Virginia School Counselor Association Conference

October 20-22, 2021
Postponed to March 2-4, 2022

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


The VSCA Conference has been postponed to March 2-4, 2022.

If you have already registered for the October conference, we will be reaching out to you soon about how those registrations will be handled.

Carter Machinery’s nationally recognized and fully accredited apprenticeship 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.

For more information please contact Debbie Squires, Corporate Development Supervisor at or at 804.823.1213.

At Virginia’s Longwood University—a U.S. News & World Report top 10 public university in the South—students benefit from exceptional academics, a commitment to affordability, and 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. What’s more, our transformative liberal arts curriculum creates strong leaders, while real-world learning opportunities develop the skills that are most in demand today.

For more information please contact, Sarina Hartman, Associate Director, at 434.395.2594 or at

Save today for a brighter tomorrow!

For more than twenty years, Virginia529 has helped millions of families plan and save for future college expenses. Now, its tax-advantaged 529 savings programs can help you save for all future higher education expenses, K-12 tuition at private and religious schools, student loan repayment and more.

Visit our booth to learn more or to invite Virignia529 to your schools next event!

For more information contact Brittany Bullock, Marketing Associate via email or at 804.767.1324.

ACT is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. ACT is trusted as a leader in college and career readiness, providing high-quality assessments grounded in 60 years of research. ACT offers integrated solutions designed to provide personalized insights that help individuals succeed from elementary school through career.

For more information please contact Marchelle Horner, Account Executive, via email or at 919.606.3495.

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 for more information.

SchooLinks is a modern college and career readiness platform with a user experience designed to facilitate a focus on whole-student outcomes. Our platform helps counselors to guide students in developing their Academic and Career Plan by aligning career exploration and postsecondary preparedness activities with Virginia’s legislative initiatives. With technology and features that enable data-driven decision-making at every stage, SchooLinks allows counselors to make a positive impact — when it matters most.

For more information please contact, Adam Frillman, District Partnerships, at 314.443.2458 or at

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.

College Board

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.

QuaverEd, a world leader in online curriculum development, is a Nashville-based provider of innovative education resources, including Social Emotional Learning, General Music, Full-Day Pre-K, Health, and more! Quaver’s comprehensive curricula uses the power of interactivity, humor, and music to engage today’s students. Professional Development and College programs are also available.

For more information please contact Khalid Daniels, Director of Sales, via email or at 615.975.2030.

The College Funding Coach® was founded in 2002 to help families better understand the complex strategies for saving and paying for college, making higher education more affordable. Through our free comprehensive educational workshop, Little-known Secrets of Paying for College, The College Funding Coach® team has helped thousands of elementary, middle and high school families save and pay for college without going broke! 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.

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.

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.

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 former 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.

FreeKind: Human Trafficking Identification, Readiness, and Early Intervention

Lisa Kersey

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


SPEAKER BIO: Lisa Kersey serves as Executive Director for Freekind, a Virginia based anti-human trafficking nonprofit. One of their signature programs is the nationally recognized, award-winning Prevention Project™ curriculum, designed for middle and high school youth with the goal of preventing the next generation from being trafficked and inspiring tomorrow’s leaders to continue the fight to end human trafficking.

Since its launch in the Fall of 2011, the Prevention Project program has been adopted by nearly 40 schools across the Commonwealth. Now in its 10th year, the program has reached 40,000 students in 18 states and equipped hundreds of youth workers with the tools to properly identify and support students who have experienced exploitation or otherwise been affected by human trafficking.

Lisa is a graduate of the University of Virginia and holds a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


ABOUT THIS SESSION: Freekind’s Youth Service Training equips counselors, teachers, social workers, and others 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. Freekind’s trainings are highly-rated and include resources from the U.S. Department of Education that are intended to address and help schools respond to human trafficking, recognize the problem, and take the appropriate course of action. Alongside a small group of professionals from around Virginia, Freekind 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. Freekind’s Youth Service Training meets and exceeds the standards recommended by the Department of Education. While Freekind has strong roots and partnership with our state’s Department of Education, our Youth Service 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.

The Burnout Cure

Chase Mielke

Friday, October 22, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.


SPEAKER BIO: Chase Mielke is an award-winning educator, writer, and speaker focusing on preventing educator burnout and increasing student engagement. He has been awarded multiple honors, including being a Michigan Teacher of the Year nominee and a Allegan County “Outstanding People for Education” recipient. For his work minimizing the achievement gap with at-risk high schoolers, his Positive Psychology program received a Michigan Association of School Administrator’s “Winner’s Circle Award.” The program teaches concepts of positive emotion, engagement, meaning, and accomplishment to hundreds of students each year, especially at-risk high schoolers. Consistently, students reduce failure rates by at least 50% each year.

