April 3-4, 2023
Boston Marriott Newton
2345 Commonwealth Ave. Newton, MA 02466

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April 3-4, 2023
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Network and be Refreshed
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Join us for the MASCA Conference
April 3-4, 2023
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Dynamic Speakers
Gain insights, inspiration, and effective plans of action.
Featured Speakers
30+ 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.
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Engaging Breakout Sessions
Multiple breakout sessions available to gain insights, inspiration, and effective plans of action.
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Join us for the MASCA Conference
April 3-4, 2023
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Dynamic Speakers
Gain insights, inspiration, and effective plans of action.
Featured Speakers
30+ 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
Breakout Sessions
Engaging breakout sessions available to gain insights, inspiration, and effective plans of action.
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For more information contact Becca Bean, Assistant Vice President at beccab@dialcare.com.

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For more information please contact Jennifer Bento-Pinyoun, Director of MEFA Pathway, at jbento@mefa.org or at 617-224-4827.

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The Princeton Review has been helping schools help students for more than 40 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 Massachusetts that enjoy free resources and discounted programs for middle and high schoolers.

To learn more please contact your local outreach specialist, Sarah Cao at Sarah.Cao@Review.com or at 857-226-0136

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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.

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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.

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IN-PERSON EXPERIENCE or VIRTUAL OPTION

IN-PERSON EXPERIENCE or VIRTUAL OPTION

We are excited that the 2023 MASCA Conference will offer both an in-person experience and a virtual option! Whether you would like to getaway from your routine or stay in the comfort of your own home we have options for you. See the breakdown for what each offers.

All who register will have access to the virtual conference portal. The virtual conference portal will stream the general keynote sessions live and will have those recorded live sessions available to view about one week following the conference if missed on those dates. The online portal will also have prerecorded breakout sessions covering multiple topics available to view when the conference begins on April 3, 2023. The pre-conference sessions will only be live and in person. They will not be available with the virtual option.

All sessions in the online portal will be available to view until May 31, 2023.

Keynote Sessions

In-Person Experience: Live and access to recorded sessions.

Virtual Option: Stream live and access to recorded sessions.

Pre-Conference Sessions

In-Person Experience: Live. (These sessions will not be recorded and made available online.)

Virtual Option: N/A

Breakout Sessions

In-Person Experience: Live and access to all pre-recorded sessions.

Virtual Option: Access to all pre-recorded sessions.

Professional Development Points

In-Person Experience: Receive credits for viewing sessions (Keynote, Pre-Conference, and Breakout) in person and earn additional credits for viewing sessions in the online portal.

Virtual Option: Receive credits for all sessions viewed online (live-streamed and recorded).

Exhibitors & Sponsors

In-Person Experience: Live only

Virtual Option: N/A

Networking

In-Person Experience: Live only

Virtual Option: N/A

Meals and Refreshments

In-Person Experience: Live only

Virtual Option: N/A

SPEAKERS

SPEAKERS

Listen. Learn. Get Inspired.

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

Wendy Rock

Rodney Robinson

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

Session information coming soon.

The Keynote Sessions are available to in-person and virtual attendees. These sessions will be streamed live and recorded for later viewing on the online portal.


Working with Minors in Schools: Legal and Ethical Considerations

Wendy Rock

Opening Workshop Speaker
Monday, April 3rd | 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: School counselors must balance parents’ legal right to be the guiding voice in their children’s lives with students’ need for confidentiality. Participants will explore topics such as responding to potentially suicidal youth, supporting youth from marginalized populations, working with sexually active minor students, FERPA and counselor notes, the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), and other sensitive topics. The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Ethical Standards for School Counselors (2022) will be reviewed and an ethical decision-making process will be applied to case studies that will support participants in their understanding of the complex nature of around minor’s rights to confidentiality and parent’s rights while building confidence in their approach to challenging ethical dilemmas.

