November 16-17, 2020

Lansing Convention Center
333 E Michigan Ave. Lansing, MI 48933

Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol
111 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933

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

Allison Edwards

Monday, November 16, 2020 | 1:00 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 for her session titled 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 following her keynote.

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

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Allison for her breakout session titled, Approaching Anxiety: How (and When!) Educators Can Intervene. 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.

Social and Emotional Learning with Career Development to Prepare College and Career Ready Students

Leigh Bagwell

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 | 8:30 a.m. 


SPEAKER BIO: Leigh Bagwell most recently served as the Director of School Counseling Services at the Tennessee Department of Education. She has led transformational work in school counseling throughout the state through the revision of the school counseling model and standards, the creation of a regional peersupport network, and the launch of a dedicated communications channel for counselors, supervisors and administrators. As a school counseling leader, her mission is to provide school counselors with the training and resources needed to deliver high quality, student driven, data informed comprehensive school counseling programs to all students. She believes counselors and school leaders need to work together more deliberately. This collaboration is critical to ensure that all students have access to the opportunities and supports they need to successfully move through their elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education into their chosen career.

In addition to her work in Tennessee, Leigh has shared her experiences and knowledge with school counselors and school counseling leaders in Georgia, Texas, Kentucky and Iowa as well as working with the American School Counselor Association. After teaching school counseling graduate students at Middle Tennessee State University, Leigh was inspired to pursue counselor education. She is currently working on her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision at the University of Tennessee. Her experience includes working as a school counselor and school counselor supervisor in both suburban and urban school districts.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Leigh as she presents Social and Emotional Learning with Career Development to Prepare College and Career Ready Students. When preparing students for success in postsecondary education and the workforce it is important that they have academic and content knowledge and training. College and career readiness begins with early exposure and awareness to a broad range of career fields and employability skills. It also includes helping students connect what they are learning in the classroom to their dreams and future career goals. Another important component of college and career readiness is social and emotional development. Self-awareness, self-management and interpersonal skills are  critical to students’ transition to postsecondary and the workforce.

College and career readiness continues to focus on the development and refinement of both academic and social emotional skills. It also broadens the scope from just knowing about different careers to exploring the high demand opportunities in their communities, aligning personal interests and aptitudes to career fields, and identifying specific pathways to move successfully from secondary to postsecondary to the workforce. These skills will not only prepare them for success in the workplace, but also success in both secondary and postsecondary education.

Because school counseling programs integrate academic preparation, social and emotional development with college and career readiness, school counselors are uniquely positioned to lead this important work. It begins by ensuring that school counselors have strategies and practices that will deepen their students’ understanding of the world of work and connect it to their school and life experiences. School counselors will increase their capacity to provide high quality school counseling services and support students as they move along their chosen pathways to and through secondary and postsecondary education and on to the workforce.

Tentative Schedule

Monday, November 16, 2020

11:00 am – 5:00 pm


11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Exhibits Open

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Welcome and Keynote Speaker – Allison Edwards

2:50 pm – 3:50 pm

Breakout Session 1

3:50 pm – 4:15 pm

Coffee Break with Exhibitors

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Breakout Session 2

5:15 pm – 6:30 pm

President’s Reception with Exhibitors

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

7:00 am – 8:30 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Exhibits Open

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Keynote Session – Leigh Bagwell

9:45 am – 10:45 am

Breakout Session 3

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Breakout Session 4

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Celebration Lunch

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Breakout Session 5

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Breakout Session 6

4:00 pm


A virtual element is being explored for this event. Please check back for more details.

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 2020 Michigan School Counselor Association Conference!


(by September 20, 2020)

Professional Member*: $180
Professional Non-Member**: $245

(after September 20, 2020)

Professional Member*: $200
Professional Non-Member**: $265



Graduate Student / Retiree Member*: $135
Graduate Student / Retiree Non-Member**: $170

*You must be a current MSCA Member to receive the Member Price. Membership must be good through the dates of the conference.

**NonMember registrations include a one year membership to MSCA.

***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: MSCA
 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: If we are forced to cancel the MSCA 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 October 31, 2020. All cancellations before October 31, 2020 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.

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 MSCA 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!


Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol

111 N. Grand Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933

The Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol, in easy walking distance to the Lansing Convention Center, has a conference rate of $120 (plus tax) which remains valid for reservations made by October 23, 2020, while rooms are available.


  • CALL: (800) 333-3333. Please be sure to mention the ″Michigan School Counselor Association Conference.”
  • RESERVE ONLINE:Reservations can be made on the Radisson website.
    • Enter arrival and departure dates (Nov. 15 and/or Nov. 16).
    • Click the drop down menu and select “Promotional Code”.
    • Enter “MSCA20”.
    • Click “Check Availability/Book Now” to see the rooms available at the discounted rate.

Come Learn and Play!

In the evening, make sure you take time to relax and enjoy the surrounding area. Visit the Eastwood Town Center, a couple miles from the Radisson!You can sit back and relax at the many restaurants at the Eastwood Town Center, such as Bravo Cucina Italiana, Claddaugh, Mitchell’s Fish Market and P.F. Chang’s, along with others. The Eastwood Towne Center also has an movie theater, so you can finally watch that movie you have been wanting to see. Enjoy shopping at Ann Taylor, DSW, Banana Republic, Forever 21, Sephora, Williams and Sonoma, and many more!

Click here to see all the fun you can have at the Eastwood Town Center.

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!