November 3-5, 2024
Embassy Suites & Frisco Convention Center
Frisco, TX

November 3-5, 2024
Embassy Suites & Frisco Convention Center
7600 John Q Hammons Drive Frisco, TX 75034

Join us for the LSSSCA Conference
November 3-5, 2024
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Dynamic Speakers
Gain insights, inspiration, and effective plans of action.
Featured Speakers
50+ Exhibitors
Meet with exhibitors to get valuable resources and information for your school.
Register to Attend
Network and be Refreshed
Get a much needed break and find encouragement from hundreds of school counselors across the state.
Register to Attend
Engaging Breakout Sessions
Multiple breakout sessions available to gain insights, inspiration, and effective plans of action.
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Join us for the LSSSCA Conference
November 3-5, 2024
Register to Attend
Dynamic Speakers
Gain insights, inspiration, and effective plans of action.
Featured Speakers
50+ Exhibitors
Meet with exhibitors to get valuable resources and information for your school.
Register to Attend
Network and be Refreshed
Get a much needed break and find encouragement from hundreds of school counselors across the state.
Register to Attend
Engaging Breakout Sessions
Multiple breakout sessions available to gain insights, inspiration, and effective plans of action.
Register to Attend
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Join us for the LSSSCA Conference
November 3-5, 2024
Register to Attend
Dynamic Speakers
Gain insights, inspiration, and effective plans of action.
Featured Speakers
50+ Exhibitors
Meet with exhibitors to get valuable resources and information for your school.
Register to Attend
Network and be Refreshed
Get a much needed break and find encouragement from hundreds of school counselors across the state.
Register to Attend
Engaging Breakout Sessions
Multiple breakout sessions available to gain insights, inspiration, and effective plans of action.
Register to Attend
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Don't miss Texas' premier conference for school counselors!

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Thanks for joining us for the 2023 Lone Star State School Counselor Association Conference!​

We hope to see you next year!

SAVE THE DATE!

Details to come.

Learn more about our Sponsors

ACT is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. Grounded in more than 60 years of research, ACT is a trusted leader in college and career readiness solutions. Each year, ACT serves millions of students, job seekers, schools, government agencies and employers in the U.S. and around the world.

For more information please contact Rose Gardner, Account Executive at (903) 217-6021 or rose.gardner@act.org

College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success—including the SAT, the Advanced Placement Program, and BigFuture. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators, and schools.

For more information please contact Lana Sveda, Senior Director, State and District Partnerships at (512) 626-1820 or lsveda@collegeboard.org.

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Educator Guide

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Connections Wellness Group, a Blended Health company, is redefining mental health care through innovative intermediate services. Our mission is to expand access to outpatient behavioral health care services for adolescents and adults struggling with mental health challenges by providing a strong continuity of care that includes convenient, innovative and high-touch individual and group services. We specialize in IOP/PHP services devoted to life-improving solutions to apply in everyday life. For more information please contact Molly Muniz, Business Development Specialist at molly.muniz@connectionswellnessgroup.com. or (817) 592-5481.
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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, Senior Vice President at beccab@dialcare.com.
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Harmony Academy offers educators professional learning and curriculum resources promoting healthy relationships. Harmony Curriculum provides comprehensive classroom materials to foster engaged learners and peer relationships. Harmony Professional Learning empowers educators through free modules and monthly webinars led by inspirational leaders, focusing on relationship building strategies. Visit harmony-academy.org for more information.

For more information please contact Huston Mgbemena, Account Manager at hmgbemena@nu.edu. or (817) 480-4420. 

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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 Paige Mitchell at (629) 702-7054 or PaigeMitchell@QuaverEd.com.
ROX trains female school counselors & educators to deliver evidence-based programs to girls in grades 5-12. The ROX Program for Girls is a co-curricular experience with a 20-lesson curriculum that has been proven effective with more than 40,000 girls since 2006. Curricula focus on: Girl drama & bullying, healthy relationships, social media, body image, stress and coping. 90% of participants report that ROX is the thing they like best about School. Partner with us to empower your girls with ROX! For more information, please contact Nancy Willis, Program Director  at (614) 783-1058  and nancywillis@rulingourexperiences.com
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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 rvti-info@rvti.org or at 800.664.0154.

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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 supports Lone Star State’s initiatives for improved student outcomes and postsecondary readiness. For more information, please contact Adam Frillman at adam@schoolinks.com
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Innovation Guide

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Tacky Box is a hands-on tool that gives students a daily opportunity to process emotions, creating a culture of kindness. It’s a safe space for expression, promoting emotional intelligence, resilience, self-awareness & responsible decision-making. It’s easy to implement, a light lift for teachers, simple, & it works. With access to the digital content library including the engaging animated/live-action show, Tacky Box Time, you hold the key to nurturing emotionally healthier students & staff! For more information please contact Katie Worden, Director of District Partnerships at katie@tackybox.com. or (469) 877-9674 .
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Texas Child Health Access Through Telemedicine (TCHATT) provides free telemedicine or telehealth programs to school districts to help identify and assess the behavioral health needs of children and adolescents and provide access to mental health services.

