LSSSCA 2018 Conference


Army and ROTC
Universal Technical Institute (UTI)

Mixed Messages: The Changing Face of Discipline

Dan St. Romain

Monday, November 5, 2018 | 12:00 p.m.


SPEAKER BIO:  Dan St. Romain is a national educational consultant who provides staff development and consultative services to educators K-12. Dan is passionate about helping individuals shift their perspective on behavior, understanding the best ways to provide support given the challenges posed in today’s society. He regularly presents on topics impacting school climate, brain-based instruction, developmentally appropriate educational practices and presentation skills. Dan’s overwhelming strength is his skill as a presenter. Although his sessions are exceedingly interactive and engaging, his greatest asset lies in his ability to offer participants rich insight into the connectedness between educational practices and student behavior.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Dan as he presents Mixed Messages: The Changing Face of Discipline. Toto, you’re not in Kansas anymore! It seems like more and more, discipline issues are the main topic of conversation in the school setting. In this interactive session, participants examine the main influences impacting behavior over the last few decades, and discuss implications for best practices as a result.

Sunday, November 4, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Pre-Conference Learning Sessions include additional opportunities for more professional development and CPE 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.

Reeves, Melissa

Suicide and Non-Suicidal Self-Injury: Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention

Dr. Melissa Reeves

Sunday, November 4, 2018 | 2:00 p.m.


SPEAKER BIO:  Dr. Melissa Reeves, Ph.D., NCSP, LPC served as the 2016-2017 President of the National Association of School Psychologists. She is currently an Associate Professor at Winthrop University, SC in the psychology department and school psychology graduate program. Dr. Reeves is a nationally certified school psychologist, licensed special education teacher, licensed professional counselor, and former district coordinator of social/emotional/behavioral services. She has over 20 years’ experience working in public schools and a private school, in addition to providing mental health services in day and residential treatment settings. Dr. Reeves is a co-author of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention and Intervention curriculum, former Chair of the NASP School Safety and Crisis Response Committee which provides consultation and support to school districts across the country after large scale crisis events including school shootings and natural disasters. She travels both nationally and internationally training professionals in the areas of crisis prevention through recovery, threat and suicide assessment, the impact of trauma and PTSD on academic achievement, and cognitive behavior therapy in the school setting.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Melissa as she presents Suicide and Non-Suicidal Self-Injury: Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention. This workshop will discuss current statistics and legal cases, early identification of warning signs, primary prevention strategies to break the code of silence, an overview of suicide assessment models and procedures, and strategies for intervention and postvention activities, including those to prevent contagion. Emphasis will also be placed on school-based response and intervention on behalf of students who engage in non-suicidal, self-injurious (NSSI) behavior.

It’s OK Not to Be OK: How to Handle Compassion Fatigue and Being Overwhelmed

Dr. Kristen Guillory

Sunday, November 4, 2018 | 2:00 p.m.


SPEAKER BIO: Dr. Kristen Guillory is the owner of a consulting and coaching firm and a mental health specialist for the Second Chance Community Improvement Program. She authored Walking Through the Fog Holding on to Hope When You Can’t See the Sun. Dr. Guillory has taught at 4 universities and founded many community initiatives. She is a sought after inspirational speaker and professional development trainer who uses her own life experiences, contagious enthusiasm, dance and a touch of humor to motivate, challenge and inspire.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Very often the answer to the question “How are you doing?” is “Fine”, but how many are truly “Fine”. Throughout the day counselors assist students who aren’t ok while putting their mental health and self care on the back burner. Counselors often hear student stories that leave them overwhelmed; possibly not realizing that what they are experiencing is OK and is called Compassion Fatigue, which is a form of secondary trauma. In this interactive session, It’s OK Not to Be OK: How to Handle Compassion Fatigue and Being Overwhelmed, Dr. Guillory will share some of her story that led her to realizing it’s ok not to be ok. She will guide participants through intentional activities in order to discuss compassion fatigue, the power of being heard and how to ask for help as a helper. There is often a sense of guilt when one takes a break. In this session Dr. Guillory will also assist participants in the development of a burnout prevention/intervention plan and how to actually implement it! Some of Dr. Brene Browns’ study on vulnerability and self-judgment commentary on asking for help will be incorporated. Dr. Guillory’s heart for this work is to remind counselors of their immense value, worth and to help them recognize they don’t have to be “fine” all of the time, while providing tips and tools to assist. Oh and by the way, there will be music and possibly some DANCING.

Griffith, Karen

Academic Support Groups

Dr. Karen Griffith

Sunday, November 4, 2018 | 2:00 p.m.


