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October 4-6, 2023
Embassy Suites Loveland Hotel Conference Center & Spa
Loveland, CO

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Colorado School Counselor Association Conference October 4-6, 2023 Header
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Don't miss Colorado's premier conference for school counselors!

Thanks for joining us for the 2023 Colorado School Counselor Association Conference!

We hope to see you next year!

Learn more about our Sponsors

Join us for a learning experience that links education to community, fosters a sense of belonging, and celebrates diverse cultural and social perspectives. Adams State University’s driving purpose is to provide equitable access to education for all. We promote successful and engaged lives by caring for, connecting with, and challenging our students, campus, and community.

For more information please contact Becky Meidinger, Assistant Professor of Counselor Education at (719) 587-8377 or


Jobs built for careers.

Whether you like helping people, teamwork, or hands-on projects, a job or career in the apartment industry could be just right for you!

For more information please contact Tyler Waugh,  Education Manager at or (303) 329-3300.


EDCare offers patients, their families, healthcare professionals & the community over 22 years of eating disorder experience. Our multidisciplinary team provides evidence-based care centered on cultivating hope, personal well-being, & lasting recovery. Our gender-inclusive programs are a safe and non-judgmental place for anyone, 13 & older. EDCare offers affordable housing and is in network with most major insurances, including CO Medicaid & TRICARE®. Contact us for a complimentary assessment.

For more information please contact Danielle Mauro,  Regional Outreach Representative at or (720) 889-4234.


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Connections House


EDCare Locations


Program Overview

For more information please contact Kathleen Goughler, Regional VP of Outreach at or (573) 280-2065.

Hatching Results and Study Smart Tutors are proud to partner with CSCA to offer opportunities for Colorado School Counselors to earn CLOCK HOURS through their online courses focused on the Use of Data and Postsecondary Readiness. Members receive 15% off!

These accredited online courses allow school counselors to earn clock hours, while also offer anchors for school districts to provide comprehensive ASCA-aligned professional learning. 

For more information please contact Jimmy Morgan, Partnership Manager at or (818) 724-9034.


Data Pathway


Postsecondary Readiness


QuaverReady is an online program designed to help all students succeed in school. It includes an evidence-based social and emotional learning curriculum and intervention and behavioral resources.

For more information contact Colleen Storey, Director of Sales at or 678-431-0323.

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 at or at 800.664.0154.

Sallie Mae is on a mission to power confidence as students begin their unique journeys—helping them plan and pay for college, earn their degrees, and feel ready for what’s next. As the leader in private education lending, we provide financing and expertise to support college access and completion. For more information please contact Dianne Fulmer, Director, Relationship Management at or (602) 910-7155.

SchooLinks is a modern college and career readiness platform that supports districts’  implementation of a comprehensive curriculum and framework to prepare students for the post-secondary pathway of their choice. Containing more than eighty interactive student experiences from interest discoveries, academic planning, and soft skill development – SchooLinks offers internship matching, career mentorship, industry partner management, and more to help districts support holistic postsecondary readiness. Our unified solution helps to align the state ICAP standards with the Colorado Department of Education academic standards, ensuring students graduate “PWRful” and are ready for postsecondary success. 

For more information please contact Corey Zilli, Account Executive at


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When a youth, up to 19 years old, is at risk for suicide and faces a financial or social barrier to accessing mental health treatment, Second Wind Fund covers the cost of 12-20 sessions of therapy. Youth are initially granted 12 sessions, based on individual needs, their provider can request an extension for 8 additional sessions. For families who are not facing a financial or social barrier and need help finding a quality provider, Second Wind Fund can provide navigation assistance.

For more information please contact the Program Team, at (720) 962-0706 or

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 Kathy.

For many families, the high cost of higher education is a daunting proposition. Since 2002 we collaborate with schools, to conduct several hundred workshops each year. Our interactive workshop, Little-Known Secrets of Paying for College, teaches parents the rules of the game when it comes to financial aid, as well as the critical strategies to help them win that game—whether by qualifying for need-based aid or by maximizing cash flow and liquidity. 


For more information please contact Mark DeBord, Regional Director at or (720) 722-0818

What does “Building Your Future. Not Your Debt.” mean? It is asking you to let our program provide the education you need to advance your career without incurring any debt. Sounds crazy, right? It’s not. We are investing in your talent and future so that you can grow your career without a heavy financial burden. Our model allows you to focus on learning and growing, not how much it is costing you. Let’s do this together. For more information please contact Ann Baker, Dean of UFP Business School at or (616) 365-1574.

