North Carolina School Counselors Association Conference

October 27-29, 2021

Embassy Suites Resort & Convention Center
5400 John @. Hammons Dr NW
Concord, NC 28027

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

SPONSORED BY

The State Employees Association of North Carolina, SEIU Local 2008, is the South’s leading state employees’ association. We work to gain respect in the legislature for hardworking state employees and valuable retirees who dedicated their careers to state service.

Through our legislative efforts, the Employees Political Action Committee and grassroots efforts, we work hard to protect and improve your benefits like pay, health care, retirement and rights.

For more information please contact Lynn Cote, Director of Member Relations at 919.833.6436 or at lcote@seanc.org.

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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 Buz Watson at buz@quavered.com or at 615.347.0050.

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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 Michael Russell at mrussell@thecollegefundingcoach.org or at 919.360.8347.

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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 via email.

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Established in 1958, Monarch is a trauma-informed company that provides innovative support to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance use disorders in North Carolina. Monarch is accredited by The Joint Commission.

For more information please contact Yesenia Howell, Senior Community Outreach Manager, at yesenia.mueller@monarchnc.org or at 906.282.4301.

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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.

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The Pines at Willingway is a program for adolescents ages 14-18. We offer a comprehensive treatment plan that encompasses detoxification, residential treatment and partial hospitalization services. The Pines is for adolescents dealing with a substance use problem. Based on the time-proven philosophies of traditional 12-step programs, our approach to addiction recovery provides adolescents with a robust framework to achieve sobriety that will continue as long-term recovery after discharge.

For more information please contact Megan Cosby, Outreach Coordinator, at mcosby@willingway.com.

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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 Cathy.

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ACT is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. ACT is trusted as a leader in college and career readiness, providing high-quality assessments grounded in 60 years of research. ACT offers integrated solutions designed to provide personalized insights that help individuals succeed from elementary school through career. For more information please contact Marchelle Horner, Account Executive, at marchelle.horner@act.org or at 919.606.3495.
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Old Vineyard Behavioral Health Services is committed to helping patients stay on the path to meaningful mental health and wellness. Behavioral health is our specialty and mental health is our priority. Inpatient services for adolescents and adults. Specialty adult programs for Trauma Recovery, Mood Disorders, and Dual Diagnosis with Substance Use. Outpatient programs include Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient. Open 24/7. Most insurances accepted.

For more information contact Lyssa Haynes, Director at 336.794.4954 or at oldvineyardintake@uhsinc.com.

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Newport Healthcare’s outpatient and residential programs treat clients aged 12–27 struggling with mental health and co-occurring disorders, through our top-rated teen treatment program, Newport Academy; and our young adult program, Newport Institute. Based in the same sustainable healing approach as our other nationally recognized programs across the country, our programs provide integrated, comprehensive treatment tailored to the unique needs of these pivotal stages of life.

For more information please contact Leslie Smith, Clinical Outreach Specialist, at leslie.smith@newportacademy.com or at 949-778-4296.

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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, at lphillips2@nu.edu or at 718.673.1794.

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PRE-CONFERENCE LEARNING SESSIONS

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

The Pre-Conference Learning Institute includes additional opportunities 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. Sessions are at a minimal fee.

All Pre-Conference sessions are being shown live at the same time. You may only pick one.

Domains Available:

  • Academic Development
  • Social/Emotional Development
  • College and Career Readiness

Cost (includes handouts):

  • Members $35
  • Non-Members $90

Contact Hours: 3

Standards Available:

  • Standard 1: School Counselors Demonstrate Leadership, Advocacy and Collaboration
  • Standard 2: School Counselors Promote A Respectful Environment for A Diverse Population of Students
  • Standard 3: School Counselors Understand and Facilitate the Implementation of A Comprehensive School Counseling Program
  • Standard 4: School Counselors Promote Learning for All Students
  • Standard 5: School Counselors Actively Reflect on Their Practice

Legal Literacy and Ethical Practice in the Complex World of School Counseling

Carolyn Stone

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

 

SPEAKER BIO: Carolyn Stone, Ed.D., is a Professor of Counselor Education at the University of North Florida (UNF). Dr. Stone is a Past President of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). Prior to coming to UNF, Dr. Stone spent 22 years with Jacksonville, Florida’s Public Schools as an elementary and high school counselor, middle school teacher and Supervisor of Guidance Services. She supervised 225 school counselors. Dr. Stone currently serves as the Ethics Chair for ASCA and has done so for 15 years.

