November 12-14, 2020

Turning Stone Resort and Convention Center
5218 Patrick Rd
Verona, NY 13478


The Pre-Conference includes an additional opportunity for more professional development and CPE hours. The session covers more in-depth information and allows more opportunity for discussion. This session is not included in the conference registration fee. The session is at a minimal fee. Space is limited. Interested participants are encouraged to register early.

School Counselor Response and Intervention for Students’ Mental Health Needs

Tami Sullivan

Thursday, November 12, 2020


SPEAKER BIO: Tami is a faculty member at SUNY Oswego’s Graduate Counseling and Psychological Services Department. Dr. Sullivan graduated from the University of Rochester with a Ph.D in Counseling and Counselor Education, with specialist training in Family Therapy. At the University of Rochester, she completed a post-doctorate fellowship in Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disorders in the Department of Pediatrics at Strong Hospital.

In her earliest academic and professional experiences, she devoted over a decade to working as a certified school psychologist and enjoyed working with schools and agencies in coordinating educational and family supports for children with developmental disabilities particularly in the area of Applied Behavioral Analysis. She is committed to finding ways to advance social justice efforts and has spearheaded a non-profit collaboration in Western New York: Family Autism Community Together in Supports (FACTS) which supports children with neurodevelopmental differences and their families by connecting with community organizations through inclusion and collaboration.

Dr. Sullivan has launched several college partnerships in the Lafayette and Oswego school districts, establishing a counseling and family support center within the schools. She is a nationally certified counselor (NCC), and a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) With a scholarly background and career experiences that bridge the worlds of professional practice in the schools and child and family mental health, Dr. Sullivan conducts research on school mental health, consultation practices, and developmental response-to-intervention models. She also collaborates with Dr. Karen Mackie at the University of Rochester researching the use of social constructionist and collaborative language constructs that create a more transformative supervision practice. She is a member and holds leadership positions in several professional counseling organizations. She maintains a private mental health counseling practice, Unified Counseling Services in Brockport where she lives.

ABOUT THE SESSION: Join Tami as she presents School Counselor Response and Intervention for Students’ Mental Health Needs. School counselors are influential in the identification and support of students affected by anxiety, depression, substance abuse and trauma, as well as various other mental health concerns. Through the delivery of a comprehensive school counseling program, school counselors can be influential in promoting positive student mental health outcomes. Given school counselors’ instrumental role as members of student support teams, it is essential they possess the knowledge and tools necessary to identify and respond to growing student mental health challenges. This interactive full-day workshop will give participants the opportunity to learn how to identify and respond to a variety of mental health needs within a multi-level system of supports and how to appropriately integrate interventions into their comprehensive school counseling program, with scope of practice and ethical considerations in mind. Participants will learn skills and interventions that can be incorporated into their work.

Embrace and Empower the Unicorns

Brian Coleman

Friday, November 13, 2020 | 8:15 a.m.


SPEAKER BIO: Brian Coleman, a school counselor and counseling department chair at Jones College Prep in Chicago, Ill., has been named the 2019 School Counselor of the Year by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). Coleman is a graduate of Northwestern University and DePaul University. He has served as a school counselor at Jones College Prep since 2014.

Coleman, a former actor, found his love for education and students while performing with About Face Theatre company and its youth talk-back program. He recognized that serving as a school counselor would afford him with daily opportunities to “support, validate and affirm the next generation of leaders and change agents.”

While at Jones College Prep, Coleman collaborated with the Student Government Association to spearhead a revised sexual health education program for 377 sophomore students. His holistic approach to school counseling at Jones College Prep includes advocating for expanded education and knowledge for students as well as school staff.

Coleman, who earned his Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) designation in 2017, collaborated with the school team to create extensive social/emotional programming at the freshman level as well as enhanced the school community’s awareness of social/emotional learning as an important facet of the high school experience.

ABOUT THE SESSION: Join Brian as he presents Embrace and Empower the Unicorns. As school counselors, we recognize strengths and gifts in our students that they may not see in themselves. When we harness our own unique gifts, we can create a safe and accountable space for students to shine a light on their own. Brian will share how you can use your individual strengths to enhance your counseling program and related interventions.

Participants will:

  • Learn how to use personal strengths to build rapport with students
  • Discuss (and role play) practical strategies to engage students
  • Identify comprehensive school counseling program components that increase student outcomes.

Leveraging School Counselors to Promote Educational Equity and Justice

Mandy Savitz-Romer

Saturday, November 14, 2020 | 8:00 a.m.


