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Connecticut School Counselors Association Conference

May 27-28, 2021

Thank you for attending the CSCA Conference. We hope to see you next year!


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Enlisting in the National Guard means more time at home. Training typically requires one weekend each month, with a two-week training period once each year. Solders can get a college degree, learn job skills that translate to the civilian world and make bonds that last a lifetime all while serving part-time close to home. The Connecticut National Guard can also pay for students’ college tuition to any Connecticut State College or University. Live Here. Serve Here. Learn Here.

For more information contact Stephanie Gillbertie via or at 860.883.4601.


Post University takes a personal approach to education and a personal interest in each of our student’s success. We know that every student has different aspirations, backgrounds, challenges and learning styles and it requires individual solutions to every student.

We approach our simplified admissions process with the same personal touch as our programs, to help students transition from potential candidate to successful student and graduate.

For more information please contact Azria Rountree, Assistant Director of Admissions, at 203.596.4689 or at

For more information contact James Robertson via

SpringPath is an online Student Network devoted to bringing a full suite of powerful tools designed to make a students path to higher education faster, more effective and easier to navigate.

For more information please contact Todd Dzicek, VP of Sales, at 770.561.9242 or at


The Princeton Review has been helping schools help students for more than 35 years. As the college admissions process becomes more competitive every year, we provide students with the tools they need to get into their dream schools. The Princeton Review is proudly partnered with schools across Connecticut that enjoy free resources and discounted programs for middle and high schoolers.

To learn more contact your local outreach specialist Alison Pascale at or 203.429.9007.


Porter & Chester Institute is helping committed students attain rewarding careers through industry-modeled, student-centered, training and support of the highest caliber. Our program offerings lead to diplomas in the Automotive, Computer, Cosmetology, Healthcare and Skilled Trades fields and prepare graduates for professional certifications in those fields.

For more information please contact Ray Shortt via email or at 860.414.5495. You can learn more about Porter & Chester Institute online at


At Quaver SEL, our principal mission is to support a Culture of Caring in elementary schools around the world. We present an innovative approach to social and emotional learning that focuses on the unique needs of PreK-5 students and the teachers and counselors who support them! We believe:

  • When students feel valued and cared for, they are happier and achieve more academically.
  • When educators feel equipped to support the whole-child, they are more successful in their work and experience greater job satisfaction.

Learn more about opportunities with QuaverSEL.


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.


At Bay Path University education empowers undergraduate women to become leaders in their careers and communities with an innovative approach to learning that prepares students to flourish in a constantly changing world. Our women-only undergraduate programs are offered both on-campus and online, providing a flexible, 21st-century. Bay Path students find a supportive and diverse community, close mentoring, and rigorous preparation for success in a complex and globally interdependent society. Students graduate with the applied knowledge, portable skillset, and confidence to thrive in their professions, identify and realize their dreams, and make a lasting difference in the world.


CHESLA is a quasi-public state authority created to help students and their families finance the cost of higher education through financial literacy, scholarships, and loans. The financial literacy portal,, gives students and families the resources to plan, save, and pay for college. The scholarship program provides significant scholarships to CT residents staying in CT to pursue higher education. CHESLA’s in-school loan program provides a low fixed rate for students and families looking to fill the gap between the school’s cost of attendance and financial aid/scholarships received. Paying for college is not easy and CHESLA is here to help!

For more information please contact Josh Hurlock, Assistant Director, at 860.761.8482 or at

For more information please contact Lisa-Anne Williams, Senior Partnership Manager, via or at 915.867.2065.

The College Funding Coach® was founded in 2002 to help families better understand the complex strategies for paying for college and making higher education more affordable. Through our nationwide educational workshop, Little-known Secrets of Paying for College, The College Funding Coach® team has helped thousands of families save and pay for college without bankrupting their retirement nest egg. This free comprehensive workshop is taught in public and private elementary, middle and high schools. 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 Bernadette Boyle, Business Development Manager, at or at 571.296.4075.


The New England Association for College Admission Counseling leads, supports and advances the work of counseling, admission and enrollment professionals by promoting ethical responsibility, professional development, and state, regional and national advocacy as they help all students realize their full educational potential, with particular emphasis on the transition to postsecondary education.

For more information contact Christina Doyle, Executive Director at 603.367.3292 or via


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.



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Sponsored by:

Embrace and Empower the Unicorns

Brian Coleman

Friday, May 28 | 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

SPEAKER BIO: Brian Coleman, a school counselor and counseling department chair at Jones College Prep in Chicago, Ill., has been named the 2019 School Counselor of the Year by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). Coleman is a graduate of Northwestern University and DePaul University. He has served as a school counselor at Jones College Prep since 2014.

Coleman, a former actor, found his love for education and students while performing with About Face Theatre company and its youth talk-back program. He recognized that serving as a school counselor would afford him with daily opportunities to “support, validate and affirm the next generation of leaders and change agents.”

While at Jones College Prep, Coleman collaborated with the Student Government Association to spearhead a revised sexual health education program for 377 sophomore students. His holistic approach to school counseling at Jones College Prep includes advocating for expanded education and knowledge for students as well as school staff.