SPEAKER BIO: A professional school counselor with almost two decades of experience, Dr. Rock joined the Southeastern Louisiana University faculty full-time in the fall of 2017 as an assistant professor. She is a licensed professional counselor/board-approved supervisor, nationally certified counselor, and nationally certified school counselor. She currently serves as the school counseling coordinator. Dr. Rock received her M.Ed. from the University of Texas at Austin in Educational Psychology (concentration in school counseling) and her Ph.D. from the University of Holy Cross (New Orleans) in Counselor Education and Supervision. She presents on a variety of topics at both the state and national levels. She served as a past president of the Louisiana School Counselor Association (LSCA). She is a past co-Chair of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Positions Statement Committee, a past member of the Louisiana High School ReDESIGN Professional School Counseling Task Force, and a past Associate Editor of The Professional School Counselor. She is a member of the Louisiana ACT Council, a member of the national ACT Steering Committee, a member of the Louisiana Counseling Association Government Relations Committee, Chair of the LSCA Counselor Ethics and Professional Standards Committee, Co-Chair of the Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors (ACES), School Counselor Interest Network, Secondary School Counselors Workgroup, and Chair of the ASCA Ethics Committee. Research interests include school counselor professional identity, the school counselor’s role in student mental health, school counselor-principal relationship, school counselor advocacy, and school counselor ethics.


What is Equity and Why Do All Children Deserve It?

Rodney Robinson

Keynote Speaker
Tuesday, April 4th | 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Rodney will define what equity means in education today. He will give concrete examples of inequities and how school counselors play a solid role in ensuring all students receive an equitable education. Participants will leave speech energized with practical solutions to help end education inequities.

SPEAKER BIO: Rodney is a 21-year education veteran working with marginalized black and brown communities in Richmond, Virginia. He has received numerous awards for his accomplishments in and out of the classroom, most notably the 2019 National Teacher of the Year. His current role is as a senior policy advisor with Richmond Public Schools in charge of Teacher Pathways with a specific focus on the RVA Men Teach Program to recruit and retain male teachers of color in Richmond Public Schools.

The Pre-Conference Learning Sessions are only available to in-person attendees. They are not available for the virtual option. 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 allow more opportunity for discussion. These sessions are not included in the conference registration fee.


Self Care and Communities of Care for School Counselors

Jacqueline Zeller

Pre-Conference Speaker
Monday, April 3rd | 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. with lunch break

ABOUT THIS SESSION: This interactive session will describe the importance of self-care for school counselors. The session will incorporate literature and research that describes self-care, vulnerabilities to stress, the connection of self-care to school professionals’ professional duties and ethics, and self-care strategies. The session will also discuss the importance of creating a school climate of care to support self-care of individuals.


Mental Health in the Classroom

Christie Rogers-Larke

Pre-Conference Speaker
Monday, April 3rd | 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. with lunch break

ABOUT THIS SESSION: One in five students will receive, or have, a psychiatric diagnosis during their school age years. This presentation allows participants to get a brief overview of ‘common’ diagnoses, symptoms and effective interventions that can be used.


Critical Conversations on Improving the Fidelity of Implementing College and Career Plans

Kimberly Howard, V. Scott Solberg, and LaVonia Montoute

Pre-Conference Speaker
Monday, April 3rd | 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. with lunch break

ABOUT THIS SESSION: This pre-conference session provides a tool and resources that enable school counselors and educators to assess the effectiveness of college and career planning implementation and improve implementation fidelity in their district/school. Using the Career Advising Self-Assessment Tool the session is comprised of three parts where participating educators a) complete a self-assessment, b) discuss in small groups, and c) connect with ideas and resources.


Use of Bibliotherapy Through a CBT Lens to Reduce Anxiety for All Students

Laurie Dickstein-Fischer

Pre-Conference Speaker
Monday, April 3rd | 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. with lunch break

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Marked increase in student anxiety poses a growing challenge as counselors look for creative evidence based strategies to assist students. Using bibliotherapy through a CBT lens can help students recognize and understand their own emotions and thoughts in a non-threatening manner, while learning new coping tools & strategies. We will also discuss how to use bibliotherapy individually, in small groups and large classroom settings.


Advocating to Reduce Systemic Barriers for Our Gender Expansive Humans

Lisa Koenecke

Pre-Conference Speaker
Monday, April 3rd | 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. with lunch break

ABOUT THIS SESSION: YOU can save lives with this session! We will explore ethics, trauma and laws. Starting with resources from ASCA, GLSEN and TSER, walk away with FREE resources and toolkits. Share your stories, bring your questions and have some fun. Data is a key to advocating for our LGBTQ+ and Gender Expansive Humans!


