We are excited to announce that the 2022 MASCA Conference will offer both an in-person experience and a virtual option!

Massachusetts School Counselor Association Conference

April 4-5, 2022

Boston Marriott Newton
2345 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA 02466

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Graduate Student Poster Proposal

MASCA is now accepting proposals for the graduate student poster session at the 2022 MASCA Annual Conference! Interested graduate students can find out more information and submit their proposals using the button below. Proposals are due January 21, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.  Questions about the graduate student poster session can be directed to Maria Letasz.

The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) supports school counselors’ efforts to help students focus on academic, career and social/emotional development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. ASCA provides professional development, publications and other resources, research and advocacy to school counselors around the globe.

For more information please contact Stephanie Wicks, Member Services Manager via email or at 703-683-2722.

QuaverEd, a world leader in online curriculum development, is a Nashville-based provider of innovative education resources, including Social Emotional Learning, General Music, Full-Day Pre-K, Health, and more! Quaver’s comprehensive curricula uses the power of interactivity, humor, and music to engage today’s students. Professional Development and College programs are also available.

For more information please contact Sean Smith via email or at 615.585.0337.

SCUTA is used by school counselors and school districts to develop a data-driven, evidence based school counseling program. It follows the ASCA National Model® recommendations and offers confidential, comprehensive documentation and use of time analysis system. It is an invaluable tool for School Counselors who want to do best practice, keep accurate records and develop a data driven school counseling program.
School Counselors using SCUTA, have the ability to clearly illustrate the nature of their work and school needs with supervisors and stakeholders

For more information please contact Cathy.

Harmony SEL is a social and emotional learning program for Pre-K-6 grade students, accessible online and at no cost. Harmony fosters knowledge, skills, and attitudes boys and girls need to develop healthy identities, create meaningful relationships, and engage productively by providing SEL learning resources, tools, and strategies.

For more information please contact Lindsay Volpe, Ambassador, via email or at 718.673.1794.

We are excited that the 2022 MASCA Conference will offer both an in-person experience and a virtual option! Whether you would like to getaway from your routine or stay in the comfort of your own home we have options for you. See the breakdown for what each offers.

All who register will have access to the virtual conference portal. The virtual conference portal will stream the general sessions live and will have those recorded live sessions available to view about one week following the conference if missed on those dates. The online portal will also have prerecorded breakout sessions covering multiple topics available to view when the conference begins on April 4, 2022. The pre-conference session will only be live and in person. They will not be available with the virtual option.

All sessions in the online portal will be available to view until May 31, 2022.

Monday, April 4th

The Pre-Conference Learning Sessions are only available to in-person attendees. They are not available for the virtual option.

The Pre-Conference Learning Sessions are an additional opportunity 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. 

How Counseling Roles Change in a Time of Crisis: Strategies and Solutions

Karen Gross

Monday, April 4th | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Karen Gross as she presents How Counseling Roles Change in a Time of Crisis: Strategies and Solutions. We are experiencing a continuing Pandemic, school reopenings, vaccination debates/ availability, continued online learning, masking, social distancing, growing family dysfunction, decreased mental wellness within a wide range of individuals and continued exposure to illness/death. These are among the crises that require counselors to reflect differently on the day-to-day work they do. The “usual” counselor roles and responsibilities across PreK — 12 pipeline has shifted and continues to shift because of the needs and unique situations confronting students, parents and educators. Counselors must deploy crisis management tools to navigate effectively, some of which may be new to them. This need comes as many counselors are experiencing burnout, compassion fatigue and secondary or vicarious trauma.

Given these realities, counselors benefit from learning added crisis responsive strategies for use in their work; these enable counselors to better deal with and address the dysregulation, dissociation and overregulation that is being evidenced in schools. Additionally, teachers are increasingly in need of support from counselors for immediate class management issues, student behavioral concerns and their own professional struggles. Trauma anniversaries, which are ubiquitous, require still other approaches. This workshop will provide concrete crisis management strategies and solutions to assist counselors with their work to improve the lives of those with whom they engage.

Anti-Racist School Counseling: From Theory to Practice

Andrea Encarnacao, Manjula Karamcheti, and Tyeshia Weir

Monday, April 4th | 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

 

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Andrea Encarnacao, Manjula Karamcheti, and Tyeshia Weir as they present Anti-Racist School Counseling: From Theory to Practice. The role of the school counselors is to empower and support students, families, and their communities through their work with students and the systems in which they learn and develop. Yet, many school counselors recognize that schools continue to operate in ways that harm Black, Brown and other historically marginalized populations.

As school counselors, we know this, see this, but sometimes we are afraid to speak out, don’t know what to do about, don’t have the data to back us up, get stuck in the day to day of our complex roles, or are exhausted by the isolation we feel trying to do anti-racist work alone.

Together, we will explore what anti-racist school counseling is, what it looks like in practice, and why it matters to our students, schools, districts and profession. As part of this session, topics to be covered include identity, implicit bias, intersectionality.

