October 9-11, 2024
Embassy Suites & Hampton Roads Convention Center
Hampton, VA

October 9-11, 2024
Embassy Suites & Hampton Roads Convention Center
Hampton, VA

Join us for the VSCA Conference
October 9-11, 2024
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Dynamic Speakers
Gain insights, inspiration, and effective plans of action.
Featured Speakers
30+ 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.
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Engaging Breakout Sessions
Multiple breakout sessions available to gain insights, inspiration, and effective plans of action.
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Join us for the VSCA Conference
October 9-11, 2024
Register to Attend
Dynamic Speakers
Gain insights, inspiration, and effective plans of action.
Featured Speakers
30+ 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 VSCA Conference
October 9-11, 2024
Register to Attend
Dynamic Speakers
Gain insights, inspiration, and effective plans of action.
Featured Speakers
30+ 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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Thanks for joining us for the 2023 Lone Star State School Counselor Association Conference!​

We hope to see you next year!

SAVE THE DATE!

Details to come.

SPONSORED BY

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, Senior Vice President at beccab@dialcare.com

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SchooLinks is a modern college and career readiness platform that supports districts’ implementation of a comprehensive curriculum and framework to prepare students for the post-secondary pathway of their choice.  Containing more than eighty interactive student experiences from interest discoveries, academic planning, and soft skill development – SchooLinks offers internship matching, career mentorship, industry partner management, and more to help districts support holistic postsecondary readiness. Our unified solution supports Virginia’s initiatives for improved student outcomes and postsecondary readiness. 

For more information, please contact Mike Sandridge at msandridge@schoolinks.com

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Innovation Guide

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ValidateME! evaluates foreign academic records from around the world. Services are guaranteed in 5 days and include accurate grade conversion and translation of documents. We align international coursework to U.S. high school courses so students can be correctly placed in grade level and content. Validating a student’s prior education allows the student to graduate on time while saving school districts significant amount of money. Success in high school and beyond for every student is our goal!

For more information please contact Elizabeth Llongueras, Director of Operations at ellongueras@validate-me.org or (956) 459-9596. 

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Why The Benefits?

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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.

It helps them build self-knowledge, explore their options, create a plan, and develop the skills needed to thrive in the world of work. 

For more information please contact Delfina Manocchio, Territory Manager at delfinam@@xello.world

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SPEAKERS

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

Keynote Speakers

John Hodge

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Molly Hudgens

Molly Hudgens headshot

Opening Keynote Session 
October 10, 2024| 8:30 a.m.

Resilience has never been more important than it is right now in America’s schools and communities, many of which have been ravaged by risk-factors associated with Covid-19. Today and in the near future, schools must be purposeful in their efforts to foster resilience in students and staff. In the book, You Can Get in the Way, Dr. Hodge defines resilience in the following way: “Resilience refers to the ability to avoid, navigate, bounce back from, get through, get over, go around, or survive adversities of all kinds.” This session is the perfect way to inspire your school district, schools and/or community stakeholders to take action. In this session, Dr. Hodge provides an overview of the book along with very practical solutions to help buffer the risk-factors that traditionally hold kids back. It’s the perfect launch for a new school year, or a needed boost during the tough months that follow. After being shared with over 800 educators in a state-wide conference, this session has already been described as “life-changing” by many of those lucky enough to hear it.

 


 

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.

John will also be presenting a breakout session.

Closing Keynote Session 
October 11, 2024| 12:00 p.m.

Molly shares the story of how she prevented a school shooting on September 28, 2016. When a student with a fully-loaded semi-automatic handgun came to her with a plan to kill people on the school’s campus, he told her, “I came to you because you’re the only person who can talk me out of this.” After a ninety-minute intervention, the student relinquished the weapon to Hudgens with no shots fired and no lives lost. Hudgens’ retelling of the event walks the audience through the specifics of the incident that took place in her office and highlights previous training that affected her decision-making process during the event. Hudgens speaks boldly of her faith throughout and challenges those in attendance to remember that every human interaction matters and that one life can make a difference. Hudgens became the first Tennessean and only the tenth woman to become a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation’s Citizens Medal of Honor for her efforts that day.

