2022 Massachusetts Header

We are excited to annouce that the 2022 MASCA Conference will offer both an in-person experience and a virtual option!

Massachusetts School Counselors Association Conference

April 4-5, 2022

Boston Marriott Newton
2345 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA 02466


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


The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) supports school counselors’ efforts to help students focus on academic, career and social/emotional development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. ASCA provides professional development, publications and other resources, research and advocacy to school counselors around the globe. For more information please contact Stephanie Wicks, Member Services Manager via email or at 703-683-2722.

QuaverEd, a world leader in online curriculum development, is a Nashville-based provider of innovative education resources, including Social Emotional Learning, General Music, Full-Day Pre-K, Health, and more! Quaver’s comprehensive curricula uses the power of interactivity, humor, and music to engage today’s students. Professional Development and College programs are also available.

For more information please contact Sean Smith via email or at 615.585.0337.


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 or at 800.664.0154.

Harmony SEL is a social and emotional learning program for Pre-K-6 grade students, accessible online and at no cost. Harmony fosters knowledge, skills, and attitudes boys and girls need to develop healthy identities, create meaningful relationships, and engage productively by providing SEL learning resources, tools, and strategies. For more information please contact Lindsay Volpe, Ambassador, via email or at 718.673.1794.
For more information please contact Scott Lyons, Enrollment and Scholarship Officer at sc.lyons@northeastern.edu or 617.838.0544.

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 Jack Burke at jburke@porterchester.com or at 860.402.9173. You can learn more about Porter & Chester Institute online at https://porterchester.edu.


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.

Fusion Academy is a private school where classes are one-to-one: one student and one teacher per classroom. Our Teacher/Mentors can personalize curriculum and pacing for their students’ strengths, interests, and learning style. Students may attend full-time for middle and high school or part-time with classes for credit, tutoring and mentoring, post-secondary counseling, and more. Our three Boston area campuses are located in: Burlington, Hingham and Newton. For more information please contact Matthew Shea, Director of Outreach, via email or at 617.396.0387.
As an authority on education financing, we are committed to supporting college-bound students and their families. Since our founding, MEFA’s mission of college affordability has been to help students and families access and afford higher education and reach financial goals through education programs, tax-advantaged savings plans, low-cost loans, and expert guidance. All of our work aligns with our ever-present goal to support the independence, growth, and success of students and families. For more information please contact Julie Shields-Rutyna, Director of college Planning, Education, and Training, via email or at 617.224.4820.

Since our founding in 1909, Milton Hershey School has helped children break the cycle of poverty. We are a place where students can be their greatest selves, meeting their potential with life-changing opportunity.

MHS thrives as a cost-free, private, coeducational home and school for more than 2,100 boys and girls from families of lower income across the U.S. Students receive an excellent education, nurturing home life, college and career readiness support, and comprehensive health and wellness care, including medical and dental services, food, and clothing.

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.

For the past 40 years, TPR has been in the corner of college-aspiring students and parents to help them understand an admissions landscape that is constantly evolving and more competitive. We work with local HS and libraries to host invite-only virtual and in-person events focusing on test optional admissions, beating the ACT/SAT, and finding your dream fit college. We are proudly partnered with local schools that enjoy free resources and discounted programs, let’s talk about working together!

For more information please contact Carlos Aguilera, Market Director at carlos.aguilera@review.com or at (857) 226-0140


College Aid Pro™ is changing the way America shops for college. Their cutting-edge software, support, and education platform is built on the founders’ 50+ combined years of direct experience helping families navigate the cost of college. Their new MyCAP platform allows families to plan for and save on the cost of college, as well as seek on-time guidance from a college planning expert.

For more information contact Matt Carpenter, Director of Consumer Solutions, at 978.609.0069 or at  mattc@collegeaidpro.com.

Ithaca College is a place for you to come home to yourself. Devoted to forging strong, truly diverse communities with a deep awareness of and connectedness to the greater world, we’re a global destination for scholars in a music-infused college town that thrives on the energy of students. Ithaca College is a learning environment all about growth—a place where you will find meaning and people who really get you—as well as opportunities to better encounter (and learn from!) those who don’t.

For more information please contact Dustin Hunter, Regional Director of Admission, via email or at 607.274.3124.



We are excited that the 2022 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 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 4, 2022. The pre-conference session 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, 2022.


Monday, April 4th

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.

How Counseling Roles Change in a Time of Crisis: Strategies and Solutions

Karen Gross

Monday, April 4th | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Karen Gross as she presents How Counseling Roles Change in a Time of Crisis: Strategies and Solutions. We are experiencing a continuing Pandemic, school reopenings, vaccination debates/ availability, continued online learning, masking, social distancing, growing family dysfunction, decreased mental wellness within a wide range of individuals and continued exposure to illness/death. These are among the crises that require counselors to reflect differently on the day-to-day work they do. The “usual” counselor roles and responsibilities across PreK — 12 pipeline has shifted and continues to shift because of the needs and unique situations confronting students, parents and educators. Counselors must deploy crisis management tools to navigate effectively, some of which may be new to them. This need comes as many counselors are experiencing burnout, compassion fatigue and secondary or vicarious trauma.

