January 19-21, 2023
The Weston Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa
Two Grasslawn Avenue
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

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January 19-21, 2023
The Weston Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa
Two Grasslawn Avenue
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Join us for the PSSCA Conference
January 19-21, 2023
Register to Attend
Dynamic Speakers
Gain insights, inspiration, and effective plans of action.
Featured Speakers
40+ Exhibitors
Meet with exhibitors to get valuable resources and information for your school.
Register to Attend
Network and be Refreshed
Get a much needed break and find encouragement from hundreds of school counselors across the state.
Register to Attend
Engaging Breakout Sessions
Multiple breakout sessions available to gain insights, inspiration, and effective plans of action.
Register to Attend
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Join us for the PSSCA Conference
January 19-21, 2023
Register to Attend
Dynamic Speakers
Gain insights, inspiration, and effective plans of action.
Featured Speakers
40+ Exhibitors
Meet with exhibitors to get valuable resources and information for your school.
Register to Attend
Network and be Refreshed
Get a much needed break and find encouragement from hundreds of school counselors across the state.
Register to Attend
Engaging Breakout Sessions
Multiple breakout sessions available to gain insights, inspiration, and effective plans of action.
Register to Attend
Previous
Next
Join us for the PSSCA Conference
January 19-21, 2023
Register to Attend
Dynamic Speakers
Gain insights, inspiration, and effective plans of action.
Featured Speakers
40+ Exhibitors
Meet with exhibitors to get valuable resources and information for your school.
Register to Attend
Network and be Refreshed
Get a much needed break and find encouragement from hundreds of school counselors across the state.
Register to Attend
Breakout Sessions
Engaging breakout sessions available to gain insights, inspiration, and effective plans of action.
Register to Attend
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SAVE THE DATE!

SAVE THE DATE!

Details to come.

Learn more about our Sponsors

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 Chris Lefevre, Client Relations – South Carolina at 319-512- 8922 or chris.lefevre@act.org.

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AmeriCorps programs help communities address locally-defined challenges by mobilizing America’s greatest asset, our citizens. There are full- and part-time AmeriCorps positions available across South Carolina for leaders ages 17 to 117+ who will commit to utilizing their experience and passion to address needs in the following focus areas: disaster service, economic opportunities, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veteran services. At AmeriCorps, we get things done!

For more information contact Mark Weller, State Lead for Talent Acquisition at mark.weller@uwasc.org.

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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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College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success—including the SAT, the Advanced Placement Program, and BigFuture. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators, and schools.
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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 at beccab@dialcare.com.

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Millions have trusted the Cross and Shield for their health coverage.  You can too when you choose Healthy Blue as your Medicaid plan.  Receive great benefits such as free eye glasses, girl scouts and boys scouts discounts, free diapers and much more!  Learn more about HealthyBlueSC.com.

For more information, please contact Letitia Lindsay at Letitia.Lindsay@amerigroup.com.

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LIFT Academy is owned and operated by Republic Airways, a regional operator for American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines. LIFT was founded to fulfill the demand for airline ready pilots, making it more accessible and attainable with a defined pathway to a job as a Republic pilot. Our 12-month program’s flight training curriculum is modeled after Republic SOPs, checklists and flows.
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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 contact Sara White at WhiteSa@mhs-pa.org.

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Since its doors were first opened in 1929, PIA has taken pride in the quality of its education programs and the successes of its graduates. PIA’s main campus offers AST degree programs in Aviation Technology. The branch campuses also offer a diploma or certificate program in Aviation Maintenance Technology. A PIA education emphasizes hands-on learning with qualified faculty members striving to present thorough and thoughtful instruction.

For more information contact Sally Krasevic, Admissions Representative at skrasevic@pia.edu or (717) 580-3320.

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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.

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The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science + Mathematics (GSSM) connects motivated young learners and rigorous STEM instruction with in-person opportunities in our two-year, tuition-free, in-residence Residential program as well as online from the comfort of home with our STEM Foundations program. Both programs provide an exceptionally strong academic preparation for success and achievement in a wide range of future pursuits. For more information please contact Ashley Koontz, Enrollment Coordinator, at akoontz@governors.school or at 843.383.3901.
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Our advisers are based right here in South Carolina, and our loans are exclusively for South Carolina students and parents as well as students attending local schools. We are out in the community, meeting with parents, hosting events at high schools and visiting college campuses. We offer families and school leaders trustworthy, transparent and personalized service because we’re truly invested in your and our state. We’ve been helping South Carolina students achieve their goals for 50 years.

For more information please contact Destra Capers, Director of Outreach at dcapers@scstudentloan.org or (803) 612-5070.

