenge of Mental Health Disorders in a School Setting
with Richard Van Acker

The conference has been approved for up to 14 hours of EILA this year! 

  • One credit for each keynote session.
  • Six credits for the general conference hours. Three credits for the pre-conference session if you attend one.
  • Three credits for the FREE post-conference session that will be offered by Dr. Van Acker.

EILA Certificates will be available on-site.

Those seeking NBCC credit may pick up their form at the registration table.

All registrations include KSCA membership!

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 2019 KSCA Conference!

Main Conference
(February 21-22, 2019)

(by Nov. 30, 2018 Dec. 7, 2018)

Professional / Affiliate Member with Membership Included: $185
Graduate Student / Retiree / Emeritus with Membership Included: $85

(Dec. 8, 2018 – Feb. 8, 2019)

Professional / Affiliate Member with Membership Included: $205
Graduate Student / Retiree / Emeritus with Membership Included: $105

(after Feb. 8, 2019)

Professional / Affiliate Member with Membership Included: $235
Graduate Student / Retiree / Emeritus with Membership Included: $135

(February 20, 2019)


Professional / Affiliate Member: $50
Graduate Student / Retiree / Emeritus: $40

All registrations include access to the Awards Dinner on Thursday night!

*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.  



Online registration is now closed. But we have room for you! Just come to the Conference with your purchase order, or credit card, check or cash and you can register on-site in just a couple minutes!

Please make your purchase order to: National Center for Youth Issues. Fax, Mail or Scan & Email the purchase order and registration form(s).
Please make your check payable to: National Center for Youth Issues. Mail the check and registration form(s) to the address above.

QUESTIONS?? Contact NCYI at 866.318.6294 or email or

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY: There will be no refunds after February 1, 2019. All cancellations before February 1, 2019 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.

Make Hotel Reservations Early! Limited Availability!


Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa

1800 Newtown Pike
Lexington, KY 40511


The Marriott Resort, the Conference’s host hotel, has a conference rate of $130 per night, plus tax, which remains valid for reservations made by February 5, 2019, while rooms are available. (Please note that when reserving your stay you will be charged an additional $15.00 resort fee on top of the nightly rate of $130 plus taxes. However, this charge will be removed on site.


In the evening, make sure you take time to relax and enjoy the surrounding area. Click the images to see the things to do around the beautiful Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa.

Visit the Hamburg Pavilion, just minutes away from the Marriott!

You can sit back and relax at the many restaurants at the Hamburg Pavilion, such as Logan’s Roadhouse, Tekka, and Old Chicago, along with others.

At the Hamburg Pavilion enjoy shopping at the White House / Black Market, DSW, Bath & Body Works, and many more!

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!

Management support provided by

National Center for Youth Issues