VSCA ONLINE
Information Page

March 4-5, 2021

Thank you for attending our first VSCA Online. We hope to see you this Fall!

Save today for a brighter tomorrow!

Virginia529 is a tax advantage savings program that helps families save for future education expenses. You can open an account with as little as $10 and save at your own pace through a variety of investment options.

Money saved grows tax-free and may qualify for a Virginia state tax deduction. Savings can be used at eligible educational institutions around the country- including colleges and universities, trade schools, training programs and even private or religious K-12 schools.

Visit our virtual booth to learn more or to invite Virignia529 to your schools next event! Click the button below to invite us to visit your schools!

For more information please contact Brittany Bullock, Marketing Associate (Central and Tidewater) or Ashlee Nemeth, Marketing Associate (Southwest VA)

When our community is faced with freezing blizzards, global pandemics, and security challenges, the Virginia Army National Guard is there to answer the call. We rescue the stranded. We help the sick. We protect the threatened. Join the Virginia Army National Guard and stand-up when your community needs you the most. Your part-time service can make all the difference in the world and at home. Plus, you get paid career training to learn job skills that translate to the civilian world and other great benefits. Visit nationalguard.com/va for more information.

SCUTA is used by school counselors and school districts to develop a data-driven, evidence based school counseling program. It follows the ASCA National Model® recommendations and offers confidential, comprehensive documentation and use of time analysis system. It is an invaluable tool for School Counselors who want to do best practice, keep accurate records and develop a data driven school counseling program.
School Counselors using SCUTA, have the ability to clearly illustrate the nature of their work and school needs with supervisors and stakeholders

For more information please contact Cathy.

Since 1933, The Barry Robinson Center has been improving the lives of children. As a premier nonprofit organization, we’re keenly focused on our mission that gives families hope. On our 32-acre campus in Norfolk, Virginia, we offer exceptional behavioral health residential treatment for military-connected youth ages 6 to 17. We have served families from 40 states and several other countries. Our residential program includes a medical team, mental health professionals, licensed and accredited school, and therapeutic recreational activities to provide holistic treatment for each child. Besides the residential program, our innovative community-based services include therapeutic foster care and ABA services.

At Quaver SEL, our principal mission is to support a Culture of Caring in elementary schools around the world. We present an innovative approach to social and emotional learning that focuses on the unique needs of PreK-5 students and the teachers and counselors who support them! We believe:

  •  When students feel valued and cared for, they are happier and achieve more academically.
  •  When educators feel equipped to support the whole-child, they are more successful in their work and experience greater job satisfaction.

Learn more about opportunities with QuaverSEL.

Carter Machinery’s nationally recognized and fully accredited program provides individuals with a strong mechanical aptitude who are graduating high school or exiting the military with the tools necessary to begin a rewarding career as a construction equipment technician.

  • High school graduates welcome to apply
  • Approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs; Carter is certified to provide training and education to eligible veterans who are hired into the program.
  • Approved by Virginia’s Department of Labor
  • Apprentice employees receive 2,000 hours of on-the-job training and mentoring, plus 400 hours of classroom and online instruction.
  • Carter connects with local students in grades 11-12 by working with Virginia vocational-technical schools to promote opportunities within the skilled trades industry.

DialCare is a virtual and telephonic counseling service. You can give your students ages 11 and older access to mental health assistance no matter where they are. Members can use their phone, tablet or computer for sessions with mental health professionals from the comfort of their home or on the go. Let our mental health professionals help give you peace of mind.\

For more information contact Becca Bean, Assistant Vice President via email.

Students not only benefit from exceptional academics and a commitment to affordability at Longwood University—a U.S. News & World Report top 10 public university in the South—but also countless impactful moments that add up to a life-changing experience. From landing a dream internship to assisting faculty on groundbreaking research, these flashes of discovery can launch a career or inspire a new passion. Meanwhile, our transformative liberal arts curriculum creates strong leaders, while real-world learning develops the skills most in demand today. Other advantages include a supportive community and a safe and welcoming college town in the heart of Virginia.

