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February 24-26, 2021

Thank you for attending WSCA Online. We hope to see you next year!


Newport Healthcare is a series of evidence-based healing centers for teens, young adults, and families struggling with mental health issues and co-occurring eating disorders, and substance abuse issues. Newport Healthcare offers a family-systems approach, providing gender-specific, individualized, and integrated programs that encompass clinical therapy, academic support, and experiential practices. Through Newport Academy for teens and Newport Institute for young adults, our results-driven care gives young people the sustainable healing required for a thriving life.

For more information please contact Samantha Finnie, Clinical Outreach Coordinator via email or at 425.395.5626

With RV sales increasing and more and more Americans taking to the road to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle, skilled RV technicians are in high demand. The RV Technical Institute’s hands-on training and instruction, created by top RV industry experts, provides the experience and expertise needed by manufacturers, dealerships and repair shops nationwide.

For more information please contact Curt Hemmeler, Executive Director, via email or at 800.664.0154.

Young adults have a future in the WA Army National Guard. Whether they are a college-bound senior, or a student who is deciding what their future will hold. The Guard is a place where they can stay actively involved within their communities while learning leadership skills, discipline, and a work ethic that will assist them in their future careers. They will earn education benefits, have access to health benefits, and be a part of a team with a history of developing America’s Next Greatest Generation.


Perry Technical Institute is a private, non-profit technical school in Yakima, Washington offering 14 fast-track programs for essential careers.

For more info, contact Admissions via email or at 509.453.0374


SchooLinks is a modern, AI-powered platform that supercharges counseling departments while delivering a fun and personalized experience to students and families. They streamline all post-secondary planning activities from career interest inventory all the way to post-secondary outcome tracking.

For more information contact Katie Fang via email or at 512.710.9922

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.

Xello is an engaging, online program that helps K-12 students define their future goals and transform their aspirations into actionable plans for success. The program puts students at the center of their college and career planning experience. It helps them build self-knowledge, explore their options, create a plan, and develop the 21st-century skills needed to thrive in the world of work. With over 25 years of experience in EdTech, our team has helped educators across America implement Xello to prepare students for college and career success.

For more information contact Noa Lipton, Territory Manager via email.


Thursday, February 25th
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Recorded session also available after the event


Chan Hellman

Opening Keynote Speaker

SPEAKER BIO: Chan M. Hellman is a professor of social work at the University of Oklahoma and Director of The Hope Research Center. He has written more than 150 scientific publications and has presented at numerous national and international conferences worldwide. Chan has also presented his work on hope with TEDx in the Fall of 2020. Chan’s research is focused on hope as a psychological strength helping children and adults overcome trauma and adversity. This research informed the development of the “Hope Centered and Trauma Informed” training program. Chan is the co-author of the award-winning book Hope Rising: How the Science of Hope Can Change Your Life with his co-author Casey Gwinn published by Morgan James.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Hope has emerged as one of the top factors leading to our capacity to thrive. This keynote will present the science of Hope as a psychological strength in our ability to cope with traumatic experiences and describe simple evidence based strategies to increase hope for both children and adults.


Friday, February 26th
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Recorded session also available after the event

Why Equity Matters

Tyrone Howard

Closing Keynote Speaker

SPEAKER BIO: Tyrone C. Howard is professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies’ at UCLA.  Dr. Howard is also the inaugural director of the new UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families, which is a campus wide consortium examining academic, mental health, and social emotional experiences and challenges for the California’s most vulnerable youth populations. He is also the former Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. Professor Howard’s research examines equity, culture, race, teaching and learning. Professor Howard has published over 75 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and technical reports. He has published several bestselling books, among them, Why Race & Culture Matters in Schools and Black Male(d): Peril and promise in the education of African American males. His most recent book, All Students Must Thrive: Transforming Schools to Combat Toxic Stressors and Cultivate Critical Wellness has become a must read for all educators. Dr. Howard is considered one of the premiere experts on educational equity and access in the country. Dr. Howard is also the Director and Founder of the Black Male Institute at UCLA, which is an interdisciplinary cadre of scholars, practitioners, community members, and policy makers dedicated to examining the nexus of race, class, and gender of school age youth. A native and former classroom teacher of Compton, California, Dr. Howard named the recipient of the 2015 UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, which is the highest honor provided to teaching excellence at the university. In 2019, Dr. Howard was listed by Education Week as one of the 60 most influential scholars in the nation informing educational policy, practice and reform.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: The focus of this session will be addressing the importance of equity, access, and excellence in today’s schools. Using data on today’s student demographics, the session will address strategies, approaches and resources that school personnel can implement to aid learners, but will place a particular focus on the most vulnerable students. The session will address complex challenges that students encounter in their efforts to be successful and how they can be supported socially, emotionally and academically by practitioners, school staff, and school leaders.

