September 14-16, 2022
Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa
1800 Newtown Pike
Lexington, KY 40511


September 14-16, 2022  |  Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa
1800 Newtown Pike  |  Lexington, KY 40511


Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions

We look forward to having you join us at the Kentucky School Counselor Association Conference!

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

Thursday, September 15, 2022

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Breakout Session 1

10 Strategies for Building a More Trauma-Informed Classroom Right Now

Lead Presenter: Alisa Kaczorowski

Students with stressed brains cannot learn. Schools must accommodate for this and help students feel safe and loved. Fortunately, there are things that can be done RIGHT NOW to impact the culture of a school. These strategies don’t take much time, money or effort. They are common sense strategies to help ALL students feel belonging in the classroom, build relationships, encourage a calm environment and reduce stress so learning can occur.

Advising Hero! Presenting the Kentucky Advising Academy

Lead Presenter: Destiny O’Rourke

Intentional advising is a key element to providing access and opportunity to students navigating their personalized postsecondary path. The Kentucky Advising Academy seeks to remove advising barriers by facilitating quality training, support and a community of practice for professional educators in an advising role. Come learn about the tools and resources provided by the KAA to help you enhance your current postsecondary advising program.

Alternatives to Traditional Education:
Non-Baccalaureate STEM Career Pathways

Lead Presenter: Steve Coyle

Almost 50% of high school students are no longer considering Bachelor’s degrees and more than 50% are open to other career pathways. Yet 85% of students feel pressure to pursue a college degree! Join Dr. Coyle as he will focus on your students and how you can give them the information they need to make important career decisions. Learn how to get more of your female students involved in STEM careers. Learn how to get industry involved in your school and how to get parents more engaged in your programs. Find out about new scholarship opportunities that will benefit your students.

How to Incorporate the Quality of School Climate and Safety Survey

Lead Presenter: Kaet Barron

Several years back, the Quality of School Climate and Safety survey was added to the Kentucky Summative Assessment. Learn how to analyze these results and use them to improve your own school climate and culture. You’ll get examples on classroom guidance lessons, whole school initiatives and more.

Unlearning Helplessness: Motivating the Underachiever

Lead Presenter: Julia Cook

In this session Julia shares how underachieving occurs when students have a significant gap between their abilities, and what they achieve in school. In this interactive session, she will discuss the four types of underachievers, explore the characteristics and causes of underachieving, and present effective solutions that can reverse this problem.

Unlock Your Superpower through the use of Therapeutic Play Techniques

Lead Presenter: Sharon Todd

Are you constantly searching for new approaches to work with students? Do you want strategies you can learn and apply the next day with your students using materials you already have in your office? During this session, I share my favorite versatile therapeutic play techniques that will aid you as you navigate the demands of meeting the needs of students.

Unmasking Prevention – Too Good for Drugs & Sources of Strength

Lead Presenter: Sheila Barnard

Too Good for Drugs, a universal, Tier 1, prevention program, shown to mitigate the risk and enhance protection related to substance use and provide behavioral health prevention. Sources of Strength, a universal suicide prevention program designed to build socioecological protective influences around youth and reduce the likelihood that vulnerable youth will become suicidal. Too Good for Drugs and SOURCES Implementers will share their experiences.

What Every Educator Needs to Know About the Brain

Lead Presenter: Jessica Sinarski 

Get past the dry data and learn how to apply the science that is transforming the world of education. Learn the difference between stress and trauma and how to get the most of your brain even when demands are high. Bring the science back to the classroom with methods for teaching students of all ages how the brain works, and why it matters! Practice strategies that help students calm themselves in stressful situations and keep kids and adults functioning their best.

11:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.     Breakout Session 2

College Funding Coach Sponsor Session

Lead Presenter: TBA

More details to come!

College and Career Readiness at the Elementary Level

Lead Presenter: Kaet Barron

College and Career Readiness begin here. . . .at our elementary schools. Elementary students should be thinking of their future and goals just as much as our high school seniors! Get in depth knowledge and experience to plan and implement a career fair at your school, while also learning of valuable resources, free lesson plans and more all related to creating a college and career readiness culture at your elementary school.