TCHATT is available at no-cost to any school district in Texas that wants it. If you’re a school district interested in joining TCHATT, please email us at tcmhcc@utsystem.edu

For more information contact Jenn Cole at (713) 798-8257 or Jennipher.Cole@bcm.edu..

Texas A&M University at Galveston is the island campus and waterfront property of Texas A&M University. We are dedicated to developing leaders who are changing the world. We educate nearly 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students annually in marine and maritime programs whose commitment to our Core Values positions them to fuel the blue economy now and in the future. We are Aggieland by the sea and the ocean is our classroom. For more information, please contact Buzz Refugio at (409) 740-4771 or buzz@tamu.edu.
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UTA is a comprehensive research, teaching, & public service institution whose mission is the advancement of knowledge & the pursuit of excellence. Through academic, internship, & research programs, our students receive real-world experiences that help them contribute to their community & ultimately, the world. Our campus spans 420 acres & includes more than 100 buildings & state-of-the-art facilities. In the heart of the DFW Metroplex, we offer flexible, innovative educational opportunities. 

For more information, please contact Gayonne Beavers, Director of Undergraduate Admissions at  (817) 272-2090 or gayonne.beavers@uta.edu.

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ValidateME! evaluates foreign academic records from around the world. Services are guaranteed in 5 days and include accurate grade conversion and translation of documents. We align international coursework to U.S. high school courses so students can be correctly placed in grade level and content. Validating a student’s prior education allows the student to graduate on time while saving school districts significant amount of money. Success in high school and beyond for every student is our goal!

For more information please contact Elizabeth Llongueras, Director of Operations at ellongueras@validate-me.org or (956) 459-9596. 

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Why The Benefits?

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Wellpoint, an Elevance Health Company, helps improve health care access and quality for nearly 750,000 Texans who participate in the state’s Medicaid programs. Wellpoint serves Texans by developing and delivering innovative care management programs and services. Wellpoint members are assured care that is not only accessible, but also accountable, comprehensive, integrated and patient-centered. For more information about Wellpoint in Texas, please visit https://www.wellpoint.com/tx/medicaid

For more information, please contact Marisol Mogus, Medicaid Territory Marketing Manager  at (817) 861-7791 or marisol.mogus@wellpoint.com

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Xello is an engaging, online program that helps K-12 students define their future goals and transform their aspirations into actionable plans for success. 

It helps them build self-knowledge, explore their options, create a plan, and develop the skills needed to thrive in the world of work.

For more information please contact Sharon Preda, Territory Manager at sharonp@xello.world

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SPEAKERS

We have many dynamic speakers who will be speaking at the conference. Check back soon!

Russ Sabella

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Laura Rizo

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Keynote Session 
November 3, 2024| 1:00 p.m.

Join Russ for an insightful keynote presentation that delves into the realm of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the context of school counseling. This engaging session is designed for school counselors seeking to comprehend the fundamentals of AI and its application in their profession. Dr. Sabella will equip school counselors with the knowledge and insights needed to leverage AI effectively, fostering a future-ready approach to school counseling. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the transformative potential of AI in shaping the future of your work.

 


 

Dr. Russell Sabella is currently a Professor of Counseling in the College of Health Professions & Social Work, Florida Gulf Coast University and President of Sabella & Associates. He is well known for his Technology Boot Camp for Counselors workshops conducted throughout the country. Dr. Sabella is Past President (2003-2004) of the American School Counselor Association. He has trained and consulted with thousands of school counselors, educators, parents, and organizational leaders throughout the country.

Russ is the co-author of two books entitled Confronting Sexual Harassment Learning Activities for Teens and Counseling in the 21st Century: Using Technology to Improve Practice. He is also the author of the popular SchoolCounselor.com, A Friendly and Practical Guide to the World Wide Web as well as GuardingKids.com, A Practical Guide to Keeping Kids Out of High Tech Trouble.

Keynote Session 
November 4, 2024| 8:30 a.m.

Life is full of obstacles, some come to us at an early stage in life, some throughout our adulthood. Obstacles in life can be used in one of two ways: AS FIRE to SURVIVE or as an EXCUSE to halt us from achieving to the best of our ability. Both youth & adults experience social and emotional barriers that may prevent them from overcoming and learning from life. Counselors will learn what it means to become a hero for themselves in everything that we do and speak, then transfer that effect unto our students, creating a sense of belonging that engages them in a place that reaches hearts first.

 


 

Born and raised in the projects, Rizo’s life experiences have created a profound commitment within to nurture both emotional and intellectual growth and create a transformative learning experience with her audiences. Her messages on overcoming poverty, mental illness, an identity crisis, and a lack of self-love reach the hearts of youth and adults. A former teacher and school counselor, Rizo aims to inspire youth to be boundless in overcoming obstacles and be their true authentic self. She strives to inspire adults to reach hearts before minds and face their own challenges head on with tenacity, while championing their own well-being. Rizo is currently a doctoral candidate in Social-emotional Learning at National University and looking forward to becoming Dr. Rizo Speaks Life. 

