Join us for our

Fall Virtual Conference

October 1, 2020

See Details Below

October 1-2, 2020

Pines Manor
2085 NJ-27, Edison, NJ 08817

This conference has been postponed.

Announcements to come regarding a rescheduled 2021 event.

NJSCA will be offering a 2 hour PD Certificate for participants and CEU’s for those that request them. Please contact Jim Lukach.

Jamison, Robert

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

Robert Jamison

Thursday, October 1, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. 


SPEAKER BIO: 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 Guidance Department Chair. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Virginia and his Master of Science in Education in School Counseling from Old Dominion University. Robert has spoken at numerous state and national conferences.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Robert as he presents How Do You View the World? A Discussion of Diversity and Equity. 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.

Defying Gravity: Rewiring Culturally Sustaining School Counseling Programs

Kara Ieva

Thursday, October 1, 2020 | 3:30 p.m. 


SPEAKER BIO: Dr. Kara Ieva is currently an Associate Professor in the Counseling in Educational Settings program at Rowan University. Her educational career spans over 20 years as a former Spanish teacher and professional school counselor. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Secondary Education and Master’s of Education in Secondary Education Curriculum and Administration from Towson University. Additionally, she earned her Masters of Education in School Counseling from Loyola College in Maryland and her PhD in Counselor Education for the University of Central Florida. Kara’s areas of research interest include promoting equity and wellness in education for children and adolescents of marginalized populations: in the areas of college and career readiness, social/emotional development, and group counseling. She provides professional development to K-12 school counselors, teachers, and administrators on how to embed social/emotional development into curricula and strategies for cultivating a safe and welcoming mental health and neurodiverse culture in schools.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Kara as she presents Defying Gravity: Rewiring Culturally Sustaining School Counseling Programs. As counselors in the middle of multiple pandemics we were forced to think-out-side-the-box in connecting with students and deliver programs to meet the academic, social emotional, and career needs of students and stakeholders. With mental health on the rise, and the disruption of traditional structures and connections, delivering culturally sustaining virtual school programs is vital. Yes, we miss seeing students in person! But how many times have we wished we can be in multiple places and spaces to meet the needs of our school communities? Virtual school counseling gives us the opportunity to defy gravity and reach even more students by rethinking and rewiring the ways in which school counselors operate within school communities. This presentation will outline the essential components of a culturally sustaining virtual school counseling program as well as creative strategies to promote connectivity, equity, wellness, and efficiency to empower success for ALL students in a digital world.

Though we cannot meet together right now, we still have a valuable learning experience for you! Fill out the form below using a credit card to register for the Fall Virtual Conference. The conference includes access to both Robert Jamison’s session, How Do You View the World? A Discussion of Diversity and Equity and Kara Ieva’s session, Defying Gravity: Rewiring Culturally Sustaining School Counseling Programs.

Cost for the virtual conference: $20

Deadline to Register: September 28, 2020

Registration has Closed