October 19-21, 2022
Embassy Suites & Hampton Roads Convention Center
1700 Coliseum Drive
Hampton, VA 23666

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October 19-21, 2022
Embassy Suites & Hampton Roads Convention Center
1700 Coliseum Drive
Hampton, VA 23666

Join us for the VSCA Conference
October 19-21, 2022
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Dynamic Speakers
Gain insights, inspiration, and effective plans of action.
Featured Speakers
50+ 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.
Register to Attend
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Join us for the VSCA Conference
October 19-21, 2022
Register to Attend
Dynamic Speakers
Gain insights, inspiration, and effective plans of action.
Featured Speakers
50+ 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 VSCA Conference
October 19-21, 2022
Register to Attend
Dynamic Speakers
Gain insights, inspiration, and effective plans of action.
Featured Speakers
50+ 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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SPEAKERS

SPEAKERS

Listen. Learn. Get Inspired.

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

Russ Sabella

Pre-Conference Speaker

Carolyn Stone

Pre-Conference Speaker

RUSS SABELLA

Pre-Conference Session October 19, 2022 | 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Part 1: Working with Anxious Children and Teens: Strategies and Best Practices

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Anxiety is a normal part of living. It’s a biological reaction—the body’s way of telling us something isn’t right. However, for some people, anxiety is persistent, irrational, and overwhelming. It may interfere with daily activities and get in the way of student achievement. Dr. Sabella will overview various contributing factors to anxiety among children and adolescents and several practical interventions. Participants will learn about approaches, resources, and tools that they can deliver as part of a comprehensive school counseling program to help kids calm themselves down and help them stay on track.

Part 2: Solution Focused Brief Counseling and Teacher/Parent Consultation

ABOUT THIS SESSION: This experiential workshop is designed for both beginning and experienced school counselors, educators, and other human service professionals who want to learn an innovative approach to empower their students and stake holders to better recognize and utilize their strengths. This model uses a systematic, five-step approach in which students/parents focus on solutions rather than problems. They are encouraged to think about times when their problems did not exist, and how these times contributed to the absence of the problem, and how to recreate such circumstances in their present situations. Focus is on the students/parents strengths and abilities rather than their weaknesses. Solutions are derived by the students/parents themselves and therefore not only are they more involved in their success, but the solutions fit their unique lifestyles. Finally, because they find their own solutions that work, often self-esteem is increased. With this emphasis of counseling on solutions rather than problems, counseling becomes brief. SPEAKER BIO: Dr. Russell Sabella is currently a Professor of Counseling in the College of Health Professions & Social Work, Florida Gulf Coast University and President of Sabella & Associates. He is well known for his Technology Boot Camp for Counselors workshops conducted throughout the country. Dr. Sabella is Past President (2003-2004) of the American School Counselor Association. He has trained and consulted with thousands of school counselors, educators, parents, and organizational leaders throughout the country. Russ is the co-author of two books entitled Confronting Sexual Harassment Learning Activities for Teens and Counseling in the 21st Century: Using Technology to Improve Practice. He is also the author of the popular SchoolCounselor.com, A Friendly and Practical Guide to the World Wide Web as well as GuardingKids.com, A Practical Guide to Keeping Kids Out of High Tech Trouble.

CAROLYN STONE

Pre-Conference Session October 19, 2022 | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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

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. 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.

Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy

Keynote Speaker

Olivia Carter

Keynote Speaker

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

Session information coming soon.

The Hill We Climb: A Journey Toward Justice and Equity in Counseling

Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy

Keynote Session
October 20, 2022 | 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Over the last couple of years, two enduring pandemics—COVID-19 and racial injustice–have impacted the education landscape and the emotional fabric of our country. From “Zoom fatigue” to racialized stress, the pandemics have required school counselors to address mounting numbers of traumatized students and longstanding issues of racial and educational injustice. Dr. Holcomb-McCoy will inspire counselors with a solid call to action. Climbing the hill of racial justice is steep; but school counselors can get to the top by acting with courage, love, and determination.

SPEAKER BIO: Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy is in her sixth year as Dean of the School of Education at American University. Previous to this role, she served as Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs (central administration) and Vice Dean of Academic Affairs (in the School of Education) at Johns Hopkins University. Also at Johns Hopkins, she was an associate professor at the University of Maryland College Park and Director of the School Counseling Program at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.

Professional colleagues have recognized her with many awards for outstanding multicultural/diversity research, excellence in teaching, and exemplar service. She served as a Faculty Lilly Fellow at the University of Maryland and in 2016, she was selected as an American Counseling Association (ACA) Fellow for her significant contributions in scientific achievement and teaching. While at Johns Hopkins she developed and implemented the $25M Faculty Diversity Initiative and is the founder of three signature initiatives: AU’s Summer Institute on Education, Equity and Justice (SIEEJ), the Center for Postsecondary Readiness and Success, and the AU Teacher Pipeline Project, a partnership with the District of Columbia Public Schools and Friendship Charter Schools. The second edition to her book, School Counseling to Close the Achievement Gap: A Social Justice Framework for Success will be available this fall.

Because of her expertise in college advising and counseling, Dr. Holcomb-McCoy was selected to participate as a consultant to the Obama Administration’s Reach Higher Initiative. In July 2014, she was one of the plenary speakers at the White House’s Summit on Higher Education held at Harvard University.