In consultation with Dr. Connie Chow, Dr. Anjali Deshpande, and Dr. Des Floyd.

Transitioning from Graduate Student to School Counselor: Tips, Tricks, & Insights

Dr. Megan Krell & Kayla Schutte

Monday, April 4th | 9:00 am – 2:30 pm with lunch break

 

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Dr. Megan Krell & Kayla Schutte as they present Transitioning from Graduate Student to School Counselor: Tips, Tricks, & Insights. Calling all graduate students! This session is designed as a pre-conference Graduate Student Institute to help prepare for the job application process and transition to the role of a school counselor. Topics will include: resume and cover letter best practices, interviewing techniques and practice, navigating the licensure and continuing education process, and a panel conversation with new school counselors and administrators from recently hiring districts.

School Counseling Ethics: More Than Simply Right And Wrong

Presented by Melinda Cripps & The MASCA Ethics Committee

Monday, April 4th | 9:00 am – 2:30 pm with lunch break

 

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join the Melissa Cripps and the MASCA Ethics Committee as they present School Counseling Ethics: More Than Simply Right And Wrong. As school counselors, we have all faced certain situations in which the answer lies somewhere within the shades of grey when it comes to right and wrong. We make the best decision based upon the information we have and what seems to be “right” at the time. However, we often miss the opportunity to come together with like-minded individuals in our field and talk about the ethics involved in “tough stuff”, such as parental custody, breaking down barriers to promote diversity and inclusion, Title IX violations and college application, and so much more.

This session will feature a knowledgeable speaker to talk on the topic of what’s new and hot in the world of school counseling ethics. We will explore resources that are available to school counselors, and enjoy discussions using real-world examples and case studies directly from our field. Spend your day in an interactive session with colleagues who are eager to collaborate across districts and expect that you will grow and expand your knowledge and support base for when questions of counseling ethics arise.

Jamison, Robert

How Do You View the World? A Discussion of Diversity and Equity

Robert Jamison

Monday, April 4th | 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*

 

SPEAKER BIO: Robert Jamison is currently the Coordinator of School Counseling Services at the Virginia Beach City Public Schools. He has numerous years of experience as a School Counselor and also as a School Counseling Department Chair. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Virginia as well as his Master of Science in Education in School Counseling and his Education Specialist degrees from Old Dominion University. Mr. Jamison supports school counselors across the state of Virginia as a member of the Board of Directors for the Virginia School Counselor Association. And, he recently served on the Virginia Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, established by Governor McAuliffe in Executive Order 69. Mr. Jamison has spoken at numerous state and national conferences. Whether conducting professional development activities or supporting students and families, Mr. Jamison enjoys working and collaborating with all stakeholders.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Robert as he presents How Do You View the World? A Discussion of Diversity and Equity. The goal of this introspective session is for participants to think about diversity and equity through a more expansive lens. The presenter will review common terms used in schools, classrooms and organizations and how these terms relate to our behaviors. The session will also review things to consider when working with staff and students, and personal stories related to these topics will be shared. Participants will be asked to participate in individual, small and large group activities throughout the presentation.

*Stream live or watch the recorded session later

Robert will also be presenting a breakout session, available only live for in-person attendees.

Roses in Concrete: Emerging through Structural Adversity

John Nwosu

Tuesday, April 5th | 8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.*

 

SPEAKER BIO: John Nwosu is a human developer who believes in helping individuals, families, and communities rise. He grew up in Austell, GA, a city near Atlanta. He is a product of a Nigerian and African-American family with high levels of love, support, and expectations. After years of being entangled with chronic underperformance caused by stress, anxiety, and depression, he graduated from Georgia Southern University with debt and a degree in Chemistry. John is currently the Middle School Counselor of the Year in one of the largest school districts in the nation where he shows scholars how to show up, grow up, glow up, and sow up while also promoting social, economic, and political justice in and outside the classroom. John is a licensed mental health counselor, national speaker and trainer, and the founder of Think D.I.F., LLC (@thinkdiflife, thinkdif.me) which offers uniquely interactive training that focuses on “leading with diversity, inclusion, and fairness.”. He currently lives in Atlanta with his beautiful and amazing wife, Chanelle, and son, John.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join John as he presents Roses in Concrete: Emerging through Structural Adversity. Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature’s law is wrong, it learned to walk without having feet. Our students of color are often roses tasked with emerging from concrete. They face the same challenges and stressors that all plants do. They also endure harm that comes with navigating social systems designed in opposition to their well-being.

People interact in predictable ways that harm students of color regardless of intent. As school counselors, we must deliver services that promote healing from the stress and trauma our students experience. We must also teach skills to help them navigate and change their environment.

