NCSCA Conference

October 27-29, 2021

Embassy Suites Resort & Convention Center
5400 John Q. Hammons Dr NW
Concord, NC 28027


The State Employees Association of North Carolina, SEIU Local 2008, is the South’s leading state employees’ association. We work to gain respect in the legislature for hardworking state employees and valuable retirees who dedicated their careers to state service.

Through our legislative efforts, the Employees Political Action Committee and grassroots efforts, we work hard to protect and improve your benefits like pay, health care, retirement and rights.

For more information please contact Lynn Cote, Director of Member Relations at 919.833.6436 or via email.

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 Buz Watson, Director of Sales, via email or at 615.347.0050.

The College Funding Coach® was founded in 2002 to help families better understand the complex strategies for saving and paying for college, making higher education more affordable. Through our free comprehensive educational workshop, Little-known Secrets of Paying for College, The College Funding Coach® team has helped thousands of elementary, middle and high school families save and pay for college without going broke! During this time of uncertainty, significant changes to the FAFSA, and lingering questions, The College Funding Coach has an unwavering focus on adding value for the parents, counselors, friends, and families we know and meet.

For more information please contact Michael Russell via email or at 919.360.8347.

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.

Established in 1958, Monarch is a trauma-informed company that provides innovative support to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance use disorders in North Carolina. Monarch is accredited by The Joint Commission.

For more information please contact Yesenia Howell, Senior Community Outreach Manager, via email or at 906.282.4301.

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.

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 Pines at Willingway is a program for adolescents ages 14-18. We offer a comprehensive treatment plan that encompasses detoxification, residential treatment and partial hospitalization services. The Pines is for adolescents dealing with a substance use problem. Based on the time-proven philosophies of traditional 12-step programs, our approach to addiction recovery provides adolescents with a robust framework to achieve sobriety that will continue as long-term recovery after discharge.

For more information please contact Megan Cosby, Outreach Coordinator, at

Old Vineyard Behavioral Health Services is committed to helping patients stay on the path to meaningful mental health and wellness. Behavioral health is our specialty and mental health is our priority. Inpatient services for adolescents and adults.  Specialty adult programs for Trauma Recovery, Mood Disorders, and Dual Diagnosis with Substance Use.  Outpatient programs include Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient.  Open 24/7.  Most insurances accepted.

For more information contact Lyssa Haynes, Director at 336.794.4954 or via email.

ACT is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. ACT is trusted as a leader in college and career readiness, providing high-quality assessments grounded in 60 years of research. ACT offers integrated solutions designed to provide personalized insights that help individuals succeed from elementary school through career.

For more information please contact Marchelle Horner, Account Executive, via email or at 919.606.3495.

Newport Healthcare’s outpatient and residential programs treat clients aged 12–27 struggling with mental health and co-occurring disorders, through our top-rated teen treatment program, Newport Academy; and our young adult program, Newport Institute. Based in the same sustainable healing approach as our other nationally recognized programs across the country, our programs provide integrated, comprehensive treatment tailored to the unique needs of these pivotal stages of life.

For more information please contact Leslie Smith, Clinical Outreach Specialist, via email or at 949-778-4296.

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 Larryelle Phillips, Strategic Accounts Advisor, via email or at 443.388.2900.

Helping the Helper: Self-Care for Counselors

Allison Edwards

Pre-Conference Keynote Speaker (open to ALL conference attendees)

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 | 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Allison Edwards will also be presenting a breakout session.

We spend our days helping kids but how do we help ourselves? This program outlines self-care models for counseling professionals, uses humor and storytelling the normalize just how hard our jobs are, and leaves counselors feeling rejuvenated and hopeful that the career path they’ve chosen is right for them. How to structure your day, what to do afterwards, balancing home and work life and how to focus on the good will help counselors better manage their taxing jobs and give them strategies they can use for years to come!

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?, Marcy Is Having All the Feels, and 15-Minute Counseling Techniques that Work. 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.

Standing Tall Through It All

Steve Bollar

Opening Session Keynote Speaker

Thursday, October 28, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Steve Bollar will also be presenting a breakout session.

Challenges can either force you to step up your game or they can stop you in your tracks. Steve will show you how to overcome challenges in your schools and come out better, maximize leadership, and more motivated than ever. In this humorous yet focused session, you’ll discover:

  • How to maintain the focus needed to get great results… even when chaos and challenge surrounds you!…
  • How you can increase productivity no matter what is happening or how overwhelmed you are…
  • How to maximize difficult relationships that keep you from success – and how to prevent relationship breakdown from stalling your progress ever again!

