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Pre-Conference sessions are not included in the conference registration fee. Additional fee applies. See registration section below.

Part 1: Helping Students with Trauma and Emotional Dysregulation

Allison Edwards

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m

 

SPEAKER BIO:  Allison Edwards LPC, RPT is an affiliate professor in the Human Development Counseling department at Vanderbilt University, the author of Why Smart Kids Worry and Worry Says What? and the creator of Anxiety Tracker an iPhone app that helps track anxiety. Allison received her graduate degree in Counseling from Vanderbilt University and is a National Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Registered Play Therapist. Allison has over 20 years experience working as a school teacher, school counselor, child/adolescent psychotherapist, and educational consultant to schools throughout the country.

Allison travels both nationally and internationally training professionals in the areas of empowering anxious children in the classroom, managing the emotional needs of students, recognizing the social/emotional needs of gifted students, and sharing how educators can talk to parents about student anxiety. Allison helps school leaders understand how social/emotional differences can be supported in their neurologically diverse student populations, and provides consultation and staff development on how to effectively improve emotion regulation in the classroom.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Allison as she presents Helping Students with Trauma and Emotional Dysregulation. Counselors work daily with students who are unable to regulate their emotions. Trauma and ACE’s are a large part of this epidemic and based on brain research, this workshop will help counselors learn how to identify triggers, teach effective coping strategies, and help students go from debilitated to empowered.


Part 2: 15-Minute Counseling Techniques that Work: What You Didn’t Learn in Grad School

 

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Allison for the second portion of the pre-conference session as she presents 15-Minute Counseling Techniques that Work: What You Didn’t Learn in Grad School. Feel like you don’t have enough time to do counseling? Participants will learn 15 counseling techniques that can be implemented in less than 15 minutes from when a student walks into your office. The program can be suited to elementary, middle, or high school counselors (or a combination of all) and participants will not only learn the strategies but will be doing them alongside Allison as she teaches how to implement them. Get out your Play-Doh! This hands-on, experiential program will revolutionize your counseling department and help kids leave feeling empowered.

Counseling with Creativity and Courage: Theory Driven, Creative Interventions for School Counselors

Tori Stone

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

SPEAKER BIO:  Tori Stone PhD, LPC is an Assistant Professor of Education in the Counseling and Development program at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Prior to becoming a full time counselor educator, Dr. Stone worked as a school counselor in Prince William County, Virginia for seventeen years. During her time as a school counselor, Dr. Stone worked to cultivate inclusive school communities that offered comprehensive counseling services to all students. To accomplish this goal, Dr. Stone coordinated two successful Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) applications. In 2003, Dr. Stone was named Virginia Middle School Counselor of the Year by the Virginia School Counselor Association. Dr. Stone is passionate about counseling children and adolescents, as well as training school counselors in the use of creative interventions that can be used with children and adults.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Tori as she presents Counseling with Creativity and Courage: Theory Driven, Creative Interventions for School Counselors. School counseling is more difficult than it has ever been.  More kids are coming to school with significant mental health issues, Adverse Childhood Experiences, poor coping skills, and many other serious concerns.  This hands-on, fun presentation will provide an overview of developmentally appropriate, theory-driven concepts that can be easily taught to children and adults in schools.  The goal of the session is to provide school counselors with strategies they can easily implement to help students to improve their problem solving, emotion regulation, and overall mental health.

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

Principal Baruti Kafele

Thursday, October 17, 2019 | 8:30 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.

Personal Climate and Culture – It’s Your Choice

Gerry Brooks

Friday, October 18, 2019 | 12:00 p.m.

 

SPEAKER BIO: Gerry Brooks is the principal at an elementary school in Lexington, Kentucky. His educational experience includes six years in the classroom, two years as an intervention specialist, and 12 years as an administrator. He is a passionate public speaker whose focus is on encouraging and helping teachers improve their instructional abilities. He also has a desire to help administrators successfully lead their staff.
An encouraging speaker, he has spoken to educational groups all around the nation. His focus is on encouraging teachers to improve their instruction through personal climate and culture strategies. He desires to help administrators focus on how to lead all staff in a positive and constructive manner. His following on social media has developed through humorous videos that focus on real-world educational experiences.  He is currently followed on these social media sites by over 500,000 people.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Gerry as he presents Personal Climate and Culture – It’s Your Choice. This session will focus on the importance of positive climate and culture for all educators.  Through a combination of humor and encouragement, you will be challenged to grow in all areas of your job.

Tentative Schedule

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

1:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Registration / Information Center Open

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Pre-Conference Sessions

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Exhibits Open

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

“Meet and “Greet” Welcome Reception (Embassy Suites Manager’s Reception)

Thursday, October 17, 2019

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration / Information Center Open

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Exhibits Open

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast (available in the Exhibit area)

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Opening Session with Featured Speaker and Keynote Speaker – Principal Kafele

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Transition Break

10:15 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.

Breakout Session #1

11:05 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.

Break with Exhibitors

11:35 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.

Breakout Session #2

12:25 p.m. – 1:25 p.m.

Box Lunch (available in the Exhibit area)

1:25 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Breakout Session #3

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Graduate Student Career Cafe

2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Break with Exhibitors

2:45 p.m. – 3:35 p.m.

