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April 5-6, 2021

Thank you for attending our first MASCA Online. We hope to see you next year!

For more information about the MA National Guard please contact MSG Geoffrey Allen via email or at 339.202.9008.

For more information contact Sean McDonough via email.

DialCare is a virtual and telephonic counseling service. You can give your students ages 11 and older access to mental health assistance no matter where they are. Members can use their phone, tablet or computer for sessions with mental health professionals from the comfort of their home or on the go. Let our mental health professionals help give you peace of mind.\

For more information contact Becca Bean, Assistant Vice President via email.

Our mission of college affordability since our founding has been to help Massachusetts students and families access and afford higher education and reach financial goals through education programs, tax-advantaged savings plans, low-cost loans, and expert guidance. All of our work aligns with our ever-present goal to support the independence, growth, and success of Massachusetts residents.

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.

For more than 40 years, students and their families have trusted The Princeton Review to help them get into their dream schools. Our mission is to provide customized, cutting-edge tutoring, test-prep, and admissions products and services to help students achieve their academic goals. The college admission process has been shaken up over the last year and students are coming into it with a lot of questions. We’re eager to help you support your students in whatever way we can.

To learn more, contact the local College Prep Specialist Stephanie Sim via email or call at 857.226.0136.

Porter and Chester Institute is helping committed students attain rewarding careers through industry-modeled, student-centered, training and support of the highest caliber. Our program offerings lead to diplomas in the Automotive, Computer, Cosmetology, Healthcare and Skilled Trades fields and prepare graduates for professional certifications in those fields.

For more information please contact Ray Shortt via email or at 860.414.5495

At Bay Path University education empowers undergraduate women to become leaders in their careers and communities with an innovative approach to learning that prepares students to flourish in a constantly changing world. Our women-only undergraduate programs are offered both on-campus and online, providing a flexible, 21st-century. Bay Path students find a supportive and diverse community, close mentoring, and rigorous preparation for success in a complex and globally interdependent society. Students graduate with the applied knowledge, portable skillset, and confidence to thrive in their professions, identify and realize their dreams, and make a lasting difference in the world.

One of three schools “Approved with Distinction” by Massachusetts, Assumption continues to evolve and grow to ensure students have the best possible academic experience. A new University designation and restructuring, state-of-the-art academic buildings, innovative programs (including dual and accelerated degrees!), and exciting partnerships (like with the WooSox!) – Assumption provides a whole-person education elevating the mind, heart, and spirit of every student. Even as a seasoned counselor, pursuing a certificate of advanced graduate study (C.A.G.S.) will position you for continued success. We offer C.A.G.S. in the following: School Counseling; Autism Spectrum Disorders (with Endorsement Option); and Transition Specialist (with Endorsement).

For more information please contact Susan Cahil, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions or Shanell Cartagena, Associate Director of Admissions.

For more information please contact Karen Scheele via email or at 617.984.1653.

MassBay Community College offers more than 70 Associate Degree and Certificate Programs, including Health Sciences, STEM, Business, Criminal Justice and Liberal Arts. MassBay is located in Wellesley, offers Health Sciences and Human Services in Framingham, and Auto Technology in Ashland. The average class size 18 students, dormitory housing offered at Framingham State University. ESL classes and free tutoring in any subject. Student clubs & athletics; internships & mentoring programs. Transfer to private universities or guaranteed 3rd year entrance to the University of Massachusetts for graduates with 2.50 / 4.00 GPA.

For more information please contact Peter Schilling, Admissions Coordinator, via email or at 781.239.2509.

Since our founding in 1909, Milton Hershey School has helped children break the cycle of poverty. We are a place where students can be their greatest selves, meeting their potential with life-changing opportunity.

MHS thrives as a cost-free, private, coeducational home and school for more than 2,100 boys and girls from families of lower income across the U.S. Students receive an excellent education, nurturing home life, college and career readiness support, and comprehensive health and wellness care, including medical and dental services, food, and clothing.

The Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School, a tuition-free public school of choice, serves kindergarten to 12th grade students from across Massachusetts who need a learning community that is accessible and flexible.

GCVS provides students of all abilities with the option of an online curriculum of Live, Flex (asynchronous), Blended (Live and Flex), or Dual Enrollment (with Greenfield Community College) classes that allow them to learn from home while meeting all of the education standards of Massachusetts. Classes are taught by state-certified teachers who are trained and have experience teaching in virtual school environments.

For more information please contact Michelle Morrissey via email.

Dean College is a private, residential, not-for-profit institution that is fully accredited. Dean’s beautiful 100-acre campus in Franklin, MA, is conveniently located between Boston, MA and Providence, RI and accessible from Boston by commuter rail. Offering bachelor’s and associate degrees within four schools, School of the Arts, School of Business, Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance and School of Liberal Arts, Dean will prepare you for your journey. Dean is also home to the Arch Learning Community – providing support for students with diagnosed learning disabilities. Whichever program you choose, you’ll learn to think critically, communicate well, solve problems across multiple disciplines and prepare for a thriving career.

For more information please contact Edward J. Connor, Executive Director of Admissions, via email.

At Quaver SEL, our principal mission is to support a Culture of Caring in elementary schools around the world. We present an innovative approach to social and emotional learning that focuses on the unique needs of PreK-5 students and the teachers and counselors who support them! We believe:

  •  When students feel valued and cared for, they are happier and achieve more academically.
  •  When educators feel equipped to support the whole-child, they are more successful in their work and experience greater job satisfaction.

Learn more about opportunities with QuaverSEL.