ABOUT THIS SESSION:

School counselors must negotiate the competing interests of the overregulated school environment, student’s need for confidentiality and the legal rights of parents to be the guiding voice in their children lives. Updates on these competing interests will be discussed through recent court developments. Legal rulings will be highlighted in areas such as sexually active students, bullying, academic advising, child abuse, educational records, and sexual harassment, first amendment rights, and transgender youth. The goal is to facilitate participants’ legal literacy and provide guiding principles to support best ethical practice.

Domain(s):

  • Academic Development
  • Social/Emotional Development

Standard(s):

  • Standard 1
  • Standard 2
  • Standard 3
  • Standard 5

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

Robert Jamison

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. – 3:15 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: 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.

Domain(s):

  • Social/Emotional Development

Standard(s):

  • Standard 1
  • Standard 2
  • Standard 3
  • Standard 4

Respond to Suicidal Ideation

Melisa Marsh

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

SPEAKER BIO: Melisa Marsh, Ph.D. currently serves as the Supervisor of School Counseling for the Cobb County school district in Marietta, GA., where she coordinates the development and supervision of school counseling, student advisement, crisis response, and Hospital Homebound programs. She has 17 years of experience in filling the roles of Georgia State High School Counselor, Supervisor of Counseling, and School Counseling and Advisement Consultant. Melisa received her Ph.D. in Counseling Education and Personnel Services and her Specialist Degree in School Counseling from the University of Georgia. She received her Advanced Masters in School Counseling Program from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Marsh has also written a book entitled 15-Minute Focus – SUICIDE: Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention. Missy lives in the Atlanta Metro area with her husband and puppy. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, yoga, cycling, running, hiking, and spending as much time outdoors as possible.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Do you know what to say to someone with thoughts of suicide? When suicidal individuals leave your office, do you feel confident they will get the help and support they need? Walk away with tools you can use to keep individuals safe when they express suicidal ideation. Learn how to use these tools with your individuals who express suicidal ideation so you can feel more confident each time that you have these challenging conversations.

Domain(s):

  • Social/Emotional Development

Standard(s):

  • Standard 1
  • Standard 2
  • Standard 4

Digital Tools to Enhance Your School Counseling Program

Phil Echols

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

 

SPEAKER BIO: Phil Echols is an Administrator of Professional Learning for the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS). Primarily, he supports Professional Learning Communities and effective collaboration. Professional learning delivery and speaking topics include (but are not limited to) collective efficacy, digital tools for collaborative work, and Adult SEL. Beyond Phil’s role with WCPSS, he’s an educational consultant for public and independent schools, non-profits, and organizations that benefit children. He has almost two decades of experience combined as a teacher, school counselor, consultant, and facilitator. His “heartfelt” approach and tremendous passion for connections inspire others to become the best version of themselves.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Our traditional way of operating and engaging our school community will never be the same. This session shares innovative strategies and digital tools that will amplify your school counseling program and engage students, staff, and families moving forward. Participants will gain resources proven to increase engagement in the virtual and in-person settings when delivering lessons, presenting, and building a bridge between school and home. Participants will learn new ways to maximize Google documents, Google slides, choice boards, playlists, as well as social media. The best way to prepare for tomorrow is by equipping yourself with the right tools and skills today.

Domain(s):

  • Academic Development

Standard(s):

  • Standard 1
  • Standard 2
  • Standard 4

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Helping the Helper: Self-Care for Counselors

Allison Edwards

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 | 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

SPEAKER BIO: Allison Edwards LPC, RPT is an affiliate professor in the Human Development Counseling department at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of Why Smart Kids Worry, Worry Says What?, Marcy Is Having All the Feels, and 15-Minute Counseling Techniques that Work. Allison received her graduate degree in Counseling from Vanderbilt University and is a National Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Registered Play Therapist. Allison has over 20 years experience working as a school teacher, school counselor, child/adolescent psychotherapist, and educational consultant to schools throughout the country.