Youth Mental Health First Aid

Christine Shaw

Pre-Conference Speaker
Monday, April 3rd | 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. with lunch break

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Youth Mental Health First Aid is an internationally recognized program for preparing adults who work with youth to respond to emerging, worsening and crisis mental health situations. Please note:

  • Limit of 30 spots for the training.
  • Registration for this pre-conference workshop will end on March 9.
  • This is a 6.5 hour training with 2 hours of pre-work prior to this in-person session.
  • All contact information for this pre-conference session will be sent to Youth Mental Health First Aid at least two weeks before the MASCA Conference to be enrolled for the two hour pre-work for the workshop.
  • An email will be sent to registrants at least two weeks prior with information on completing the two hour pre-work workshop.
  • Attendees have the option to view the online booklet for the workshop at no cost, or pay an additional $25.00 for a hard copy of it. More details to come in email mentioned above.
  • Workshop attendees must take a test afterwards to receive a certificate from Youth Mental Health First Aid. The certificate is good for three years.

SCHEDULE

SCHEDULE

Tentative

The conference takes place on Monday, April 4th - Tuesday, April 5th. Check back soon for a detailed schedule!

PDP Information

MASCA is an approved PDP provider. Attendees can earn by attending the Full Conference on April 3-4, 2023. PDP info will be shared with all registrants.

Graduate Credit

Graduate credit information from Lindenwood University is down below. One graduate credit for $75. This must be completed by 4/30/23.

REGISTRATION

REGISTRATION

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

Become a Member

Please visit the MASCA website and become a member or renew your annual membership. Please contact MASCA directly for all membership questions.

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 2023 MASCA Conference!

Main Conference | April 3-4

Professional Member*

In-Person: $160

Virtual: $145

Save $15 if you register by January 31st!***

Student or Retiree Member*

In-Person: $95

Virtual: $80

Save $10 if you register by January 31st!***

Non-Member**

In-Person: $205

Virtual: $190

Save $15 if you register by January 31st!***

Pre-Conference | April 3

Available for In-Person attendees only.

Professional Member*

In-Person: $65

Student or Retiree Member*

In-Person: $50

Non-Member*

In-Person: $85

*Your MASCA membership must be good through April 4, 2023 to qualify for these rates.

**If you register for the Main Conference as a Non-Member you will receive a complimentary MASCA membership. Pre-Conference Only registration does not include a complimentary MASCA membership.

***To qualify for the early registration discount, 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.

REGISTER ONLINE

Register below online 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.

Please Note: If we are forced to cancel the MASCA 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 March 3, 2023. All cancellations before March 3, 2023 will be refunded less a $25 handling fee. The association is not responsible for and cannot give refunds due to problems beyond its control, such as weather and school closings.

On social distancing and other health and safety measures, the regulations/guidelines that apply to hotels and conference centers may change. The MASCA Conference will conform to all necessary regulations/guidelines that are in place as of the date of the conference.

If you transfer your registration from Virtual to In-Person (or vice versa), a $25 transaction fee will apply.

ACCOMMODATIONS

ACCOMMODATIONS

VENUE & HOST HOTEL:

Boston Marriott Newton

2345 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA 02466

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Reservation information coming soon.

All events of the conference will be located at the Boston Marriott Newton. Standard rooms at the hotel may be reserved at a special conference rate of $156 plus tax. This rate is valid through March 17, 2023.

You can also book a room by calling (800) 228-9290 or (617) 969-1000. Be sure to mention the Massachusetts School Counselor Association or the group code “MSCMSCA.”

Make Hotel Reservations Early! Limited Availability!

Come Learn and Play!

Newton, Massachusetts is a vibrant community comprised of 13 distinctive villages. If looking for some retail therapy check out The Shops at Chestnut Hill, with wonderful places like Ann Taylor, Bloomingdales, Sephora and The Cheesecake Cake Factory. You can also visit a charming shopping area know as The Street, which has 15 independently owned boutiques and eateries. Tour the prestigious Boston College or visit one of the many museums and historic homes. There is tons to do around Newton, so you can work and play!

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: MASCA
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 MASCA directly with all membership questions.

Sponsors receive attendee contact information.