Steve Bollar, a.k.a. Stand Tall Steve, is an educational thought leader, former Superintendent of Schools, principal, author and a school culture and motivation expert. He is known for his quick wit, creative thought, and humorous personality.

Steve is the author of the school culture book Ideas, Ideas, Ideas! and is a contributing author in the book School Climate 2.0: Preventing Cyberbullying One Classroom at a Time.

Steve openly shares his knowledge, experiences and creativity with others. He currently speaks to students, staff and communities throughout the country about how to think differently about schools, education, and life.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

The Pre-Conference Learning Institute includes additional opportunities 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. Sessions are at a minimal fee.

All Pre-Conference sessions are being shown live at the same time. You may only pick one.

Domains Available:

  • Academic Development
  • Social/Emotional Development
  • College and Career Readiness

Cost (includes handouts):

  • Members $35
  • Non-Members $90

Contact Hours: 3

Standards Available:

  • Standard 1: School Counselors Demonstrate Leadership, Advocacy and Collaboration
  • Standard 2: School Counselors Promote A Respectful Environment for A Diverse Population of Students
  • Standard 3: School Counselors Understand and Facilitate the Implementation of A Comprehensive School Counseling Program
  • Standard 4: School Counselors Promote Learning for All Students
  • Standard 5: School Counselors Actively Reflect on Their Practice
Stone, Carolyn

Legal Literacy and Ethical Practice in the Complex World of School Counseling

Carolyn Stone

Pre-Conference Speaker (additional fee)

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Carolyn Stone will also be presenting a breakout session.

School counselors must negotiate the competing interests of the overregulated school environment, student’s need for confidentiality and the legal rights of parents to be the guiding voice in their children lives. Updates on these competing interests will be discussed through recent court developments. Legal rulings will be highlighted in areas such as sexually active students, bullying, academic advising, child abuse, educational records, and sexual harassment, first amendment rights, and transgender youth. The goal is to facilitate participants’ legal literacy and provide guiding principles to support best ethical practice.


  • Academic Development
  • Social/Emotional Development


  • Standard 1
  • Standard 2
  • Standard 3
  • Standard 5

Carolyn Stone, Ed.D., is a Professor of Counselor Education at the University of North Florida (UNF). Dr. Stone is a Past President of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). Prior to coming to UNF, Dr. Stone spent 22 years with Jacksonville, Florida’s Public Schools as an elementary and high school counselor, middle school teacher and Supervisor of Guidance Services. She supervised 225 school counselors. Dr. Stone currently serves as the Ethics Chair for ASCA and has done so for 15 years.

Jamison, Robert

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

Robert Jamison

Pre-Conference Speaker (additional fee)

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Robert Jamison will also be presenting a breakout session.

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.


  • Social/Emotional Development


  • Standard 1
  • Standard 2
  • Standard 3
  • Standard 4

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.

Respond to Suicidal Ideation

Melisa Marsh

Pre-Conference Speaker (additional fee)

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Melisa Marsh will also be presenting a breakout session.

Do you know what to say to someone with thoughts of suicide? When suicidal individuals leave your office, do you feel confident they will get the help and support they need? Walk away with tools you can use to keep individuals safe when they express suicidal ideation. Learn how to use these tools with your individuals who express suicidal ideation so you can feel more confident each time that you have these challenging conversations.


  • Social/Emotional Development


  • Standard 1
  • Standard 2
  • Standard 4

Melisa Marsh, Ph.D. currently serves as the Supervisor of School Counseling for the Cobb County school district in Marietta, GA., where she coordinates the development and supervision of school counseling, student advisement, crisis response, and Hospital Homebound programs. She has 17 years of experience in filling the roles of Georgia State High School Counselor, Supervisor of Counseling, and School Counseling and Advisement Consultant. Melisa received her Ph.D. in Counseling Education and Personnel Services and her Specialist Degree in School Counseling from the University of Georgia. She received her Advanced Masters in School Counseling Program from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Marsh has also written a book entitled 15-Minute Focus – SUICIDE: Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention. Missy lives in the Atlanta Metro area with her husband and puppy. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, yoga, cycling, running, hiking, and spending as much time outdoors as possible.