Allison travels both nationally and internationally training professionals in the areas of empowering anxious children in the classroom, managing the emotional needs of students, recognizing the social/emotional needs of gifted students, and sharing how educators can talk to parents about student anxiety. Allison helps school leaders understand how social/emotional differences can be supported in their neurologically diverse student populations, and provides consultation and staff development on how to effectively improve emotion regulation in the classroom.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: We spend our days helping kids but how do we help ourselves? This program outlines self-care models for counseling professionals, uses humor and storytelling the normalize just how hard our jobs are, and leaves counselors feeling rejuvenated and hopeful that the career path they’ve chosen is right for them. How to structure your day, what to do afterwards, balancing home and work life and how to focus on the good will help counselors better manage their taxing jobs and give them strategies they can use for years to come!

Standing Tall Through It All

Steve Bollar

Thursday, October 28, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

 

SPEAKER BIO: Steve Bollar, a.k.a. Stand Tall Steve, is an educational thought leader, former Superintendent of Schools, principal, author and a school culture and motivation expert. He is known for his quick wit, creative thought, and humorous personality.

Steve is the author of the school culture book Ideas, Ideas, Ideas! and is a contributing author in the book School Climate 2.0: Preventing Cyberbullying One Classroom at a Time.

Steve openly shares his knowledge, experiences and creativity with others. He currently speaks to students, staff and communities throughout the country about how to think differently about schools, education, and life.

ABOUT THIS SESSION:

Challenges can either force you to step up your game or they can stop you in your tracks. Steve will show you how to overcome challenges in your schools and come out better, maximize leadership, and more motivated than ever. In this humorous yet focused session, you’ll discover:

  • How to maintain the focus needed to get great results… even when chaos and challenge surrounds you!…
  • How you can increase productivity no matter what is happening or how overwhelmed you are…
  • How to maximize difficult relationships that keep you from success – and how to prevent relationship breakdown from stalling your progress ever again!

CORE SKILLS BUILDING WORKSHOPS

Friday, October 29, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The Core Skills Building Workshops are included in the conference registration fee and are being held at the same time. Each session will be presented twice, once from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and again from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

What’s Inside Your Backpack?: Setting Aside What We’re Not Meant to Carry

Jessica Sinarski

Friday, October 29, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m.
Friday, October 29, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. (repeated session)

 

SPEAKER BIO: Jessica Sinarski, LPCMH equips parents and professionals to be healers for hurting children. Weaving userfriendly brain science into everything she does, Jessica ignites both passion and know-how in audiences. Extensive post-graduate training and 15+ years as a clinician, consultant, and parent educator led her to create BraveBrains, a resource and training platform for home, school, and community. She is also the author of the Riley the Brave picture books and What’s Inside Your Backpack?

Jessica partners with school districts and child welfare agencies across the country to better incorporate effective trauma-sensitive practices into their work. She also shares her expertise as a contributor to magazines, blogs, and podcasts. When not writing and training, she continues to work as a bilingual therapist and clinical supervisor at an innovative adoption support agency.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: The weight of stress, worry, and trauma can have lasting impacts on both body and brain. This shows up in every area of school life – from the classroom to the lunchroom to the staff lounge! Take some time to dig into your backpack and learn strategies to set aside the “books” you’re not meant to carry. Participants will learn concrete tools for lightening the emotional load for staff and students. Trauma-expert and author Jessica Sinarski weaves in the latest brain science to make this inspirational session a lasting change-maker!

Domain(s):

  • Social/Emotional Development

Standard(s):

  • Standard 2
  • Standard 3
  • Standard 4

Crisis Intervention: Do You Know How to Respond?

