Virginia School Counselor Association Conference

October 20-22, 2021

Embassy Suites and Hampton Roads Convention Center
1700 Coliseum Drive
Hampton, VA 23666

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

Burston, Andrea

Digital Learning: Technology Tips for the Busy School Counselor

Andrea Burston

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m

 

SPEAKER BIO: Andrea Burston is a former high school computer/technology teacher turned elementary school counselor. She is the school counselor for Wake County Public Schools working at JY Joyner IB Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh, NC. Andrea is also the writer of the jyjcounselor blog where she shares her enjoyment of her career as well as many counselor ideas with school counselors from all over the world. She loves using technology and is always looking for new and innovative ways to integrate technology into her school counseling program. Andrea has presented at various conferences and workshops on using technology in counseling programs.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Learn how to use digital resources such as Google, online storage and online communication tools to simplify your comprehensive school counseling program, to instruct students as well as design technology enriched learning experiences for all students. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) to become familiar with digital learning competencies and engage in interactive activities.

MTSS and School Counseling: How Do They Fit Together

Emily Goodman-Scott

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m

 

SPEAKER BIO: Dr. Emily Goodman-Scott is an Associate Professor in Counselor Education and the School Counseling Coordinator at Old Dominion University, in Virginia. As a previous school counselor and special education teacher, Dr. Goodman-Scott has been in education for nearly 15 years. She was a 2018 recipient of the Top 40 Under 40 award for her region, is the current president/chair of the Virginia School Counselor Association, and enjoys speaking at national conferences, invited state association workshops, and school districts trainings. Dr. Goodman-Scott is the lead editor of the 2019 book A School Counselor’s Guide to Multitiered Systems of Support, and has co-authored the I Can series of children’s social stories.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Is MTSS (PBIS/RTI) currently implemented in your school? Is your school considering implementation? Would you like to learn more? MTSS is widely implemented throughout the country and school counselors are often an integral part of implementation. Come to this session to discover the alignment between MTSS and Comprehensive School Counseling Programs (e.g., the ASCA National Model), gaining strategies to maximize your efforts. Work smarter, not harder. The presenter will share school-based examples for implementation and alignment.

Richmond Justice Initiative In-Depth Training: Human Trafficking Identification, Readiness, and Early Intervention

Joell Denison

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m

 

SPEAKER BIO: Joell Denison is Director of Programs and Training of Richmond, Virginia based anti-human trafficking nonprofit, Richmond Justice Initiative. She directs the signature, award-winning Prevention Project™ curriculum, a national program for middle and high school youth to help them recognize human trafficking, report suspicions, protect themselves and their peers, and lead responsible lives beyond the classroom.

In her position at RJI, she has reached hundreds of youth workers with in-depth training so they have the tools to properly identify and bring safety to students affected by trafficking. Through her leadership, the Prevention Project program has reached 11 new states and has expanded into middle school classrooms with a first-ever younger edition, totaling now over 38,000 students impacted across the nation.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: RJI’s In-Depth Training equips youth workers (counselors, teachers, social workers, etc.) with the tools needed to recognize human trafficking, understand the stages of grooming and risk factors, and know how to best intercept situations and prevent future ones. We believe that equipping youth support personnel is making an investment in the most important safety net for students within schools and youth programs. These trainings are delivered interactively and contain PowerPoint, video, and powerful relevant case studies, implemented in sessions ranging from 1.5 hours-3 hours. RJI’s In-Depth Trainings are highly-rated and include resources from the U.S. Department of Education, which are intended to address and help schools respond to human trafficking, to recognize the problem, and to take the proper course of action. Alongside a small group of professionals from around Virginia, RJI was requested as a subject matter expert to consult and collaborate with the Virginia Department of Education to create the Guidelines for Training on the Prevention of Trafficking of Children. The guidelines were designed to provide schools with effective standards of training school personnel to meet the growing need of students. RJI’s In Depth Training meets and exceeds the standards recommended by the Department of Education. While RJI has strong roots and partnership with our state’s Department of Education, our In-Depth Training is applicable to states across the nation.