In this interactive session we will explore ways to transform obstructive concrete to fertile soil that has more pathways to well-being for all students. After, participants should be able to…

  1. Discuss the importance of multi domain, multi-tiered systems of support (MDMTSS)
  2. Identify relationships between well-being and social justice
  3. Use data to align school counseling programs with the needs of students

*Stream live or watch the recorded session later

John will also be presenting a breakout session, available only live for in-person attendees.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

 

Monday, April 4, 2022

8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Registration Open

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Pre-Conference Session*
How Counseling Roles Change in a Time of Crisis

9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Pre-Conference Session*
Anti-Racist School Counseling

9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Pre-Conference Session*
Transitioning from Graduate Student to School Counselor

9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Pre-Conference Session*
School Counseling Ethics

2:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Exhibits Open

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Opening Workshop Session**
Robert Jamison

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

60th Anniversary Party

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Registration Open

7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Exhibits Open

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

MASCA President’s Welcome and Keynote Address**
John Nwosu

9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors & Grad Posters

9:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

Breakout Session #1

10:20 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors & Grad Posters

10:40 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Breakout Session #2

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors & Grad Posters

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Awards Ceremony and Update from the MA Commissioner of Education**

12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors & Grad Posters

1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Breakout Session #3

1:50 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors & Grad Posters

2:05 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Breakout Session #4

2:55 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Transition Break

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

MASCA General Session Meeting

*The pre-conference sessions are live only for the in-person experience. They are not available for the virtual option.
**Stream live or watch the recorded session later

Become a MASCA Member!

Please visit the MASCA website and become a member or renew your annual membership. Please contact MASCA directly for all membership questions.

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 2022 MASCA Conference!

IN-PERSON REGISTRATION

MAIN Conference
(April 4-5)

IN PERSON – EARLY REGISTRATION***
(by February 4, 2022)

Professional Member*: $145
Student Member*: $85
Retiree Member*: $85
Non-Member**: $190

IN PERSON – STANDARD REGISTRATION
(after February 4, 2022)

Professional Member*: $160
Student Member*: $95
Retiree Member*: $95
Non-Member**: $205

Pre-Conference
(April 4)

IN PERSON – REGISTRATION

Professional Member*: $65
Student Member*: $50
Retiree Member*: $50
Non-Member: $85

VIRTUAL REGISTRATION

MAIN Conference
(April 4-5)

VIRTUAL – EARLY REGISTRATION***
(by February 4, 2022)

Professional Member*: $130
Student Member*: $70
Retiree Member*: $70
Non-Member**: $175

VIRTUAL – STANDARD REGISTRATION
(after February 4, 2022)

Professional Member*: $145
Student Member*: $80
Retiree Member*: $80
Non-Member**: $190

Pre-Conference
(April 4)

Not Available

*Your MASCA membership must be good through April 5, 2022 to qualify for these rates.

**If you register for the Main Conference as a Non-Member you will receive a complimentary MASCA membership. Pre-Conference Only registration does not include a complimentary MASCA membership.

***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.  

REGISTRATIONS CAN NOT BE PROCESSED WITHOUT PAYMENT. PLEASE SEND PAYMENT AND REGISTRATION FORM(S) TOGETHER.

Paying with a Credit Card?

Choose one of these options:

  • ONLINE
  • Scan and EMAIL Registration Form(s)
  • FAX Registration Form(s)
  • MAIL Registration Form(s)
  • PHONE

Paying with a Purchase Order?

Choose one of these options:

  • Scan and EMAIL PO with the Registration Form(s)
  • FAX PO with the Registration Form(s)
  • MAIL PO with the Registration Form(s)

*Purchase orders must be made payable to National Center for Youth Issues.

Paying with a Check?

  • MAIL check with the Registration Form(s)

*Checks must be made payable to National Center for Youth Issues.

EMAIL: registrations@ncyi.org

FAX: (423) 899-4547

PHONE: (866) 318-6294

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

The Attendee will receive an email confirmation to the email address provided when their registration is processed. (Make sure to check Junk/Spam folders.) Please allow ample time for processing.

The sponsors of the conference receive registrant contact information.

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Or print out a registration form to send in with your payment.

Please Note: If we are forced to cancel the MASCA 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 March 4, 2022. All cancellations before March 4, 2022 will be refunded less a $25 handling fee. If you transfer your registration from Virtual to In Person (or vice-versa), a $25 transaction fee will apply. 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 MASCA 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!

HOST HOTEL:

Boston Marriott Newton

2345 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA 02466

 

All events of the Conference will be located at the Boston Marriott Newton. Standard rooms at the hotel may be reserved at a special conference rate of $149 plus tax. This rate is valid through March 18, 2022.

TO MAKE HOTEL RESERVATIONS:

  • CALL: (800) 228-9290 or (617) 969-1000. Please be sure to mention the Massachusetts School Counselor Association.
  • REGISTER ONLINE: Make reservations on the Marriott website.

Come Learn and Play!

Newton, Massachusetts is a vibrant community comprised of 13 distinctive villages. If looking for some retail therapy check out The Shops at Chestnut Hill, with wonderful places like Ann Taylor, Bloomingdales, Sephora and The Cheesecake Cake Factory. You can also visit a charming shopping area know as The Street, which has 15 independently owned boutiques and eateries. Tour the prestigious Boston College or visit one of the many museums and historic homes. There is tons to do around Newton, so you can work and play!

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!