 


 

Molly Bradley Hudgens is a 1998 and 2000 graduate of Western Kentucky University with a bachelor of arts degree in English and Allied Language Arts and a master of arts education degree in counseling. She is currently completing her twenty-first year as an educator in the Cheatham County School System where she serves as a school counselor at Sycamore Middle School in Pleasant View, Tennessee.

After a personal experience in college, her interest in violence prevention and safety sparked a desire to educate others who work with intervening in the lives of potentially violent teenagers. Her in-depth study on school shootings and the teenagers who commit these acts, “Recognizing Red Flags,” has been utilized nationally to train professionals in the fields of education, law enforcement, juvenile probation, and juvenile court. The training focuses on understanding the three types of school shooters and how to use threat assessment tools as an intervention to prevent violent acts in a school and community setting.

Molly will also be presenting a breakout session.

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Pre-Conference Speakers

Raychelle Cassada Lohmann

Raychelle Cassada Lohmann

Amie Dean

Amie Dean headshot

Pre-Conference Session 
October 9, 2024| 2:00 p.m.

Nearly a quarter of the nation’s youth will experience a traumatic event by age 16. Trauma can significantly impact young people’s physical and mental health, affecting their ability to learn and excel academically. Therefore, schools are crucial in creating safe, supportive environments that foster resilience and promote healing. Whether it’s a Big T event (i.e., unexpected loss of a loved one), little t occurrence (i.e., moving to a new school), or multiple complex traumas (i.e., exposure to pervasive abuse), the psychological effects can extend across a lifetime. Fortunately, there are essential coping skills that, if taught and nurtured, can significantly increase a youth’s ability to heal and persevere. This interactive presentation aims to teach participants about Big T and little t events and explore trauma’s neurological impact on young people. Furthermore, emphasis will be placed on building skills and implementing strategies to create a trauma-sensitive school environment where students do more than survive; they thrive.

 


 

Raychelle Cassada Lohmann, Ph.D., is a counselor educator, clinical mental health counselor, school counselor, and international author of numerous books, including three in the 15-Minute Focus series: Digital Citizenship, Anger, Rage and Aggression, and Growth Mindset, Resilience, and Grit, along with many others. Raychelle has expertise in a wide range of issues affecting children and adolescents, from anger and aggression to anxiety and depression to sexual trauma and bullying. Raychelle attended North Carolina State University, receiving her B.A. in psychology, her M.S. in counselor education, and her Ph.D. in counseling and counselor education. With 25 years in the counseling profession, Raychelle has devoted much of her time to working with children, adolescents, parents, and educators.

Raychelle is a licensed clinical mental health counselor supervisor and licensed school counselor in NC. She is also a licensed professional counselor in SC. Additionally, Raychelle is an EMDR-certified provider and holds the following certifications: Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), Board Certified Telemental Health Provider (BCTMH), Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), and Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF).

Pre-Conference Session 
October 9, 2024| 2:00 p.m.

Behavior Interventions That Work

Do you have a plan for what you will do when a student doesn’t comply with your request the first time? Second time? How about the third time? Do you go home tired and exhausted from frustration? This presentation will guide you in developing a thorough, preventative plan for handling issues from low level distractions to serious/chronic behaviors. This is a practical, hands-on presentation filled with concrete steps you can use the next day to help students and yourself.

Motivating Challenging Students

Like many of you, I have had classes, and often students, which led me to think, “How will I make it this year?” I have spent my career as a classroom teacher searching for and learning which strategies work with students. My only criteria: positive and practical! This session is designed for teachers who believe that every student has a gift to offer the world. We have to find ways to help them realize it.

