This annual gathering of district directors, school administrators, and regional and state coordinators who support and oversee school counseling programs is your one ‘must-attend’ conference this year! 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.

Purpose of this CONFERENCE

The goal of this unique conference is to address a critical gap in professional development for administrators who oversee school counseling programs at the school, district, county, and state levels. Ultimately, we seek to empower and equip decision-makers to hire, mentor, lead, evaluate, and support school counselors such that measurable student outcomes are at the core of all school counseling programs nationwide.

Join us to network with others in your position from across the nation and learn about the updated roles, trends, and models of school counseling. After these three dynamic days, leave with fresh ideas, applicable resources, and confidence that you can lead school counselors to implement cutting edge, comprehensive school counseling programs for the benefit of all students!

Who Should Attend?

Across all grade levels pK-12:

  • District and County Office School Counseling Directors and Administrators

  • School Principals and Assistant Principals

  • State and Regional Coordinators of School Counseling

  • Graduate Students of Educational Leadership and Principal Programs

  • Lead School Counselors*

*This conference is targeted to individuals and teams who oversee school counseling programs at the school, district, county, and state levels. School-based school counselors who wish to attend should be emerging leaders with demonstrated interest in becoming a supervisor of school counselors or other state/county leader; they are strongly encouraged to attend as a team with one or more site or district-level supervisors.

Conference SCHEDULE

Coming Late Fall 2019!

Within the conference themes of School Counseling 101, Building the Team, Building the Program, Building 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.

Sample session titles include, but are not limited to:

  • What Every Administrator Needs to Know About School Counseling

  • Recruiting and Hiring the Next Generation of School Counselors

  • Mentoring and Supporting New and Experienced School Counselors

  • Creating a School Counseling Program Model Handbook

  • Measuring and Sharing School Counseling Program Results

  • The Role of the School Counselor in Closing the Achievement Gap

  • The Role of the School Counselor in College and Career Readiness

  • The Role of the School Counselor in MTSS

  • Tier 1 and Tier 2 and 3 Deep-Dives

  • Evaluation, Unions, Contracts, and Courageous Conversations

  • Strategies to Identify and Develop Emerging School Counselor Leaders

  • Garnering Administrative Support at the District/State Level

  • Staying in Our Lane: Strategies for Effective Collaboration with Other Student Services Personnel

  • School Counseling FAQs, Position Statements, and Time Suckers

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.

Coming Late Fall 2019!


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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

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Terri Tchorzynski
School Counselor of the Year 2017, State Association Governing Board Member


To learn more about our training team, click here.

Hotel & Travel

The Venue

Tucked away on gentle Mission Bay, Paradise Point Resort & Spa is an island escape located at 1404 Vacation Road, just minutes from the airport and the heart of downtown San Diego, California. This unique hotel on 1 mile of sand beach offers 5 pools, 14 bonfire pits, 4 full-service restaurants, 3 lounges, a full-service marina, state-of-the-art fitness center, and an award-winning spa. Whether your pastime of choice is lounging by the pool, an exhilarating jet ski adventure, or a bike ride along the bay, Paradise Point offers a multitude of recreational activities for all ages. This resort near top attractions like SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo offers the ultimate Southern California beach resort experience.  

View all that is in store for you at your Paradise Point island escape!

Guest Room Reservations

Set amidst lush gardens, Paradise Point has limited Garden Lanai guest rooms of single or double occupancy available at the discounted rate of $209 (plus applicable taxes and tourism fees) per night if reserved by Tuesday, January 28, 2020. Click here to book your reservation online via passkey. Contact the hotel directly at (800) 344-2626 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8AM and 6PM PST with questions. Cancellations must be received 72 hours prior to arrival for no penalties.

Note: Reservations must be made by January 28, 2020 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.

These rates do not include the reduced overnight parking fee of $19 per car, per night or the reduced Guest Amenity fee of $15 per room, per night (valued at $32 per room, per night), which includes high speed wireless and hard-wired Internet access in guest rooms and free local and domestic phone calls in addition to unlimited access to:

  • Fitness Center

  • 5 Heated Property Pools (including an adults only retreat area)

  • 18-Hole Miniature Golf Course

  • Basketball Equipment and Court Access

  • Tennis Equipment and Court Access

  • Croquet, Horseshoes, Ping Pong, and Bocce Ball

  • Yoga classes on Friday/Saturday

Check out the latest Island Vibes edition to preview complimentary resort activities included in the Guest Amenity fee.

Ground Transportation

For driving directions from the San Diego International Airport (SAN), formerly known as Lindbergh Field Airport, or various California interstates, view the Directions to Hotel Guide.

Transportation to/from the airport is provided by Super Shuttle for approximately $12 per person each way. The average ride-share service to/from the airport is $12-13 each way whereas taxi services cost about $20-25 each way. For more information on transportation options, please call the hotel at (858) 240-4913.

Explore San Diego

Make your California dreamin' a reality! Located on the Pacific coast of California 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.”

Paradise Point is secluded yet centrally located.  Discover everything San Diego has to offer during your stay at this Southern California resort.  Nearby attractions include:

  • SeaWorld

  • Belmont Park

  • Old Town

  • Fashion Valley Mall

  • Balboa Park

  • San Diego Zoo

  • USS Midway

  • Gaslamp Quarter

  • Legoland

  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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

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