New Jersey School Counselors Association Conference

October 7-8, 2021

Pines Manor
2085 NJ-27, Edison, NJ 08817

Crowne Plaza
2055 E Lincoln Hwy Edison, NJ 08817

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



Navigate360 infuses the expertise of school safety veterans with that of well-known subject matter experts to help schools build safer tomorrows. From prevention and preparation to response and recovery, we help create safe learning environments in which students and staff can reach their potential and thrive. We offer behavioral threat detection, suicide awareness and prevention and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) solutions to improve the culture and climate of your schools.

For more information please contact Blakely Echeverry, Vice President of Sales at or at 330.661.0106.


The College Funding Coach® was founded in 2002 to help families better understand the complex strategies for paying for college and making higher education more affordable. Through our nationwide educational workshop, Little-known Secrets of Paying for College, The College Funding Coach® team has helped thousands of families save and pay for college without bankrupting their retirement nest egg. This free comprehensive workshop is taught in public and private elementary, middle and high schools. 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, Business Development Manager, at or at 571.296.4075.


Army ROTC provides a program of leadership development, which prepares college students for service as Officers in the United States Army. After graduation, they serve as commissioned officers on active duty, or as an officer in an Army Reserve or National Guard unit.

Army ROTC Prepares Cadets to commission as Second Lieutenants through a curriculum, which develops leadership and management skills, and provides opportunities to utilize these skills in a variety of practical applications. The program provides an understanding of how to lead and influence small organizations, with a strong emphasis on personal integrity, ethical decision making, goal setting, and mission accomplishment.

Army ROTC offers adventure training, such as rappelling, land-navigation, marksmanship, and for selected students, airborne and air-assault training and the opportunity to serve with Active Duty Army units, worldwide, during the summer.

The program also provides experiences, which increase self-confidence, self-discipline, physical stamina, poise, and other attributes essential to the development of a leader of character — one who is prepared to serve the nation both in or out of uniform.

For more information please contact Joshua M. Nelson, Recruiting Operations Officer at Rutgers University, US Army ROTC, at or at 732.768.1334.


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 Khalid Daniels at or at 615.585.0337.


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.


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.


The New Jersey Chapter is fueled by the mission to save lives by providing education and support to the Garden State.

The grassroots work we do focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those individuals who have lost someone to suicide.

For more information contact Elizabeth Clemens, Area Director, at or at 908.514.6028.

Integrated Care Concepts and Consultation is a dynamic behavioral health practice that uses innovative treatment concepts to provide integrated care solutions for individuals, families, professionals, agencies, and communities.

Integrated Care Concepts and Consultation embraces the total body healing modalities found in both Western and Eastern philosophies. We believe that healing oneself is a partnership with one’s mind through traditional psychotherapy and with one’s body.

For more information contact Larry Thompson, Founder and Partner, at or at 732.389.0697, EXT. 801.




Technology Toolbox for School Counselors

Andrea Burston

Thursday, October 7, 2020 | 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

SPEAKER BIO: Andrea Burston is a former high school computer/technology teacher turned elementary school counselor. She is the school counselor for Wake County Public Schools working at JY Joyner IB Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh, NC. Andrea is also the writer of the jyjcounselor blog where she shares her enjoyment of her career as well as many counselor ideas with school counselors from all over the world. She loves using technology and is always looking for new and innovative ways to integrate technology into her school counseling program. Andrea has presented at various conferences and workshops on using technology in counseling programs.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Andrea as she presents Technology Toolbox for School Counselors. Learn helpful technology tools such as Google Tools, online storage tools and online communication tools that will simplify and enhance your comprehensive school counseling program. For a more hands on approach, participants are encouraged to bring laptops, iPads, tablets and any other WiFi capable electronic devices to this exciting and interactive session.

Andrea Burston will also be presenting two breakout sessions.



Mental Health Literacy: Raising Awareness to Provoke Change

Julia Taylor

Friday, October 8, 2020 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

SPEAKER BIO: Dr. Julia V. Taylor is an assistant professor at the University of Virginia. She was previously the Dean of Student Services for the Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy, a public, all girls’ school located in Raleigh, NC. Originating from the Washington, DC area, Julia received her undergrad degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Health Education from George Mason University. She received her masters in Psychology with a concentration in School Counseling from Marymount University. Julia received her doctorate from Virginia Commonwealth University in Counselor Education and Supervision.

Julia is the author of many books: The Body Image Workbook for Teens, The Bullying Workbook for Teens, Salvaging Sisterhood, G.I.R.L.S: Group Counseling Activities for Enhancing Social and Emotional Development, and a children’s book, Perfectly You. She frequently presents her research and experiences with educators, parents, and students at the national level.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Julia as she presents Mental Health Literacy: Raising Awareness to Provoke Change. Current research indicates that 1 in 5 students will experience a mental illness before the age of 25, with symptomology beginning during adolescence. The lifelong trajectories for these conditions can be greatly improved with early identification and intervention. School counselors are ideal to provide Tier 1 programming to reduce stigma, promote help-seeking behavior, and enhance mental health literacy for youth. This session will provide an overview of current research and best practices to address the topic, along a plethora of suggestions and advocacy resources.

Julia Taylor will also be presenting two breakout sessions.