October 1-2, 2020

Pines Manor
2085 NJ-27, Edison, NJ 08817

Crowne Plaza
2055 E Lincoln Hwy Edison, NJ 08817

Mindful Practices to Help Troubled Teens: Behavioral Interventions to Help Students Succeed

Dr. Natalie Spencer Gwyn

Thursday, October 1, 2020 | 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 


SPEAKER BIO: Dr. Natalie Spencer is an Assistant Professor at North Carolina A&T State University. She was previously a high school counselor and student assistance counselor (SAP) for many years before moving into higher education. Dr. Spencer received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She later earned a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from North Carolina State University. Dr. Spencer is the author of Mindful Practices for Helping Troubled Teens. She is also a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of North Carolina, and owns her own private practice, Natalie Spencer Counseling and Consulting. Dr. Spencer has presented her research on the local, state, and national level.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Dr. Spencer as she presents Mindful Practices to Help Troubled Teens: Behavioral Interventions to Help Students Succeed. School counselors often encounter students with a variety of behavioral and mental health concerns throughout a day. Mindfulness and mindful interventions have been shown to help students by introducing a variety of skills, such as guided imagery, mindful breathing, and gentle yoga. This presentation is designed to give school counselors tools to implement mindful techniques and help empower students discover their true potential. It will be an exciting and hands on presentation that will introduce counselors to mindfulness techniques and strategies to help all students succeed.

Dr. Spencer will also be presenting Solution Focused Counseling for Anxious Children and Teens: Strategies for School Counselors during the breakout sessions on Friday, October 2.

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

Allison Edwards

Friday, October 2, 2020 | 8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.


SPEAKER BIO: Allison Edwards LPC, RPT is an affiliate professor in the Human Development Counseling department at Vanderbilt University, the author of Why Smart Kids Worry and Worry Says What? and the creator of Anxiety Tracker an iPhone app that helps track anxiety. 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 Approaching Anxiety: How (and When!) Educators Can Intervene during the breakout sessions on Friday, October 2.

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, October 1, 2020

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm


5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Pre-Conference Learning Session – Natalie Spencer Gwyn

8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

President’s Reception

Friday, October 2, 2020

7:30 am – 2:30 pm

Registration / Information Center

7:30 am – 2:00 pm

Exhibits Open

7:45 am – 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast available

8:45 am – 9:00 am

President’s Welcome

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Opening Keynote – Allison Edwards

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Coffee Break with Exhibitors

10:30 am – 11:20 am

Concurrent Session I

11:20 am – 11:50 am

Exhibitor Break

11:50 am – 12:40 pm

Concurrent Session II

12:40 pm – 1:40 pm

Lunch and Door Prizes

1:40 pm – 2:30 pm

Concurrent Session III

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Crowne Plaza

2055 E Lincoln Hwy
Edison, NJ 08817



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