Empowering High School Girls Through Young Women LEAD

Lead Presenter: Chrisha Spears

Join us for this interactive presentation of the Young Women LEAD Initiative. Young Women LEAD is a movement to empower girls to support each other that has been taking place annually the past twelve years in 28 states with 36,000 girls participating. We will share our successes and lessons learned from the free curriculum and conferences focused on the neuroscience of confidence, inclusive leadership, 21st century skills, and more.

Minding the Gap for Postsecondary Planning

Lead Presenter: Abigail Murdock

If you had access to resources to provide your students with FREE ACT/SAT prep, a FREE Career Exploration Program, and FREE resources/info on postsecondary planning (financial aid, occupational outlook, college programs, resume/portfolio building), would you pass up the opportunity to use them? Discover how you can now! Every student deserves the opportunity and access to resources to make informed decisions on their postsecondary plans.

Practical Strategies for Supporting Student Mental Health & Resilience

Lead Presenter: Christian Moore

How do you help students bounce back from what they have been through? From trauma, isolation, and poverty, to mental health challenges, our students have faced many obstacles over the last two years. Come see a formula to help you guide students through the challenges that destroy motivation and make it difficult to find success.

Unlearning Helplessness: Motivating the Underachiever

Lead Presenter: Julia Cook

In this session Julia shares how underachieving occurs when students have a significant gap between their abilities, and what they achieve in school. In this interactive session, she will discuss the four types of underachievers, explore the characteristics and causes of underachieving, and present effective solutions that can reverse this problem.

Unmasking the Grief Process to Help Students Heal

Lead Presenter: Sharon Todd

Grief comes to our students in many forms, not just through the death of a loved one. As school counselors, it is critical to have the right tools to offer solace and comfort regardless of the type of loss experienced. School counselors play an essential role in helping guide students through the grief process as they create a new normal. During this session, you’ll learn effective techniques to support students along their grief journey.

What Every Educator Needs to Know About the Brain

Lead Presenter: Jessica Sinarski

Get past the dry data and learn how to apply the science that is transforming the world of education. Learn the difference between stress and trauma and how to get the most of your brain even when demands are high. Bring the science back to the classroom with methods for teaching students of all ages how the brain works, and why it matters! Practice strategies that help students calm themselves in stressful situations and keep kids and adults functioning their best.

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.     Breakout Session 3

Best Practices for School-wide Social Emotional Learning

Lead Presenter: Santina Plottner

Current research indicates that schools that promote social emotional learning are critical to students’ academic, social, personal, and professional success. In this session, participants will explore evidence based practices to advocate for and support systemic social emotional learning at their school by utilizing the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) framework.

Creating Systems that Work for the School Counselor

Lead Presenter: Gabrielle Hart

This presentation will showcase different systems and processes used in a current high school. The information has helped to prioritize student needs and allow for better collaboration with all staff in the building.

Equity Data to Foster a Sense of Belonging

Lead Presenter: Florence Chang

One of the foundational precursors to an effective learning environment is creating a sense of belonging for all students and educators. How do we create the environments and experiences needed to foster a sense of belonging? This session will explore existing state data sets and share tools for collecting and analyzing equity data to create the school conditions needed to foster an inclusive setting for all students.

The Mixtape: A Hip Hop Counseling Exemplar

Lead Presenter: Damien Sweeney

Music is a universal language that we can all connect to and understand. Participants will learn how to integrate music in their comprehensive school counseling program at tier 1 (whole group) and tier 2 (individual or small groups). By implementing relatable music in your sessions with students, you can open your students’ eyes and hearts while affirming the importance of self love and healing in community with their peers.

RTI at Work- Connecting Social Emotional Learning to the MTSS Process

Lead Presenter: Dedeeh Newbern 

In this session, participants will dig into how behavior and social emotional learning connect to the MTSS structure. We will review how PBIS expectations become your ESSENTIAL standards for behavior and how moving through three tiers of instruction, school level staff can systemically address the behavioral and social emotional needs of students.