Quick Facts


Testimonial Videos

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.

Xello for Elementary


Xello for College



Michele Borba

Keynote Speaker

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The Critical Need for Caring Champions

Michele Borba

Keynote Session
Thursday, October 5, 2023
10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


Study after study shows that during adversity, the single, most important thing kids need is the calming presence of an adult champion. In this keynote, Dr. Michele Borba shares inspiring stories and examples of real educators who are those champions and prove they make a difference that helps our students bounce back and thrive. The key, she says, it that they use what we already have within us: hope, empathy, atmosphere, resilience, and trust (heart). Each of these concepts is ordinary, doable and doesn’t cost a dime but can transform our children’s lives both now and later.


If you are looking for the best way to raise or educate kids to be kind, empathetic, resilient and thriving, then search no further than Educational Psychologist Dr. Michele Borba.

She is an internationally renowned educator, award-winning author and parenting child expert recognized for her solution-based strategies to strengthen children’s social-emotional intelligence and character and reduce peer cruelty.

Dr. Borba is as well known for her warm, down-to-earth speaking style as she is for cutting-edge insights. Her informative presentations leave audiences with usable strategies. A sought-after motivational speaker, she has spoken on 19 countries in five continents and served as a consultant to hundreds of schools and corporations. Clients include Sesame Street, Harvard, U.S. Air Force Academy, 18 U.S. Army bases in Europe and the Asian-Pacific, H.H. the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and a TEDx Talk: “Empathy Is a Verb.” She offers realistic, research-based adviceculled from a career working with over one million parents and educators worldwide.

Dr. Borba is an NBC contributor who has appeared 150 times on the TODAY show and countless other shows, including three Dateline specials, Dr. Phil, The View, NBC Nightly News, The Doctors, Dr. Oz, Anderson Cooper, three NBC Education Nation specials, Fox and CNN. Her work is featured in TIME, The Washington Post, Newsweek, People, The Boston Globe, U.S. News & World Report, The New York Times, Reader’s Digest and The Globe and Mail. She’s a media spokesperson for major corporations, including 3M, Office Depot, Unilever, Similac, General Mills, Mastercard, All, Galderma, V-Tech, Cetaphil, Splenda, Walmart, Johnson & Johnson and consultant to McDonald’s and Disney.

She is the award-winning author of 25 books translated into 19 languages, including her new book Thrivers, as well as Nobody Likes Me, No More Misbehavin’, Don’t Give Me That Attitude!, Building Moral Intelligence, Parents Do Make A Difference, The Big Book of Parenting Solutions, End Peer Cruelty, Build Empathy and UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All- About-Me World.

Her awards and recognitions include being a 2016 SHORTY nominee for “Best Social Media Influencer in Parenting,” the National Educator Award (presented by the National Council of Self-Esteem) and the National Child Safety Award of 2016 by Child Safety Network.

She was named a consultant for the Character Education and Civic Engagement for the U.S. Dept of Education, Disney Influencer and Goodwill Ambassador for M.I.T.’s One Laptop Per Child One Gateway Center, Suite 751 | Newton, MA 02458 | Phone: 617.614.1600 | Fax: 617.965.6610 | project. Board memberships include Parents, Child Safety Network and Boys & Girls Club of America. Her proposal: “Ending School Violence and Bullying” (SB1667) was signed into California law in 2002.

Dr. Borba is a former classroom and special education teacher with a wide range of teaching experience, including work in a private practice with children with learning and emotional disabilities. She received a Doctorate in Educational Psychology and Counseling from the University of San Francisco, an M.A. in Learning Disabilities and B.A. from the University of Santa Clara, and Life Teaching Credential from San Jose State University. She lives in Palm Springs, California with her husband and has three grown sons.

CTE in Colorado Course to become a CTE Specialist Endorsed School Counselor

Lauren Jones

Pre-Conference Session
Wednesday, October 4, 2023
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Wanting to add your CTE Specialist Endorsement to your license?

Feel like you want to dive into the world of Career & Technical Education (CTE) in Colorado?

Want to be a champion for CTE for your students and communities?

