March 19-20, 2023
Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay
100 Heron Blvd, US-50, MD 21613

Maryland School Counselor Association logo

March 19-20, 2023
Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay
100 Heron Blvd, US-50
Cambridge, MD 21613

Maryland School Counselor Association Conference March 19-20, 2023 header
Maryland School Counselor Association Conference March 19-20, 2023 header
Maryland School Counselor Association Conference March 19-20, 2023 header

Thanks for joining us for the 2023 Maryland School Counselor Association Conference!​

We look forward to seeing you next year.

Learn more about our Sponsors

The U.S. Army ROTC partners with universities to recruit, educate, develop, and inspire college Cadets. ROTC provides the opportunity to go to college and train to become an Army Officer at the same time. Offered at more than 1,000 colleges and universities, students can get the college experience along with a guaranteed career after graduation as a highly respected second lieutenant in the Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard.

For more information please contact richard.e.hutson2.civ@army.mil or (910) 643-3492.

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The College Funding Coach® was founded in 2002 to help families better understand the complex strategies for saving and paying for college, making higher education more affordable. Through our free comprehensive educational workshop, Little-known Secrets of Paying for College, The College Funding Coach® team has helped thousands of elementary, middle and high school families save and pay for college without going broke! During this time of uncertainty, significant changes to the FAFSA, and lingering questions, The College Funding Coach has an unwavering focus on adding value for the parents, counselors, friends, and families we know and meet.

For more information please contact Bernadette Boyle at bboyle@thecollegefundingcoach.org or 571.296.4075.

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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, Assistant Vice President at beccab@dialcare.com.
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The Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters consists of 42,000 of the most skilled and highly trained construction workers in Delaware, The District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Apprenticeships are conducted by specialty experts in several carpentry trades at state-of-the-art training facilities in our region.

For more information please contact our Upper Marlboro Training Center at 301-736-1696.

Are you ready to Inspire Harmony in your schools? Harmony SEL is a social and emotional learning (SEL) program for pre-K-6 grade students designed to foster communication, connection, and community in schools and out-of-school time organizations. Newly refreshed units available now!   This year we invite you to start on the path to success with a refreshed introduction to Harmony SEL Third Edition. Inspire celebrates and supports pre- and in-service educators and staff with online professional development resources and educator SEL opportunities. Check out our new Educator SEL modules, Understanding the Brain to Get to the Heart of SEL and Self-Compassion and Emotion Regulation for Educators. For more information please contact Larryelle Phillips, Strategic Accounts Advisor at lphillips2@nu.edu or 443-388-2900.
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Imagine Learning is a comprehensive core, supplemental, digital, and print curriculum provider. We create forward-thinking education solutions at the intersection of people, curricula, and technology. Programs you know and love, such as Edgenuity, Purpose SEL, Twig, Illustrative Math and Imagine Learning Language and Literacy are all under one unified brand.

For more information contact Aaron Cole, Account Executive at (434) 249-2907 or aaron.cole@imaginelearning.com.

The Ironworker trade has been one of the most revered and exciting trades for over a century. Ironworkers are recognized as highly skilled, highly trained and safety conscious trade who are the backbone of America’s Infrastructure. As a union organization, Ironworkers Local 5 prides itself on advancing the future of Americas workforce through a state-of-the-art Apprenticeship program. To build the future you must invest in the future.

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Milton Hershey School is one of the world’s best private schools, where qualifying students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade live on campus. Students receive an exceptional educational experience, nurturing home life, college and career readiness support, and comprehensive health and wellness care, including medical and dental services, food, and clothing—with all costs covered. For more information, visit mhskids.org.

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Newport Healthcare is the parent company of Newport Academy for teens and Newport Institute for young adults, providing evidence-based mental health treatment with industry-leading success rates. We serve clients ages 12–32 who are struggling with trauma, anxiety, depression, and/or co-occurring issues like substance abuse, process addictions, and disordered eating. Our integrated, family-systems approach encompasses clinical therapy, academic and life skills support, and experiential practices.

