School Counselor Academy

2023 School Counselor Academy

November 9-10, 2023




NSCA Members: $180 thru October 23rd ($200 after October 23rd)
Non-Members: $210 thru October 23rd ($220 after October 23rd)
NO Registration Accepted after October 31st
NO On-site Registration
Credit/Debit Card Required for Payment of Registration


Hotel Information:

Holiday Inn Kearney
Rate = $124.95+taxes


Hotel Reservations:

Call 308-237-5971 (Ask for NSCA Group Rate)
Online Reservations for Group Rate


Thursday Keynote: Geoff Heckman

Geoff Heckman is a school counselor and counseling department chair at Platte County High School in Platte City, MO, an ASCA RAMP school, and an adjunct instructor for Missouri Baptist University.  He has been a school counselor for 20 years counseling at both the middle and high school levels.  He is a Past President for the Missouri School Counselor Association and was selected as Missouri's School Counselor of the Year in 2017, and was an ASCA School Counselor of the Year Finalist in 2018.  Most recently he served on the ASCA Board of Directors and was the 2022-23 Board Chair.


Friday Keynote:  Nic van Oss

Nic van Oss is the SEL Services Coordinator at the St. Croix River Education District in Minnesota. He is the lead author of the free Be Good People SEL curriculum, a project that started during the first week of COVID lockdown and is now used across the globe. Nic began his career as a paraprofessional in a residential behavior program and spent several years of his career as a School Psychologist facilitating SEL groups at a K-12 behavior program. He is passionate about every school growing an efficient Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) that lightens educator workloads, increases self-efficacy, and gets every student the support they need, when they need it.


Breakout Sessions

5 Keys to Unlock a Compassionate Classroom Resources to teach compassion, empathy and a growth mindset Jacky Marino
Advocated for and Empower Foster and Adoptive Families Supporting families formed through foster care and adoption Brooke Hagenau
Advocating for Restorative Practices in Your School Positive impacts of restorative practices in schools Erika Mardock
All About ASCA Learn about ASCA's many resources including position statements, research reports, toolkits and much more Jill Cook, ASCA Executive Director
All Eyes Are on the Unicameral Advocacy and critical Nebraska legislation that could significantly impact school counseling Doug Hauserman
ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors for Student Success Implementation and practical use of the ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors Rachel Catlett
Better FAFSA All about the changes coming to the FAFSA in 2024-25 Jodi Vanden Berge
Building Elementary School Counseling with ASCA Advocating for and building an elementary school counseling program based on the ASCA National Model Lori Hemmett
Building Wellbeing and Equity with ARCCH Trauma informed practice using an evidence-based  multisystemic resilience framework Jan Powers and Audel Salazar
Connecting Students to Careers Overview of TradeGamz social media type of platform for career exploration and planning Bo Jones
CTSOs: Leading the Way with Learning, Earning & Living Supporting Career and Technical Student Organization sponsors and the relationship between organizations Mary Janssen
Digital Impact Awareness and Guidance Best practices to assist students with better digital: citizenship, literacy, privacy and navigation Jay Martin
Elkhorn Public Schools Career Exploration Comprehensive approach to career exploration Desiree Marrihew
Everyone's an Asset Builder 40 developmental internal and external assets Erika Wibbels and Cody Talarico
Growing the Teacher Pipeline Empowering high school students to become educators Miranda Bright
Hope and Re-Entry Re-entry plans and suicide prevention using the Hope Squad Toi Riggs and Jennifer Cattnach
How I Lost Over Half My Student F's in One Quarter Using Data Using data, Excel spreadsheets and Pivot Tables to reduce student F's on your caseload Don Ferree and Kathryn McQueen
Increasing Student Attendance: Data, Strategies and Family Engagement Research based interventions and family engagement strategies to impact attendance rates Donna Hoffman and Brian Welch
Kindness Ambassadors - What You Need to Know Starting a Kindness Ambassador Program - includes lesson plans and practical ideas Martha-Jane Matthews
Mindfulness/Meditation Session:  Self-Care Participation/Discussion Self-care, moving beyond discussion to practical application Brandon Shostak
Mission: Mental Health Lakeview Community Schools successful initiative to boost staff morale and prevent burnout Mollie Rambour, Paige Rambour and Miranda Hellbusch
Preparing Students for Learning, Earning and Living High-quality Career and Technical Education programs and Nebraska's future workforce development Sydney Kobza
Proactive Support for Students Following a Suicide Related Absence Re-entry support for students and staff following a suicide incident Kim Jacobsen and Sally Carlson
Re-igniting Health, Happiness, and Hope (an "8 to Great" program) A look into a proven Social Emotional and Behavior Learning program Michael Garcia
Reigniting Your Purpose: Exploring Self-Care Strategies to Prevent Burnout Revisit your professional purpose and create a personal self-care plan Kathryn Hecht-Weber and Suzanne Scott
Responding to a Crisis Event in Your School Crisis response that is based on research and best practices Kelly O'Toole, Shannon Fischer and Lachelle Zuhlke
School Counselors Strengthening Each Other Share your concerns, issues and strategies as you learn from each other Tami Wegener
Steps to College: Familly Engagement Sessions College-going process and empowering families to become for confident in the process Kristin Ageton, Kim Brown, Chelsey Karlin and guest school counselors
Student Tutoring: Uplifting the Community Student to student peer tutoring in middle and high school Bethany Seehusen and Guadalupe Marino
The Susan T. Buffett Foundation Scholarship Buffett Scholarship - changes to the application, common mistakes and supporting students who apply Bianca Bautista
A Theatrical Approach to Mental Health Prevention Using Theatrical based-activities and role play to address mental health, bullying, and social emotional concerns Patricia Newman
Therapy Dogs in Schools Ins and outs of bringing a therapy dog into your school building Megan Kuhn
Unlocking the Future: Practical AI Applications for School Counselors in Nebraska Using Artificial Intelligence to your benefit as a school counselor Thang Tran
What's New with Nebraska Career Connections New tools and enhanced admin experience on Nebraska Career Connections John Milroy, Kuder INC
Which Pension Option Will You Choose and Why? Educator's Retirement Decision Brian Luther
Workforce Development Advisement Input Learn about future workforce needs and share the school counselor prospective on career development with the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry Jim Sutfin

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2023 School Counselor Academy

November 9-10, 2023
Holiday Inn - Kearney

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