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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Winthrop University students learn to be critical thinkers, informed citizens, and collaborative problem-solvers. To support this learning, we provide a distinctive general education core that is nationally recognized, a broad array of graduate programs and certificates, and co-curricular experiences that prepare our students to thrive in the communities and career paths of tomorrow. For more information please contact Megan Rolf, Director of Recruitment at rolfm@winthrop.edu or (803) 323-2191.
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The University of South Carolina Beaufort is an intimate public university with three distinct locations across Hilton Head, Bluffton, and Beaufort. USCB enrolls more than 2,000 students from around the world, with 85% coming from across the state. USCB is a dynamic and vibrant academic community that serves the South Carolina Lowcountry and beyond. Featuring academic programs in Hospitality Management, Computational Science, and Marine Biology, plus over 30 other majors and concentrations.

For more information please contact Mack Palmour, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management at mpalmour@uscb.edu or (843) 208-8118.

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SPEAKERS

SPEAKERS

Listen. Learn. Get Inspired.

We have many dynamic speakers who will be speaking at the conference. Check back soon!

Natalie Spencer Gwyn

Carolyn Stone

Emily Goodman-Scott

Solution Focused Counseling for Anxious Children and Teens: Strategies for School Counselors

Natalie Spencer Gwyn

Pre-Conference Speaker
Thursday, January 19, 2023 | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Counselors often find themselves in situations where they seek interventions to best meet the needs of children and adolescents. When assisting children and adolescents, feelings and behaviors can change very quickly and many children and teens are already equipped to solve minor and routine behavioral problems. Solution Focused Brief Counseling ( SFBC) has proven to be a great tool for anxious children and teens as they learn to manage challenges at school and home. This interactive presentation will introduce creative and effective SFBC techniques counselors can use in both individual and group counseling, with an emphasis on helping anxious children and teens.

Attendees will gain a better understanding of emphasizing solutions instead of problems, learn the 12 basic assumptions of SFBC, discover strategies to implement SFBC in small and individual group counseling, and develop techniques to help anxious children with developmentally appropriate techniques.

SPEAKER BIO: Dr. Natalie Spencer Gwyn is an Assistant Professor at North Carolina A&T State University. She was previously a high school counselor and student assistance counselor (SAP) for many years before moving into higher education. She received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She later earned a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from North Carolina State University. Dr. Spencer is the author of Mindful Practices for Helping Troubled Teens and the co-author of 15-Minute Focus: Diversity, Bias, and Privilege: Addressing Racial Inequities to Create Inclusive Learning Environments. She is also a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of North Carolina, and owns her own private practice, Natalie Spencer Counseling and Consulting. Dr. Spencer Gwyn has presented her research on the local, state, and national level.

Natalie will also be presenting two breakout sessions.


School Counselors: Negotiating the Legal and Ethical Complications of Working with Minors in Schools

Carolyn Stone

Pre-Conference Speaker
Thursday, January 19, 2023 | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: The school environment poses competing interests between a student’s need for confidentiality and the legal rights of parents as established by the U.S. Supreme Court to be the guiding voice in their children lives in value-laden issues. Participants will develop an ethical decision making framework for analyzing and resolving ethical issues through the application of ASCA ethical codes, case and statutory law, school board rules, and community standards. Through small group and large group discussion of 40 case studies, participants will be given the opportunity to increase their understanding of the complexities of respecting a minor’s right to confidentiality, to develop a sensitivity to the need to consider their actions in context of each situation for each individual student, and to understand the rights of parents.

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.

Carolyn will also be presenting two breakout sessions.


Advanced Solution-Focused and Motivational Interviewing Techniques

Emily Goodman-Scott

Pre-Conference Speaker
Thursday, January 19, 2023 | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: While school counselors typically learn about solution-focused and motivational interviewing techniques in graduate school, come to this session to learn advanced methods you can use ASAP! Come ready for videos, role plays, and some solution-focused, motivational fun!

SPEAKER BIO: Dr. Emily Goodman-Scott is an Associate Professor in Counselor Education and the School Counseling Coordinator at Old Dominion University, in Virginia. As a previous school counselor and special education teacher, Dr. Goodman-Scott has been in education for nearly 15 years. She was a 2018 recipient of the Top 40 Under 40 award for her region, and served on the Virginia School Counselor Association board for 10 years, including most recently as Chair of the Board (2019-2020). She enjoys speaking at national conferences, invited state association workshops, and school districts trainings.

Dr. Goodman-Scott is the lead editor of the 2019 book A School Counselor’s Guide to Multi-tiered Systems of Support, and more recently an author of the 2020 book published by the American School Counselor Association, Making MTSS Work. She has co-authored the I Can series of children’s social stories.

Emily will also be presenting two breakout sessions.

Robert Jamison

More speakers will be presenting at the conference. Check back soon!

