PSCA Conference Information

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School Counselors: Beacons of Light through Changes and Challenges

 Dates:  November 29-December 1, 2012

2012 PSCA Conference Schedule of Speakers

A List of the 57th PSCA Conference Workshops

Paper Registration for the 2012 Conference

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Location:  Milton Hershey School at the Purcell Friendship Hall, Hershey, PA


Richard Guerry is the founder of the Institute for Responsible Online and Cell-Phone Communication (IROC2) and serves as the Executive Director. He travels across the country speaking to digital users, young and old, regarding the importance of practicing a Digital Consciousness in every aspect of life to avoid any current – or future – digital disease. Richard is the author of Public and Permanent:  The Golden Rule of the 21st Century, and has been a featured speaker at many national conferences and conventions, including the National Conference on Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention, the International Bullying Prevention Association, the National Symposium on Child Abuse and the Youth Cyber Safety. He has also appeared as an expert on CNN and MTV's Thin Line Campaign, as well as in Parade Magazine and in local, regional, and international publications.


Location: Lancaster Host, Lancaster, PA


Diane Senn, Ed.S., LPC has authored some of the world’s best-selling materials for elementary counselors and has provided keynote presentations and/or seminars for educators and other helping professionals throughout North America.  Conference attendees rave about Diane’s presentations, citing them as exceptionally practical and insightful. She continues to gain fresh practical insights from her work as a school counselor at the elementary/middle school level, where her developmental guidance program has been nationally recognized as an exemplary model.  Diane’s best-selling books include Spectacular Guidance Activities for Kids, Bullying in the Girl’s World, Small Group Counseling and Creative Approaches for Counseling Individual Children. She is co-author of Puzzle Pieces: The Classroom Guidance Connection, “Bee” Your Best with Character Ed and Coping with Conflict. Diane has just released three new books: Guidance Mini-Lessons, “SMART” Guidance and The Treasure.

57th Annual Conference Focus Speakers

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Diane Senn, Ed.S., LPC will also presenting a focus session on Thursday focusing on practical strategies and interventions.

Bernard Hoffman:  Consultant to the Pennsylvania Department of Education

Issues and Answers for Decision Making: Realistic Solutions to Current Day Problems

This session will provide an overview of how political views have and will influence educational decisions. Recently passed and proposed legislation will be discussed. What does this mean to educators, especially for safety, security and supervision? Just when you think you know it all, there are additional legal issues that need to be addressed on the continuum of learning. Additional topics to be presented include: the Courts, Students, and Schools, issues and answers for decision-making, and the must-know items in the redefining of education, confidentiality, record keeping, custody, obstruction of justice, search and seizure, deliberate indifference, student assistance, the internet, cyberbullying, sexting, discipline procedures for off-campus actions, the new direction of the federal courts, reason for/authority for, preponderance of evidence, need to know, handbooks and emergency card procedures, school and staff liability, new terms and meanings, bullying, discrimination, harassment, hazing and whistle blowing.. (Handouts at


Dr. Sylinda Banks , ED.D - SOARING

        Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Va.

Sylinda Gilchrist Banks, Ed.D., is an associate professor in the counselor education program at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia. She served as a school counselor and a high school director in several public school divisions in the Richmond Metropolitan area. For two years, Sylinda served as the School Counseling Specialist for the Virginia Department of Education. Sylinda left the Virginia Department of Education to pursue her dream of teaching counseling on the collegiate level. She has taught at as an adjunct at George Mason University and Virginia Commonwealth University, before becoming an assistant professor at Virginia State University. Currently, she is associate professor at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia.

While working at the Virginia Department of Education, she developed an accountability model entitled S.O.A.R.I.N.G to assist school counselors with program development and accountability. She is a Glasser Scholar and a practicum instructor for the William Glasser Institute. Sylinda is serving as the Southern Region Vice-President on the American School Counselor Association Governing Board. Her publications include a resource guide entitled, Choice Theory: Using Choice Theory and Reality Therapy to Enhance Student Achievement and Responsibility, also she co-authored The Virginia Professional School Counseling Manual, as well as numerous articles. She has conducted over 70 workshops locally, regionally, and nationally on program development, accountability, self-care, effective communication skills, and choice theory and reality therapy

 Dr. Belinda J. Wilkerson - Difficult Conversations: Diversity and the World We Live In

Dr. Wilkerson had a 20 year career as a social studies teacher before joining the guidance and counseling department at the high school level.  In 2004, she received the Rhode Island School Counselor of the Year award.  That same year, she became the Counselor-in-Residence for the Rhode Island School Counseling Project at Providence College, giving her the opportunity to work with school counselors and numerous organizations to implement comprehensive school counseling programs statewide. In addition, Dr. Wilkerson has served as a consultant with the Education Trust’s National Center for Transforming School Counseling (NCTSC) since 2003.  Under the NCTSC, she has worked with school counselors in Kansas City, MO, Long Island, NY, and Durham, NC. She currently serves as a member of NCTSC’s National Advisory Council.