Join for this four-hour course: CTE in Colorado that will be tailored specifically for School Counselors (typically this course is 8 hours or 3 months in length). This is a special opportunity to complete this requirement for endorsement! Complete a few ‘homework’ items that will be relevant to work you do with students and Career Development. Enjoy a deep dive ‘teaser’ into phase II of the Meaningful Career Conversation Training model co-created by CEI: Colorado Education Initiative Feel readied to submit for endorsement with CDE after earning the completion certificate. Details will be provided during the course for this process.


CEU Certificates

CEU hours certificate will be provided through CSCA and an option for one graduate credit will be provided by Adams State University. A link to register for graduate credit will be provided as we approach the conference dates and Adams State representatives will be exhibiting.

Menus for Luncheons and Awards Dinner

Wednesday Awards Dinner*

Plated Dinner:

  • Spinach Salad
  • Baby Spinach and Frisee, Pickled Onion, Dried Cranberries, and Feta Cheese
  • Seared Chicken Breast Stuffed with Basil and Goat Cheese, Served with Fire Roasted Red Pepper Sauce and Chef’s Choice of Vegetable and Starch
  • or Slow-Cooked Short Rib with Braising Jus and Chef’s Choice of Vegetable and Starch
  • Vegetarian Option to come
  • Chef’s Selection of Desserts


*Additional cost

Thursday Lunch**

Big Thompson Burger Buffet:

  • Mixed Green Salad with Choice of Duo Dressings
  • Potato Salad
  • Home-Made Green Chili Macaroni and Cheese
  • Baked Beans
  • Angus Beef Burger
  • Grilled Chicken Breast
  • Chef’s Selection of Appropriate Toppings: Buns, Ketchup, Mayo, Mustard
  • Chef’s Selection of Desserts


**Included in registration

Friday Lunch**

Deli Lunch Buffet:

  • Chopped Salad with Chef’s Choice of Two Dressings
  • Tortellini & Grilled Vegetable Salad
  • Kale & Cranberry Coleslaw
  • Potato Chips
  • Sliced Beef and Cheddar Sandwiches with Arugula, and Tomato on Hoagie
  • Turkey, Bacon, and Swiss Sandwiches with Green Leaf Lettuce on Croissant
  • Greek Veggie Wraps
  • Chef’s Selection of Desserts


**Included in registration


Registration Deadline: September 28, 2023

Main Conference | October 5-6

Professional Member*


Save $100 if you register by September 1st!**

Student or Retiree Member*


Save $90 if you register by September 1st!**



Awards Dinner | October 4

Awards Dinner


Professional Member*


Save $100 if you register by September 1st!**

*You must have a CSCA Membership good through October 6, 2023 to receive the Member Price. To take advantage of the discounted Member prices, renew your membership if needed, which can be done below when you register.

**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.  

CANCELLATION POLICY: If we are forced to cancel the CSCA 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 1, 2023. All cancellations before September 1, 2023 will be refunded less a $50 handling fee. The conference is not responsible for and cannot give refunds due to problems beyond its control such as weather or school closings.

On social distancing and other health and safety measures, the CSCA Conference will conform to all necessary regulations/guidelines that are in place in Loveland, CO as of the date of the conference.

Registration will open on February 6th.

By clicking the above Register button you will be directed to the CSCA website to complete your registration.



Embassy Suites by Hilton Loveland Hotel Conference Center and Spa

4705 Clydesdale Pkwy
Loveland, CO 80538


The Embassy Suites, the Conference’s host hotel, has a conference rate of $154 per night, plus tax, which remains valid for reservations made by September 2, 2023, while rooms are available. The price includes full, cook-to-order breakfast and evening Manager’s Reception.

You can also book a room by calling (970) 593-6200. Please stay on the line (do not choose any recorded options) to speak with the front desk associates. The group code is “N27.”

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Come Learn and Play!

In the evening, make sure you take time to relax and enjoy the surrounding area. Visit The Promenade Shops at Centerra, just a few minutes from the Embassy Suites. You can sit back and relax at the many restaurants, such as Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano, P.F. Chang’s, Red Robin, along with others. The Promenade Shops at Centerra also has an Metropolitan MetroLux 14 movie theater, so you can finally watch that movie you have been wanting to see. Enjoy shopping at the LOFT, Yankee Candle, Sephora, Barnes & Noble, and many more!

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!



Fax 720-505-2711

Colorado School Counselor Association
P.O. Box 929
Indian Hills, CO 80454-0929

Make all checks and purchase orders payable to:
Colorado School Counselor Association (CSCA)

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 contact CSCA directly with all membership questions.

Sponsors receive attendee contact information.