Reeves, Melissa

Suicide and Non-Suicidal Self-Injury: Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention

Dr. Melissa Reeves

Sunday, September 23, 2018 | 3:00 p.m.


SPEAKER BIO:  Dr. Melissa Reeves, Ph.D., NCSP, LPC served as the 2016-2017 President of the National Association of School Psychologists. She is currently an Associate Professor at Winthrop University, SC in the psychology department and school psychology graduate program. Dr. Reeves is a nationally certified school psychologist, licensed special education teacher, licensed professional counselor, and former district coordinator of social/emotional/behavioral services. She has over 20 years’ experience working in public schools and a private school, in addition to providing mental health services in day and residential treatment settings. Dr. Reeves is a co-author of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention and Intervention curriculum, former Chair of the NASP School Safety and Crisis Response Committee which provides consultation and support to school districts across the country after large scale crisis events including school shootings and natural disasters. She travels both nationally and internationally training professionals in the areas of crisis prevention through recovery, threat and suicide assessment, the impact of trauma and PTSD on academic achievement, and cognitive behavior therapy in the school setting.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Dr. Reeves as she presents Suicide and Non-Suicidal Self-Injury: Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention. This workshop will discuss current statistics and legal cases, early identification of warning signs, primary prevention strategies to break the code of silence, an overview of suicide assessment models and procedures, and strategies for intervention and postvention activities, including those to prevent contagion. Emphasis will also be placed on school-based response and intervention on behalf of students who engage in non-suicidal, self-injurious (NSSI) behavior.

Griffith, Karen

Action Plans, Results Reports, and Perception Data

Dr. Karen Griffith

Sunday, September 23, 2018 | 3:00 p.m.


SPEAKER BIO:  Karen Griffith, PhD, LPC, worked in public education for 35 years, 27 as a school counselor, earning multiple state and national recognitions. Now retired, she works at the University of Georgia as an Assistant Professor (Term-Limited) in the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services, and with ASCA as a trainer on the national model, Lead RAMP Reviewer, and Peer Reviewer for the Journal of Counseling and Development. She has authored three books and several articles, and speaks at state and national conferences on a variety of topics. Her primary area of research is around resiliency.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Dr. Griffith as she presents Action Plans, Results Reports, and Perception Data. Action Plans and Results Reports document the essence of direct services delivered in a comprehensive school counseling program. The Action Plans detail the content and data collection plans of core curriculum lessons, small group experiences, and closing-the-gap activities. The Results Report demonstrate the impact of selected components within the action plans. Within the data plans and results are the three types of data identified by ASCA: process, perception, and outcome data. Perhaps the most challenging feature of these data is the perception data. Best delivered as a pre/post test, these assessments are driven by the Mindsets & Behaviors (Student Standards), link the intervention to the relevant outcome data achieved, and inform counselors on how to better serve students. This session will explain the writing of all three: action plans, results reports, and perception data assessments.

Taylor, Julia

Recognizing and Responding to Trauma: An Introduction for School Counselors

Dr. Julia Taylor

Sunday, September 23, 2018 | 3:00 p.m.


SPEAKER BIO: Dr. Julia V. Taylor is an assistant professor at the University of Virginia. She was previously the Dean of Student Services for the Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy, a public, all girls’ school located in Raleigh, NC. Originating from the Washington, DC area, Julia received her undergrad degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Health Education from George Mason University. She received her masters in Psychology with a concentration in School Counseling from Marymount University. Julia received her doctorate from Virginia Commonwealth University in Counselor Education and Supervision. Julia is the author of many books on body image and building relationships between girls. She frequently presents her research and experiences with educators, parents, and students at the national level.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Dr. Taylor as she presents Recognizing and Responding to Trauma: An Introduction for School Counselors. A growing number of youth are impacted by trauma. As research continues to grow in this area, we understand more about the devastating consequences trauma has on childhood outcomes. It is imperative for school counselors to recognize, understand, and address the unique needs of this growing population. This session will provide an overview of trauma, cognitive and behavioral implications of trauma in youth, the impact on academic outcomes, and prevention and intervention strategies for educators and school counselors. By the end of the sessions participants will specifically be able to recognize different types of trauma and trauma responses in youth and learn essential trauma-informed skills in schools and practice. They will also learn about the different types of trauma and the impact on youth and understand implications of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES) on trauma-informed practices for youth. Finally participants will understand how trauma manifests in children and adolescents, including cognitive and behavioral responses and understand the impact of trauma on the brain.

