With three general sessions, nearly 200 breakout sessions and networking opportunities galore, there's something for everyone at the ASCA Annual Conference. Listed below are the individual 2023 breakout sessions by day. More information to come in January 2023.

Day 1 Saturday, July 15
Day 2 Sunday, July 16
Day 3 Monday, July 17
Day 4 Tuesday, July 18
Saturday, July 15 Sunday, July 16 Monday, July 17 Tuesday, July 18
8:00-5:00 PM ET
  • Registration Open
    8:00-5:00 PMET
11:00-12:30 PM ET
  • Opening General Session
    11:00-12:30 PMET
12:30-2:30 PM ET
  • Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
    12:30-2:30 PMET
12:30-5:00 PM ET
  • Exhibit Hall Open
    12:30-5:00 PMET
2:30-2:50 PM ET
  • Address Substance Use
    Picture this: Your student is caught with a substance at school. Maybe a nicotine vape fell out of their pocket, they came to school under the influence or perhaps they had a THC cartridge in their locker. The student is pulled into the office, asked to be searched and their family is promptly notified. Depending on your school policy, they spend time in suspension. Once the student has fulfilled their consequence, they return to their school routine as normal, having no contact with their school counselor as it's considered a discipline issue. Does this sound familiar? Discover how you can break this cycle and become a vital voice for substance use prevention and intervention.
    2:30-2:50 PMET
  • Blend ESL and SEL
    Due to language and cultural barriers, ESL students can experience increased mental health issues. Additionally, these students may also face traumas dissimilar to their classmates, including immigration and deportation crises, lack of resources and low socioeconomic status. School counselors can bridge this divide between the school community by creating safe spaces for ESL students to engage in their home culture and language. Learn how to design and implement an ESL/SEL small group.
    2:30-2:50 PMET
  • Legal and Ethical Challenges
    Explore the ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors and applicable laws. Learn to apply the decision-making process to legal and ethical issues that most often occur in the school setting when working with minors. Walk away equipped with the research-based skills needed to minimize legal and ethical issues while also considering issues of diversity.
    2:30-2:50 PMET
  • Annual Administrative Conferences
    Does your administrator know what you do? The annual administrative conference is a formal discussion between school counselors and the administrator in charge of the school counseling program. Learn how this discussion can increase an administrator’s understanding of your school counseling program and the impact it can have on students. Focus on using the use-of-time 5 day calculator to complete the template.
    2:30-2:50 PMET
2:30-3:30 PM ET
  • Schoolwide Targeted Attendance Program
    Attendance is an area school counselors are tasked to support, but they have little training in this area or resources to affect change. Attendance programs can be challenging in elementary and middle school settings, as attendance is often predicated on parental support and decision making; however, this is when habits are built and critical early academics are learned. With the impact of COVID-19, attitudes, viewpoints and routines around attendance have changed, making increased attendance even more difficult. Learn to garner support from administration and implement a schoolwide, targeted attendance program.
    2:30-3:30 PMET
  • Elementary-Level College & Career Readiness
    College and career readiness is more than just finding a future career. Learn how Des Moines Public Schools has increased college and career readiness at the elementary level.
    2:30-3:30 PMET
  • Black Girl Dialogue
    School counselors have a duty and an obligation to ensure all students are provided with tools maximize their academic, social/emotional and career development resources. Focus on Black girls' experiences within school systems and their interactions with school counselors. Walk away equipped with strategies to better advocate for this subset of marginalized populations.
    2:30-3:30 PMET
  • Build a Program from the Ground Up
    Whether you are an experienced school counselor or new to the field, you may find yourself at a building or grade level that has never had a school counselor before. Learn practical strategies to create a strong foundation, navigate new relationships and build cohesion through a sense of belonging for students, community and yourself. Focus on student-centered strategies and discover the impact a data-informed school counseling program will have on your school community.
    2:30-3:30 PMET
  • Mindfulness Bracket Activity
    Dive into an interactive exploration of 16 sweet mindfulness, movement and making techniques using a March mindfulness bracket activity you can use to self-calm, as well as use with students at Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3. Leave with a toolkit to add these effective activities to your life and school counseling work.
    2:30-3:30 PMET
  • The Impact of Implicit Bias on College Admissions
    A key component of the college application process lies in students relaying who they are as a student and as a person. Implicit bias and stereotypes can infiltrate the process, whether it happens on a conscious or unconscious level. What role can you play in addressing personal bias and stereotypes as you guide students throughout their postsecondary planning process? Learn about tools and resources that can help you understand and address the ways implicit biases can creep into college advising.
