Save the Date!

March 1-2, 2019
Gold Coast Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas, NV



Hey, We Can Do This! Getting It Right on Mental Health

Tara Rolstad

Friday, March 1, 2019 | 12:15 p.m. 


SPEAKER BIO: Tara Rolstad is an advocate, author and comedian who helps audiences better understand the experiences of those who struggle with mental health and their families, and guides communities to become safer, more effective and loving for those with mental health challenges. Because mental health affects everyone… with a brain.
Tara is also the founder and director of Shattering Stigma with Stories: Understanding Mental Health, producing mental health conferences for school districts, faith communities, and other organizations that have reached more than 1500 people. She has also performed stand-up comedy around the Pacific Northwest with Stand Up for Mental Health and Mental Health at the Mic, and is co-author of the book No, Really, We WANT You to Laugh: Mental Illness and Stand-Up Comedy: Transforming Lives.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Tara as she presents Hey, We Can Do This! Getting It Right on Mental Health. When mental illness happens to someone we know, often we don’t know what to do. Tara shares her inspiring story of raising nieces with severe mental illness, and what she learned about the needs of families and individuals struggling with mental illness. In this session, you will learn easy ways you can help, whether it’s a student, colleague, friend, neighbor, or a member of your own family, and practical tips on how you and your organization can make simple changes to more effectively serve families and individuals living with mental illness.

Be the One

John Hodge

Saturday, March 2, 2019 | 9:30 a.m. 


SPEAKER BIO: Dr. John W. Hodge’s career has been defined by assisting students and teachers with overcoming obstacles and achieving goals. He has served as an inspirational speaker across the United States and has been a guest lecturer at Christopher Newport University, Hampton University, North Carolina A&T State University and George Washington University. Dr. Hodge is a trained facilitator for the (SREB) Leadership Initiative Modules “Leading Assessment and Instruction” and “Creating a High Performance Learning Culture”, and a trained assessor and facilitator in the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) “Developing the 21st Century Principal” program.
Dr. Hodge is the president and co-founder of Urban Learning and Leadership Center (ULLC), an organization focused on student achievement and reduction of the achievement gap. He has served as a reading teacher, English teacher, AVID teacher, Assistant Principal and Associate Director of AVID Center Eastern Division. He served as Director of An Achievable Dream Academy, an inner city school that piloted many of the interventions used by Urban Learning and Leadership Center. An Achievable Dream Academy is a high performing, high poverty school that has received numerous national awards.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Dr. Hodge as he presents BE THE ONE! He will discuss how the education of America’s youth is a challenging prospect when one considers the many burdens faced by impoverished children and their families. Research indicates that poverty need not be a barrier to academic excellence. As co-author of the book Standing in the Gap, Dr. Hodge states, “Across the nation, schools are demonstrating that it can be done: That students can reach high standards, that all children can succeed, that the gap between white and minority students, poor and affluent, can be closed.” More often than not, one caring adult can make all the difference in the world. Dr. Hodge’s presentation will encourage all of us to  BE THE ONE!

Getting Students to Change

Cass Dykeman

Saturday, March 2, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. 


SPEAKER BIO: Cass Dykeman received his master’s in School Counseling from the University of Washington and his doctorate in Counseling from the University of Virginia. Dykeman is also a cum laude graduate of Claremont McKenna College where he was an Army ROTC distinguished military graduate (top 10% of cadets nationwide). He served as both an elementary school and high school counselor in Seattle. At present, Dykeman is an associate professor of counseling at Oregon State University. He has published 2 books, 32 book chapters, and 40 academic journal articles. In addition to his Washington state certification as a school counselor, he is a National Certified Counselor, National Certified School Counselor, and Master Addiction Counselor. Cass’s research expertise is in the use of linguistics to study counseling processes and outcomes. He recently finished his sabbatical studies at the University of Salamanca (Spain).

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Cass as he presents Getting Students to Change. School and addiction counselors share a lot in common. With both, clients present for counseling because of a mandate from some authority. Thus, like addiction counselors, school counselors often face resistant and even surly clients. The presenter brings a unique perspective on this situation being both a national certified school and addiction counselor. During this session, Cass will present brief skills from the addiction field that school counselors can use with a wide variety of issues in their students. These skills build upon the skills that school counselors already possess so what you learn can be used right away. This session will be hands-on with lots of examples. Join us and learn how to make your work less frustrating and more effective.

Linda Cavazos

Friday, March 1, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. 


Linda P. Cavazos was appointed to the Clark County School District (CCSD) Board of Trustees on August 17, 2017. She is the representative for District G.