The College Funding Coach® was founded in 2002 to help families better understand the complex strategies for paying for college and making higher education more affordable. Through our nationwide educational workshop, Little-known Secrets of Paying for College, The College Funding Coach® team has helped thousands of families save and pay for college without bankrupting their retirement nest egg. This free comprehensive workshop is taught in public and private elementary, middle and high schools. During this time of uncertainty, significant changes to the FAFSA, and lingering questions, The College Funding Coach has an unwavering focus on adding value for the parents, counselors, friends, and families we know and meet.

For more information please contact Andrea Ashton via email or at 703.430.0789.

The College Board is the nation’s largest college-going organization, helping millions of students navigate the transition from high school to college each year through programs like the SAT, AP, and BigFuture.

For more information please contact Valerie Keating, Director, K-12 – VA, State and District Partnerships via email or Libby Brown, Associate Director, K-12 – VA, State and District Partnerships via email.

Since our founding in 1909, Milton Hershey School has helped children break the cycle of poverty. We are a place where students can be their greatest selves, meeting their potential with life-changing opportunity.

MHS thrives as a cost-free, private, coeducational home and school for more than 2,100 boys and girls from families of lower income across the U.S. Students receive an excellent education, nurturing home life, college and career readiness support, and comprehensive health and wellness care, including medical and dental services, food, and clothing.

Thursday, March 4, 2021 | 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Pre-Conference Learning Sessions include additional opportunities for more professional development hours. The sessions generally cover more in-depth information and allow more opportunity for discussion.

These sessions are not included in the conference registration fee. Sessions are at a minimal fee.

If you are interested in viewing more than one session, you will be charged the fee for each sessionAll Pre-Conference sessions are being shown live at the same time. Watch one Pre-Conference session live and then watch the other recorded Pre-Conference sessions later.

You can now view more than one Pre-Conference session!

Opalewski, Dave

WATCH LIVE!

March 4, 2021
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Recorded session also available after the event

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

David Opalewski

(This session is not included in the main conference fee.)

 

SPEAKER BIO:  David Opalewski is President of Grief Recovery Inc., in Saginaw, Michigan, a certified Death and Dying and Suicide Prevention Instructor for Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. He is also a certified support group facilitator and child trauma specialist, along with being a 33 year veteran of K-12 education; 25 years as a classroom teacher and 8 years as the Director of At-Risk Programs. He worked 3 years part time in a funeral home as an aftercare consultant, working with families of the deceased and pioneered the Saginaw County Aftercare Adult Support Group. He is ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) trained.

His published books are, Confronting Death in the School Family, Answering the Cry for Help: A Suicide Prevention for Schools and Communities, Understanding and Addressing Adolescent Grief Issues, and Understanding and Addressing Children Grief Issues. Mr. Opalewski has been published several times in professional journals and is a highly sought after speaker at state and national conferences conducting professional development trainings for several school districts throughout the Country. He was recognized as the “2010 Advocate of the Year” at Central Michigan University for guiding college freshman and a nominee for the 2010/11 and 2012/13 “Excellence in Education” Award. He has recently retired as Professor Emeritus for Central Michigan University in the Teacher Education and Professional Development Department.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join David as he presents Suicide and Non-Suicidal Self-Injury Prevention, Intervention and Postvention. This session will explore the prevalence and difference of these self-destructive behaviors. Learn how to distinguish between suicidal (lethal) and non-suicidal (non-lethal) behaviors, and learn about a three step process used in working with a suicidal person (why and how). Come and discover coping techniques which can be taught to someone who is self-injurious. Also, learn how to help parents to appropriately support a suicidal or self-injurious child. Misconceptions associated with suicidal and self-injurious behaviors, risk factors for youth who self-injure and postvention (creating healing and encouraging school environments in response to these issues) will also be discussed.

Dave will also present a live extended breakout session.