    2:30-3:30 PMET
  • Social Justice in Rural Schools
    Some school counselors, especially in rural communities, have encountered resistance when implementing social justice and anti-racists practices. Without a framework for implementation, rural school counselors may struggle to support students of color within their unique setting. Build upon an anti-racism framework of school counseling with considerations for how to best achieve social justice within a rural area. Walk away with best practices for implementing social justice and anti-racist practices within your school counseling programs.
    2:30-3:30 PMET
  • Build Freshman Success
    Understanding the importance of freshmen success, Perrysburg Schools implemented a Freshmen Success Team, where students, teachers, school counselors, school psychologists and administrators collaborate to serve ninth-graders. Students were moved into freshmen study halls with a teacher from each core content area and an intervention specialist. Learn about the school-instituted wellness Wednesdays, where school counselors and other groups come to the study halls once a week to teach lessons based on the ASCA Student Standards.
    2:30-3:30 PMET
  • Bibliocounseling for Teen Girls of Color
    Bibliocounseling uses narratives to consider personal dilemmas and teach cultural traditions. For teen girls of color, bibliocounseling can provide an opportunity to be exposed to literature that mirrors their lived experiences. School counselors can use bibliocounseling within small groups to process themes and foster sisterhood. Walk away ready to implement bibliocounseling in your school counseling program via small groups.
    2:30-3:30 PMET
  • Create Annual Student Outcome Goal Statements
    Learn to create goal statements based on student outcome data. Goal statements clarify the group of students to be included, the outcomes targeted for change and the process for final analysis. Following the ASCA-provided annual student outcome goal template ensures the process is completed with fidelity.
    2:30-3:30 PMET
3:15-3:35 PM ET
  • Positive Behavior Supports and Strategies
    School counselors help promote positive student behaviors to create a safe and effective learning environment, but undesirable behaviors are still possible. Students sometimes exhibit behaviors that can lead to problems with teachers and fellow classmates, in both social and academic settings. Learn proactive approaches and strategies to address challenging behaviors in the classroom and how to further collaborate with teachers when these behaviors occur.
    3:15-3:35 PMET
  • Support Asian Students and Families
    As hate crimes increase against the Asian population and geopolitical tensions escalate, it is vitally important to cultivate multicultural competencies to understand and support Asian students and families. Learn about culturally responsive practices. Discover ways to build a more inclusive school climate and provide concrete, individualized services for Asian students and families to help them address stressors such as anti-Asian racism, the perpetual foreigner stereotype and the model minority myth. Discuss practices that promote the healthy development of ethnic and national identity among K-12 Asian students.
    3:15-3:35 PMET
  • ASCA Student Standards
    The ASCA Student Standards: Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success are the knowledge, attitudes and skills students need to achieve academic success, college/career readiness and social/emotional development. Learn to select developmentally appropriate, effective ASCA Student Standards to achieve annual student outcome goals goals.
    3:15-3:35 PMET
4:00-5:00 PM ET
  • Group Counseling Techniques
    Elementary students thrive with consistency and repetition. Help elementary students thrive by breaking down every 30-minute group session into sequential components: respect, relationship building, choice and empowerment. These elements reflect both restorative practices and a trauma-centered environment, all the while focusing on the acquisition of problem-solving skills, making for a successful small group.
    4:00-5:00 PMET
  • Admission Trends You Need to Know
    The last few years have resulted in sweeping changes to the college admissions counseling landscape. Hear from the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) about the latest admissions trends to empower your work as a school counselor.
    4:00-5:00 PMET
  • Culturally Affirming Shared Leadership
    ASCA promotes the use of leadership, advocacy and collaboration in school counselor practice. School administrators are key partners in this work. It is important for training programs to proactively prepare school counselors to engage in these partnerships with a culturally affirming focus. Hear about a culturally affirming shared leadership framework, which centers leadership as a collaborative practice. Discuss strategies to integrate shared leadership considerations with an equity lens into school counselor training.
    4:00-5:00 PMET
  • Educational Equity
    Through a data-informed school counseling program, school counselors demonstrate their leadership and advocacy roles as they analyze data to reveal and address educational inequities. They disaggregate data to uncover disparities and implement evidence-based interventions to address those disparities. Finally, they examine data to assess the effectiveness of their interventions. Learn the importance of using evidence-based interventions within a data-informed school counseling program and how to use ASCA's closing-the-gap action plan to document identified inequities in student performance. Walk away knowing how to use the closing-the-gap results report data to communicate the intervention's impact and describe implications for future practice.