Karen Meadows and Nartarshia Sharpe

Friday, October 29, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m.
Friday, October 29, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. (repeated session)

 

SPEAKERS BIOS:

KAREN MEADOWS BIO:  Dr. Karen Meadows is currently a high school counselor, recently transitioning from the Supervisor of K -8 Counseling in Guilford County Schools. Dr. Meadows has served as the Interim Supervisor of High School Counseling, an adjunct professor at North Carolina A&T State University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and was the district lead for Suicide Intervention Training, Bullying Prevention, School Counseling professional development Peer Mediation and a Team Leader for the District Crisis Team. Her former role on the board of NCSCA and current role as the co-chair for the NCSCA Conference Committee allowed her to contribute to the counseling profession more broadly. She is the author of the book, Pedagogy of Survival: The Narratives of Millicent E. Brown and Josephine Boyd Bradley and served as a trainer/panelist for local, national and international conferences.

NARTARSHIA SHARPE BIO: Nartarshia Sharpe is a professional school counselor in Wake County Public School System at Crossroads FLEX High School. This year marks her twenty-fifth year in education. During her tenure in Wake County Public Schools she has served as a middle school teacher, worked in Central Office and proudly worked alongside her colleagues at a previous school to receive RAMP status.

Nartarshia is a graduate of UNC-Charlotte where she earned a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. She holds two Master’s degrees from NC State University, one in Curriculum and Instruction and the other in School Counseling. As a National Board-Certified Teacher in K-12 School Counseling, she enjoys working with her students to create and execute their post-secondary plans.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: A crisis is defined as a condition of instability or danger. Crises occur at a moment’s notice and may impact an individual, school or school community. Using evidenced-based interventions from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the CDC as well as empirical evidence, participants will learn or refresh their skill set regarding suicide intervention, self-injurious behavior, common reactions to stress/crisis and practical ways to assist students with grief, loss and trauma.

Domain(s):

  • Social/Emotional Development

Standard(s):

  • Standard 1
  • Standard 3
  • Standard 4

The Key is Resiliency: How to Help Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

Sonja Sloan

Friday, October 29, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m.
Friday, October 29, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. (repeated session)

 

SPEAKER BIO: Sonja Sloan has a passion to promote the significant role that school counselors have in the life of students. Her desire to positively impact the holistic development of young people has led her to serve on various committees and work on several initiatives over her 21-years of school counseling. Sonja is a respected community leader and a sought-after empowerment speaker. She served two years as the Counseling Services Supervisor of Elementary and Middle School Counselors with the Guilford County School District before she transitioned into her current role as the professional school counselor at Brown Summit Middle School of Advanced Academics.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: As our children live in the shadows of the pandemic our work as professional school counselors have become more vital now than ever before. Our children are carrying the baggage of the trauma. Ultimately the burden of this baggage impacts their academics along with their ability to express and manage their emotions. However, there is HOPE. Resiliency is the key! How should we nurture this resilience in children? This session will begin to answer this question and provide practical social emotional and trauma focused counseling strategies as we maneuver in these unchartered waters in our school counseling profession.

Domain(s):

  • Social/Emotional Development

Standard(s):

  • Standard 1
  • Standard 3
  • Standard 4

20-Minute Ignite Sessions

ABOUT THIS SESSION: As professional school counselors, we wrestle with a limited amount of time to address countless needs as well as assist and advise a vast number of stakeholders. Join practicing school counselors as they share strategies, techniques and knowledge that have yielded successful outcomes. Participate in multiple 20-Minute sessions from multiple school counselors.  These high-speed training sessions will optimize your time while igniting your capacity to produce positive outcomes and create systems of change. Participants will walk away with practices that can be re-delivered to their peers and used immediately in their professional work.

NCSCA SWAG STORE

The NCSCA Swag Store is back, just in time for the annual conference. Need a new hoodie, t-shirt or vest to show off your NCSCA pride? The online NCSCA swag store is officially open. Please take advantage of this opportunity to get some cool new stuff. Do you have a graduate student intern this year or a new colleague? A NCSCA item would be a great thank you gift. Those who ordered during NSCW were raving about their purchases. Don’t wait. The store will close on Thursday, October 21st, so be sure to order now.