 


 

Amie Dean, M.Ed., B.A. has worked in education for 28 years. She has experience teaching at all levels, and has taught both special and general education. She was with Fulton County Schools (GA) for ten years, four of which she provided support to teachers and students as the Student Support/ RTI Coordinator for her middle school. She holds a Master’s degree in Education and is Nationally Board Certified as an Exceptional Needs Specialist. With 28 years’ experience as an educator and 14 years as a professional consultant, Amie has worked with thousands of teachers, counselors and administrators in over 250 districts to improve best practices in behavior support, student engagement, and differentiated instruction. Amie has trained with Dr. Rick DuFour, Dr. Kay Burke, Dr. Spencer Kagan, Dr. Ruby Payne, and many others. Amie is also an author of many books, including Your Happy Heart, There’s No Dream Too Tall, and 15-Minute Focus: Behavior Interventions: Strategies for Educators, Counselors, and Parents and accompanying Workbook.

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Featured Breakout Presenter

Krystal L. Clemons

Krystal Clemons headshot

School counselors underutilize three community entities within the Black American community: the Black Church, salons and barbershops, and Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLOs). School counselors can use Cultural Wealth and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) as frameworks for making these connections to further cultivate Black American student achievement. This paper will give school counselors the information to assist students through data and SMART goals, bolster student success, and close the achievement, attainment, and opportunity gaps.

 


 

Dr. Krystal L. Clemons is a professor of counseling at Denver Seminary and is a licensed school counselor (VA), a Nationally Certified Counselor, a Nationally Certified School Counselor, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor. She is also the founder and CEO of Clemons Education Consulting LLC. Dr. Clemons received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Virginia and received her M.S.Ed in school counseling and Ph.D. in counselor education from Old Dominion University. Previously, Dr. Clemons served as a professional school counselor for six years in Washington, D.C., and Virginia. ASCA recognized her during Black History Month 2021 as one of the Black school counseling professionals who has made significant contributions. Her research interests include anti-racism in school counseling and Black community involvement. Dr. Clemons has given over 80 peer-reviewed and invited presentations on the state, national, and international levels; and has published extensively in peer-reviewed counseling and education journals.

Twice-exceptional (2E) children are those who are both gifted and have a learning, physical, or emotional disability. However, 2E Black children often face additional challenges for several reasons. Black children are disproportionately represented in special education and have lower rates of identification for gifted programs. This presentation will involve a case study and aims to explore the experiences of 2E Black children in education settings and identify ways to better support their unique strengths and needs.

 


 

Dr. Krystal L. Clemons is a professor of counseling at Denver Seminary and is a licensed school counselor (VA), a Nationally Certified Counselor, a Nationally Certified School Counselor, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor. She is also the founder and CEO of Clemons Education Consulting LLC. Dr. Clemons received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Virginia and received her M.S.Ed in school counseling and Ph.D. in counselor education from Old Dominion University. Previously, Dr. Clemons served as a professional school counselor for six years in Washington, D.C., and Virginia. ASCA recognized her during Black History Month 2021 as one of the Black school counseling professionals who has made significant contributions. Her research interests include anti-racism in school counseling and Black community involvement. Dr. Clemons has given over 80 peer-reviewed and invited presentations on the state, national, and international levels; and has published extensively in peer-reviewed counseling and education journals.

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

SCHEDULE

Tentative

The conference takes place on Sunday, November 3 - Tuesday, November 5. Check back soon for a detailed schedule!

NBCC Hours

VSCA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6066. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. VSCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

To receive NBCC hours you MUST complete an evaluation for each session attended via this link: https://tinyurl.com/VSCANBCChours.  All session evaluations must be completed by October 31st.

If you would like to print out a Certificate of Attendance for attending this year’s conference please go to https://dashboard.ascaconferences.org.  Please note that this certificate may satisfy most division’s continuing education requirements, but does NOT meet the requirements for the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).

REGISTRATION

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

Advanced Registration Deadline:
October 6, 2024

Become a Member

Please visit the VSCA website and become a member or renew your annual membership. Please contact VSCA directly for all membership questions. For questions about VSCA membership please contact, Lauren White at vscamembershipchair@gmail.com.

