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


VSCA Online Registration

VSCA Online Registration

If you are unable to join us in person we hope you will join us for VSCA Online!

VSCA Online includes access to view three recorded sessions after the conference. Sessions will be available for viewing until December 31, 2022.

Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy

Paul Harris

Carolyn Stone

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

Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy

Keynote Session

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.

Pursuing Cultural Competence

Paul Harris

Featured Breakout Session

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.

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.

School Counselors Advocating with Legal Muscle to Support Trauma Informed Schools

Carolyn Stone

Featured Breakout Session

ABOUT THIS SESSION: School counselors can be powerful strategists and formidable advocates when applying legal muscle to problems that impact youth who are victims of trauma. Intervening on behalf of students is infinitely easier if there is a law that provides leverage. This session focuses on the legal rights of students who have experienced trauma such as domestic violence, abuse, homelessness, foster care, sex trafficking, and bullying.

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.



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.

VSCA Online

VSCA Online Conference Rate*


*Registration for VSCA Online provides access to viewing the following sessions after the live event is over. No other sessions will be made available.

  • The Hill We Climb (Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy)
  • Pursuing Cultural Competence (Paul Harris)
  • School Counselors Advocating with Legal Muscle to Support Trauma Informed Schools (Carolyn Stone)


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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. The association is not responsible for and cannot give refunds due to problems beyond its control, such as weather and school closings.
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