School Counseling 101 for Administrators

Leigh Bagwell

Sunday, September 23, 2018 | 3:00 p.m.


SPEAKER BIO: The session will be facilitated by Leigh Bagwell, Director of School Counseling Services, College, Career and Technical Education Division of the Tennessee Department of Education. It will also include administrator and counselor teams who will share how they have successfully implemented comprehensive school counseling programs in their schools. While attending with your school counselor is not required, it is encouraged.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Successful comprehensive school counseling programs are built on effective collaborations between the school administrator and school counselor. While many administrators value their counselors and the work that they do, they have not been given training on the scope and depth of that work. Administrators want to be equipped with information that will help them more effectively support their school counseling program.

School Counseling 101 for Administrators will provide participants the opportunity to build a strong foundation of comprehensive school counseling programs. We will discuss the multiple ways strong school counseling contributes to student success within the three domains of academic achievement, social and emotional development, and college and career readiness. The information will be framed within the context of the state board’s school counseling policy so that participants will be equipped to immediately apply the new knowledge to the implementation of that policy in their schools.

Dr. McQueen will bring greetings and an update from the Tennessee Department of Education

Dr. Candice McQueen

Scheduled to appear Monday, September 24, 2018 | 8:30 a.m.


SPEAKER BIO:  Dr. Candice McQueen was sworn in as Tennessee’s Commissioner of Education on January 17, 2015. Dr. McQueen began her career as a classroom teacher, teaching in both public and private elementary and middle schools before serving as senior vice president and dean of the college of education at Lipscomb University. She also served as a higher education faculty member and department chair before being named dean in 2008. While at Lipscomb, she founded the Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation. Dr. McQueen has been awarded multiple awards for both her teaching and the curriculum design of a new magnet school.

Closing the Attitude Gap: How to Fire Up Your Students to Strive for Success

Principal Baruti Kafele

Monday, September 24, 2018 | 11:15 a.m.


SPEAKER BIO:  A highly-regarded urban public school educator in New Jersey for over twenty years, Principal Kafele distinguished himself in the classroom and as a school leader. As an elementary school teacher in East Orange, NJ, he was selected as the East Orange School District and Essex County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. As a principal, he led the transformation of four different schools, including “the mighty” Newark Tech, which went from a low-performing school in need of improvement to recognition by U.S. News and World Report Magazine as one of America’s best high schools. Currently, Principal Kafele is one of the most sought-after speakers for transforming the attitudes of at-risk student populations in America.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Based on Principal Kafele’s best selling book, Closing the Attitude Gap: How to Fire Up Your Students to Strive for Success, Principal Kafele asserts that the various gaps in student achievement continue to rank amongst the most important discussions in education today. Equally important for educators is the continued lack of student motivation, undesirable student behaviors and apathy towards achievement across racial, ethnic and socioeconomic lines. In this high-energy, interactive session, Principal Kafele argues that one of the greatest difficulties to closing the various achievement gaps is the overwhelming assumption that achievement is in fact, the problem. He says that the achievement gap is a consequence of the failure to adequately address what he calls, the Attitude Gap (the gap between those students who have the will to strive for academic excellence and those who do not) that continues to persist in American classrooms. Principal Kafele contends that unmotivated, underachieving children are actually “most brilliant and most highly capable” but their attitudes toward themselves, toward learning and toward the prospects for their futures are preventing them from striving to maximize their potential. He says that when educators therefore make the transformation of their students’ attitudes toward themselves, learning and the prospects for their futures a priority, the probability for their achievement increases exponentially! Principal Kafele will provide educators with strategies within a framework for closing the attitude gap toward the ultimate elimination of underachievement in their classrooms and schools. He will simultaneously challenge educators to look honestly within themselves toward ensuring academic success through the following: environment for learning, attitudes toward students, relationship with students, compassion for students and relevance in instruction.

Counselors Thinking Outside the Box: Dealing with Students’ Trauma

David Moody

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 | 11:15 a.m.