Ms. Cavazos first began college at Arizona State University before transferring to, and graduating from, UNLV with a Bachelors in Secondary Education and a Masters in Educational Psychology and Counseling She has spent more than 40 years in Southern Nevada working in the Henderson/Las Vegas community. Ms. Cavazos also worked as a food server to help finance her university education, and after graduation, taught at Basic High School for 15 years. She then was an adjunct instructor at UNLV for 9 years, while beginning a private counseling practice. Trustee Cavazos currently works as a family therapist part time, working with young children and adolescents, suicide and gun violence survivors, and veterans suffering from PTSD. She believes the trustee position is an effective way to combine her counseling and teaching experience into meeting the many challenges that our students, staff, and communities face at this time.

Eric Sparks

Friday, March 1, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. 


Eric Sparks is Assistant Director for the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) where he facilitated the development of the ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs (3rd ed.) and the ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success: K-12 College-and Career-Readiness Standards for Every Student, and the ASCA School Counselor Professional Standards and Competencies. He is a former high school counselor and Director of School Counseling for the Wake County Public School System (NC). He has also served the school counseling profession as President of ASCA and the North Carolina School Counselor Association. Sparks is a school counseling graduate of North Carolina State University and earned a doctorate in Education Leadership from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

Tentative Schedule

March 1, 2019

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Registration and Information Center Open

9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Exhibits Open

8:45 am – 10:15 am

President’s Welcome with Featured Speakers:
Dr. Linda Cavazos and Eric Sparks

10:15 am – 11:00 am

Welcome Keynote featuring Clark County School District Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara

11:00 am – 11:20 am

Exhibitor Break

11:20 am – 12:10 pm

Breakout Session 1

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm

Keynote Luncheon with Tara Rolstad

1:30 pm – 1:50 pm

Exhibitor Break

1:50 pm – 2:40 pm

Breakout Session 2

2:40 pm – 3:00 pm

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors

3:00 pm – 3:50 pm

Breakout Session 3

3:50 pm – 4:10 pm

Exhibitor Break

4:10 pm – 5:00 pm

Breakout Session 4

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

President’s Reception with Exhibitors

March 2, 2019

7:30 am – 3:30 pm

Registration and Information Center Open

7:30 am – 12:00 pm

Exhibits Open

8:15 am – 9:30 am

Awards Breakfast

9:30 am – 10:20 am

Keynote Session with John Hodge

10:20 am – 10:40 am

Exhibitor Break

10:40 am – 11:30 am

Breakout Session 5

11:30 am – 11:45 am

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors

11:45 am – 12:35 pm

Breakout Session 6

12:35 pm – 2:00 pm

Boxed Lunch

2:00 pm – 2:50 pm

Breakout Session 7

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Closing Keynote Session with Cass Dykeman

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

NvSCA Membership Meeting

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 NvSCA Conference!

Full Conference
(March 1-2, 2019)

(extended to January 21, 2019)

 – NvSCA Member**: $165
– NON-Member***: $215

– NvSCA Member**: $90

– NON-Member***: $125

(January 22 – February 15, 2019)

 – NvSCA Member**: $215
– NON-Member***: $265

– NvSCA Member**: $115

– NON-Member***: $140

(after February 15, 2019)

 – NvSCA Member**: $265
– NON-Member***: $315

– NvSCA Member**: $140

– NON-Member***: $175

**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.
**NvSCA membership must be good through the dates of the conference.
***By registering as a NON-Member you will receive a complimentary NvSCA membership.


Online registration is now closed. But we have room for you! Just come to the Conference with your purchase order, or credit card, check or cash and you can register on-site in just a couple minutes!

Please make your check or purchase order payable to: National Center for Youth Issues
Mail the check or purchase order and Registration Form to the address above.

QUESTIONS?? Contact NCYI at 866.318.6294 or email or

Please note: There will be no refunds after February 8, 2019. All cancellations before February 8, 2019 will be refunded less a $25 handling fee. The association is not responsible for and cannot give refunds due to problems beyond its control, such as weather and school closings.

Make Hotel Reservations Early! Limited Availability!


Gold Coast Hotel and Casino

4000 W Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89103


The Gold Coast Hotel and Casino has a conference rate of $45 plus tax on Thursday night and $110 plus tax on Friday and Saturday nights, which remains valid for reservations made by February 5, 2019, while rooms are available. There will be a resort fee of $20.99 added as well. Parking and Valet Service are provided FREE of charge.


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