TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7
9:50AM to 10:40AM
Suspension vs. Restorative Practices
School Counselor, Buena High School
After a career in government service in the military and defense contractor, David Harris became a teacher and then earned a Masters degree in School Counseling at NAU. He works at Buena High School in Sierra Vista as a School Counselor and Tennis Coach, and since 2017, is an AzSCA General Board Member.
Counselor Intern, Buena High School
Stephanie Brown completed her degree at NAU in Early Childhood Special Education. As an educator for the past 10 years, she decided to continue her education and is enrolled in GCU as a Masters student for School Counseling. She currently works full-time for Buena High School as a Counseling Intern and will graduate in May 2023.
Give Yourself a Round of Applause: Prioritizing Your Own Self-Care and Support
After attending this session, participants will be able to:
- Identify at least three important benefits of self-care
- Develop their own self-care plan to implement this year
- Evaluate the role of a support network as well as their own network of support
- Access a wealth of resources and supports available through AzSCA
2022 School Counselor of the Year | School Counselor, Mingus Union High School
Kristy Meyers is a School Counselor at Mingus Union High School in Cottonwood, Arizona and the 2022 Arizona School Counselor of the Year. This is her 9th year serving the Verde Valley Community, where she has developed new programs and initiatives. Some of her notable accomplishments have included fostering data-driven practices, implementing her Bitmoji Virtual Counseling Office, and becoming a certified instructor for Youth Mental Health First Aid to train others in supporting students.
Kristy received her bachelor's degree from Minnesota State University Mankato with a double major in psychology and Spanish, in addition to her master's degree in counseling and student personnel. In 2018, she achieved National Board Certification. She cares deeply, not only about her school community, but also about advancing the field of education.
Powerful & Meaningful Practices in Title I Communities
Support the needs of your Title I community in the year 2022. In this ever-changing world, post-covid, and many other societal events & hardships, what can be done to support out most under-served and marginalized communities? As professionals in the field, we are witnesses to the impact of these past years and the dramatic rise in mental health concerns and learning loss. Learn about practices that take a holistic approach to supporting students & families as we navigate this new era in Education. Walk away with concrete and tangible ideas and resources to affect change in your school community.
Counselor, Chandler Unified School District
Counselor, Chandler Unified School District
It's no joke - Counselors are BUSY! Use the ASCA model and prioritize!
District Lead Counselor, Peoria Unified
Marci Bieber has been a School Counselor for 22 years and an educator for 28. She has been an elementary school teacher, K-8 School Counselor, a High School Counselor, and now serves as a District Lead Counselor.
Tri-University: Supports Around Arizona
Sr. Associate Director, Arizona Recruitment, University of Arizona
Assistant Director, Northern Arizona University
Stand Up for Your School Counseling Program at School and District Level: Advocacy Made Easy
School Counselor, Esperero Canyon Middle School
Britney Griffith is a school counselor at Esperero Canyon Middle School in Tucson, AZ. She demonstrates her passion for education and school counseling not only in her job but as a long-time board member of AzSCA and advocate at the local and state level. She is currently the AzSCA Advocacy Committee Chair.
School Counselor, Jack Daley Primary
Sarah Skemp is a counselor at Jack Daley Primary (Thatcher), hired under the ESSER grant in 2021. Previously a counselor at Lake Havasu High School (a Re-Ramped school), she advocated for elementary counselors, which now all elementary schools have a counselor. Sarah promotes our profession and implementation of the ASCA model through her involvement with AzSCA. She is a former member of the AzSCA Executive Board and currently a member of their Board at Large.
The Power to Motivate: Helping Students Get Motivated
Assistant Professor, Liberty University
Dr. Reagan North is a Counselor Educator at Liberty University and Grand Canyon University. Previously, he was a High School Counselor for 6 years. He has written a book entitled Motivational Interviewing for School Counselors and has presented on the subject at the ASCA annual conference, multiple state-wide school counselor conferences, and at various universities and school districts around the country.
Assistant Professor, Liberty University
Dr. Robert Pincus is a full-time core faculty member for the past four years. He was
a school counselor for 10 years and is an active advocate for the profession at the school, district, and legislative levels. He has presented at several conferences on school counselor advocacy, school counselors roles in mental health in the schools, and schools counselors using motivational interviewing with students. He has published on Motivational Interviewing in academic journals.