Confronting Death in the School Family

Friday, March 5
10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., Repeated 12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

This session is designed to assist school staff to develop appropriate and helpful procedures and policies in dealing with tragedy for students, as well as themselves, as they care for the school family. The afternoon portion of the workshop explores helpful concepts in understanding children grief and adolescent grief, as well as basic grief theory. It is not the expression, but the suppression of feelings that is most harmful when going through a painful loss. When working with grieving children and adolescents, we discover their two greatest needs are for trust and truth. This presentation will help participants expand their knowledge and skills in guiding children and adolescents through the grief process.

Williams, Deirdra

WATCH LIVE!

March 4, 2021
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Recorded session also available after the event

The Model Works! Developing and Using ASCA National Model Documents

Deirdra Williams

(This session is not included in the main conference fee.)

 

SPEAKER BIO: Deirdra has earned a Master’s degree in School Counseling and School Administration. She also is a National Board Certified Teacher in K-12 School Counseling. She applies her knowledge each day maintaining a comprehensive school counseling program, and serving as a certified trainer for the American School Counselor Association. She enjoys working at the secondary level, ensuring her students position themselves well to have a positive transition to meet their chosen college and career goals. She believes all students can learn and educators must meet them where they are to get them moving.

Deirdra has been a school counselor for over 22 years. She uses advocacy, collaboration, and leadership to influence systemic changes that support achievement for all students. Using the framework of the ASCA National Model has strengthened her abilities and created even more positive outcomes for students. During her tenure she has led two separate counseling teams to RAMP status, one in the school’s second year of existence. She has been a RAMP Reviewer, a lead RAMP Reviewer and now serves as a RAMP team captain. She enjoys supporting counselors in documenting the work of their school counseling program as well as helping counselors and administrators to strengthen their partnerships for the sake of student achievement.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Deirdra as she presents The Model Works! Developing and Using ASCA National Model Documents. Stop the talk! Dig in and just do it. Change your ASCA National Model from talk to action. Complete actual documents to show the work of your school counseling program. Need a mission statement? Not sure how to complete a results report? Leave this session with actual working documents you can share with your building administrator and other stakeholders. Are you ahead of the game and just need to prepare your RAMP application? Join the session and be ready to meet the next deadline. School counseling teams are encouraged to attend.

Deirdra will also present a live extended breakout session.

Friday, March 5
10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., Repeated 12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Jamison, Robert

WATCH LIVE!

March 4, 2021
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Recorded session also available after the event

#VSCAinAction: Social Justice and Advocacy at Work in Schools and Beyond

Robert Jamison and Marsha Rutledge

(This session is not included in the main conference fee.)

 

SPEAKER BIOS: Robert Jamison is currently the Coordinator of School Counseling Services at the Virginia Beach City Public Schools. He has numerous years of experience as a School Counselor and also as a School Counseling Department Chair. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Virginia as well as his Master of Science in Education in School Counseling and his Education Specialist degrees from Old Dominion University. Mr. Jamison supports school counselors across the state of Virginia as a member of the Board of Directors for the Virginia School Counselor Association. And, he recently served on the Virginia Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, established by Governor McAuliffe in Executive Order 69. Mr. Jamison has spoken at numerous state and national conferences. Whether conducting professional development activities or supporting students and families, Mr. Jamison enjoys working and collaborating with all stakeholders.

Marsha L. Rutledge is an Assistant Professor in the Counselor Education program at Longwood University. Dr. Rutledge is a former Professional School Counselor with 18 years school counseling experience. Dr. Rutledge’s research interests include career development of racial-ethnic minority female youth, improving outcomes for minoritized student populations, and culturally responsive school counseling. Dr. Rutledge is an active member of the Virginia School Counselor Association where she has served in many capacities, most recently as the Chair of the Communications and Public Relations Committee. She has recently been tasked to serve on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee with the American School Counselor Association. Dr. Rutledge has presented at several national, state, and local conferences.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Robert and Marsha as they present #VSCAinAction: Social Justice and Advocacy at Work in Schools and Beyond. Social justice and advocacy work is not a one time conversation or action, but a never-ending commitment to change. Understanding the complexity of the intersection between COVID-19 and present racial tension, school counselors are called to action to implement social justice and advocacy through leadership and collaboration with educational professionals and stakeholders to foster systemic change. This session is designed to create a safe space that allows participants to begin to and/or continue to digest the meaning of Anti-racist school counseling work through a historical and current climate context. We will engage in honest conversations relative to school counselors’ obligation to protect the student rights outlined in the ASCA Ethical Standards. Participants should be prepared to critically think and meaningfully dialogue to ensure #VSCAinAction through social justice and advocacy is integral to school cultures, communities and beyond.

