The Pre-Conference Learning Sessions are an additional opportunity for more professional development and CEU contact hours. The sessions generally cover more in-depth information and allows more opportunity for discussion. These sessions are not included in the conference registration fee and have a minimal fee. Space is limited. Interested participants are encouraged to register early. Sessions run concurrently, so only one may be chosen.
Cost to attend a Pre-Conference Session:
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. Presentations can be adapted to provide content on specific tiers, such as Tier 1 prevention.
SPEAKER BIO: Dr. Damien Sweeney is the Program Coordinator for Comprehensive School Counseling at the Kentucky Department of Education. Dr. Sweeney is also a professor at the University of the Cumberlands. He was previously a Professional School Counselor at Seneca High School in Louisville, KY. Prior to that, Dr. Sweeney taught English at Male High School and Special Education at Fairdale High School in Jefferson County Public Schools.
ABOUT THIS SESSION: Dr. Sweeney will introduce the new Kentucky Framework of Best Practices for School Counselors to participants. Participants will learn how to start creating and implementing a comprehensive school counseling program that aligns with state and national expectations for our roles.
Thursday, September 16th | 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.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, and served on the Virginia School Counselor Association board for 10 years, including most recently as Chair of the Board (2019-2020). She 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 Multi-tiered Systems of Support, and more recently an author of the 2020 book published by the American School Counselor Association, Making MTSS Work. She has co-authored the I Can series of children’s social stories.
ABOUT THIS SESSION: 2020 has been a challenging time across our country, and school counselors are navigating a new world of virtual school counseling, and students struggling with grief, loss, trauma, and social unrest. In this session, Dr. Goodman-Scott will provide strategies for school counselors using a trauma-informed, SEL lens, including both virtual and face-to-face modalities.
Friday, September 17th | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
SPEAKER BIO: Christian Moore is an internationally renowned speaker, social worker, and author of The Resilience Breakthrough. The WhyTry Program that he authored is used in 20,000 institutions worldwide and has proven to effectively teach the social and emotional skills needed to thrive in school and life.
ABOUT THE SESSION: Resilience is something we’re all born with. Learn about vital skills of resilience and 3 keys to creating a resilient climate. This engaging presentation will empower you to deliver these skills to students of any background and learning style, enabling them to thrive not only in school, but in life.
Rae of Sunshine is a non-profit foundation [501(c) (3)]. The curly sunshine is a reminder of Taylor Rae, but our hope is that this sunshine will be a reminder that each of us can be a “rae” of sunshine in a world that is afraid to talk about mental health. They strive to promote positive acts of kindness, eliminate the stigma of mental health and increase access and resources to support social and emotional health.