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 2024 VSCA Conference!

Pre-Conference | October 9

Member*
Professional/Emeritus

$50

Member*
Graduate Student/Retiree

$40

Non-Member

$75

Main Conference | October 10-11

Member*
Professional/Emeritus

Conference : $170

With Membership*: $210

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

Onsite registration adds $20 to your rate, so register now!

Member*
Graduate Student/Retiree

Conference : $70

With Membership*: $90

Save $10 if you register by September 15th!**

Onsite registration adds $30 to your rate, so register now!

Non-Member

Conference : $240

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

Onsite registration adds $20 to your rate, so register now!

Thursday OR Friday | October 10 OR 11

Thursday ONLY

Conference : $130

With Membership**: $170

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

Onsite registration adds $20 to your rate, so register now!

Friday ONLY

Conference : $130

With Membership**: $170

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

Onsite registration adds $20 to your rate, so register now!

*Your VSCA membership must be good through October 11, 2024 to qualify for these rates. To take advantage of the discounted Member prices, renew your membership on the VSCA website or bundle your membership with your conference registration. Professional Members are $40 annually and Graduate Student/Retired Emeritus Members are $20 annually.

**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.

Please Note: If we are forced to cancel the VSCA 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 September 9, 2024. All cancellations before September 9, 2024 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 VSCA Conference will conform to all necessary regulations/guidelines that are in place as of the date of the conference.
The sponsors of the conference receive registrant contact information.

REGISTER

Register online below 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.

ACCOMMODATIONS

VENUE & HOST HOTEL

Embassy Suites and Hampton Road Convention Center

1700 Coliseum Drive
Hampton, VA 23666

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Reservation information coming soon.

The Embassy Suites, the Conference’s host hotel, has a conference rate of $149, plus tax. This rate is valid while rooms are available. The price includes full, cook-to-order breakfast and evening Manager’s Reception. This rate is valid through September 16, 2024.

You can also book a room by calling (757) 827-8200 or (800) 362-2779. Be sure to mention the Group Code: VSC.

Virginia School Counselor Association Conference March 2-4, 2022 Embassy Hotel exterior

Make Hotel Reservations Early! Limited Availability!

OVERFLOW HOTEL

Hilton Garden Inn

1999 Power Plant Pkwy
Hampton, VA 23666 

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The Hilton Garden Inn has a conference rate of $124 per night, plus tax, which remains valid for reservations made by September 19, 2023, while rooms are available.

You can also book a room by calling (757) 827-8200 or (800) 362-2779. Be sure to mention the group code VSCA23.

Virginia School Counselor Association Conference October 19-21, 2022 Hilton Garden Inn Exterior

Make Hotel Reservations Early! Limited Availability!

OVERFLOW HOTEL

Courtyard Marriott Hampton

1917 Coliseum Drive
Hampton, VA 23666 

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The Courtyard Hampton Coliseum Central has a conference rate of $119-$159 per night, plus tax, valid for the nights of Wednesday, October 18th and Thursday, October 19th. This rate remains valid for reservations made by October 4, 2023, while rooms are available. 

You can also book a room by calling (800) 304-9288. Be sure to mention that you are with National Center for Youth Issues Virginia School Counselor Association Conference.

Virginia School Counselor Association Conference October 19-21, 2022 Courtyard Marriott Hampton exterior

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. Visit the Peninsula Town Center, less than a mile from the Embassy Suites! At the Town Center, enjoy shopping at the Loft, Yankee Candle, Sephora, Forever 21, Barnes & Noble, and many more. You can sit back and relax at the many restaurants, such as Abuelo’s, Avenue Blue, Outback and My Pi, along with others. The Peninsula Town Center has a premium movie theater with leather recliners and gourmet food, so you can finally watch that movie you have been wanting to see.

Click here to see all the fun you can have at the Peninsula Town Center.

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: VSCA
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 VSCA directly with all membership questions.

Sponsors receive attendee contact information.