NJSCA Conference

October 7-8, 2021

Pines Manor
2085 NJ-27, Edison, NJ 08817

Crowne Plaza
2055 E Lincoln Hwy Edison, NJ 08817

The College Funding Coach® was founded in 2002 to help families better understand the complex strategies for paying for college and making higher education more affordable. Through our nationwide educational workshop, Little-known Secrets of Paying for College, The College Funding Coach® team has helped thousands of families save and pay for college without bankrupting their retirement nest egg. This free comprehensive workshop is taught in public and private elementary, middle and high schools. 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 Bernadette Boyle, Business Development Manager, via email or at 571.296.4075

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.

Burston, Andrea

Technology Toolbox for School Counselors

Andrea Burston

Thursday, October 7, 2020 | 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 


SPEAKER BIO: Andrea Burston is a former high school computer/technology teacher turned elementary school counselor. She is the school counselor for Wake County Public Schools working at JY Joyner IB Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh, NC. Andrea is also the writer of the jyjcounselor blog where she shares her enjoyment of her career as well as many counselor ideas with school counselors from all over the world. She loves using technology and is always looking for new and innovative ways to integrate technology into her school counseling program. Andrea has presented at various conferences and workshops on using technology in counseling programs.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Andrea as she presents Technology Toolbox for School Counselors. Learn helpful technology tools such as Google Tools, online storage tools and online communication tools that will simplify and enhance your comprehensive school counseling program. For a more hands on approach, participants are encouraged to bring laptops, iPads, tablets and any other WiFi capable electronic devices to this exciting and interactive session.

Andrea Burston will also be presenting two breakout sessions.

Taylor, Julia

Mental Health Literacy: Raising Awareness to Provoke Change.

Julia Taylor

Friday, October 8, 2020 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.


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.

Julia Taylor will also be presenting two breakout sessions.

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, October 7, 2021

4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Pre-Conference Learning Session – Andrea Burston

8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

President’s Reception

Friday, October 8, 2021

7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Registration / Information Center

7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Exhibits Open

7:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast available

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

President’s Welcome

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Opening Keynote – Julia Taylor

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Coffee Break with Exhibitors

10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

Concurrent Session I

11:20 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

Exhibitor Break

11:50 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.

Concurrent Session II

12:40 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.

Lunch and Door Prizes

1:40 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Concurrent Session III

Become an NJSCA Member!

Please visit the NJSCA website and become a member or renew your annual membership. Please contact NJSCA directly for all membership questions.

For questions about NJSCA membership please contact, Jim Lukach at jimlukach@msn.com or at 732.846.6468.

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 NJSCA Conference!

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!

FULL Conference
(October 7-8)

(by September 7, 2021)

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

(after September 7, 2021)

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

Thursday Pre-Conference ONLY
(October 7)

(by September 7, 2021)

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

(after September 7, 2021)

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

Non-Member: $65

Friday ONLY
(October 8)

(by September 7, 2021)

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

(after September 7, 2021)

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 8, 2021 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.  


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.

EMAIL: registrations@ncyi.org

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.

Register Below

Or print out a registration form to send in with your payment.

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 7, 2021. All cancellations before September 7, 2021 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 $99 for the night of October 7th, plus tax, while rooms are available.


  • CALL:  (866) 781-2414  Please be sure to tell the hotel the group code “SCA”
  • REGISTER ONLINE:  Reservations can be made on the Crowne Plaza website. Choose the night October 7th, and then click “Search”. The Group Code “SCA” 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.

Come Learn 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!