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Scott Ertl


Scott Ertl’s career began as a comedy magician and juggler. As a Goodwill Ambassador, he toured Russia, Denmark & Estonia with Patch Adams. After performing comedy magic and juggling for 11 years and over 3,000 circus and stage audiences, Scott ran away from the circus to join a school! Since 1996, he has enjoyed working as an elementary school counselor to help children develop goals and learn how to turn their stumbling blocks into stepping stones.

Scott has trained over 2,500 counselors, teachers, and other leaders to facilitate Playshops & Parent-Child Retreats throughout the U.S. As one of his crowning achievements, he developed Progress Cards as a way to record effective strategies for specific behaviors and issues. He has recorded effective tips and techniques that have directly helped hundreds of children deal with divorce, friendships, death of a loved one, bullies, etc.

As a popular keynote and session speaker, Scott has shared his creative and cooperative counseling skills at conferences throughout the United States.

Scott's Sessions

Incorporate more humor, fun, play, and cooperative games to create counseling lessons that engage students and promote long-term learning. Students thrive with kinesthetic lessons! Learn the formula to keep it simple!

Learn creative and simple ways to chart student progress to identify current strengths and desired areas to improve. Students need support, but they also need to be held accountable.

Learn how to deflect, disarm, and defuse any verbal conflict. Also learn how to guide students with straightforward strategies and proven techniques to turn hostility into harmony. These principles are essential for parent conferences, teacher conferences, student counseling, and classroom guidance.