Coleman, who earned his Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) designation in 2017, collaborated with the school team to create extensive social/emotional programming at the freshman level as well as enhanced the school community’s awareness of social/emotional learning as an important facet of the high school experience.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Brian as he presents Embrace and Empower the Unicorns. As school counselors, we recognize strengths and gifts in our students that they may not see in themselves. When we harness our own unique gifts, we can create a safe and accountable space for students to shine a light on their own. Brian will share how you can use your individual strengths to enhance your counseling program and related interventions.

Participants will:

  • Learn how to use personal strengths to build rapport with students
  • Discuss (and role play) practical strategies to engage students
  • Identify comprehensive school counseling program components that increase student outcomes.


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Charlene Russell-Tucker

Friday, May 28 | 8:30 a.m.


SPEAKER BIO: Charlene M. Russell-Tucker is the Commissioner of Education for the Connecticut State Department of Education. Before this, she served as the Department’s Deputy Commissioner, a role in which she oversaw educational supports and wellness priorities. Prior, she served as Chief Operating Officer and Division Chief for the Department’s Office of Student Supports and Organizational Effectiveness. She also served as Associate Commissioner of Education and Bureau Chief within the Department overseeing a portfolio of programs and services that included student health, nutrition and safety, family engagement, magnet and charter schools, afterschool programs and services, school climate, adult education, and special education. She is a performance-driven and visionary education leader with over 20 years’ experience in successfully leveraging the inter-connectedness of the social, emotional, physical, and mental health of students and their families as foundations for positive school and life outcomes. She passionately supports family and community engagement in education and leads school attendance and school discipline initiatives with intensive focus on equity and diversity.

Ms. Russell-Tucker has participated on various state and national committees, such as the Connecticut General Assembly Committee on Children Strategic Action Group on Chronic Absence, and she has served as an expert panel member on committees of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. She has also served in the role of president of the Connecticut Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and as a member of the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Ms. Russell-Tucker has extensive teaching experience, formerly serving as an adjunct faculty member at Albertus Magnus College School of New Dimensions.

In 2015, Ms. Russell-Tucker was named to the inaugural class of 100 Women of Color in Connecticut. In 2018, she was welcomed to the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading’s Council of Champions. Most recently, she received MENTOR National’s Public Service – State & Local Excellence in Mentoring Award in 2021. On a personal note, Ms. Russell-Tucker believes in finding and fulfilling one’s life’s purpose.

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John Frassinelli

Friday, May 28 | 8:30 a.m.


SPEAKER BIO: John Frassinelli, MS, RD is the Education Division Director overseeing school health, nutrition, and family services at the Connecticut State Department of Education. He is a registered dietitian with a Master’s Degree in Health Promotion from the University of Connecticut, and Bachelors’ Degrees in Political Science from Southern Connecticut State University and Nutrition/Dietetics from the University of Connecticut. His area of responsibility includes over 50 programs and initiatives including: school social, emotional, behavioral and mental and physical health including school nursing, counseling, and social work support; health education and physical education; child nutrition; school safety; juvenile justice; student discipline; truancy, attendance and chronic absenteeism; substance use prevention; pregnant and parenting teens; after-school programs; and family and community engagement. Prior to coming to the State Department of Education in 2013, he was the State Director of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and the former coordinator of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Education Program at the Connecticut Department of Public Health.


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Sponsored by:

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

Robert Jamison

Friday, May 28 | 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 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: Join Robert as he presents How Do You View the World? A Discussion of Diversity and Equity. 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.


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Sponsored by:

Connecticut Comprehensive School Counseling Framework

Part I: Thursday, May 27 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Part II: Friday, May 28 | 1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Participants will learn the ins and outs of the Connecticut Comprehensive School Counseling Framework (CCSCF). This two part workshop will put attendees on the road to successfully implement the CCSCF in their school allowing them to deliver a range of evidence-based supports, programs, and services to address student needs through a system wide approach. The facilitators will lead an interactive and immersive workshop designed at educating participants about the tools and resources available in the CCSCF, putting them in the driver’s seat for when they return to their schools. Participants will gain a functional understanding of the framework with an emphasis on utilizing the document to assess their current framework and develop a plan to align it to the CCSCF.


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Thursday, May 27, 2021

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

General Session
CSCA Frameworks (Part I)

1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.


1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

CSCA Awards Ceremony

Friday, May 28, 2021

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Opening Session Kick Off: Welcome from CSCA & Keynote Speaker
Embrace the Unicorns – Brian Coleman

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.


9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Live Breakout Sessions #1

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Live Breakout Sessions #2

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Lunch On Your Own

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Live Breakout Sessions #3

1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.


1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

General Session
CSCA Framework (Part II)


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Registration Closed

Become an CSCA Member and SAVE!

Please visit the CSCA website and become a member or renew your annual membership.

For questions about CSCA membership please contact, Michelle Catucci at or at 203.699.6320.


Professional Member*: $105
Student Member*: $60
Retiree Member*: $60


Professional Non-Member**: $165
Student Non-Member**: $90

*Your CSCA membership must be good through May 28, 2021 to qualify for the Member rates.

**Non-members will receive a complimentary CSCA membership. 


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FAX: (423) 899-4547

PHONE: (866) 318-6294

MAIL: National Center for Youth Issues, ATTN: CT-SCA
 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 April 27, 2021. All cancellations before April 27, 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.