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November 13-14, 2023
Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center
Kalamazoo, MI

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Thanks for joining us for the 2023 Michigan School Counselor Association Conference!

We hope to see you next year!

Learn more about our Sponsors

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.


Ferris State University, located in Big Rapids, Michigan, is known for academic excellence, innovation, and a diverse, inclusive community. With 190+ degree programs, hands-on learning, and a strong alumni network, it’s the ideal place to start your future. 

For more information contact Jeff Stewart, Associate Director of Admissions Recruitment at (231) 591-3118 or  JefferyStewart@ferris.edu.


Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University offers all the advantages of a conservatory college of art and design—creative immersion, expert faculty, and personalized instruction—without sacrificing the support systems and educational value of a state university. Our urban campus in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids is the perfect environment for students to make the move from creative potential to creative professional. And turn their talent into a future-proof career. 

For more information contact KCAD Admissions, Office at (616) 259-1118 or kcadadmissions@ferris.edu..


Michigan Association of Secondary Principals- Path to Leadership Program. 

For more information contact Tammy Jackson,  Program Director at (231) 357-1748 or tammy@massp.com.


Michigan Virtual, in partnership with Navigate360, proudly offers, Michigan Cares, a no-cost K-12 SEL program (provided through State of Michigan funding) that guides students to turn struggles into strategies with online lessons such as making responsible decisions in the classroom, feeling and showing empathy for others, and developing healthy coping techniques. Michigan Cares provides four programs to positively impact your Students, Educators, and families. 

Michigan Virtual has been working hard to provide a path to the future for students and educators since 1998. As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation focused on education, we believe that brilliance resides in all of us, and we’re ready to change the world with the next big idea.

For more information please contact Angela Shields, Program Manager at ashields@michiganvirtual.org or (517) 492-4003.


Michigan Virtual is a nonprofit educational organization that is leading and collaborating to build learning environments for tomorrow. Driven by student success, we have a strong record of supporting Michigan education that spans more than two decades. While many know us for our research-based, quality online learning options for students and professional development for educators, we also do a great deal of work behind the scenes to conduct original research, test innovations in learning, and provide consulting partnerships to promote effective practices. 

For more information please contact Thomas Soria, Director of School Partnerships at tsoria@michiganvirtual.org or (517) 664-5464.


MI Student Aid, located within the Michigan Department of Treasury, encourages students to pursue postsecondary education by providing equality of access to student financial resources and information. Through the administration of various student financial assistance and outreach programs, students receive the guidance and funding necessary to pursue their educational goals. We look forward to partnering with high school counselors across the State of Michigan!

For more information contact Chad Somerville, Outreach Manager at somervillec@michigan.gov or at 517.242.0551.

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.

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.

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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The U.S. Army provides state-of-the-art education and skill training in a multitude of career fields from Culinary to Aviation to Medical and Engineering to name a few. Learn about free education resources the Army offers to students and teachers. Connect with the Education Services representative who can provide presentations on these resources, ASVAB Career Exploration Program (CEP), March 2 Success test prep course and Army benefits to you, your parents, or your school!

For more information please contact Anglea Trotter, Education Services Specialist (ESS) Education Services Specialist (ESS) at angela.trotter3.civ@army.mil or (517) 862-5047. 


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. 

For more information please contact Oliver Browne at oliverb@xello.world.

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Joe Johnson

Keynote Speaker

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Meredith Draughn

Keynote Speaker

Joe Johnson

Keynote Speaker
November 13, 2023 | 1:00 p.m.


The world we live in continues to evolve. However, the way students are taught and the knowledge received from traditional education does not always evolve at the same rate. What if educators were able to increase their own understanding of what’s needed to create the life and career they desire so they can better prepare students for their own future. Get ready to learn about the hidden curriculum that can take the educator and the student to their next level.


Dr. Joe Johnson is a highly regarded educator and international speaker on unleashing your purpose and social justice. He has worked with dozens of educational and corporate organizations in the United States like Toyota, FedEx, United Negro College Fund and many school districts; helping to transform culture, enhance diversity, and student/professional development.
With a PhD in Counselor Education from the University of Florida, Dr. Joe’s versatility has allowed him to gain over 20 years of experience in transformation work. His insights have been seen on many national platforms like NBC, VH1, and several other media outlets. As the author of the books, “Pursue Your Purpose Not Your Dreams,” and “The College Kids,” which is the only bilingual book in the country about college for elementary students, Dr. Joe continues to transform the lives of individuals and take organizations to their next level by helping them to Think, Act, and Live with purpose and intention.


Meredith Draughn

Keynote Speaker
November 14, 2023 | 8:30 a.m.


School counselors are uniquely qualified to address the mental health needs of students, yet often struggle to showcase the impact of their programs. Join ASCA School Counselor of the Year, Meredith Draughn, as she shares strategies for elevating the visibility of school counselor success and promoting positive outcomes for students. Attendees will leave with practical tools for advocacy and showcasing program impact, unlocking opportunities for professional growth and systemic change.

Meredith will also be presenting two breakout sessions.


Meredith Draughn is the 2023 American School Counseling Association’s School Counselor of the Year. She was previously selected as North Carolina’s 2021-2022 School Counselor of the Year. She has 9 years of experience at both the elementary, middle and high school levels. She received her bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University in Health and Exercise Science and her master’s degree from Appalachian State University in Professional School Counseling. Meredith is a National Board Certified School Counselor and is an ASCA School Counseling Leadership Specialist; Mental Health Specialist; Anxiety & Stress Management Specialist; Cultural Competency Specialist; and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Specialist. She is currently the sole school counselor at B. Everett Jordan Elementary School, which earned RAMP (Recognized ASCA Model Program) recognition in 2021.


Professional Development

Attendees will be eligible for SCECHs. Exact Number still TBD.


Advance Registration Deadline:
November 9, 2023

Become a Member

Please visit the MSCA website and become a member or renew your annual membership. Or you can renew you membership below. Non-members receive a complimentary membership with their registration.

For questions about MSCA membership please contact, Sarah Dickman at msca1964@gmail.com.

Pre-Conference Session

The pre-conference session takes place OFFSITE at WMU on Monday, November 13th from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Registration to the pre-conference is not included in the main conference listed below. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

MSCA Conference | November 13-14

Professionals or Affiliates

Member* $200
Non-Member** $265

Save $20 if you register by September 15th!***

Graduate Students & Retirees

Member* $135
Non-Member** $170

*Your MSCA membership must be good through November 14, 2023 to qualify for these rates.

**Non-Member registrations include a one year membership to MSCA.

***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.  

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 October 14, 2023. All cancellations before October 14, 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.



Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center

100 W Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007


Michigan School Counselor Association Conference November 14-15 2022 Radison Kalamazoo Hotel exterior

Come Learn and Play!

Located in the heart of downtown Kalamazoo, you will find tons to do with your free time. Adjacent to the hotel is the Kalamazoo Mall, the first outdoor pedestrian mall in the United States. The Mall features revitalized Art Deco buildings, specialty shops, chic restaurants, unique coffee shops and lively brewpubs. You can also visit one of the many museums downtown, such the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts or the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. A short walk from the hotel is Bronson Park, sometimes referred to as Kalamazoo’s “front porch,” where you can enjoy the outdoors amidst the concrete jungle. There is tons to do around Kalamazoo, so you can learn 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!

Learn & Play - Shopping
Learn & Play - Burger



Fax 423.899.4547


National Center for Youth Issues
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 MSCA directly with all membership questions.

Sponsors receive attendee contact information.