April 5-6, 2021

Boston Marriott Newton
2345 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA 02466


Graduate Student Poster Proposal

MASCA is now accepting proposals for the graduate student poster session at the 2021 MASCA Annual Conference! Interested graduate students can find out more information and submit their proposals using the button below. Proposals are due December 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.  Questions about the graduate student poster session can be directed to Maria Letasz.

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

Allison Edwards

Monday, April 5th | 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.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 be presenting a breakout session:

Approaching Anxiety: How (and When!) Educators Can Intervene

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Anxiety is the #1 mental health disorder in the country and affects nearly 30% of students. Each day students walk into classrooms with upset stomachs, sweaty palms and minds spinning with fear-based thoughts. Learn how to recognize anxiety in children, how to support anxiety in neurologically diverse classrooms, and how to talk to parents about student anxiety. Educators will leave the session with confidence to identify issues to address inside the classroom and how to work with outside professionals to help anxious children begin to thrive.

Taylor, Julia

Mental Health Literacy: Raising Awareness to Provoke Change

Julia Taylor

Tuesday, April 6th | 8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.


SPEAKER BIO: Dr. Julia V. Taylor is an assistant professor at the University of Virginia. She was previously the Dean of Student Services for the Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy, a public, all girls’ school located in Raleigh, NC. Originating from the Washington, DC area, Julia received her undergrad degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Health Education from George Mason University. She received her masters in Psychology with a concentration in School Counseling from Marymount University. Julia received her  doctorate from Virginia Commonwealth University in Counselor Education and Supervision.

Julia is the author of many books: The Body Image Workbook for Teens, The Bullying Workbook for Teens, Salvaging Sisterhood, G.I.R.L.S: Group Counseling Activities for Enhancing Social and Emotional Development, and a children’s book, Perfectly You. She frequently presents her research and experiences with educators, parents, and students at the national level.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Julia as she presents Mental Health Literacy: Raising Awareness to Provoke Change. Current research indicates that 1 in 5 students will experience a mental illness before the age of 25, with symptomology beginning during adolescence. The lifelong trajectories for these conditions can be greatly improved with early identification and intervention. School counselors are ideal to provide Tier 1 programming to reduce stigma, promote help-seeking behavior, and enhance mental health literacy for youth. This session will provide an overview of current research and best practices to address the topic, along a plethora of suggestions and advocacy resources.

Expected session outcomes:

  • Participants will examine stigma-reducing strategies associated with mental health conditions.
  • Participant will learn how to improve help-seeking behavior among youth and bystanders.
  • Participants will understand early identification strategies to share with parents/caregivers, teachers, administration, and other educational stakeholders.
  • Participants will learn how to utilize connections with community service boards and outside mental health providers.

Julia will also be presenting a breakout session:

Strengthening Sisterhood: Empowering Girls to Resist Societal Pressures, Fight Unrealistic Media Standards, and Develop a Healthy Body Image

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Today’s standards of beauty are unrealistic and unattainable. It’s not a coincidence that body image disturbances are widespread, contagious, and toxic. Girls are inundated with confusing messages that often interfere with their ability to learn, lead, and develop authentic relationships. This session will address these important issues, with a focus on helping girls develop leadership skills to combat and revive a generation that has become exhausted by body bashing, social media saturation, and the myth of perfection.

Expected session outcomes:

  • Participants will have a clear understanding of body image, media literacy, and the pressures girls face on a daily basis.
  • Participants will learn how to creatively assist girls and their families in developing leadership skills that promote a healthy and balanced life.
  • Participants will learn specific counseling techniques to empower girls to rise above our cultural standards of success.
  • Participants will learn tools to teach girls to assertively advocate for themselves.
  • Participants will be provided with a plethora of resources that can easily be integrated into a comprehensive school counseling program.



Monday, April 5 , 2021

2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Registration Open

2:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Exhibits Open

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Pre-Conference Keynote Session – Allison Edwards

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

President’s Reception

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

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.


7:45 a.m.

President’s Welcome

8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Keynote Address – Julia Taylor

9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Visit Exhibitors and Grad Posters

9:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

Morning Learning Session 1

10:20 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

Exhibitor Break

10:40 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Morning Learning Session 2

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Visit Exhibitors and Grad Posters

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Awards Luncheon

12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Visit Exhibitors and Grad Posters

1:15 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.

Afternoon Learning Session 1

2:05 p.m. – 2:25 p.m.

Coffee Break with Exhibitors

2:25 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Afternoon Learning Session 2

3:25 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Door Prizes and Giveaways

3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

MASCA General Session Meeting

PDP Information

MASCA is an approved PDP provider. Attendees can earn up to 12.5 hours of PDPs by attending the Full Conference on April 5-6, 2021. PDP forms will be provided onsite during the conference.

Become a MASCA Member!

Please visit the MASCA website and become a member or renew your annual 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 2021 MASCA Conference!

FULL Conference
(April 5-6)

(by February 5, 2021)

Professional Member*: $135
Student Member*: $75
Retiree Member*: $75
Non-Member**: $180

(after February 5, 2021)

Professional Member*: $150
Student Member*: $85
Retiree Member*: $85
Non-Member**: $195

Pre-Conference ONLY
(April 5)


Professional Member*: $60
Student Member*: $45
Retiree Member*: $45
Non-Member: $80

*Your MASCA membership must be good through April 6, 2021 to qualify for these rates.

**If you register for the FULL 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.  


Paying with a Credit Card?

Choose one of these options:

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

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.


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.

Please Note: There will be no refunds after March 12, 2021. All cancellations before March 12, 2021 will be refunded less a $25 handling fee. 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!


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 $129 plus tax. This rate is valid through March 19, 2021.


  • 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!