Session information coming soon.

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

Robert Jamison

Luncheon Keynote Speaker
Friday, January 20, 2023 | 12:00 p.m.

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.

SPEAKER BIO: Robert B. Jamison currently serves as a coordinator of school counseling services for a large suburban school division and has years of experience as a school counselor and 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 has also supported school counselors and educators as a member of the Board of Directors for a state school counselor association; and, he served on a state commission for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Robert is also the co-author of the book 15-Minute Focus: Diversity, Bias, and Privilege: Addressing Racial Inequities to Create Inclusive Learning Environments.

Robert will also be presenting a breakout session.

SCHEDULE

SCHEDULE

Tentative

The conference takes place on Monday, April 4th - Tuesday, April 5th. Check back soon for a detailed schedule!

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REGISTRATION

REGISTRATION

We are excited to have you join us!
Save the date! Registration will open soon.

Become a Member

You can save on your conference registration by becoming a PSSCA member! Please visit the PSSCA website and become a member or renew your annual membership. Please contact PSSCA directly for all membership questions.

Supervisor Approval Letter

Do you need help justifying this conference to your Supervisor? Vying for a good funding source can be challenging sometimes. We have created a letter (modeled from ASCA) you can customize to support your efforts to attend the 2023 PSSCA Conference!

Main Conference | January 20-21

Professional / Affiliate Member*

$139

Student & Retiree Member*

$99

Non-Member

$189

Save $20 if you register by November 27th!**

Pre-Conference | January 19

Member*

$60

Save $15 if you register by November 27th!

Non-Member

$95

Save $10 if you register by November 27th!

*Your PSSCA membership must be good through January 21, 2023 to qualify for these rates.

**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.  

Online Registration has Closed

The online registration portal is now closed, but we will be accepting on-site registration at the event. Please bring the Registration Form (see below to download) with your method of payment to the conference.

To pay with a check or purchase order please download the registration form and send it in with your check or purchase order. Registrations cannot be processed without payment. Contact us with questions.

REGISTER ONLINE

Register below online using a credit card or download the registration form and send it in with your payment.

To pay with a check or purchase order please download the registration form and send it in with your check or purchase order. Registrations cannot be processed without payment. Contact us with questions.

Please Note: If we are forced to cancel the PSSCA 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 December 19, 2022. All cancellations before December 19, 2022 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 PSCA Conference will conform to all necessary regulations/guidelines that are in place as of the date of the conference.

ACCOMMODATIONS

ACCOMMODATIONS

VENUE & HOST HOTEL:

The Weston Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa

Two Grasslawn Avenue
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

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Reservation information coming soon.

The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, the Conference’s host hotel, has a conference rate of $120 a night for single occupancy and $140 a night for double occupancy (plus tax and resort fee of $5.00 per night). This rate is good on reservations made by January 5, 2023. Rooms are limited, and may fill up before January 5th cutoff. The conference rate includes breakfast vouchers to use for a full hot breakfast each morning. The resort fee includes a variety of complimentary amenities and benefits, including complimentary Wi-Fi in the hotel rooms.

You can also book a room by calling (888) 236-2427 or 843-681-4000 ext. 7302. If using the 1-800 number, choose Reservations. Once on the line with an agent mention you are with the Palmetto State School Counselor group.

Make Hotel Reservations Early! Limited Availability!

OVERFLOW HOTEL:

Hampton Inn Hilton Head

1 Dillon Road
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

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Reservation information coming soon.

The Hampton Inn has a conference rate of $101. This rate is good on reservations made by January 4, 2023. Rooms are limited, and may fill up before January 4th cutoff. Once rooms at the $101 rate are sold out more rooms will be available at a rate of$179 per night. The conference rate includes a complimentary breakfast.

You can also book a room by calling (800) HAMPTON or 843-681-7900 ext. 7900. Be sure to mention you are with the PSSCA Conference Overflow or the group code “CHHPSS.”

Make Hotel Reservations Early! Limited Availability!

Come Learn and Play!

In the evening, make sure you take time to relax and enjoy the surrounding area. There is so much to do on Hilton Head Island. Visit the Tanger Outlets for shopping at places like Ann Taylor, Coach, LOFT Outlet, or Pandora. Or you can visit Shelter Cover Harbor & Marina for shopping and dining on the water. Eat at the French cage, Bistro 17, or ELA’S On The Water for award-winner views and fresh seafood. Shelter Cove also has shopping at places like A&M Provisions, an upscale food market, and Nash Gallery for handcrafted jewelry, blown glass, ceramics, and furniture. Hilton Head Island has a variety of options for your entertainment.

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: PSSCA
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 PSSCA directly with all membership questions.

Sponsors receive attendee contact information.