Jamison, Robert

How Do You View the World? A Discussion of Diversity and Equity

Robert Jamison

Thursday, October 21, 2021 | 8:30 a.m.

 

SPEAKER BIO: 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.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: The goal of this introspective session is for participants to think about diversity and equity through a more expansive lens. The presenter will review common terms used in schools, classrooms and organizations and how these terms relate to our behaviors. The session will also review things to consider when working with staff and students, and personal stories related to these topics will be shared. Participants will be asked to participate in individual, small and large group activities throughout the presentation.

Tentative Schedule

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

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 21, 2021

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 – Robert Jamison

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 22, 2021

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 – To Be Announced Soon

Become a VSCA Member and Save!

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.

For questions about VSCA membership please contact, Lauren White at vscamembershipchair@gmail.com.

Current Members: Please make sure that your membership is good through October 22, 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 the VSCA website 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 Fall VSCA Conference!

Pre-Conference Sessions
(October 20, 2021)

Sessions run concurrently. You may only attend one.

Session 1:  Andrea Burston – Digital Learning

Session 2: Emily Goodman-Scott – MTSS and School Counseling

Session 3: Joell  Denison – Richmond Justice Initiative In-Depth Training

STANDARD REGISTRATION

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

Main Conference
(October 21-22, 2021)

EARLY REGISTRATION***
(by September 15, 2021)

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

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

Non-Member
– Conference: $210

STANDARD REGISTRATION
(between Sep. 16 – Oct. 14, 2021)

Professional Member*
– Conference: $170

With Membership**: $210

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

Non-Member
– Conference: $230

ONSITE REGISTRATION
(after October 14, 2021)

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 21 OR 22)

EARLY REGISTRATION***
(by September 15, 2021)

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

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

STANDARD REGISTRATION
(between Sep. 16 – Oct. 14, 2021)

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

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

ONSITE REGISTRATION
(after October 14, 2021)

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

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

*To receive the Member Price your VSCA membership must be good through October 22, 2021.

**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.  

REGISTRATIONS CAN NOT BE PROCESSED WITHOUT PAYMENT. PLEASE SEND PAYMENT AND REGISTRATION FORM(S) TOGETHER.

Paying with a Credit Card?

Choose one of these options:

  • ONLINE
  • Scan and EMAIL Registration Form(s)
  • FAX Registration Form(s)
  • MAIL Registration Form(s)
  • PHONE

Paying with a Purchase Order?

Choose one of these options:

  • Scan and EMAIL PO with the Registration Form(s)
  • FAX PO with the Registration Form(s)
  • MAIL PO with the Registration Form(s)

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

Paying with a Check?

  • MAIL check with the Registration Form(s)

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

EMAIL: registrations@ncyi.org

FAX: (423) 899-4547

PHONE: (866) 318-6294

MAIL: National Center for Youth Issues, ATTN: VSCA
 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.

Register Below

Or print out a registration form to send in with your payment.

PLEASE NOTE: If we are forced to cancel the VSCA 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 September 20, 2021. All cancellations before September 20, 2021 will be refunded less a $25 handling fee. The conference is not responsible for and cannot give refunds due to problems beyond its control such as weather or school closings. There will be no refunds if you register as a Non-Member and then later become a member. Please become a Member or renew your membership before registering for the conference.

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 VSCA 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!

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 $136 for Wednesday night and $133 for Thursday night, plus tax. This rate is valid before September 26, 2021 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 “VCA”.
  • REGISTER ONLINE:  Go to the Embassy Suites website.
    The link automatically selects Wednesday to check-in and Friday to check-out. If you need to add Tuesday night, or only reserve one of the nights, you will need to edit the reservation. 
VSCA 2018 Embassy Hotel

Come Learn and Play!

In the evening, make sure you take time to relax and enjoy the surrounding area. 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, 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.

Click here to see all the fun you can have at the Peninsula Town Center.

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!