For more information please contact Brittney Fewell, Clinical Outreach Specialist at brittney.fewell@newporthealthcare.com or (949) 518-5025.

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The Oasis Education Platform integrates with your MTSS Program to address student, faculty, and staff mental health needs.

We offer 24/7 prevention and early intervention support through MI-based chat support and engaging life skills content. Together, we can meet the current and future mental health demands of your district.

With Oasis, you will drop wait times, reach more students, and better allocate your resources.

For more information please contact Patricia Perata, Director of Sales & Customer Success at patricia@oasisapp.com or (724) 252-4559.

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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 please contact Eric Wormsbaker, Director of Sales at ericwormsbaker@quavered.com or (812) 454-9197.

Salisbury University sets success in motion with a community where students are seen, heard, supported and challenged. SU is home to 7,500 students and offers over 60 graduate and undergraduate programs across business, education, health and human services, the liberal arts, and sciences. At Salisbury, professors become mentors, connecting ideas to real-world experiences. SU propels students forward to a better tomorrow in their lives and careers. Make Tomorrow Yours at SU: www.salisbury.edu

For more information please contact Beth Skoglund, Director of Admissions at (410) 543-6161 or admissions@salisbury.edu.

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The SMART Local 100 Apprenticeship is a combination of classroom instruction, hands on training, and on-the-job training. The apprenticeship teaches skills that are technically and professionally oriented. Therefore, the prospect for a rewarding and high paying career, is very good. New apprentice classes typically start every three (3) months. Applications are taken online at smart100trainingcenter.org and applicants will be notified of scheduled test dates. 

Please contact John Dumler, Training Director at (301) 751-2689 or
jdumler@smart100.org.

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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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What does “Building Your Future. Not Your Debt.” mean? It is asking you to let our program provide the education you need to advance your career without incurring any debt. Sounds crazy, right? It’s not. We are investing in your talent and future so that you can grow your career without a heavy financial burden. Our model allows you to focus on learning and growing, not how much it is costing you. Let’s do this together.

For more information please contact Ann Baker, Dean of UFP Business School at ann.baker@ufpi.com or (616) 365-1574.

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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. The program puts students at the center of their college and career planning experience. It helps them build self-knowledge, explore their options, create a plan, and develop the 21st-century skills needed to thrive in the world of work.

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SPEAKERS

SPEAKERS

Melissa Reeves

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John Hodge

Threat and Suicide Risk Assessment: Developing a Proactive and Consistent Approach to Evaluating Risk

Melissa Reeves

Keynote Speaker
Sunday, March 19, 2023 | 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: This workshop will focus on the process and procedures needed to establish a consistent school/district-wide approach to threat and suicide risk assessment utilizing a multidisciplinary team. Critical factors discussed will include: current statistics, legal cases, post-incident reviews, and early identification of warning signs, primary prevention strategies to “break the code of silence; an overview of threat and risk assessment models and tools; assessment procedures; and strategies for interventions, postventions, and working with difficult parents. Case study examples and forms will be shared to illustrate the process.

Participants will learn:

  • how to establish a consistent school- or district-wide approach to threat and suicide risk assessment.
  • the critical factors contributing to risk to include current statistics and early identification of warning signs
  • best practice guidelines as established by prior legal cases and lessons learned reports
  • primary prevention strategies to break the code of silence
  • about a variety of threat and risk assessment models and measures that guide assessment procedures
  • strategies for interventions and postvention
  • strategies for working with difficult parents
  • from case study examples and shared forms that illustrate the risk assessment process

SPEAKER BIO: Dr. Melissa Reeves, Ph.D., NCSP, LCMHC is Past-President of the National Association of School Psychologists, a nationally certified school psychologist, licensed clinical mental health counselor, and licensed special education teacher. Most recently she was an Associate Professor at Winthrop University, and has over 20-years’ experience working in public schools, a private school, and day and residential treatment programs. Dr. Reeves is a co-author of the PREPaRE Crisis Prevention and Intervention curriculum and travels nationally and internationally training professionals in crisis prevention and intervention, threat and suicide assessment, trauma and PTSD, and cognitive-behavioral interventions. She is a Senior Advisor for Safe and Sound Schools, an organization founded by two parents who lost their children in the Sandy Hook tragedy, and senior consultant with Sigma Threat Management Associates, an Ontic company. Dr. Reeves has authored multiple books and publications focusing on school safety and trauma.