Breakout Session #4

3:35 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.

Transition Break

3:50 p.m. – 4:40 p.m.

Breakout Session #5

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Networking Social
(Embassy Suites Manager’s Reception)

8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Evening Activity

Friday, October 18, 2019

7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Registration / Information Center Open

7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Exhibits Open

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast (available in the Exhibit area)

8:30 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.

Breakout Session #6

9:20 a.m. – 9:35 a.m.

Transition Break

9:35 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.

Breakout Session #7

10:25 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Morning Break & Exhibit Area – Last Chance!

11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

Breakout Session #8

11:50 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Transition Break

12:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Awards Luncheon & Closing Keynote Speaker – Gerry Brooks

The Virginia School Counselor Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6606. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Virginia School Counselor Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Become a VSCA Member!

You can save $60 on your conference registration by becoming a member of the VSCA for only $40 annually!

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 October 18, 2019. 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 2019 VSCA Conference!

Pre-Conference Sessions
(October 16th)

Choose one session.

SESSION 1: 
Two-Part Presentation
Allison Edwards

SESSION 2: 
Counseling with Creativity
Tori Stone

STANDARD REGISTRATION

Professional Member*: $50
Student / Retiree / Emeritus Member*: $40
Non-Member: $75

Full Conference
(October 17th-18th)

EARLY REGISTRATION***
(by September 15, 2019)

Professional Member*
– Conference: $150
– With Membership**: $190

Student / Retiree / Emeritus Member*
– Conference: $100
– With Membership**: $120

Non-Member
– Conference: $210

STANDARD REGISTRATION
(between Sept. 16 – Oct. 11, 2019)

Professional Member*
– Conference: $170

With Membership**: $210

Student / Retiree / Emeritus Member*
– Conference: $120
– With Membership**: $140

Non-Member
– Conference: $230

ONSITE REGISTRATION
(after October 11, 2019)

Professional Member*
– Conference: $190
– With Membership**: $230

Student / Retiree / Emeritus Member*
– Conference: $140
– With Membership**: $160

Non-Member
– Conference: $250

One-Day ONLY – Thursday OR Friday
(October 17th OR 18th)

EARLY REGISTRATION***
(by September 15, 2019)

Thursday Only
– Conference: $110
– With Membership**: $150

Friday Only
– Conference: $110
– With Membership**: $150

STANDARD REGISTRATION
(between Sept 16 – Oct 11, 2019)

Thursday Only
– Conference: $130
– With Membership**: $170

Friday Only
– Conference: $130
– With Membership**: $170

ONSITE REGISTRATION
(after October 11, 2019)

Thursday Only
– Conference: $150
– With Membership**: $190

Friday Only
– Conference: $150
– With Membership**: $190

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

**To take advantage of the discounted Member prices, renew your membership on the VSCA website or bundle your membership with your conference registration. Professional Members are $40 annually and Student/Retired Emeritus Members are $20 annually.

**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.  

Five Easy Ways to Register!!!

  1. ONLINE: Use the online form below to register online and pay with a CREDIT CARD.
  2. SCAN & EMAIL: registrations@ncyi.org – (Download the Registration Form below)
  3. FAX: (423) 899-4547 (Download the Registration Form below)
  4. TOLL FREE NUMBER: (866) 318-6294
  5. MAIL: National Center for Youth Issues, ATTN: VSCA Conference, PO Box 22185 Chattanooga, TN 37422-2185 (Download the Registration Form below)

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 registrations@ncyi.org or bnickel@ncyi.org.

Make Hotel Reservations Early! Limited Availability!

HOST HOTEL:

Embassy Suites and Hampton Road Convention Center

1700 Coliseum Drive
Hampton, VA 23666

 

The Embassy Suites, the Conference’s host hotel, has a conference rate of $130 per night, plus tax, which remains valid for reservations made by September 24, 2019, while rooms are available. The price includes full, cook-to-order breakfast and evening Manager’s Reception.

TO MAKE HOTEL RESERVATIONS:

  • CALL:  (757) 827-8200 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
VSCA 2018 Embassy Hotel

OVERFLOW HOTEL:

Courtyard Marriott Hampton

1917 Coliseum Drive
Hampton, VA 23666

 

The Courtyard Marriott Hampton is directly across the street and within easy walking distance of the Embassy Suites and Hampton Roads Convention Center. The Courtyard Marriott has a conference rate of $119 per night, plus tax, which remains valid for reservations made by October 1, 2019, while rooms are available. The price includes a free breakfast for two people and non-specialty drink per room, per night.

TO MAKE HOTEL RESERVATIONS:

  • CALL:  (757) 838-3300 or (800) 321-2211. Please be sure to tell the hotel that your group / convention code if “NCY”.
  • REGISTER ONLINE:  Go to the Courtyard 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 Peninsula Town Center, less than a mile from the Embassy Suites!

At the Town Center, enjoy shopping at the Loft, Yankee Candle, Sephora, Forever 21, Barnes & Noble, and many more!.

You can sit back and relax at the many restaurants at the Town Center, such as Abuelo’s, Avenue Blue, Outback and My Pi, along with others.

The Peninsula Town Center has a premium movie theater with leather recliners and gourmet food, so you can finally watch that movie you have been wanting to see.

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!