In addition to modeling excellence as an educator, his writing has been featured on WeAreTeachers, Huffpost, Edutopia, and EdPost. As an engaging, nationally recognized speaker, he has traveled across the nation to speak with students and educators on topics of resilience, mindset, applied neuroscience, and positive psychology.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Chase as he presents The Burnout Cure. Chase was moments away from quitting teaching — a career he loved. He was burned out, bitter, and beaten by the external challenges of modern education. But he didn’t quit. He doubled-down, using the same science of well-being he had taught his students for over a decade.

In this engaging, humorous, and heartfelt talk, Chase shares his experience as a veteran educator and provides key insights on how the science of small, positive moments creates thriving adults, learners, and communities. Your audience will be empowered to take care of themselves, so they can better take care of the young adults who need them.

Learning Outcomes:

  • OPTIMISM – Refocus on the good in order to reignite our love for teaching and parenting
  • OWNERSHIP – Take control of our own well-being through simple, research-based actions that boost purpose and happiness
  • MINDFULNESS – Be present and turn minor moments into major momentum to thrive personally and professionally
  • COMMUNITY – Cultivate positive relationships with kids and adults to build supportive and resilient cultures.

Chase will also be presenting a breakout session.

3 Ways to be an Inclusion Ally for the LGBTQ+ population

Lisa Koenecke


SPEAKER BIO: Lisa is a former secondary school counselor, Past-President of the Wisconsin School Counselor Association and has served on ASCA’s Board of Directors. Currently, she is an adjunct instructor at Lakeland University training the next generation of school counselors. She has given a TEDx Talk and is a best-selling author of Be An Inclusion Ally: ABCs of LGBTQ+. With a Diversity & Inclusion Certification from Cornell University, Lisa is an international presenter and has keynoted numerous conferences both virtually and in person. She uses humor and engagement to help everyone Save Lives!

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Pronouns, bathrooms and support plans, oh my! As school counselors, we need to have the courage, the heart and the brains to effectively support ALL of our students. In addition to the LGBTQ+ population, we also need to understand intersectionality. Race, religion, and neurodivergency can all be part of the equation. Let’s pull back the curtain and be the Wizard to save lives!

Learning Objectives:

  • Show how to Advocate for Systemic Change
  • Shift Mindsets & Behaviors of Leadership/Admin
  • Shape Policies Collaboratively to save lives

Supporting our Transgender, Transgender Non-conforming, and Non-Binary Friends!


ABOUT THIS SESSION: Some of these terms might be new to you, some might not. Whether you are a rural, urban or suburban school counselor, I promise you these terms are on their way to your space. Lisa will provide you with free resources and plans to implement the next day. From the Trevor Project to Pronouns, let’s keep this population alive and help them to Thrive! Not sure what to say when a student comes out to you? Not sure how to support a parent/caregiver of a TNC child? Join us and learn from an LGBTQ+ Subject Matter Expert, Best-Selling author who has given a TEDx Talk on this topic. Oh, and we’ll have fun!

Learning Objectives:

  • Know the proper vocabulary for our LGBTQ+ friends
  • Learn what to say and how to show your support for this vulnerable population
  • Understand laws, policies and trends to become an ALLY!

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 – Chase Mielke

The VSCA Conference has been postponed to March 2-4, 2022.

If you have already registered for the October conference, we will be reaching out to you soon about how those registrations will be handled.

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

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


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

Main Conference
(October 21-22, 2021)

(by September 15, 2021)

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

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

– Conference: $210

(between Sep. 16 – Oct. 14, 2021)

Professional Member*
– Conference: $170

With Membership**: $210

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

– Conference: $230

(after October 14, 2021)

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

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

– Conference: $250

One-Day ONLY – Thursday OR Friday
(October 21 OR 22)

(by September 15, 2021)

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

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

(between Sep. 16 – Oct. 14, 2021)

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

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

(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.  


Paying with a Credit Card?

Choose one of these options:

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

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.


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.

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!


Embassy Suites and Hampton Road Convention Center

1700 Coliseum Drive
Hampton, VA 23666


We are working with the hotel to cancel all reservations made through the conference hotel block. More details to come.

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.


  • 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!