SPEAKER BIO:  C. David Moody, Jr. is a native of Chicago, Illinois, who spent his childhood years there before relocating with his family to Ann Arbor, Michigan. From there, he matriculated to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, graduating with a degree in psychology in 1978. He then attended Howard University, earning a professional degree in architecture in 1981. In 1988, he established C. D. Moody Construction Company, Inc., now one of the largest African-American-owned construction companies in America. Moody also has a keen sense of community service. He founded the C.D. Moody Foundation to provide financial assistance for students with a passion for construction and entrepreneurship, and to date has awarded more than 80 individual scholarships. Besides contributing money, he devotes time to meeting with K-12 students, where he hopes to help students see the endless possibilities that are directly associated with hard work, perseverance, and a positive attitude. Moody is the author of Fighting through the Fear – My Journey of Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse, co-authored with his good friend and former Morehouse College roommate, Charles W. Cherry II. The book describes his harrowing personal journey as a childhood sexual abuse survivor. His personal blog site,, showcases his talents as a photographer, motivator and inspirational resource for healing for other survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: School counselors often times play a “first responders” role for students struggling with abuse issues…whether physical or sexual, or both. How counselors respond and proceed can have life changing affects on the students…whether it be a healing or negative outcome. Join Dave during this special closing keynote luncheon to hear about his journey in dealing with sexual abuse he encountered as a child, and to learn some ways to “think outside the box” when helping our students deal with trauma situations in their lives. You do not want to miss this powerful and inspirational closing session! You will leave the Institute knowing what you do changes lives, and that you are critical to our students’ success!

Tentative Schedule

Sunday, September 23, 2018

2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Registration Opens

2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Exhibits Open

3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Pre-Institute Session

Monday, September 24, 2018

7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Registration and Information Center Open

7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Exhibits Open

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Opening Session and Keynote Speaker – Dr. Candice McQueen

9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors

10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Lunch and Keynote Speaker – Principal Baruti Kafele

1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors

2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Exhibits Open

8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors

9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

11:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors

11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

General Session & Lunch, Keynote Speaker Dave Moody, Closing & Door Prizes

TASL credits for administrators and CEU credits (NBCC) for counselors will be available for attending the Institute. Details will be provided on site.

ACT will be offering two special update sessions immediately following TNSCALI. For more information and a link to register for this session visit the ACT sessions website.

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 2018 TN Schoool Counselor and Leadership Institute!



(Includes a Pre-Institute Learning Session)

Online registration is now closed. But we have room for you! Just come to the Institute 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.

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Make Hotel Reservations Early! Limited Availability!


Embassy Suites Murfreesboro Hotel and Convention Center

1200 Conference Center Blvd
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

The Embassy Suites, the Institute’s host hotel, has a conference rate of $142 per night, plus tax, which remains valid for reservations made by August 31, 2018, while rooms are available. The price includes full, cook-to-order breakfast and evening Manager’s Reception.


  • CALL:  (615) 890-4464 or (800) 362-2779. Please be sure to tell the hotel that your group / convention code if “SCA“.
  • REGISTER ONLINE:  Go to the Embassy Suites website.

If the Embassy Suites hotel is full, we have opened room blocks at two new hotels within easy walking distance (across the parking lot) from the Embassy Suites!


Hilton Garden Inn

1335 Conference Center Boulevard
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

The Hilton Garden Inn has a conference rate of $139 per night, plus tax, which remains valid for reservations made by September 9, 2018, while rooms are available. The price includes full, cook-to-order breakfast, just like the Embassy.


  • CALL:  (615) 225-2345. Please be sure to tell the hotel that your group / convention code if “TNSCA9“.
  • REGISTER ONLINE:  Go to the Hilton website.


Marriott Residence Inn –
Nashville SE Murfreesboro

1409 Conference Center Blvd
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

The Marriott Residence Inn has a conference rate of $139 per night, plus tax, which remains valid for reservations made by September 9, 2018, while rooms are available. The price includes a full, hot breakfast in the morning, and a light dinner at night!


  • CALL:  (615) 225-9250. Please be sure to tell the hotel that your group / convention code if “TSCL” or “TN SCALI Group 2018“.
  • REGISTER ONLINE:  Go to the Marriott website.

In the evening, make sure you take time to relax and enjoy the surrounding area. Click the images to see the things to do around the beautiful Embassy Suites.
Visit The Avenue, just minutes away and in walking distance from the Embassy Suites!

You can sit back and relax at the many restaurants at The Avenue, such as Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Longhorn Steakhouse and Chili’s Bar and Grill, along with others.

At The Avenue enjoy shopping at the Ann Taylor Loft, White House / Black Market, Off Broadway Shoes, Forever 21, and many more!

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!