Digital Tools to Enhance Your School Counseling Program

Phil Echols

Pre-Conference Speaker (additional fee)

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Phil Echols will also be presenting a breakout session.

Our traditional way of operating and engaging our school community will never be the same. This session shares innovative strategies and digital tools that will amplify your school counseling program and engage students, staff, and families moving forward. Participants will gain resources proven to increase engagement in the virtual and in-person settings when delivering lessons, presenting, and building a bridge between school and home. Participants will learn new ways to maximize Google documents, Google slides, choice boards, playlists, as well as social media. The best way to prepare for tomorrow is by equipping yourself with the right tools and skills today.


  • Academic Development


  • Standard 1
  • Standard 2
  • Standard 4

Phil Echols is an Administrator of Professional Learning for the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS). Primarily, he supports Professional Learning Communities and effective collaboration. Professional learning delivery and speaking topics include (but are not limited to) collective efficacy, digital tools for collaborative work, and Adult SEL. Beyond Phil’s role with WCPSS, he’s an educational consultant for public and independent schools, non-profits, and organizations that benefit children. He has almost two decades of experience combined as a teacher, school counselor, consultant, and facilitator. His “heartfelt” approach and tremendous passion for connections inspire others to become the best version of themselves.

Friday, October 29, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The Core Skills Building Workshops are included in the conference registration fee and are being held at the same time. Each session will be presented twice, once from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and again from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

What’s Inside Your Backpack?: Setting Aside What We’re Not Meant to Carry

Jessica Sinarski

Core Skills Building Workshop Speaker

Friday, October 29, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m.
Friday, October 29, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. (repeated session)

The weight of stress, worry, and trauma can have lasting impacts on both body and brain. This shows up in every area of school life – from the classroom to the lunchroom to the staff lounge! Take some time to dig into your backpack and learn strategies to set aside the “books” you’re not meant to carry. Participants will learn concrete tools for lightening the emotional load for staff and students. Trauma-expert and author Jessica Sinarski weaves in the latest brain science to make this inspirational session a lasting change-maker!


  • Social/Emotional Development


  • Standard 2
  • Standard 3
  • Standard 4

Jessica Sinarski, LPCMH equips parents and professionals to be healers for hurting children. Weaving userfriendly brain science into everything she does, Jessica ignites both passion and know-how in audiences. Extensive post-graduate training and 15+ years as a clinician, consultant, and parent educator led her to create BraveBrains, a resource and training platform for home, school, and community. She is also the author of the Riley the Brave picture books and What’s Inside Your Backpack?

Jessica partners with school districts and child welfare agencies across the country to better incorporate effective trauma-sensitive practices into their work. She also shares her expertise as a contributor to magazines, blogs, and podcasts. When not writing and training, she continues to work as a bilingual therapist and clinical supervisor at an innovative adoption support agency.

Crisis Intervention: Do You Know How to Respond?

Karen Meadows and Nartarshia Sharpe

Core Skills Building Workshop Speakers

Friday, October 29, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m.
Friday, October 29, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. (repeated session)

A crisis is defined as a condition of instability or danger. Crises occur at a moment’s notice and may impact an individual, school or school community. Using evidenced-based interventions from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the CDC as well as empirical evidence, participants will learn or refresh their skill set regarding suicide intervention, self-injurious behavior, common reactions to stress/crisis and practical ways to assist students with grief, loss and trauma.


  • Social/Emotional Development


  • Standard 1
  • Standard 3
  • Standard 4

KAREN MEADOWS BIO:  Dr. Karen Meadows is currently a high school counselor, recently transitioning from the Supervisor of K -8 Counseling in Guilford County Schools. Dr. Meadows has served as the Interim Supervisor of High School Counseling, an adjunct professor at North Carolina A&T State University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and was the district lead for Suicide Intervention Training, Bullying Prevention, School Counseling professional development Peer Mediation and a Team Leader for the District Crisis Team. Her former role on the board of NCSCA and current role as the co-chair for the NCSCA Conference Committee allowed her to contribute to the counseling profession more broadly. She is the author of the book, Pedagogy of Survival: The Narratives of Millicent E. Brown and Josephine Boyd Bradley and served as a trainer/panelist for local, national and international conferences.