10:50AM to 11:40AM
Slumps, Burnout, and the "I Don't Care" Blues
Carol Miller is a veteran school counselor with K-12 experiences. Currently an Elementary Counselor in the Rome City School District, Carol is a Past President of the New York State School Counselor Association. Carol has authored two small group curriculum: StarBound and Building Champions and runs the website Counseling Essentials (https://counselingessentials.org/). She is a champion for students and school counselors around the globe.
Supporting Students with Executive Function Challenges
Director of Outreach, The Jones-Gordon School
Samantha De Palo, M.Ed. is the Director of Outreach for The Jones-Gordon School, a small specialized school that caters to students who learn differently, She is a former Fulbright Scholar and Teach For America corps member. She has taught all grade levels (5th and up) in regular ed, special ed, and inclusion classrooms. She recently completed her post-graduate certificate in Learning Differences and Neurodiversity with a Specialization in Executive Function at Landmark College.
I Graduated--Now What? - College and Career Readiness in an Alternative HS Environment
School Counselor, STAR Academic High School
I have been a school counselor for over 20 years.I started my career in the Marana Unified School District. I currently work in the Sunnyside Unified School District. I have been married for 23 years and have 2 beautiful girlsl ages 23 & 20. I am a Tucson Native and an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. My Why? I serve students because I want to without a second thought.
Creating an Elementary School Counseling Program from Scratch in Rural Arizona
School Counselor, Oro Grande Classical Academy
Susan Martin started her career as an elementary teacher, then taught middle school for eleven years. After earning a master’s in school counseling, she spent time as a high school counselor. Since earning her master’s in counseling psychology she has worked in a variety of positions including community counseling, private practice and teaching/advising at two different colleges. Currently she is an elementary school counselor enjoying the rewards and challenges of working with a younger population.
School Counselor, Smoketree Elementary School
Marti Miller has a master’s in counseling psychology and also obtained a degree in school counseling. She has served children and their families for over 28 years in various capacities. She began her career in an elementary school setting working with children who were identified as at-risk. She worked in juvenile probation and spent time working with CPS families. She is currently back serving students in an elementary school setting.
Planning your School Calendar - A Guide to Modeling your Calendar after the ASCA National Model
Assistant Professor, Concordia University - Irvine
Heather serves as an Assistant Professor and the Director of School of School Counseling at Concordia University, Irvine. She holds her PPS Certification in California and Arizona and has served as a high school counselor for 12 years. She has experience building school counseling departments from the ground up and has worked with caseloads as low as 140 students to as high as 1,200 students.
Text, Talk, Act
CEO, Text, Talk, Act
Ms. Goodrich is the CEO of Text, Talk, Act. Under her leadership, over 250,000 young people across the country have used the platform.
Text, Talk, Act was a finalist for Harvard Ash Center’s Innovations in Government Award in 2015 and 2107 and won the Project of the Year in 2014 by the International Association of Public Participation.
Ms. Goodrich was previously the Deputy Director of the University of Arizona’s National Institute for Civil Discourse.
District Coordinator - School Counseling Department, Tucson Unified School District
Ms. Carrier is the Tucson Unified School District School Counseling Department District Coordinator. Ms. Carrier oversees the school counselors for the district and helps to identify and deliver social-emotional learning curriculum to students. Ms. Carrier was previously a school counselor at Cienga High School, where she worked directly with youth for over 10 years.
What's Your Natural High?
School Counselor, Borman K-8
Justin Curran is a School Counselor in the Tucson Unified School District at Borman K-8 and has been a Counselor for 12 years. He was fortunate to RAMP at John B. Wright in his first year as a Counselor and has been recognized as the TUSD Elementary School Counselor of the Year in 2015 and has been a finalist for the District SCOY twice. He and his wife Erin, who is also a public school educator, have just had their first child named Remi Roselia and are looking forward to her impacting the world in a positive way.