The Simplest Way to Advocate Using Your Calendar Data

Lead Presenter: Amy Beal

In this session, you will learn why time documentation and analysis support data-driven school counseling programs, how to document your services and how you spend time as a school counselor, ways to explain and share data about your school counseling program and how to use the data to advocate and improve your program impact and outcomes.

Unmask the Superhero Within Using Counseling Techniques and Strategies

Lead Presenter: Linda Tyree 

School Counselors are Superheroes for their students and staff! By adding these quick tips and tricks using Solution Focused Brief Counseling and Cognitive Behavior Therapy, you’ll become FASTER THAN A SPEEDING BULLET, MORE POWERFUL THAN A LOCOMOTIVE, AND ABLE TO LEAP TALL BUILDINGS IN A SINGLE BOUND! You will walk away from this session with strategies and activities you can add to your Superhero tool belt, ready to put into action right away!

You Want Me to Do What?? Speaking Up for Your Role When It Isn’t Easy

Lead Presenter: Amy Riley

This presentation will discuss specific ways to approach administration school boards, and SBDM council who ask you, as a school counselor, to perform duties outside of your role. Local advocacy is difficult, but the presenter has done this in her own district and will share practical ways to engage in meaningful conversations with leadership without being combative or aggressive. There will be time for discussion.

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.     Breakout Session 4

Build Your FAFSA Success Toolkit

Lead Presenter: Steven Held

Are you struggling to keep your seniors engaged in the financial aid process in a post-COVID world? Join the KHEAA Outreach team as we equip you with the tools needed to ensure FAFSA success for your senior class. In this session, KHEAA will share best practices for FAFSA workshops, strategies to engage students, initiatives like the FAFSA Completion Challenge, resources and tips all focused on FAFSA completion success for you and your students.

Building Community in the Classroom and School

Lead Presenter: Julia Staton

In this session participants will learn factual, data-based, benefits of building community into the classroom and school. Participants will receive concrete strategies, resources and tools to add to their tool kit. Discussions will be around celebrating diversity, building inclusion, family and community engagement, inclusive clubs, and school activities.

Depression Education is Suicide Prevention

Lead Presenter: Ilana Sherman

There is a unique and undeniable link between depression, mental health and suicide. Therefore, effective mental health education IS suicide prevention – particularly depression education. Learn how these Tier 1 programs for 4th -12th grades, and all additional resources, support schools in providing evidence-informed mental health education and help-seeking skills for all students. These no-cost programs raise awareness about youth depression.

Increase School Culture/Climate Through Implementation of Behavior/SEL RTI

Lead Presenter: Kari McGrath

When behavior & social/emotional needs are high, school culture & climate declines. Student mental health needs are at its highest & teachers are leaving the profession in drones. Join us for a session that will discuss & provide resources on how school counselors can help address these needs at the Tier 1, 2, & 3 levels. If we implement these processes with fidelity & administrative support, we can grow students in all areas & hold onto teachers.

The Path to Become National Board Certified

Lead Presenter: Shelly Kerr

Come learn some tips, tricks and general information about earning National Board Certification through NBPTS (National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. National Board Certification is the most respected professional certification available in education and provides numerous benefits to counselors, students and schools. I’ll share my journey and help you envision your own path to becoming a National Board Certified Counselor.

Social Emotional Learning and Supporting the Whole Child

Lead Presenter: Santina Plottner

The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, is the CDC’s framework for addressing comprehensive health in schools and should serve as the foundational anchor for connection and collaboration across all areas of student support, including SEL. School counselors will acquire skills to integrate CASEL’s 5 SEL competencies into the WSCC model to provide a supportive learning environment for all students.

Unmask Your Behavioral Support Superpower: Build Your Own Toolbox!

