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 Innovation, 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 Program

The 2019 National School Counseling Leadership Conference (NSCLC) schedule is currently under development. Click below for a downloadable Schedule-at-a-Glance from the 2018 NSCLC that can serve as a sample of what to expect.


Click here to learn more about our trainers.

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.

Guest speakers will be announced in November 2018!

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.