This annual gathering of district directors, school administrators, and regional and state coordinators who support and oversee school counseling programs in schools is your one ‘must-attend’ conference of 2019! Join us to connect with other school counseling leaders from across the country, share best practices, and enjoy all the beauty and attractions that sunny San Diego, California has to offer.


Within the themes of School Counseling 101Building the TeamBuilding the ProgramBuilding Systems of Sustainability, and Promoting Equity and Access, topics will include establishing effective systems, strategic planning, marketing the school counseling program, leadership and inspiration, the evaluation of school counseling programs, and using data and program design to close achievement gaps. Extensive opportunities for sharing best practices and networking with peers will be provided.

Who Should Attend?

Across all grade levels pK-12:

  • District-Level School Counseling Directors and Administrators

  • School Principals and Assistant Principals

  • State and Regional Coordinators of School Counseling

  • Lead School Counselors

  • Graduate Students of Educational Leadership and Principal Programs

Conference SCHEDULE

Click below to view the conference Schedule-at-a-Glance. (NOTE: Schedule is subject to change.)

Special Guest Speakers

Our guest speakers are respected and proven leaders, practitioners, and peers in school counseling. We want to address the specific needs and challenges of your role so that you return to your district or organization with the best practices, bright ideas, and inspiration necessary to lead and support school counselors and programs better.


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Dr. Carolyn Stone
Carolyn Stone, Ed.D. is a Professor of Counselor Education at the University of North Florida (UNF), author of School Counseling Principles: Ethics and Law (4th ed, 2017), and co-author of The Transformed School Counselor (2015). Her professional path in elementary and high school counseling, middle school teaching, school counseling supervisor in a large urban school district, and counselor education has equipped her with firsthand experience and understanding of all facets of the professional world of school counseling. Among her extensive list of recognitions, Dr. Stone was awarded the Mary Gehrke Lifetime Achievement Award by ASCA and the Bob Myrick Lifetime Achievement Award by the Florida School Counselor Association.

Administrators who supervise school counselors must help them negotiate the complexities of working in the over-regulated school environment, student’s need for confidentiality, and the legal rights of parents to be their children’s guiding voices. Get your questions answered by the leading national school counseling ethics expert!

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Dr. Patrick O’Connor
Dr. O’Connor is Associate Dean of College Counseling at Cranbrook Kingswood School in metropolitan Detroit, MI. A past president of NACAC and Michigan ACAC, Patrick is the author of College is Yours 2.0 and College Counseling for School Counselors. He also writes regularly for HS Counselor Week, and Admissions Intel, with other work appearing in The Washington Post, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. He is on the board of directors for the Michigan College Access Network, serves as the co-founder and co-editor of the Journal of College Access, and has recently served on the board of The Common Application and the credentialing commission for the American Institute of Certified Educational Planners. Among others, he is a recipient of the Margaret Addis Service to NACAC Award, NACAC’s Government Relations Award, and the William Gramenz Award. He holds five college degrees, including a Ph.D. in Education Administration, and is the first member of his family to graduate from college.

The inaugural School Counselor Ambassador Fellow, Patrick O’Connor, Ph.D., will join us to present “The Counselor’s Voice in Washington: What They Hear and How We Can Be Heard” based on his experience at the United States Department of Education as it relates to current issues in school counseling and education.

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Dr. Mandy Savitz-Romer
Dr. Mandy Savitz-Romer is a Senior Lecturer in Human Development and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Previously she was the associate director of the Boston Higher Education Partnership, where she led research and policy initiatives focused on promoting college access, readiness and support for Boston Public Schools’ students. Her new book, Fulfilling the Promise: Reimagining School Counseling to Advance Student Success, will be available in April 2019!

“Setting the Stage: The Vital Role of School and District Leaders to Ensure Equitable Access to High Quality School Counseling Supports” – Educational leaders play a key role in creating the structural conditions for counselors to perform their jobs optimally. In this opening session, Dr. Savitz-Romer will describe a strategic and systemic approach to school counseling that enables educational leaders to leverage their valuable staff to create supportive contexts and programs for students. Drawing on promising practices in schools and districts, Savitz-Romer will describe what is possible when educational systems set the stage for counselors to provide all students with access to high quality counseling programs.