Melissa will also be presenting two breakout sessions.


Be the ONE!

John Hodge

Keynote Speaker
Monday, March 20th | 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: The education of America’s youth is a challenging prospect when one considers the many burdens faced by impoverished children and their families. Research indicates that poverty need not be a barrier to academic excellence. As co-author of the book Standing in the Gap, Dr. Hodge states, “Across the nation, schools are demonstrating that it can be done: That students can reach high standards, that all children can succeed, that the gap between white and minority students, poor and affluent, can be closed.” More often than not, one caring adult can make all the difference in the world. This presentation will encourage all of us to BE THE ONE.

SPEAKER BIO: Dr. John W. Hodge is president and co-founder of Urban Learning and Leadership Center (ULLC), an organization focused on student achievement and reduction of the achievement gap. He has served as a reading teacher, English teacher, AVID teacher, Assistant Principal and Associate Director of AVID Center Eastern Division. He served as Director of An Achievable Dream Academy, an inner city school that piloted many of the interventions used by Urban Learning and Leadership Center. An Achievable Dream Academy is a high performing, high poverty school that has received numerous national awards. Dr. Hodge is also the author of You Can Get in the Way. Prior to his career in education, Dr. Hodge distinguished himself in the service of our country with the 7th Infantry Division of the United States Army.

What sets Dr. John W. Hodge apart in the field of education is his well-documented ability to put research and theory into everyday practice in rural, urban and suburban schools. He has served as an inspirational speaker at national, regional, and statewide conferences across the United States. His presentations are often “the spark” for schools in their quest to meet and exceed state/federal accreditation standards and implement strategies for continuous improvement.

SCHEDULE

SCHEDULE

REGISTRATION

REGISTRATION

Become a Member

Please visit the MSCA website and become a member or renew your annual membership, or you can add your membership to your conference registration. Please contact MSCA directly for all membership questions.

Full Conference | March 19-20

Professional Member*

Early Registration: $190**

Regular Registration: $225

Student Member*

Early Registration: $85**

Regular Registration: $95

Non-Member

Early Registration: $250**

Regular Registration: $285

*Your MSCA membership must be good through March 20, 2023 to qualify for these rates. If you register as a member and your membership lapses before the conference, you will be asked to renew your membership. If you do not renew, you will be charged the difference between the member rate and non-member rate.

**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 FEBRUARY 8, 2023.

Please Note: If we are forced to cancel the MSCA 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 February 19, 2023. All cancellations before February 19, 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 MSCA Conference will conform to all necessary regulations/guidelines that are in place as of the date of the conference.

ACCOMMODATIONS

ACCOMMODATIONS

VENUE & HOST HOTEL:

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay

100 Heron Blvd, US-50
Cambridge, MD 21613

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Come Learn and Play!

The Hyatt Regency in Chesapeake is on the Choptank River in Dorchester County. Savor regional specialties at Water’s Edge Grill located in the Hyatt, or visit many fine restaurants for fresh seafood and waterfront dining. If looking for some retail therapy check out the antique stores, boutiques, and country stores you will find nearby. Visit local landmarks like the Choptank River Lighthouse, or experience the local heritage by taking a historic tour or visiting the Harriet Tubman Byway. There is tons to do around Cambridge, so you can work and play!

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Maryland School Counselor Association Conference Haytt Hotel learn and play: surrounding areas
Maryland School Counselor Association Conference Haytt Hotel learn and play: surrounding areas

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: MSCA
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.

Sponsors receive attendee contact information.

Please contact MSCA directly with all membership questions.