Given these realities, counselors benefit from learning added crisis responsive strategies for use in their work; these enable counselors to better deal with and address the dysregulation, dissociation and overregulation that is being evidenced in schools. Additionally, teachers are increasingly in need of support from counselors for immediate class management issues, student behavioral concerns and their own professional struggles. Trauma anniversaries, which are ubiquitous, require still other approaches. This workshop will provide concrete crisis management strategies and solutions to assist counselors with their work to improve the lives of those with whom they engage.

Anti-Racist School Counseling: From Theory to Practice

Andrea Encarnacao, Manjula Karamcheti, and Tyeshia Weir

Monday, April 4th | 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Andrea Encarnacao, Manjula Karamcheti, and Tyeshia Weir as they present Anti-Racist School Counseling: From Theory to Practice. The role of the school counselors is to empower and support students, families, and their communities through their work with students and the systems in which they learn and develop. Yet, many school counselors recognize that schools continue to operate in ways that harm Black, Brown and other historically marginalized populations.

As school counselors, we know this, see this, but sometimes we are afraid to speak out, don’t know what to do about, don’t have the data to back us up, get stuck in the day to day of our complex roles, or are exhausted by the isolation we feel trying to do anti-racist work alone.

Together, we will explore what anti-racist school counseling is, what it looks like in practice, and why it matters to our students, schools, districts and profession. As part of this session, topics to be covered include identity, implicit bias, intersectionality.

In consultation with Dr. Connie Chow, Dr. Anjali Deshpande, and Dr. Des Floyd.

Transition from Graduate Student to School Counselor: Tips, Tricks, & Insights

Dr. Megan Krell & Kayla Schutte

Monday, April 4th | 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. with lunch break


ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Dr. Megan Krell & Kayla Schutte as they present Transitioning from Graduate Student to School Counselor: Tips, Tricks, & Insights. Calling all graduate students! This session is designed as a pre-conference Graduate Student Institute to help prepare for the job application process and transition to the role of a school counselor. Topics will include: resume and cover letter best practices, interviewing techniques and practice, navigating the licensure and continuing education process, and a panel conversation with new school counselors and administrators from recently hiring districts.

School Counseling Ethics: More Than Simply Right And Wrong

Presented by Melinda Cripps & The MASCA Ethics Committee

Monday, April 4th | 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. with lunch break


ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join the Melissa Cripps and the MASCA Ethics Committee as they present School Counseling Ethics: More Than Simply Right And Wrong. As school counselors, we have all faced certain situations in which the answer lies somewhere within the shades of grey when it comes to right and wrong. We make the best decision based upon the information we have and what seems to be “right” at the time. However, we often miss the opportunity to come together with like-minded individuals in our field and talk about the ethics involved in “tough stuff”, such as parental custody, breaking down barriers to promote diversity and inclusion, Title IX violations and college application, and so much more.

This session will feature a knowledgeable speaker to talk on the topic of what’s new and hot in the world of school counseling ethics. We will explore resources that are available to school counselors, and enjoy discussions using real-world examples and case studies directly from our field. Spend your day in an interactive session with colleagues who are eager to collaborate across districts and expect that you will grow and expand your knowledge and support base for when questions of counseling ethics arise.


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

Robert Jamison

Monday, April 4th | 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.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.

*Stream live or watch the recorded session later

Robert will also be presenting a breakout session, available only live for in-person attendees.

Roses in Concrete: Emerging through Structural Adversity

John Nwosu

Tuesday, April 5th | 8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.*

SPEAKER BIO: John Nwosu is a human developer who believes in helping individuals, families, and communities rise. He grew up in Austell, GA, a city near Atlanta. He is a product of a Nigerian and African-American family with high levels of love, support, and expectations. After years of being entangled with chronic underperformance caused by stress, anxiety, and depression, he graduated from Georgia Southern University with debt and a degree in Chemistry. John is currently the Middle School Counselor of the Year in one of the largest school districts in the nation where he shows scholars how to show up, grow up, glow up, and sow up while also promoting social, economic, and political justice in and outside the classroom. John is a licensed mental health counselor, national speaker and trainer, and the founder of Think D.I.F., LLC (@thinkdiflife, thinkdif.me) which offers uniquely interactive training that focuses on “leading with diversity, inclusion, and fairness.”. He currently lives in Atlanta with his beautiful and amazing wife, Chanelle, and son, John.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join John as he presents Roses in Concrete: Emerging through Structural Adversity. Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature’s law is wrong, it learned to walk without having feet. Our students of color are often roses tasked with emerging from concrete. They face the same challenges and stressors that all plants do. They also endure harm that comes with navigating social systems designed in opposition to their well-being.

People interact in predictable ways that harm students of color regardless of intent. As school counselors, we must deliver services that promote healing from the stress and trauma our students experience. We must also teach skills to help them navigate and change their environment.

In this interactive session we will explore ways to transform obstructive concrete to fertile soil that has more pathways to well-being for all students. After, participants should be able to…

  1. Discuss the relationship between stress, wellbeing, and social outcomes
  2. Examine school counselors’ role as leaders, collaborators, and advocates for systemic change
  3. Identify school counselor praxis tools for discerning, analyzing, and changing barriers at multiple levels of society

*Stream live or watch the recorded session later

John will also be presenting a breakout session, available only live for in-person attendees.