November 22-23, 2019

Honor’s Haven Resort and Conference Center
1195 Arrowhead Road
Ellenville, NY 12428


Why am I an Educator?: Developing a Philosophical Identity

John Perricone

Friday, November 22 | 8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.


SPEAKER BIO: Mr. Perricone was a Health Educator and Psychology teacher in the Maine-Endwell School District in upstate N.Y. for thirty-one years. His love and passion for teaching have made him the recipient of local, state, and national “Excellence in Teaching” awards, and he was the recipient of Maine-Endwell’s Distinguished Teacher Award for twelve consecutive years since its inception. This award is voted on and presented by the Senior Class. He is a best selling author and a nationally sought keynote speaker, having been invited to speak all fifty states, and most recently he returned from his first international speaking engagement in South Korea.

After forty-five years of training, Mr. Perricone has received his 7th degree blackbelt — the highest rank that world renowned Master Hidy Ochiai has ever awarded in his fifty-two years of teaching.

ABOUT THE SESSION: Join John as he presents Why am I an Educator?: Developing a Philosophical Identity. Mr. Perricone will ask teachers to reflect upon the profundity of their mission as educators. He will provide insights, guidance, and philosophy (through practical, interactive exercises and discussions) that speak to the very soul of what it means to truly inhabit the identity, acumen, artistry, and passion of being a teacher.

Cultural Diversity & Motivating Students Suffering from Poverty

Michael DeLeon

Friday, November 22 | 1:15 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.


SPEAKER BIO: Michael R. DeLeon, a successfully acclimated ex-offender who after nearly 8 years of drug addiction and gang involvement, spent 12 years in state prison and half-way houses for a gang-related homicide. Since Michael’s release from prison, he has earned 3 Associates Degrees, a Baccalaureate Degree in Business Management, with a minor in Criminal Justice and a CADC Educational Certificate. Michael is now in the process of obtaining his Masters Degree in Social Work at Liberty University School of Social Work as well as pursuing his LCADC.

ABOUT THE SESSION: Join Michael as he presents Cultural Diversity & Motivating Students Suffering from Poverty. This session speaks to the unique and atypical issues that students deal with in districts that have a very diverse culture as well as a high concentration of families that live well below the poverty line. These districts also contain a large number of students that have either a parent incarcerated, or live with a guardian other than a biological parent. The effects of incarceration on children of the incarcerated is something that few educators are trained in, and this workshop specifically addresses techniques and methods to teach through these issues. There are specific tools that can be used to motivate students that deal with these issues and methods will be discussed and developed.

Unleashing the Superhero: Even Superheroes Need to Advocate

Jeff Ream

Saturday, November 23 | 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.


SPEAKER BIO: Jeff Ream is a high school counselor at North Tahoe High School in Tahoe City, CA. He has a Masters of Science degree in Educational Counseling with a PPS Credential from the University of La Verne. He is passionate about technology, advocacy and sharing what he has learned to support his school counseling colleagues. He was also honored as the 2018 California School Counselor of the Year. He is a board member with The California Association of School Counselors, speaks at conferences and districts around the country, founder (and partner with Carol Miller) of The School Counselor Community Scholarship program. He also writes The Counseling Geek, a blog to explore technology, tools, advocacy and job hunt tips for school counselors. He also runs The School Counselor Shop – a store to buy all things school counseling. He’s married with a 3 year old at home, loves to cook, and enjoys learning something new every day.

ABOUT THE SESSION: Join Jeff as he presents Unleashing the Superhero: Even Superheroes Need to Advocate. Being a school counselor (aka superheroes) comes with pros and cons. We get to work with the most awesome young people every day, support growth, change and development, help students position themselves to reach their goals and dreams and we get paid for it! All pros. But we also are battling high ratios, an identity crisis with under defined identities in our schools and nation, all time high levels of mental health and trauma related issues and so many more that make our superhero roles feel impossible at times.

All school counselors must learn and work on becoming expert advocates – for not only our students but for our professions. Be ready to learn about how you can advocate for the school counselor superheroes in you building, district, state and nation through some simple, yet profound ways. It’s time to put your capes New York. Let’s unleash the superhero within every school counselor – and it starts with you.

Tentative Schedule

Friday, November 22

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Registration & Breakfast

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 – John Perricone

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 – Michael DeLeon

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 23

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Registration & Breakfast

7:45 am – 8:00 am

Sponsor Presentation

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Keynote Speaker – Jeff Ream

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

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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 2019 New York State School Counselor Association Conference!

FULL Conference
(November 22-23, 2019)

(by October 18, 2019 – extended to November 2, 2019)

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

(after November 2, 2019)

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

Friday ONLY
(November 22, 2019)


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

Saturday ONLY
(November 23, 2019)


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

*You must be a current NYSSCA Member to receive the Member Price.

**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

Please Note: There will be no refunds after November 8, 2019. All cancellations before November 8, 2019 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.

Make Hotel Reservations Early! Limited Availability!


Honor’s Haven Resort and Conference Center

1195 Arrowhead Road
Ellenville, NY 12428


The Honor’s Haven Resort and Conference Center, the Conference’s host hotel, has a conference rate of $129 per night, plus tax, which remains valid for reservations made by October 21, 2019, while rooms are available.


Fill out the Hotel Reservation Form (see below) and send it via:

For questions, please call the hotel at 845-210-1600  or 877-969-4283 and select option 1.

Please bring this completed certificate with you at check in. Any questions please contact the hotel.

In the evening, make sure you take time to relax and enjoy all there is to do and see at the Honor’s Haven Resort and Conference Center! Relax by sitting on a rocking chair overlooking the mountains and lake. Rejuvenate by getting a massage or facial at the spa. Clear your mind by taking a walk on the many wooded paths around Honor’s Haven or at nearby Minnewaska State Park Preserve.

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!