    4:00-5:00 PMET
  • Lessons Learned In Leading
    Leading school counselors to fully implement a comprehensive school counseling program while balancing other needs and initiatives can be a harrowing task, especially when it is your first year as a district coordinator. Learn to create a strategic plan focused on collaborating with others to address systemic change to meet all students' needs.
    4:00-5:00 PMET
  • Evidence-Based Program Practices
    With too many tasks and not enough time, it’s crucial that our services are impactful and effective. One way we can ensure this is by looking at what relevant research says works and doesn’t work. There’s a huge “research to practice” gap affecting school counselors; let’s close it together. Learn to translate research around emotional regulation, social/emotional learning, group counseling, bullying and more into the work of the school counselor. Hear what the research says and how to turn that knowledge into more effective school counseling practices.
    4:00-5:00 PMET
  • A School Counseling/Hip Hop Ed Exemplar
    Music is a universal language. Discover ways to integrate music into your comprehensive school school counseling program at Tier 1 and 2 levels. By implementing relatable music in your sessions with students, you can open students' eyes and hearts while affirming the importance of self-love and healing in community with their peers.
    4:00-5:00 PMET
  • Creative Collaborations: School Counselors & Principals
    Full implementation of a comprehensive school counseling program is any school counselor's ultimate goal. This goal requires a strong school counselor/administrator relationship. See how a small, rural school creates the time and space for collaboration between principals and school counselors with the common goal of student success. Focus on how a school counselor/administrator team uses creative solutions and outside-the-box thinking to ensure students' needs are met, goals are achieved and all students feel welcome in the school.
    4:00-5:00 PMET
  • Essential Tech Resources
    Learn about multiple free or inexpensive technology resources to aid in communication, documentation, promotion, recording-keeping and all other aspects of school counseling. The majority of these resources will focus on Google Chrome extensions, Android and iOS apps and fun lifehacks for Google Docs.
    4:00-5:00 PMET
  • Address Vaping
    Over the past several years, youth vaping of nicotine and cannabis has exploded in our schools, with increasingly destructive consequences. Shifting this trend will take comprehensive efforts in elementary through high school. Review current data and the facts versus myths about nicotine, cannabis and vaping risks, and explore promising practices for one-on-one, classroom and schoolwide prevention and intervention efforts.
    4:00-5:00 PMET
  • Trauma-Informed Practices in Unconventional Settings
    We know the impact of trauma on the developing human brain and can probably recite ways to incorporate these strategies into school counseling classroom lessons. But, are we truly trauma-informed if these practices are only used in classrooms? Hear about the efforts of an elementary school counselor to bring trauma-informed practices to the most unconventional places in her school. Learn to use your knowledge of trauma-informed practices to change interactions between bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians and the students they serve.
    4:00-5:00 PMET
  • When Laws and Ethics Collide
    Many school counselors across the country have face challenges in openly supporting LGBTQ+ students due to recent legislation. Take a deeper dive into these issues. Focus on ways to problem solve, and develop tools to best support all students in an equitable environment.
    4:00-5:00 PMET
  • High-Impact Family Engagement
    School counselors have an essential and unique role in promoting, facilitating and advocating for collaboration with parents/guardians and community stakeholders. Learn about high-impact, practical family engagement strategies you can add to your professional toolbox and use right away in your work.
    4:00-5:00 PMET
  • Scholarship Applications & College Knowledge
    Students from first-generation, low-income and marginalized groups may lack specific college knowledge such as how to find and complete scholarship applications and how to stand out when writing a scholarship essay. Many students need support to understand who to ask for letters of recommendation is; how to interpret scholarship programs and eligibility; and how to describe their strengths, skills, experiences and interests related to future work, academics and scholarships. Discover ways to improve students’ overall college knowledge.
    4:00-5:00 PMET
  • Create Data Stories in a Snap
    A critical component of school counseling is sharing data with stakeholders. For many, the hindrance to sharing their data is the time it takes to organize the data, build graphs and create a presentation that compels stakeholders toward action. Walk away with toolkits to help you create data stories in a snap, and learn ways to share these stories in a student-centered way, making it easier to ask for what is needed to meet students' needs.
    4:00-5:00 PMET