SPEAKER BIO: Mandy Savitz-Romer is the Nancy Pforzheimer Aronson Senior Lecturer in Human Development and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). Her professional experience has focused on linking research to practice in the field of school counseling and school-based student support programs. To date, much of her work has examined how school and community-based programs increase postsecondary access and degree attainment. Before joining the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Savitz-Romer was the associate director of the Boston Higher Education Partnership, where she led research, policy and programmatic initiatives focused on promoting college access, readiness and support for Boston Public School students. Dr. Savitz-Romer is a former school counselor and directed various enrichment programs for middle school, high school and first-year college students in the Boston Public Schools, Boston University, Boston College and Simmons College. Savitz-Romer is the author of Fulfilling the Promise: Reimagining School Counseling to Advance Student Success (Harvard Education Press, 2019). She is also the co-author of Ready, Willing, and Able: A Developmental Approach to College Access and Success (Harvard Education Press 2012) and Technology and Engagement: Making Technology Work for First-Generation College Students (Rutgers University Press, 2018). She is director of HGSE’s master’s program in Prevention Science and Practice (PSP). Her research interests include college access and retention for urban students; school counselor development; K-16 policies and reform; and school-university partnerships.

ABOUT THE SESSION: Join Mandy as she presents Leveraging School Counselors to Promote Educational Equity and Justice. In this keynote, Dr. Mandy Savitz Romer will describe what is possible when schools and districts draw upon the talents of their school counselors and put them at the center of students’ school experience. She will share how counselors can provide an “academic home” in which school counselors are a first point of contact for student support and weave a web of networked supports to support students. By offering this framing and specific strategies for how to advocate for their programs, school counselors can make changes in their own schools and districts to promote educational equity and achievement.

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, November 12, 2020

9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Registration and Information Center Open

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Pre-Conference: Part 1 – Tami Sullivan

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Pre-Conference: Part 2 – Tami Sullivan

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm


3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Pre-Conference: Part 3 – Tami Sullivan

Friday, November 13, 2020

7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Registration and Information Center Open

7:00 am – 8:00 am


7:45 am – 8:00 am

Sponsor Presentation

8:00 am – 8:15 am

Welcome Conference Opening

8:15 am – 9:15 am

Keynote Speaker – Brian Coleman

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Workshop Session 1

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Break & Exhibits

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Workshop Session 2

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

Lunch & Awards Presentation

1:15 pm – 2:10 pm

Keynote Speaker

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Level Networking

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Graduate Students Poster Session

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Exhibitor Rally / Break / Raffle Winners

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm

Workshop Session 3

4:50 pm – 5:50 pm

Workshop Session 4

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Dinner “on your own”

8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

NYSSCA Social Event

Saturday, November 14, 2020

7:00 am – 12:30 pm

Registration and Information Center Open

7:00 am – 8:00 am


7:45 am – 8:00 am

Sponsor Presentation

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Keynote Speaker – Mandy Savitz-Romer

9:00 am – 9:45 am

Annual Membership Business Meeting

9:45 am – 10:15 am

Coffee Break & Exhibits

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Workshop Session 5

11:40 am – 12:40 pm

Workshop Session 6

12:45 pm – 2:00 pm

Lunch & Closing Remarks

2:00 pm

Conference Closes

NYSSCA is an approved CTLE provider. These credits will be available at the conference. More details to come.

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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 New York State School Counselor Association Conference!

MAIN Conference
(November 13-14)

(by October 12, 2020)

Professional Member*: $250
Graduate Student Member*: $180
Non-Member: $300

(after October 12, 2020)

Professional Member*: $265
Graduate Student Member*: $205
Non-Member: $315

Thursday ONLY
(November 12, 2020)


Member*: $60
Non-Member: $110

Friday ONLY
(November 13, 2020)


Professional Member*: $200
Graduate Student Member*: $100
Non-Member: $250

Saturday ONLY
(November 14, 2020)


Professional Member*: $175
Graduate Student Member*: $80
Non-Member: $220

*Your NYSSCA Membership must be good through November 14, 2020 for qualify for Member rates. To renew or become a member visit

**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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*Purchase orders must be made payable to National Center for Youth Issues.

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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 NYSSCA 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 October 30, 2020. All cancellations before October 30, 2020 will be refunded less a $25 handling fee. You may however substitute a colleague at no additional cost. The association is not responsible for and cannot give refunds due to problems beyond its control, such as weather and 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 NYSSCA 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!


Turning Stone Resort and Convention Center

5218 Patrick Rd
Verona, NY 13478


The Turning Stone Resort and Convention Center, the Conference’s host hotel, has a conference rate of $139 per night, plus tax, which remains valid for reservations made by October 19, 2020, while rooms are available.


  • CALL:  (800) 771-7711. Please be sure to tell the hotel that you are with the “New York School Counselor Association.”

Come Learn and Play!

Turning Stone is home to dozens of restaurants and bars. Enjoy dinner at TS Steakhouse, Pino Blanco, or Peach Blossom. Get some retail therapy at Turning Stone’s Commons and Shoppes, featuring boutique shopping, one-of-a-kind pottery and art, and unique gifts. Experience the excitement and live music at Tin Rooster, Lava Nightclub, or The Gig. Unwind and be rejuvenated in their spas, Ahsi and Skana.  Turning Stone has a variety of options for your entertainment.

Click here to see all the fun you can have at Turning Stone.

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!