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. 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 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

Become an NJSCA Member!

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

Group Discount! Save $99 or More!

Take advantage of a Group Discount! Save $99 or more by registering 5 or more at one time. That’s one free registration for every four paid registrations! To take advantage of these savings download the Registration Form below, complete one for each person registering and send in via email, fax or mail with your payment (20% off the total of all the registrations). Call us with questions!

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 NJSCA Conference!

FULL Conference
(October 1-2)

(by September 5, 2020)

Professional Member*: $134
Student Member*: $110
Retired Member*: $110
Non-Member**: $174

(after September 5, 2020)

Professional Member*: $159
Student Member*: $135
Retired Member*: $135
Non-Member**: $199

Thursday Pre-Conference ONLY
(October 2)

(by September 5, 2020)

Professional Member*: $35
Student Member*: $35
Retired Member*: $35
Non-Member: $50

(after September 5, 2020)

Professional Member*: $50
Student Member*: $50
Retired Member*: $50

Non-Member: $65

Friday ONLY
(October 3)

(by September 5, 2020)

Professional Member*: $99
Student Member*: $75
Retired Member*: $75
Non-Member**: $139

(after September 5, 2020)

Professional Member*: $109
Student Member*: $85
Retired Member*:

Non-Member**: $149

*You must be a current NJSCA Member to receive the Member Price. If your membership will expire before October 2, 2020 then add the NJSCA Membership Renewal to your total to be eligible for the discounted Member rates.

**If you register for the FULL Conference or the Friday ONLY as a Non-Member you will receive a complimentary NJSCA membership. Membership is not included in the Thursday ONLY Pre-Conference rate.

***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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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.

Please Note: If we are forced to cancel the NJSCA 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 September 15, 2020. All cancellations before September 15, 2020 will be refunded less a $25 handling fee. The conference is not responsible for and cannot give refunds due to problems beyond its control such as weather or 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 NJSCA 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!


Crowne Plaza

2055 E Lincoln Hwy
Edison, NJ 08817


The Crowne Plaza, the Conference’s host hotel, has a conference rate of $121 per night, plus tax, which remains valid for reservations made by September 10, 2020, while rooms are available.


  • CALL:  (866) 781-2414  Please be sure to tell the hotel the group code: “SCR” or Block ID# “834708.”
  • REGISTER ONLINE:  Reservations can be made on the Crowne Plaza website. Choose the nights of September 30, October 1st, or both nights, and then select Book. The Group Code “SCR” to receive the conference discount should already be pre-filled.

*All reservations must be guaranteed and accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card. 

**If you are an IHG Priority Club Member please make sure you provide your number at the time of booking your reservation.

NJSCA 2018 Crown Plaza Hotel

Come Work and Play!

Enjoy your evenings at Menlo Park Mall, just minutes from Pines Manor and the Crowne Plaza. Get some retail therapy at places like Sephora, Forever 21, White House Black Market, Bath and Body Works, and more! Or eat dinner at Benihana, The Cheesecake Factory, Rainforest Cafe, or Smashburger. You can also visit the AMC movie theater, so you can finally watch that movie you have been wanting to see. The Menlo Park Mall has a variety of options for your entertainment.

Click here to see all the fun you can have at the Menlo Park Mall.

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!