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More speakers will be presenting at the conference. Check back soon!

SCHEDULE

Tentative

The conference takes place on Sunday, November 3 - Tuesday, November 5. Check back soon for a detailed schedule!

SBEC and LPC Hours

15.5 SBEC CPE hours available (#902-466)

15.5 LPC CPE hours available (2740)

REGISTRATION

We are excited to have you join us!
Save the date! Registration will open soon.

Advanced Registration Deadline:
October 31, 2024

Become a Member

Become a LSSSCA Member and save on your conference registration! Get the benefits of advocacy and affiliation, continuing education and resources, and networking and leadership. Simply add the LSSSCA Membership to your total (see below). For questions about LSSSCA membership please communications@lonestarstateschoolcounselor.org.

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 (modeled from ASCA) you can customize to support your efforts to attend the 2024 LSSSCA Conference!

LSSSCA Conference | November 3-5

Professional Member*

$175

Student & Retiree Member*

$135

Non-Member

$235

Save $20 if you register by August 31st!**

*You must have a LSSSCA Membership good through November 5, 2024 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.  

Online Registration has Closed

The online registration portal is now closed, but we will be accepting on-site registration at the event. Please bring the Registration Form (see below to download) with your method of payment to the conference.

To pay with a check or purchase order please download the registration form and send it in with your check or purchase order. Registrations cannot be processed without payment. Contact us with questions.

CANCELLATION POLICY: If we are forced to cancel the LSSSCA 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 October 3, 2024. All cancellations before October 3, 2024 will be refunded less a $25 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 LSSSCA Conference will conform to all necessary regulations/guidelines that are in place in Frisco, TX as of the date of the conference.

REGISTER

Register online below using a credit card, or download the registration form and send it in with your payment.

To pay with a check or purchase order please download the registration form and send it in with your check or purchase order. Registrations cannot be processed without payment. Contact us with questions.

ACCOMMODATIONS

VENUE & HOST HOTEL

Embassy Suites Dallas Frisco Hotel Convention Center and Spa

7600 John Q Hammons Drive
Frisco, TX 75034

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Reservation information coming soon.

The Embassy Suites, the Conference’s host hotel, has a conference rate of $166 per night, plus tax, which remains valid for reservations made by October 18, 2024, 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 (972) 712-7200. Press #1 for Reservations. Please be sure to mention the “92C” group code.

Make Hotel Reservations Early! Limited Availability!

OVERFLOW HOTEL:

Hilton Garden Inn Dallas/Frisco

7550 Gaylord Pkwy
Frisco, TX 75034

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The Hilton Garden Inn, within easy walking distance from the Embassy Suites, has a conference rate of $154 per night, plus tax, which remains valid for reservations made by October 1, 2023, while rooms are available. The group rate includes a Continental Breakfast Buffet.

You can also book a room by calling (469) 362-8485. Please be sure to tell the hotel that you are with the “Lone Star State School Counselor Association 2023” group.

Online code: 90G

Lone Star State School Counselor Association Conference November 6-8, 2022 Hilton Hotel exterior

Make Hotel Reservations Early! Limited Availability!

OVERFLOW HOTEL:

Home2 Suites by Hilton

2000 Parkwood Boulevard
Frisco, TX 75034 

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The Home2 Suites, within easy walking distance from the Embassy Suites, has a conference rate of $139 per night, plus tax, which remains valid for reservations made by October 5, 2023, while rooms are available. The group rate includes complimentary parking and breakfast.

You can also book a room by calling (972) 377-7300. Please be sure to mention you are with the “Lone Star State School Counselor Association,” group code CHT90A.

Guests inquiring about paying with a check:

The Home2Suites can accept checks for payment, but guests must mail the check this week (10/9/23), so the hotel has it by their check in date next week. 

If the school or district is paying, the guest will need to call the hotel and get a credit card authorization form to have on file for their charges. Or, the guest will need to use their own credit card and have a receipt for reimbursements. 

Lone Star State School Counselor Association Conference November 6-8, 2022 Embassy Suites Hotel exterior

Make Hotel Reservations Early! Limited Availability!

Come Learn and Play!

In the evening, make sure you take time to relax and enjoy the surrounding area. Visit the Stonebriar Centre, one mile from the Embassy Suites. You can sit back and relax at the many restaurants at the Stonebriar, such as Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen, Perry’s Steakhouse and Grill, and Dave and Busters, along with others. The Stonebriar Centre also has an AMC movie theater, so you can finally watch that movie you have been wanting to see. Enjoy shopping at the Sam Moon, Williams & Sonoma, Coach, Yankee Candle, Sephora, Forever 21, 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!

CONTACT INFORMATION

866.318.6294

Fax 423.899.4547

registrations@ncyi.org

National Center for Youth Issues
ATTN: LSSSCA
P.O. Box 22185
Chattanooga, TN 37422-2185

Make all checks and purchase orders payable to:
National Center for Youth Issues

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 LSSSCA directly with all membership questions.

Sponsors receive attendee contact information.