The Pre-Conference Learning Session is an additional opportunity for more professional development and CEU contact hours. The session generally cover more in-depth information and allows more opportunity for discussion.

This session is not included in the conference registration fee. 


Wednesday, February 24th
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Recorded session also available after the event

Ways to Support Youth Experiencing a Mental Health Crisis

Kim Beeson

Pre-Conference Speaker (additional fee)

SPEAKER BIO: Kimberly Beeson is currently the Director of Student Services at the Puget Sound Educational Service District’s Learning, Teaching, and Family Support Department in Renton, Washington. In this capacity, Kimberly manages multiple grants and ventures at the Prevention Center involving school safety, student assistance related to substance abuse prevention and intervention, mental health, school nursing, educational advocacy for youth involved in the criminal justice system, equity in education, and school drop out prevention. At capacity, the Prevention Center represents 12 programs, 35 staff, and a budget of six million.

Kimberly has worked in the area of substance abuse prevention and intervention for 29 years and in the area of conflict resolution and violence prevention in school settings for eight years.  Previously, Kimberly has worked as a community prevention coordinator, as a chemical dependency counselor for youth in nonprofit community agencies and at Fairfax psychiatric Hospital coordinated peer programs for the San Juan Unified School District. She joined the staff at Puget Sound ESD in the fall of 1993 as an expert trainer/presenter.

Kimberly is a master trainer for Youth Mental Health First Aid, Networks for Life Suicide Prevention, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Informed Schools, Resiliency, Adverse Childhood Experiences, MTSS, Impact of Compassion Fatigue, Vicarious Trauma and the Professional Ethic of Self Care, and various substance abuse prevention and parenting trainings.

In 1984, Kimberly received a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Washington and in 1980 she received her B.A. degree (major: Human Resources, minor: child psychology) from the University of Nevada, Reno.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: This course will focus on ways educators can step in and offer support to youth exhibiting signs of distress and/or crisis. As educators, you have long relied on the strength of your ability to connect as an effective teaching strategy. Now more than ever this is needed, tested, challenged and taxed. How do you teach, connect, and address observable concerns when chronic stress is both personal and global? This workshop is designed to support ability to recognize when someone is in mental health distress and ways to act on your concerns while supporting your own mental health. Objectives include:

  • Identify the signs of youth mental health distress;
  • Discover ways to safely and effectively respond to youth in distress or in crisis;
  • Reflect on strategies for engaging  youth and/ parents;
  • Challenge you to value and supporting your own mental health.

WSCA Online offers live and recorded sessions!

Pre-Conference, Keynote, and featured breakout sessions will be presented live for you to watch on February 24-26, 2021. About one week following the conference, the recorded live sessions will be available to watch if missed on those dates. Plus, more than 20 prerecorded breakout sessions covering multiple topics will also be available. All sessions will be available to view until March 31, 2021.

Tentative Schedule

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Pre-Conference Session
Kim Beeson

Thursday, February 25, 2021

8:00 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.

Opening Session – Announcements and Awards

8:50 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.


9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Opening Keynote Session
Dr. Chan Hellman

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.


10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Live Featured Breakout Sessions

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Live Featured Breakout Sessions

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch Break

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Live Featured Breakout Sessions

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.


2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Live Featured Breakout Sessions

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Live Social Networking Event

Friday, February 26, 2021

8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.


8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.


8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Live Featured Breakout Sessions

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.


9:45 a.m. – 10:45 p.m.

Live Featured Breakout Sessions

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Live Featured Breakout Sessions

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch Break

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Closing Keynote Session
Tyrone Howard

1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.


2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Live Featured Breakout Sessions

Clock Hour Credits

WSCA will be providing clock hours for the virtual conference. You can earn 3 hours for attending the Pre-Conference session, and you can earn up to 30 hours for attending the Main Conference sessions.

Registration has Closed

We hope you join us next year!

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 WSCA Conference!

Main Conference
(February 25-26, 2021)

(by January 31, 2021)

Professional Member**: $125
Graduate Student / Retiree Member**: $90
Non-Member: $185

(after January 31, 2021)

Professional Member**: $140
Graduate Student / Retiree Member**: $105
Non-Member: $200

(February 24, 2021)


Member**: $30 per session 
Non-Member: $70 per session

*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.  

**To qualify for Member Registration Rates, your membership must be good through February 26, 2021.


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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: WSCA
 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.

The sponsors of the conference receive registrant contact information.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no refunds after January 24, 2021. All cancellations before January 24, 2021 will be refunded less a $25 handling fee. 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.