WATCH LIVE!

March 5, 2021
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Recorded session also available after the event

The Future of School Counseling in Virginia

Sarah Bazemore

Opening Keynote Speaker

 

SPEAKER BIO: Sarah Bazemore is the School Counseling Specialist and Student Assistance Systems Coordinator within the Office of Student Services at the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). Prior to joining the VDOE, Sarah was a school counselor, school counseling coordinator, behavior interventionist, special education teacher, and middle school math teacher. Additionally, she has served as an adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and was the Virginia School Counselor of the Year in 2019. She works with school divisions and school counselors throughout the state to encourage best practices in the development of students’ academic, behavioral, and social-emotional needs. Sarah’s work focuses on infusing equity and trauma-informed practices, building mental-health supports, fostering positive school climate, integrating alternatives to suspension through student-centered behavior intervention techniques, supporting community school implementation, and maximizing the impact of Virginia school counselors through evidence-based practices. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, playing soccer, and exploring the outdoors with her pup Herbie.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Sarah as she presents The Future of School Counseling in Virginia. “What does a school counselor actually DO in Virginia?” The answer, “it depends.” A school counselor’s role and the counseling services they provide vary dramatically from one school building to the next. The evolution of the school counseling profession has resulted in inconsistent roles and functions throughout the field. Not all school counseling programs have been able to adapt to meet the growing mental health needs of students. The barriers to program development vary but one thing is clear, the need for evidence-based, comprehensive, school counseling has never been greater. One step towards developing consistency is to create common school counseling program components for Virginia. Consistency creates clarity and promotes a common professional identity that includes both an educational and mental health focus. Maximizing the potential of students in Virginia means giving all students access to the comprehensive school counseling program they deserve.

Sarah will also present a live extended breakout session.

Friday, March 5
10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., Repeated 12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

WATCH LIVE!

March 5, 2021
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Recorded session also available after the event

School Counselors for Social Justice: Closing the Intention-Behavior Gap

Dr. Joseph Williams

Closing Keynote Speaker

 

SPEAKER BIO: Joseph Williams is an Associate Professor in the Counselor Education Program at the University of Virginia. He is a faculty affiliate with Youth-Nex: The U.Va. Center to Promote Effective Youth Development, and with the Center for Race and Public Education in the South. He earned his Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision from the University of Iowa and his M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Minnesota State University. He has over 10 years of practical experience counseling children, adolescents, and families in both school and mental health settings.

His primary line of research focuses on identifying the protective factors and underlying processes that contribute to the academic resilience of K-12 students of color and those from low-income backgrounds. His secondary line of interest include multicultural and social justice training practices for (K-12) counselors, educators, and other helping professionals. In addition to publishing scholarly articles and book chapters in these areas, he also consults with school districts, communities, associations, and corporations to improve diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts and engage people in productive dialogue and action.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Joseph as he presents School Counselors for Social Justice: Closing the Intention-Behavior Gap. Most school counselors would say they embrace their professional roles as multicultural/ social justice leaders, advocates, and change agents as it relates to closing opportunity gaps in their schools. Some do so for strategic reasons, perhaps to mirror their school’s mission and goals; others value social justice because it is the right thing to do. Yet for many school counselors, gaps often appear between rhetoric and action. Research shows that intentions do not adequately predict social justice-related behaviors. This keynote address will explore the personal and professional obstacles that prevent school counselors from engaging in social justice work and offer tips for turning good intentions into actions.