Lead Presenter: Heather Bushelman

Unmask your own superpowers with behavioral interventions and supports! This session will help you build your own behavior toolbox for tiers 1, 2, and 3 to support educators and students within your building. We will analyze functions of behavior and discuss trauma-informed practices that are easy to implement. Examples of how to collaborate and consult with all stakeholders about behavioral interventions will also be shown.

What’s Your Space Jam?

Lead Presenter: Carla Kersey

What motivates you? What inspires you? Think about it- what moves you to get up every day to work, to participate in this thing we call life. Now think about what motivates your students. Especially think about what encourages your students to engage in their future. This session will provide tools to help you engage your students in owning their future.

Friday, September 16, 2022

8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.     Breakout Session 5

Apprenticeship – A Journey to Success

Lead Presenter: Hope Harp

If the best anti-poverty program is a good job, then apprenticeship has been the best anti-poverty program since 1250 AD. “Apprenticeship – A Journey to Success” familiarizes participants with information about apprenticeship, including its history, the apprenticeship difference, registered apprenticeship, and what it all means for the apprentice. IKORCC Articulations for the State of Kentucky will also be discussed. Apprenticeship is a viable, low-cost, high reward journey to success for learners. It provides paid on the job training, learning from experienced co-workers and mentorship at its best. Did I mention PAID? It is a completely different learning experience that has proven to be highly effective across all levels of workplace experience. 

The Best Plan You Hope to Never Use: Building a Crisis Plan

Lead Presenter: Molly Hudgens

Molly Hudgens, a school counselor at Sycamore Middle School in Pleasant View, Tennessee, averted a school shooting on September 28, 2016, when an armed eighth grader came to her with plans to harm people on her school campus. After talking with the young man for ninety minutes, he relinquished the weapon. In this presentation Hudgens shares how her school created, evaluated, and redesigned their school crisis plan and gives tips as to how to strength the plan you are using in your school.

Counselor + FRYSC = Collaboration Heroes

Lead Presenter: Andrea Sebastian

Being the only school counselor in your building can be challenging. Come hear some new ideas of how to improve your program! Collaborating with your FRYSC will allow you to best meet the needs of your students and their families through advocacy, collaboration and data-driven decision making. We will share hands-on interventions that we implement throughout the school year including attendance, college and career readiness and more.

The Easiest Way to Track Student Completion of ILP Requirements

Lead Presenter: Noa Lipton

Learn everything you need to know about ILP requirements for your students and how Xello’s new ILP Report can help you keep track of student completion to set your students up for success. In this session educators will explore the importance of reflection in the development of ILP lessons, the benefits of housing all ILP activities/lessons in a single platform, and how to access one easy-to-use report that can save you time and effort.

Social Emotional Health Isn’t One More Thing on the Plate- It IS the Plate

Lead Presenter: Kellie Thompson

Learn how the Project Prevent initiative has helped to implement mental health and social emotional learning into schools. Attendees will walk away with suggestions on how teaching trauma-informed care can help the culture of a school by effectively utilizing data and learn specific ways that one district is working to embed TIC and SEL into a sustainable multi-tiered system. Attendees will leave with ideas and resources for implementation at each tier level.

Strengthening the Administrator-School Counselor Relationship

Lead Presenter: Aimee Portteus

When School Counselors and School Administrators come together effectively, everyone benefits. Learn ways to advocate for your profession and collaborate with administration to foster positive student outcomes and transform school culture and climate.

Suicide ‘Postvention’ Best Practices for Schools

Lead Presenter: Beck Whipple

When schools experience the death of a student or staff member by suicide, there are steps to take that can provide the needed support and information for those affected. This session will address the practices and processes needed for postvention services, making sure that everyone knows what to do when this tragic event occurs. It will include a discussion of how to address suicide as part of the school’s Emergency Operations Plan.

Who Supports the Counselor? Making Counseling More Sustainable

Lead Presenter: Lara Donnelly

Who supports the school counselor? When this question was initially posed, it took quite a bit of time to even formulate a response. Join this session to learn how one school counselor is making the job more sustainable by embedding supports to protect her own mental health while supporting students, staff, and families.



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