Currently she resides in Fayetteville, North Carolina and works as an independent educational consultant.

Difficult Conversations: Diversity and the World We Live In   Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines diversity as “the condition of having or being composed of differing elements, especially the inclusion of different types of people of different races or cultures”. Using audience participation, video clips, and current research, participants will explore some of the issues of diversity as it pertains to our students.  Be prepared to reflect on your multicultural competence in this ever-changing world as we tackle various aspects of this of topic and our role as professional school counselors.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Carolyn Angelo: Executive Director of Professional Standards and Practices Commission Pennsylvania Department of Education

Ethical Dimensions of the Education Profession

School Counselors are charged with a myriad of responsibilities within the school community. There can be no more critical role, however, than that of advocate for students.  An essential element of this advocacy is promoting an environment in which student safety and well-being is preeminent.  The first step in creating a healthy learning environment is of course being personally and professionally committed to understanding and upholding ethical and professional standards. The presentation will provide school counselors with an overview of Pennsylvania’s Professional Standards and Practices Commission, the Code of Professional Practice and Conduct for Educators, the professional educator discipline system, the types of conduct that trigger professional discipline and the consequences of educator misconduct, as well as the challenges posed by the digital revolution and its transformation of the concept of “privacy”.   

Scott Gillie - Universal Encouragement Program: Guidance Data Assessment

Scott Gillie is Executive Director of Encouragement Services Incorporated (ESI), a nonprofit organization that provides college access and career development products and services. Prior to establishing ESI, he directed the Indiana Career and Postsecondary Advancement Center for fifteen years. Mr. Gillie is the founder and managing director of the Career and Postsecondary Encouragement Network and the principal developer of the Universal Encouragement Program. He is a consultant with the College Readiness Fund, the Pathways to College Network, the Education Trust, and other organizations in projects to expand college and career readiness throughout the United States. Mr. Gillie is an adjunct member of the faculty at Indiana University and Indiana State University.

 Dr. Carol Kaffenberger, Ph.D.  – Title: Making Data Work: Tools to Help School Counselors Be Accountable

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Counseling and Human Development Faculty Associate, Johns Hopkins University; Associate Professor Emerita, George Mason University; and ASCA Counselor Educator VP, 2007-2010

This session will connect the Making DATA Work process to the accountability component of the ASCA National Model and help participants understand the urgency for using data. The process with be described using examples from school counseling programs and participants will be invited to apply the process to their work setting. Handouts and resources will be provided.

Patricia J. Martin  Assistant Vice President, National Office for School Counselor Advocacy, The College Board

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 The Principal-Counselor Relationship: A Strong Dynamic

The College Board’s National Office for School Counselor Advocacy (NOSCA), the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) have recently completed a multiyear research project to learn what principals and school counselors think is important in their own relationships within their schools, and what effective principal-counselor relationships might look like.

This presentation will address the research results and will highlight the recently released principal-counselor relationship toolkit that has been developed as a means to assess, build and enhance a positive, effective working relationship between school principals and school counselors to raise achievement levels for all students and ensure equity in educational

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Carol McCloud - The Bucket Lady

Carol McCloud, a.k.a. the “Bucket Lady”, has captivated audiences of all ages and encouraged them to become daily bucket fillers since her first book, Have You Filled a Bucket Today?, was published in 2006.  A graduate of Oakland University’s School of Education and Human Services, Carol has spent 20 years in education as a teacher, counselor, youth mentor, and early education director. As Adjunct Professor for the Florida Keys Community College in the 1990’s, Carol early childhood development classes and served as president of the local NAEYC affiliate.

Carol is a national and international teacher and member of: the National Speakers Association (NSA), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the National Association of Professional Women, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She delights in bringing the bucket-filling message to people in all walks of life. Her passion for bucket filling, energetic style, and creative storytelling is true to her goal: to motivate each person to make a choice to be a bucket-filler in their daily walk.

Her award-winning book, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids (Ages 4-10) is a top seller on and is circulated in thousands of schools around the globe in English, Japanese, Turkish, Korean, Braille and soon-to-be released in Spanish and French. The prequel, Fill a Bucket: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Young Children, (New Parents and Birth – Age 6) was published in 2008, and the sequel, Growing Up with a Bucket Full of Happiness: Three Rules for a Happier Life (Ages 8-14) and the companion My Bucket filling Journal: 30 Days to a Happier Life, were released early 2011. Her latest book, Will You Fill My Bucket? Daily Acts of Love Around the World, is slated to be released Spring 2012.

       Presentations, Publications and Products that teach the true meaning of Kindness.

Preconference is at the Milton Hershey School

Conference is at the Lancaster Host Resort and Conference Center

  • Act 48 and NBCC Hours Provided










Lancaster PA



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If you are paying for the conference out of your own pocket, you can deduct the expenses from your taxes.  Registration fees for educational conferences are 100% deductible if the education provided maintains or improves the skills related to the attendees trade or business.


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