Monday, April 5, 2021

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

If you are interested in viewing more than one session, you will be charged the fee for each sessionAll Pre-Conference sessions are being shown live at the same time. Watch one Pre-Conference session live and then watch the other recorded Pre-Conference sessions later.

You can now view more than one Pre-Conference session!


Monday, April 5, 2021
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Recorded session also available after the event

Trauma Responsive Educational Institutions in a Post-Pandemic World: We Need Them Desperately

Dr. Karen Gross

(This session is not included in the main conference fee.)


This pre-conference session will address this reality: the vaccines will allow us to reopen schools and greatly narrow the risk of physical illness. But, the reality is that we will need to address the trauma our students and educators have and are experiencing pre, during and post Pandemic. This session will focus on strategies for creating trauma responsiveness within institutions, addressing changes needed at the macro level. Topics will include changes in institutional culture, use of space, communication approaches and new hire orientations. Concrete strategies will be provided and they can be adapted to schools that serve differing student populations. The proffered ideas, while grounded in theory, are based on in-the-trenches experiences with institutional transformation. Please bring one cup or saucer you are willing to break (yes really) and glue and nail polish (ideally gold). We will be using these items for an exercise.


Monday, April 5, 2021
9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Recorded session also available after the event

School Counselors and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice: Learning and Leading Together

Manjula Karamcheti, Dr. Julianna Stockton, Dr. Anjali Deshpande & Dr. Des Floyd

(This session is not included in the main conference fee.)


This pre-conference session will introduce participants to design thinking, teaching for justice as a competency, and the ASCA Racism and Bias standards as ways to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in schools. Our team will introduce tools and exercises that promote identity development, examining conscious and unconscious bias, and strategies for using data to identify systemic oppression in school programs and policies. Topics including, but not limited to structural and systemic racism, white supremacist culture, and racial justice will be explored. Participants will be asked to bring a problem of practice regarding diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in their school, community or other setting and will have the opportunity to work through that problem individually or in a small group with a team.


Monday, April 5, 2021
9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Recorded session also available after the event

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

Dr. Megan Krell & Kayla Schutte

(This session is not included in the main conference fee.)


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.


Monday, April 5, 2021
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Recorded session also available after the event

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

Allison Edwards

Opening Workshop Session


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


Tuesday, April 6, 2021
8:00 am – 9:15 am

Recorded session also available after the event

Mental Health Literacy: Raising Awareness to Provoke Change

Julia Taylor

Keynote Address


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.

The MASCA Swag Store is back, just in time for the annual conference. Need a new hoodie, t-shirt or vest to show off your MASCA pride? The online MASCA swag store is officially open. Please take advantage of this opportunity to get some cool new stuff. Do you have a graduate student intern this year or a new colleague? A MASCA item would be a great thank you gift. Those who ordered during NSCW were raving out their purchases. Don’t wait. The store will close on April 9, so be sure to order now.

MASCA Online offers both live and recorded sessions!

Pre-Conference, Keynote, General, and breakout sessions will be broadcast live. About one week following the conference, the live sessions will be available to watch if missed on the 5th-6th. Plus, more than 15 prerecorded breakout sessions covering multiple topics will also be available. These sessions will be available to view until May 31, 2021, Extended to June 15, 2021.



Monday, April 5 , 2021

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Pre-Conference Session
Trauma Responsive Educational Institutions

9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Pre-Conference Session
School Counselors and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Pre-Conference Session
Transitioning from Graduate Student to School Counselor

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Opening Workshop Session
Allison Edwards

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm 

MASCA Virtual Social Hour

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

8:00 am – 9:15 am

MASCA President’s Welcome and Keynote Address
Julia Taylor

9:15 am – 9:30 am


9:30 am – 10:20 am

Live Breakout Session #1

10:20 am – 10:40 am


10:40 am – 11:30 am

Live Breakout Session #2

11:30 am – 11:45 am


11:45 am – 12:45 pm

Virtual Awards Ceremony and Update from the MA Commissioner of Education

12:45 pm – 1:00 pm 


1:00 pm – 1:50 pm

Live Breakout Session #3

1:50 pm – 2:05 pm 


2:05 pm – 2:55 pm

Live Breakout Session #4

2:55 pm – 3:00 pm 

Transition Break

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

MASCA General Session Meeting


In order to receive PDP’s you MUST:

  1. Accumulate a minimum of 10 hours of sessions.  You MUST COMPLETE TEN HOURS MINIMUM TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR PDP’S.
  2. PDP’s will ONLY be issued after the $25.00 fee is submitted.
  3. If you participate in more than 10 hours of sessions you will get 1 additional PDP for each additional hour.  You will have to resubmit the Google Form if necessary with the additional sessions.
  4. The link to pay the fee and to the Google Form to enter PDPs will be available on the conference platform.

Registration has Closed

We hope you join us next year!

Become a MASCA Member!

Please visit the MASCA website and become a member or renew your annual membership.

For questions about MASCA membership please contact, Bob Bardwell at

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 Online Conference!

MAIN Conference
(April 5-6)


Professional: $105
Student: $60
Retiree: $20


Professional: $150
Student: $75
Retiree: $35

Pre-Conference 1
(April 5)

Trauma Responsive Educational Institutions – Gross





Pre-Conference 2
(April 5)

School Counselors and Diversity – Karamcheti, et al





Pre-Conference 3
(April 5)

Graduate Student to School Counselor – Krell & Schutte





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


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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.

The sponsors of the conference receive registrant contact information.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no refunds after March 5, 2021. All cancellations before March 5, 2021 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.