Retired School Counselor
1:00PM to 1:50PM
TRAUMA Leads to DRAMA
Trauma causes several disruptions in the wellbeing of students and families. All of the risk factors are ether causal or highly correlated with trauma. Trauma will always manifest itself in some type of social or emotional drama. Schools should focus on the whole student by providing an integrative approach to students by using the Whole Child Approach (WCA). It is an integrative program that facilitates the learning of developmental skills integral to youth’s cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral well-being.
School Counselor, Cartwright School District
Bilingual “Spanish and English” Black Psychological Therapist and School Counselor with a Doctorate Degree. I work with all client ages, backgrounds, and behavioral needs. I have an in-depth understanding of psychological disorders, treatments, diagnosis, interventions, and referrals. I provide solution to problems by using client’s strengths to combat challenges.
I have treated an array of challenges while providing psychotherapy. I am able to use my diverse background and education to provide support and understanding.
A Data Revolution: Increasing Arizona's FAFSA and College Attainment Rates
Assistant Director - FAFSA Programs, Arizona Board of Regents
Julie Sainz is the Assistant Director of FAFSA Programs for the Arizona Board of Regents, where she manages the Arizona FAFSA Challenge program and statewide FAFSA completion initiatives. Prior to this position, she served as the Financial Aid Manager and Interim Director for Glendale Community College. In addition, she has led several statewide initiatives to develop financial aid awareness campaigns. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Arizona State University
Infusing Mindfulness with Intention Into School Culture
Beyond the classroom, gain insight into the benefits, logistics, funding sources and items needed to curate a functional and responsive mindfulness space to foster a school culture emphasizing social emotional learning as a cornerstone in student's reaching their academic potential.
School Counselor, Kyrene de la Estrella Elementary School
This is my 4th year as school counselor at Kyrene de la Estrella elementary. I graduated with a Master's from Pepperdine University in Clinical Psychology in 2013, and a Bachelor's in Human Services Counseling with a minor in Addiction Treatment from UNLV in 2009. I have 9 years experience as a provider in the mental health field, providing therapy to individuals, families, facilitating substance abuse treatment, and now a school counselor- my favorite thus far!
School Counselor, Kyrene de la Mirada and Kyrene del Cielo Elementary Schools
This is my 4th year as a school counselor in the Kyrene School District and I am at two elementary schools, Kyrene de la Mirada and Kyrene del Cielo. I graduated with my master’s degree from Arizona State University’s School of Social Work in 2019. I recently completed my school counselor certification at California State San Marcos. I have 7 years of experience working at several behavioral health agencies in the valley providing mental health services to children, adolescents, and families. All of those experiences have been a steppingstone in my greatest career yet of being an elementary school counselor!
Using My Future AZ for ECAP Success
Director of School Counselors, ADE
Emily is currently working as the Director of School Counselors at the Arizona Department of Education. With over 12 years of experience working in K-12 education as a School Counselor and JAG Coordinator, she brings unique perspectives from her experiences working in both Ohio and Arizona. With a strong background in implementing the ASCA National Model, she is passionate about promoting comprehensive school counseling programs.
Working with Foster Youth
School Counselor, Tucson Magnet School
Ann Conway has been a counselor in Tucson Unified for 11 years, primarily at the Middle and High School level. She has worked with a wide range of students and foster youth in the school system and in behavioral health. She has also been a foster parent for over 3 years for all ages of kids (babies to teenagers!).
You Are Not Alone! Discovering Support Through Comprehensive School Mental Health
Project AWARE Coordinator, Arizona Department of Education
Amy Castellanos is a public health leader that champions health equity through creating healing centered environments. Her current role as Project AWARE Coordinator for Arizona Department of Education, focuses on the implementation of comprehensive school mental health systems. Amy’s approach utilizes a framework where public health, mental health and education intersect to transform systems that support youth. Her secret talent is to hold space for transition through brave conversations, innovative programming, and laughter.
Project AWARE Coordinator, Arizona Department of Education
Autumn White is currently a Project AWARE Coordinator for the Arizona Department of Education. She holds an M.S. in Professional Counseling and an M.Ed. in Special Education and has been humbly serving in the mental health and educational fields for over 20 years. Her unique experience in both mental health and education allows her to lead educational and mental health teams to work in tandem to serve Arizona’s school aged youth and their families.