SPEAKER BIO: Karen Griffith, PhD, LPC, worked in public education for 35 years, 27 as a school counselor, earning multiple state and national recognitions. Now retired, she works at the University of Georgia as an Assistant Professor (Term-Limited) in the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services, and with ASCA as a trainer on the national model, Lead RAMP Reviewer, and Peer Reviewer for the Journal of Counseling and Development. She has authored three books and several articles, and speaks at state and national conferences on a variety of topics. Her primary area of research is around resiliency.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Meeting the needs of students who are struggling with academic performance can be challenging. It is important to discover the unique needs of the underperforming students and then deliver the best possible counselor intervention. Dr. Griffith offers four main approaches to academic support: Goal Work, Enhancing Personal Motivation, Focus on Future, and Study Skills. Groups are offered around each of these approaches. Join Dr. Karen Griffith as she presents Academic Support Groups as she offers ideas on how to assess underperforming students, place each in the best academic support group, and deliver a worthwhile group experience around the primary topic.

Tentative Schedule

Sunday, November 4, 2018

1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Registration Open

1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Exhibits Open

2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Pre-Conference Learning Session

Monday, November 5, 2018

7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Registration Open

7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Exhibits Open

8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Opening Kickoff Session

9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors

9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m

Breakout (Program) Session 1

10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors

10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Breakout (Program) Session 2

11:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors

12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Keynote Speaker – Dan St. Romain

1:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors

1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Breakout (Program) Session 3

2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors

3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Breakout (Program) Session 4

4:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Breakout (Program) Session 5

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

President’s Reception (Embassy Suites Atrium)

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Exhibits Open

8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

Breakout (Program) Session 6

9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors

9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Breakout (Program) Session 7

10:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m

Break – Final Chance to Visit Exhibitors

11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Final Closing Celebration: Awards Ceremony, Annual Meeting, Closing PowerPoint Show and Door Prizes!

(SBEC CPE #902-466):

12.5 SBEC CPE hours available

12.5 LPC CPE hours available

Become a LSSSCA Member!

Save $50 on your conference registration by becoming a LSSSCA member for $30. Simply add the LSSSCA Membership to your total (see below).

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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 2018 LSSSCA Conference!

FULL Conference
(November 5-6)

(by September 14, 2018)

Professional Member*: $130
Student / Retiree Member*: $90
Non-Member: $180

(after September 14, 2018)

Professional Member*: $150
Student / Retiree Member*: $110
Non-Member: $200

(November 4)

(by September 14, 2018)

Member*: $45
Non-Member: $85

(after September 14, 2018)

Member*: $60
Non-Member: $95

*You must be a current LSSSCA Member to receive the Member Price. To take advantage of the discounted Member prices, renew your membership if not current, or if becoming a member for the first time, add a LSSSCA Membership to your total below.

**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 check or purchase order payable to:

National Center for Youth Issues
P.O. Box 22185
Chattanooga, TN 37422-2185

QUESTIONS?? Contact NCYI at 866.318.6294 or email or

Please note: There will be no refunds after October 12, 2018. All cancellations before October 12, 2018 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!


Embassy Suites Dallas Frisco Hotel Convention Center and Spa

7600 John Q Hammons Drive
Frisco, TX 75034

The Embassy Suites, the Conference’s host hotel, has a conference rate of $155 per night, plus tax, which remains valid for reservations made by October 19, 2018, while rooms are available. The price includes full, cook-to-order breakfast and evening Manager’s Reception.


  • CALL:  (972) 712-7200 or (800) 362-2779. Please be sure to tell the hotel that you are with the “Lone Star State School Counselor Association 2018” group and mention the group code “LSS“.
  • REGISTER ONLINE:  Go to the Embassy Suites website
LSSSCA 2018 Embassy Hotel

If the Embassy Suites hotel is full, we have opened a room block at a new hotel within easy walking distance from the Embassy Suites!


Hilton Garden Inn

7550 Gaylord Parkway
Frisco, TX 75034

The Hilton Garden Inn has a conference rate of $155 per night, plus tax, which remains valid for reservations made by October 24, 2018, while rooms are available. 


  • CALL:  (469) 362-8485. Please be sure to tell the hotel that you are with the “Lone Star State School Counselor Association 2018” group and mention the group code “LSS“.
  • REGISTER ONLINE:  Go to the Hilton Garden Inn website

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 Embassy Suites.

Visit the Stonebriar Centre, one mile from the Embassy Suites!

You can sit back and relax at the many restaurants at the Stonebriar, such as Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen, Perry’s Steakhouse and Grill, and Dave and Busters, along with others.

The Stonebriar Centre also has an AMC movie theater, so you can finally watch that movie you have been wanting to see.

At the Stonebriar enjoy shopping at the Sam Moon, Williams & Sonoma, Coach, Yankee Candle, Sephora, Forever 21, Barnes & Noble, 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!