October 3-4, 2019

Pines Manor
2085 NJ-27, Edison, NJ 08817

Crowne Plaza
2055 E Lincoln Hwy Edison, NJ 08817

Emerging Legal Issues for School Counselors

David Nash

Thursday, October 3 | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm


SPEAKER BIO: DAVID NASH, ESQ. currently serves as Director of LEGAL ONE (Law, Ethics, Governance for All Leaders, including an Overview of New and Emerging issues) at the Foundation for Educational Administration. LEGAL ONE is an innovative program that provides school law professional development for school leaders and other educators. From 2003 to 2011, Mr. Nash served as legal counsel for the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association. In that role, Mr. Nash provided legal assistance to NJPSA members for legal issues arising out of the performance of their duties. Mr. Nash also served as Assistant Director of Government Relations for NJPSA from 1994 to 2003. He currently teaches graduate level school law courses at Ramapo College and has previously taught at Rutgers University and New Jersey City University. Mr. Nash received his B.A. from Rutgers University and graduated with High Honors from Rutgers Law School in 2003. While at Rutgers Law School he served as an editor for the Rutgers Law Review. His prior civic involvement includes six years’ service as a member of the Old Bridge Board of Education, including two years as board president, and service on the Board of Trustees for both Healing the Children New Jersey and Advocates for Children of New Jersey.

ABOUT THE SESSION: Join Mr. Nash as he presents Emerging Legal Issues for School Counselors. This session will provide an overview of critical and emerging legal issues relevant to school counselors. It will include the latest state and federal guidance, case law, statutes and regulations on key legal issues, including counseling and student confidentiality, what constitutes student records under FERPA, identifying and responding to HIB, addressing the growing trends of student vaping and opioid use, supporting transgender students, understanding the revised Memorandum of Agreement Between Education and Law Enforcement and responding to kids in crisis.

When They Come for You… and They Will… Be Ready: School Counselors, SEL, and the Future

Maurice Elias

Friday, October 4 | 9:00 am – 10:00 am


SPEAKER BIO: Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D., is Professor, Psychology Department, Rutgers University and Director, Rutgers Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab. He has received American Psychological Association awards for Distinguished Contribution to Practice, Ethnic Minority Mentoring, and National Psychological Consultants to Management, the Sanford McDonnell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Character Education, the John P. McGovern Medal from the American School Health Association, and the Joseph E. Zins Memorial Senior Scholar Award for Social-Emotional Learning from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). Books include Emotionally Intelligent ParentingThe Educator’s Guide to Emotional Intelligence and Academic Achievement: Social-Emotional Learning in the Classroom, Talking Treasure: Stories to Help Build Emotional Intelligence and Resilience in Young ChildrenSchool Climate and Schools of Social-Emotional Competence and CharacterThe Other Side of the Report Card, and Urban Dreams:  Stories of Hope, Character, and Resilience.  Most recently, he is the coauthor of The Joys & Oys of Parenting:  Insights and Wisdom from the Jewish Tradition and Boost Emotional Intelligence in Students: 30 Flexible Research-Based Lessons to Build EQ Skills.

He writes a blog on Social-Emotional and Character Development (SECD) for the George Lucas Educational Foundation at Edutopia and is Co-Director of the Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools, which offers certificate programs in direct instruction and school leadership relating to SEL and character development.

ABOUT THE SESSION: Join Maurice as he presents When They Come for You… and They Will… Be Ready: School Counselors, SEL, and the Future. There is a surging wave washing over our schools, from coast to coast: Social-Emotional Learning (SEL).  Nowhere is the current stronger than in NJ.  A new statewide organization, SEL4NJ, is helping to navigate these waters. Where will school counselors be?  They came for the counselors for HIB, and they will come again for SEL.  This time, be ready.  Steer the ship. Recognize that anything you do—counseling with individuals, in groups or classrooms, fostering GRIT, preventing HIB, working with parents, etc.— is rooted in SEL and its systematic presence in your schools.  Learn how to unjumble the fragmented schoolhouse and promote student and staff social-emotional and character development and positive school climate.

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, October 3, 2019

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm


5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Pre-Conference Learning Session

8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

President’s Reception

Friday, October 4, 2019

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

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

NBCC Credit Information

New Jersey School Counselor Association, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2077.

  • Attend Thursday and Friday – Earn 8 CEU credits
  • Attend Friday only – Earn 5 CEU credits

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 2019 NJSCA Conference!

FULL Conference
(October 3-4)

(by September 6, 2019)

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

(after September 6, 2019)

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

Thursday Pre-Conference ONLY
(October 3)

(by September 6, 2019)

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

(after September 6, 2019)

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

Non-Member: $65

Friday ONLY
(October 4)

(by September 6, 2019)

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

(after September 6, 2019)

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 4, 2019 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.  

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.

Please make your check or purchase order payable to:
National Center for Youth
PO Box 22185
Chattanooga, TN 37422-2185

QUESTIONS?? Contact NCYI at 866.318.6294 or email or

Along with other documents

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 $114 per night, plus tax, which remains valid for reservations made by September 17, 2019, while rooms are available.


  • CALL:  (732) 287-3500. Please be sure to tell the hotel the group code: “SCA“.
  • REGISTER ONLINE:  Reservations can be made on the Crowne Plaza website. Choose the nights of October 2nd or 3rd or both nights, and then enter the Group Code “SCA” to receive the conference discount.
NJSCA 2018 Crown Plaza Hotel