Joseph will also present a live extended breakout session.

Identifying and Responding to Microaggressions at (K-12) School

Friday, March 5
10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Microaggressions can be defined as daily verbal, behavioral or environmental messages (whether intentional or unintentional) that communicate that a person’s identity or social group membership is less valued or perceived negatively. New research shows that students of color and other marginalized student groups regularly experience microaggressions at school from friends, classmates, teachers, and school administrators. These everyday occurrences may, on the surface, appear quite harmless or trivial, but research indicates they have a powerful impact upon the behavior and academic performance of students. This interactive workshop will help school counselors learn how to recognize and respond to microaggressions at school and in everyday situations.

VSCA Online offers both live and recorded sessions!

Pre-Conference, Keynote, and selected breakout sessions will be broadcast live. About one week following the conference, the live sessions will be available to watch if missed on the 4th-5th. Plus, more than 40 prerecorded breakout sessions covering multiple topics will also be available. These sessions will be available to view until May 7, 2021.

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, March 4, 2021

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Pre-Conference Learning Session
with Dave Opalewski

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Pre-Conference Learning Session
with Deirdra Williams

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Pre-Conference Learning Session
with Marsha Rutledge & Robert Jamison

Friday, March 5, 2021

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Opening Session Kick Off: Welcome, Introduction, & Awards
Keynote Speaker: Sarah Bazemore

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Break

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Extended Breakout Session
with Sarah Bazemore

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Extended Breakout Session
with Deirdra Williams

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Extended Breakout Session
with Dave Opalewski

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Extended Breakout Session
with Joseph Williams

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Lunch on Your Own

12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Repeated Extended Breakout Session
with Sarah Bazemore

12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Repeated Extended Breakout Session
with Deirdra Williams

12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Repeated Extended Breakout Session
with Dave Opalewski

1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Break

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Closing General Session with VSCA
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Joseph Williams

NBCC Credits

The Virginia School Counseling Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6606. Programs that do not qualify for the NBCC credit will be clearly identified.  All qualified sessions viewed on March 4th & 5th are eligible for NBCC credit according to NBCC guidelines.

Registration has Closed

We hope you join us next year!

Become a VSCA Member!

You can save on your conference registration by becoming a member of the VSCA!

Before registering for the conference, please visit the VSCA website and become a member or renew your annual membership to save. Under the membership menu, click the “JOIN” link…or, you can now join when you register for the conference. Membership runs for one year from date of joining or renewal.
Current members: Please make sure that your membership is good through March 5, 2021. If you choose to bundle your membership with conference registration, then another year will be added to your current membership.
New members: If you choose to bundle your membership with your conference registration, your membership will last one year from the date you submit payment. If you choose to join by visiting www.vsca.org and then pay for your conference registration separately, your membership will begin the date you submit payment.

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 2021 VSCA Online Conference!

Pre-Conference Sessions
(March 4, 2021)

PER SESSION
Professional / Regular Member*: $30
Student / Retiree / Emeritus Member*: $20
Non-Member: $55

ALL THREE SESSIONS
Professional / Regular Member*: $80
Student / Retiree / Emeritus Member*: $50
Non-Member: $130

If you are interested in viewing more than one session, you will be charged the fee for each session.  

Main Conference
(March 5, 2021)

Professional / Regular Member*: $120
Professional / Regular Member* with Membership: $160

Student / Retiree / Emeritus Member*: $80
Student / Retiree / Emeritus Member* with Membership: $100

Non-Member: $170 

*You must be a current VSCA Member to receive the Member Price. Membership must be good through March 5, 2021.

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EMAIL: registrations@ncyi.org

FAX: (423) 899-4547

PHONE: (866) 318-6294

MAIL: National Center for Youth Issues, ATTN: VSCA
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The sponsors of the conference receive registrant contact information.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no refunds after February 4, 2021. All cancellations before February 4, 2021 will be refunded less a $25 handling fee. There will be no refunds if you register as a NonMember and then later become a member. Please become a Member or renew your membership before registering for the conference.