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Paul Meyers
Current Superintendent, Former State Department Consultant

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Terri Tchorzynski
2017 National School
Counselor of the Year
Calhoun Area Career Center, MI

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Dawn Mann
2017 National School Counselor of the Year Finalist
Georgia Department of Education

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Katherine Pastor
2016 National School
Counselor of the Year
Flagstaff High School, AZ

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Paul Ripchik
Associate Principal, Shenendehowa HS
Shenendehowa, NY

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Judy Flores
2018 CASC Administrator of the Year
Shasta County Office of Education, CA


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Trish Hatch, PhD
Former Site/Central Office Student Services Administrator, Past President

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Lisa De Gregorio
Former Central Office Administrator, State Association Past Board
Member, Past Grant Leader

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Becky Love
Counseling Coordinator, Former District Counseling Chair & High School Counselor

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Vanessa Gomez, EdD
Central Office School Counseling Coordinator, State Association
Past President

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Julie Hartline, EdD
Former Central Office Administrator, State Association Past President

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Whitney Triplett
Former Central Office Administrator, State Association Past Board Member

To learn more about our training team, click here.

Hotel & Travel

Hotel Reservations

With stylish guest rooms, award-winning service, and contemporary amenities, the newly renovated DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Diego—Mission Valley located at 7450 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego, California has limited guest rooms available at the discounted rate of $179 (plus applicable taxes and fees) per night using group code NSC (National School Counseling). Guests who book under the group block will receive complimentary guest room WiFi and discounted overnight parking at $21 per night. To make a reservation, call 1-800-222-TREE (8733) asking for location 7450 Hazard Center, San Diego Mission or online at

Note: Reservations must be made by February 1, 2019 to secure this rate. Reservations after this date will be accommodated on a rate and space availability basis only. Hotel guests can cancel a reservation with no penalty up to 72 hours prior to check-in.

Ground Transportation

If driving from the San Diego International Airport (SAN), formerly known as Lindbergh Field Airport, approximately 8 miles away (13-20 minutes drive time), the directions are:

Take I-5 North to I-8 EAST to I-163 North
Exit Friars Road East
Turn right on Frazee
Turn Right on Hazard Center Drive

Transportation to/from the airport is provided by Super Shuttle for approximately $10-$15 per person.  The average ride-share service or taxi rate to/from the airport is $25. For more information on transportation options, please call the hotel at (619) 297-5466.

Explore San Diego

Make your California dreamin' a reality! Located on the Pacific coast of California and known for its beaches, parks, and warm climate, it's not hard to find exciting things to do in San Diego with so much natural beauty. San Diego attractions keep guests and locals enthralled in the wonder of "America's Finest City.” 

The DoubleTree San Diego Mission Valley hotel is on the walk/bike path to the famed Fashion Valley Mall and just steps from the San Diego Trolley, which provides easy transport to a range of attractions, including the historic Gaslamp Quarter, SDCCU Stadium (formerly known as Qualcomm Stadium), and Petco Park, the home of the San Diego Padres.

Plan your trip and learn more at DoubleTree Attractions and the San Diego Tourism Authority.

Exhibit HALL

A new opportunity for attendees, we are grateful for select vendors participating in the Exhibit Hall portion of the conference this year. Visit with exhibitors to discover valuable resources and opportunities that can help advance school counseling.

The Exhibit Hall is in the South Foyer of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel (near Registration).

Exhibit Hall Hours:
Monday, March 4th from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday, March 5th from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm


Name Description Table
California Association of School Counselors (CASC) CASC is a non-profit nationally-chartered membership organization that represents school counselors in California. It is the largest state school counseling association in the nation and is known for hosting cutting-edge professional development, as well as an uncompromising approach in advocating for state policy and for cultivating awareness of the important role school counselors play in California schools. Learn more at 2
Hatching Results, LLC Led by Trish Hatch, PhD, co-author of the ASCA National Model, our expert training and consulting team at Hatching Results provides customized professional development services nationwide. We support school counselors, administrators, and district leaders in designing, implementing, and evaluating school counseling programs to ensure positive outcomes for students. Visit us to take conference selfie photos, purchase texts, and learn about resources that will empower you to use data to ‘hatch’ your own school counseling results! Learn more at 4
Options Institute Goddard Riverside Community Center The Options Institute at Goddard Riverside Community Center provides professional development in college access and success, including but not limited to working with underrepresented populations and skills for high quality advising. Learn more at 3
SCUTA SCUTA is used by school counselors and school districts to develop a data-driven, evidence-based school counseling program. It follows the ASCA National Model® recommendations and offers confidential, comprehensive documentation and a use of time analysis system. It is an invaluable tool for School Counselors who want to do best practice, keep accurate records and develop a data driven school counseling program. Learn more at 5
The NEST, LLC The NEST (Nurturing Educators through Self-care and Training) is a beautiful 6,000 sq. ft. retreat and education facility overlooking the Bay of San Diego designed to support professional development in a relaxing and technology-rich environment. Book your next training, retreat, or team-building event with us! Learn more at 1