NARTARSHIA SHARPE BIO: Nartarshia Sharpe is a professional school counselor in Wake County Public School System at Crossroads FLEX High School. This year marks her twenty-fifth year in education. During her tenure in Wake County Public Schools she has served as a middle school teacher, worked in Central Office and proudly worked alongside her colleagues at a previous school to receive RAMP status.

Nartarshia is a graduate of UNC-Charlotte where she earned a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. She holds two Master’s degrees from NC State University, one in Curriculum and Instruction and the other in School Counseling. As a National Board-Certified Teacher in K-12 School Counseling, she enjoys working with her students to create and execute their post-secondary plans.

The Key is Resiliency: How to Help Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

Sonja Sloan

Core Skills Building Workshop Speaker

Friday, October 29, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m.
Friday, October 29, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. (repeated session)

As our children live in the shadows of the pandemic our work as professional school counselors have become more vital now than ever before. Our children are carrying the baggage of the trauma. Ultimately the burden of this baggage impacts their academics along with their ability to express and manage their emotions. However, there is HOPE. Resiliency is the key! How should we nurture this resilience in children? This session will begin to answer this question and provide practical social emotional and trauma focused counseling strategies as we maneuver in these unchartered waters in our school counseling profession.


  • Social/Emotional Development


  • Standard 1
  • Standard 3
  • Standard 4

Sonja Sloan has a passion to promote the significant role that school counselors have in the life of students. Her desire to positively impact the holistic development of young people has led her to serve on various committees and work on several initiatives over her 21-years of school counseling. Sonja is a respected community leader and a sought-after empowerment speaker. She served two years as the Counseling Services Supervisor of Elementary and Middle School Counselors with the Guilford County School District before she transitioned into her current role as the professional school counselor at Brown Summit Middle School of Advanced Academics.

20-Minute Ignite Sessions

Core Skills Building Workshop Presentations

About the Session:  As professional school counselors, we wrestle with a limited amount of time to address countless needs as well as assist and advise a vast number of stakeholders. Join practicing school counselors as they share strategies, techniques and knowledge that have yielded successful outcomes. Participate in multiple 20-Minute sessions from multiple school counselors.  These high-speed training sessions will optimize your time while igniting your capacity to produce positive outcomes and create systems of change. Participants will walk away with practices that can be re-delivered to their peers and used immediately in their professional work.

The NCSCA Swag Store is back, just in time for the annual conference. Need a new hoodie, t-shirt or vest to show off your NCSCA pride? The online NCSCA 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 NCSCA item would be a great thank you gift. Those who ordered during NSCW were raving about their purchases. Don’t wait. The store will close on Thursday, October 21st, so be sure to order now.

Tentative Schedule

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

7:30 am – 7:30 pm

On-Site Conference Registration and Information Desk Open

8:00 am – 11:00 am

NCSCA Delegate Assembly

10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Exhibitors Setup

11:30 am – 2:00 pm

Leadership Day Meeting

12:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Pre-Conference Sessions

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Snack Break with Exhibitors

1:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Exhibits Open

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Pre-Conference General Session with Keynote Speaker – Allison Edwards
(Open to all conference attendees)

Thursday, October 28, 2021

7:00 am – 5:00 pm

On-Site Conference Registration and Information Desk Open

7:30 am – 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast

7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Exhibits Open

7:30 am – 7:00 pm

Silent Auction

8:30 am – 10:00 am

Opening Session Kick Off:
Welcome, Introduction, Regional Roll Call, Updates & Awards
with Keynote Speaker – Steve Bollar

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Break with Exhibitors

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Program Session 1

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Boxed Lunches
(Name Badge Required)

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Past Presidents Luncheon

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Graduate Student Luncheon and Panel

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Program Session 2

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Break with Exhibitors

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Graduate Student Poster Sessions

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Program Session 3

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Break with Exhibitors

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Program Session 4

4:40 pm – 5:10 pm

Regional Meetings

5:10 pm – 6:30 pm

Celebration Reception & Silent Auction

Friday, October 29, 2021

6:30 am – 7:30 am

Fun Run/Walk

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Yoga Session

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Self-Care Zumba Session

7:30 am – 9:00 am

On-Site Conference Registration and Information Desk Open

8:30 am – 9:00 am

Coffee Service Only

8:30 am – 11:30 am

Exhibits Open

9:00 am – 10:30 am

Core Skills Building Workshops

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Snack Break with Exhibitors

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Core Skills Building Workshops

Professional Contact Hours offered

For the NCSCA Conference, a total of 14.5 Contact Hours can be earned if the participant attends a pre-conference session and the pre-conference keynote, all day Thursday and Friday.