Cheryl will also be presenting a breakout sessions.


School Counseling is Not the Junk Drawer of the School

Olivia Carter

Keynote Session
October 21, 2022 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: School counselors are the leaders our schools need, but all too often we end up doing more “share” than is “fair.” With our unique brand of school counseling magic, we have the opportunity to build comprehensive school counseling programs and lead trauma-informed, equity-centered change in our schools. In School Counseling is Not the Junk Drawer of the School, Olivia Carter, ASCA 2021 School Counselor of the Year, shares creative ways to build your school counseling program, center your students’ lived experiences, and foster your own wellness.

SPEAKER BIO: Olivia Carter is the School Counselor Support Specialist for the Cape Girardeau School District in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts in School Counseling from Southeast Missouri State University. Prior to her current role, she was the elementary school counselor at Jefferson Elementary in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, where she developed a counseling program that promoted positive, trauma-informed changes throughout the school. Olivia has served as Vice President – Elementary, President-Elect, and is currently serving as President of the Southeast Missouri School Counselor Association. She has participated in the Missouri School Counselor Association Emerging Leader Program, and currently serves on the Program Committee for MSCA. In 2019 she was recognized as the Missouri School Counselor of the Year. In her ten years of working in public education, she has written for Forbes, collaborated with Education Week, and served on panels for the Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Education. Being a mother to two young children has ignited Olivia’s passion for equity-centered, trauma-informed comprehensive school counseling programs. She is honored to be recognized as the 2021 School Counselor of the Year by the American School Counselor Association.

Olivia will also be presenting a breakout sessions.

Paul Harris

Featured Breakout Presenter

Paul Harris

Featured Breakout Sessions

Pursuing Cultural Competence

ABOUT THIS SESSION: This session focuses on the internal work school counselors and other educators must do in order to implement equitable practices and policies with fidelity. In addition to defining cultural competence, this session curates a strength-based space within which we will explore the many factors that shape our respective worldviews and their implications. Through interactive exercises, participants will leave empowered to see themselves as the best strategy for promoting equity in their schools and districts.

Promote SEL in Black Male Student-Athletes

ABOUT THIS SESSION: The increased pressure on student athletes at younger ages is a national phenomenon. College recruiting in some sports begins as early as middle school. This pressure is exacerbated for Black males in America, given the disproportionate draw to and historic exploitation through sport. What level of social-emotional intelligence will be necessary for them to navigate that process well? How do we collaborate with coaches and other stakeholders to promote their social-emotional learning? Come learn about how to take a strengths-based approach to such collaborative and advocacy efforts on behalf of Black male student athletes. SPEAKER BIO: Dr. Paul C. Harris has served as a high school counselor in Virginia and as a counselor educator at the University of Virginia and Penn State University. His practice and research are designed to increase equity, access, and justice in schools. He is passionate about promoting the college and career readiness process of historically marginalized students, with an emphasis on Black male student-athletes. He currently serves on the Senior Advisory Board for The Professional Counselor journal. He is also the former president of the Virginia School Counselor Association and former member of the Board of Directors for the American School Counselor Association.

SCHEDULE

SCHEDULE

Tentative

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

Professional Development

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REGISTRATION

REGISTRATION

We are excited to have you join us!
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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.

You can save $60 on your conference registration by becoming a member of the VSCA for only $40 annually! Before registering for the conference, please visit the VSCA website and become a member or renew your annual membership to save. Under the membership menu, click the “JOIN” link…or, you can now join when you register for the conference. Membership runs for one year from date of joining or renewal.

Current Members: Please make sure that your membership is good through October 21, 2022. If you choose to bundle your membership with conference registration, then another year will be added to your current membership.

New Members: If you choose to bundle your membership with your conference registration, your membership will last one year from the date you submit payment. If you choose to join by visiting the VSCA website and then pay for your conference registration separately, your membership will begin the date you submit payment.

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 2022 VSCA Conference!

Virtual Option

VSCA will offer a scaled-back virtual option for those who are unable to travel to Hampton.  Three sessions from the featured speakers on Thursday’s schedule, including the opening keynote on that day, will be available to view after the conference, so three hours of professional development can be earned. Of course this cannot replace the experience of being in-person, but we know not everyone is able to make the trip. Please click the button for details.

VSCA In-Person Registration Rates

Pre-Conference | October 19

Professional Member*

$50

Graduate Student/Retiree/Emeritus Member*

$40

Non-Member

$75

Main Conference | October 20-21

Professional Member*

Conference : $170

With Membership*: $210

Graduate Student/Retiree/Emeritus Member*

Conference : $120

With Membership*: $140

Non-Member

Conference : $230

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

Onsite registration adds $20 to your rate, so register now! Details on the registration form below.

Thursday OR Friday | October 20 OR 21

Thursday ONLY

Conference : $130

With Membership**: $170

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! Details on the registration form below.

*Your VSCA membership must be good through October 21, 2022 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.

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 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 19, 2022. All cancellations before September 19, 2022 will be refunded less a $25 handling fee. If you transfer your registration from Virtual to In Person (or vice-versa), a $25 transaction fee will apply. 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.

ACCOMMODATIONS

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 $136, 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 25, 2022.

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

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:
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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.