November 3-5, 2019

Embassy Suites and Frisco Convention Center
7600 John Q Hammons Drive
Frisco, TX 75034


Army and ROTC

Sunday, November 3, 2019 | 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.

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

Allison Edwards

Sunday, November 3, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

SPEAKER BIO: Allison Edwards LPC, RPT is an affiliate professor in the Human Development Counseling department at Vanderbilt University, the author of Why Smart Kids Worry and Worry Says What? and the creator of Anxiety Tracker an iPhone app that helps track anxiety. 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 for 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.

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

Dr. Natalie Spencer Gwyn

Sunday, November 3, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


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 Dr. Spencer 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.

Dinwiddie, Rodger

Bullying and Normal Conflict: Recognizing the Difference and What to Do About It!

Rodger Dinwiddie

Sunday, November 3, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


SPEAKER BIO: Rodger Dinwiddie has been the CEO STARS-Nashville, an evidenced-based Student Assistance Program as recognized by the National Registry of Evidenced-based Programs and Practices, since 1986. Prior to joining STARS, Rodger served as the Executive Director of a nonprofit organization working with juvenile court referrals. He also was a classroom teacher in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools for 7 years. Rodger is also a Certified Prevention Specialist – Level II. He is a certified trainer and Olweus Technical Assistance Consultant for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program and Safe Dates Program, and he serves as the Tennessee State Olweus Coordinator in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education, Clemson University, and Hazelden Educational Publishing, where he currently provides consultation in the areas of best practices in bullying prevention and intervention, school climate improvement, and the development of social emotional competencies. In addition, he provides consultation to both businesses and school districts to assist leaders in building strong(er) relationships in the workplace. Rodger is also the Past-President of the International Bullying Prevention Association. He and former CEO of Oasis Center, Hal Cato, were named Nashvillians of the Year by the Nashville Scene for their work in the collaboration and development of the Youth Opportunity Center, a partnership between Oasis Center and STARS.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Rodger as he presents Bullying and Normal Conflict: Recognizing the Difference and What to Do About It!. This presentation will discuss how bullying is a common, sometime severe form of school violence, often misidentified and underreported. As statistics report the harmful impact of bullying on academics, it is imperative that adults and students be equipped with the skills to address this critical social issue. This presentation will focus on the facts and myths of bullying, how to identify and confront perpetrators, cyber bullying issues, and how to help victims of bullies.

Hey, We Can Do This! Getting It Right on Mental Health

Tara Rolstad

Monday, November 4, 2019 | 12:00 p.m. 


SPEAKER BIO: Tara Rolstad is an advocate, author and comedian who helps audiences better understand the experiences of those who struggle with mental health and their families, and guides communities to become safer, more effective and loving for those with mental health challenges. Because mental health affects everyone… with a brain.
Tara is also the founder and director of Shattering Stigma with Stories: Understanding Mental Health, producing mental health conferences for school districts, faith communities, and other organizations that have reached more than 1500 people. She has also performed stand-up comedy around the Pacific Northwest with Stand Up for Mental Health and Mental Health at the Mic, and is co-author of the book No, Really, We WANT You to Laugh: Mental Illness and Stand-Up Comedy: Transforming Lives.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Tara as she presents Hey, We Can Do This! Getting It Right on Mental Health. When mental illness happens to someone we know, often we don’t know what to do. Tara shares her inspiring story of raising nieces with severe mental illness, and what she learned about the needs of families and individuals struggling with mental illness. In this session, you will learn easy ways you can help, whether it’s a student, colleague, friend, neighbor, or a member of your own family, and practical tips on how you and your organization can make simple changes to more effectively serve families and individuals living with mental illness.

Tentative Schedule

Sunday, November 3, 2019

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 4, 2019

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

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 5, 2019

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!


12.5 SBEC CPE hours available (#902-466)

12.5 LPC CPE hours available (2740)

12.5 SW CPE hours available (7607)

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).

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 LSSSCA Conference!

FULL Conference
(November 4-5)

(by September 13, 2019)

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

(after September 13, 2019)

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

(November 3)

(by September 13, 2019)

Member*: $45
Non-Member: $85

(after September 13, 2019)

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 Closed

The online registration portal is now closed, but we will be accepting on-site registration at the event. Please bring the Registration Form (see below to download) with your method of payment to the conference.

Please make your check or purchase order payable to:
National Center for Youth
PO Box 22185
Chattanooga, TN 37422-2185

QUESTIONS?? Contact NCYI at 866.318.6294 or email or

Cancellation Policy: There will be no refunds after October 11, 2019. All cancellations before October 11, 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!


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 $159 per night, plus tax, which remains valid for reservations made by October 19, 2019, 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 2019” group and mention the group code “LSS“.
  • REGISTER ONLINE:  Go to the Embassy Suites website
LSSSCA 2018 Embassy Hotel


Hilton Garden Inn Dallas/Frisco

7550 Gaylord Pkwy
Frisco TX 75034

The Hilton Garden Inn, within easy walking distance from the Embassy Suites, has a conference rate of $159 per night, plus tax, which remains valid for reservations made by October 19, 2019, while rooms are available. The group rate includes a Continental Breakfast Buffet for up to 2 Registered Guests per night stayed.


  • CALL:  (469) 362-8485. Please be sure to tell the hotel that you are with the “Lone Star State School Counselor Association 2019” group and mention the group code “LSS“.
  • REGISTER ONLINE:  Go to the Hilton Garden 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!