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Friday, December 1, 2023 | 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Ridgedale Baptist Church


You are invited to attend!

You are invited to attend!

School Counselors, Social Workers, and School Psychologists from Hamilton County public and private schools are invited to attend a day of training and inspiration with Melisa Marsh on the topics of Stress and Depression. You can also visit with Chattanooga-area youth service agencies and sponsors, who will display information on their available services. Come be refreshed and invigorated to continue the work you are doing. For the full schedule see below.

Also, all School Counselors, Social Workers, and School Psychologists who register by November 21st will receive a COMPLIMENTARY BOOKSTORE VOUCHER to be used to shop at the on-site NCYI Product Showcase – compliments of community donors.

With grateful appreciation to our Sponsors

With grateful appreciation to our Sponsors

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Clifton and Clara Ward Foundation



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Melisa Marsh

Melisa Marsh, Ph.D. currently serves as the Supervisor of School Counseling for the Cobb County school district in Marietta, GA., where she coordinates the development and supervision of school counseling, student advisement, crisis response, and Hospital Homebound programs. She has 17 years of experience in filling the roles of Georgia State High School Counselor, Supervisor of Counseling, and School Counseling and Advisement Consultant. Melisa received her Ph.D. in Counseling Education and Personnel Services and her Specialist Degree in School Counseling from the University of Georgia. She received her Advanced Masters in School Counseling Program from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Marsh is also the author of two books in the 15-Minute Focus series: Suicide: Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention and Depression: Signs and Strategies for Counselors, Educators, and Parents, along with her latest workbook titled Stress and Burnout in Education. Missy lives in the Atlanta Metro area with her husband and puppy. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, yoga, cycling, running, hiking, and spending as much time outdoors as possible. 

While depression is a common problem in the world today, it often goes unreported and untreated. Many of our
students believe they are dealing with this disease alone and in isolation. In this training, participants will be offered tools for intervention so that no student has to struggle alone. We will cover topics such as:

  • What is depression
  • Signs and symptoms of depression in schools
  • How school staff can support students with depression
  • Successful management of depression 
Do you feel like your students and staff are stressed more than ever? Are you constantly worried about their coping skills and mental health? Participants will learn a variety of stress reducing techniques that can be implemented with students and staff. The program can be suited to elementary, middle, or high school counselors (or a combination of all) and participants will not only learn the strategies but will be doing them alongside Melisa as she teaches how to implement them. Get ready for this hands-on, experiential program that will help your staff and students have a toolbox of stress reducing techniques at their fingertips.

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7:30 am – 8:00 am

Registration & Visit Sponsors

8:00 am – 8:30 am

Welcome & Opening Session

8:30 am – 9:45 am

Melisa Marsh
Depression: Signs and Strategies

9:45 am – 10:15 am

Sponsor Break

10:15 am – 11:30 am

Melisa Marsh
15 Strategies for Breaking the Stress Cycle

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Local Mental Health Agency Updates

12:00 pm – 12:15 pm

Door Prizes

12:15 pm -1:15 pm

LUNCH & Shop at the NCYI Product Showcase & Visit Sponsors

1:15 pm – 3:00 pm

HCDE Staff Meetings by Grade Level



Registration has Closed

All Summit activities, including lunch, the training sessions, showcase voucher, and parking are FREE OF CHARGE, compliments of community donors. Please register below to attend and to receive a showcase coupon (please note deadlines below).

Registration deadline:

November 21, 2023

Register to attend and receive a Product Showcase Coupon

Work Address(Required)
Are you a HCDE employee?(Required)

Please Note: If we are forced to cancel the Summit 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. On social distancing and other health and safety measures, the regulations/guidelines that apply to large gathering centers may change. We will conform to all necessary regulations/guidelines that are in place as of the date of the Summit.



All School Counselors, Social Workers, and School Psychologists who register by November 21st receive a COMPLIMENTARY BOOKSTORE VOUCHER to shop the NCYI Product Showcase at the Summit!

This is an opportunity for you to personally review and purchase curriculum, activity and small group manuals, books, videos, DVDs and CDs. NCYI has the newest and best guidance resource materials available from America’s foremost publishers in Classroom Guidance, Character Education, Bullying Prevention / Intervention, Anger Management, Conflict Resolution, Separation Issues, Grief Recovery, Learning Disabilities and Social Skills Training.

Save on shipping and handling – You can save 5% to 8% by purchasing from the on-site display and taking the resources with you, which eliminates shipping and handling charges! On-site discounts will also be offered.

Specialty savings on overstock items – Save 50% or more off the retail price of a unique selection of overstock items.

NCYI accepts all major credit cards, personal checks, purchase orders, and even cash for additional purchases! If you have building level funds available, you can use a school purchase order.

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Practical Guidance Resources Educators Can Trust

National Center for Youth Issues, or NCYI, is a national non-profit organization that publishes and distributes guidance resource materials for schools. In addition to publishing its own publications, NCYI represents over 40 different publishers of educational resources. They also provide training opportunities for educators through on-site training services, as well as regional and state-wide conferences.



National Center for Youth Issues
P.O. Box 22185
Chattanooga, TN 37422-2185

The Attendee will receive an email confirmation to the email address provided when their registration is processed. (Make sure to check Junk/Spam folders.)

Make all checks and purchase orders payable to:
National Center for Youth Issues