Attendees will recieve 10 hours if they attend all sessions on Thursday and Friday only.

Renew or Become a NCSCA Member and SAVE!

You can save on your conference registration by becoming a member of the NCSCA! New members can join and get an immediate membership ID number. The money you save on the conference registration will pay for your annual dues. Visit the NCSCA website BEFORE registering to get your member number.

For questions about NCSCA membership please contact, Andrea Wallace 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 NCSCA Online Conference!

MAIN Conference
October 27-29, 2021

Main Conference registration includes access to the Pre-Conference General Session on Wednesday, October 27th. Please register for the Pre-Conference sessions separately.

(by September 30, 2021)

Professional Member*: $135
Student Member*: $105
Retiree Member*: $105
Non-Member: $225

(between Oct. 1-24, 2021)

Professional Member*: $145
Student Member*: $110
Retiree Member*: $110
Non-Member: $235

(after October 24, 2021)

Professional Member*: $155
Student Member*: $120
Retiree Member*: $120
Non-Member: $245

Pre-Conference Learning Institute
October 27, 2021


Member*: $35
Non-Member: $90

Thursday ONLY
October 28, 2021

(by September 30, 2021)

Professional Member*: $105
Student Member*: $80
Retiree Member*: $80
Non-Member: $200

(between Oct. 1-24, 2021)

Professional Member*: $115
Student Member*: $90
Retiree Member*: $90
Non-Member: $210

(after October 24, 2021)

Professional Member*: $125
Student Member*: $100
Retiree Member*: $100
Non-Member: $220

*To qualify for member rates your membership must be good through Oct. 29, 2021. Renew your membership if not current, or if becoming a member for the first time, go to the NCSCA Website BEFORE registering.

**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.  


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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
 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.

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.

WAIVER OF LIABILITY: The signed, in consideration of his/her registration of the 2021 NCSCA Fall Conference, releases, holds harmless and discharges the association, management staff and their agents, from any and all actions, claims and demands which may arise out of an accident, casualty or occurrence during said convention. Submitting the form above acknowledges acceptance of these provisions of registration for all those listed on this form.

PROCESSING FEE: There will be a $35 service charge for all returned checks and declined credit cards.

CANCELLATION POLICY: If we are forced to cancel the NCSCA 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 cancelation policy will be upheld: Requests for refunds must be received in writing. No refund requests will be granted after September 27, 2021. There is a 20% processing fee for refunds requested prior to August 31, 2021 and a 50% processing fee for all refunds requested September 1 – 27. Send cancellation requests to the NCSCA Treasurer at 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 NCSCA 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!


Embassy Suites Resort and Convention Center

5400 John Q. Hammons Dr NW
Concord, NC 28027


The Embassy Suites has a conference rate of $142 per night, plus tax, for up to double occupancy. This rate remains valid for reservations made by October 5, 2021 October 16, 2021 while rooms are available.


  • CALL:  (800) 362-2779 or (704) 455-8200. Please be sure to mention the “SCR group and the dates of the conference.
  • REGISTER ONLINE:  Go to the Embassy Suites website

If the Embassy Suites is sold out please check out these nearby hotels.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Concord
7300 Scott Padgett Pkwy
Concord, NC 28027

Residence Inn by Marriott Charlotte-Concord
7601 Scott Padgett Pkwy
Concord, NC 28027

Come Learn and Play!

In the evening, make sure you take time to relax and enjoy the surrounding area. Visit Concord Mills, just minutes away and in walking distance from the Embassy Suites! You can sit back and relax at the many restaurants at Concord Mills, such as Bonefish Grill, Dave and Busters and Outback Steakhouse, along with others. Enjoy shopping at the Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, Nike Factory Store, Banana Republic Factory Store, Ann Taylor Factory Store, Tommy Bahama Outlet, and many more! Concord Mills also has a 24-screen AMC move theater, so you can finally watch that movie you have been wanting to see.

Click here to see all the fun you can have at  Concord Mills.

You can also visit Gibson Mill! Gibson Mill is a renovated mill that made a wide variety of fabrics a century ago. When you go today you can visit The Depot, an antique mall. Or visit one of their two craft breweries, Cabarrus Brewing Company or High Branch Brewing Company. 

Click here to see all the fun you can have at Gibson Mill.

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!