With two general sessions, more than 150 breakout sessions and networking opportunities galore, there's something for everyone at the ASCA Annual Conference. Listed below are the individual 2022 breakout sessions by day. Click on the session to see more information.

Day 1 Saturday, July 9
Day 2 Sunday, July 10
Day 3 Monday, July 11
Day 4 Tuesday, July 12
Saturday, July 9 Sunday, July 10 Monday, July 11 Tuesday, July 12
8:00-5:00 PM CT
  • Registration Open
    8:00-5:00 PMCT
9:00-10:30 AM CT
  • Level Meetups
    Start your conference networking with other school counselors at your level in an informal environment.
    9:00-10:30 AMCT
9:30-10:30 AM CT
  • District Directors Meetup
    Kick off the conference by networking with other school counseling district directors.
    9:30-10:30 AMCT
11:00-12:30 PM CT
  • Opening General Session – Rodney Robinson
    Education Equity 
    The word “equity” is often bandied about in education circles, but what does it really mean? Let’s delve into equity in education – what it is, why all students deserve it and how school counselors can set their schools and districts on a path toward true equity. Rodney Robinson, 2019 Teacher of the Year, shares practical solutions to help end education inequities and energizes and empowers school counselors to make a lasting difference in their schools.

    Rodney Robinson is a senior advisor with Richmond (Va.) Public Schools in charge of teacher and leader pathways. In 2015, he started teaching at Virgie Binford Education Center, a school inside Richmond Juvenile Jail, in an effort to better understand the school-to-prison pipeline. He was named the 2019 National Teacher of the Year and used his time as Teacher of the Year to advocate for cultural equity to make sure students have teachers and administrators who look like them and value their culture. Robinson was named 2019 HBCU male alumnus of the year by He was named #8 on the Root magazine’s Top 100 influential African Americans of 2019. His passion is helping the underprivileged and underrepresented populations in America.

    Sponsored by Discover Student Loans
    11:00-12:30 PMCT
12:30-2:30 PM CT
  • Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
    12:30-2:30 PMCT
12:30-5:00 PM CT
  • Exhibit Hall Open
    12:30-5:00 PMCT
2:30-2:50 PM CT
  • Parents as Educational Partners
    Learn about a districtwide Parents as Education Partners (PEP) program to provide school staff continual opportunities to engage and cultivate meaningful relationships with the families of English learners throughout the school year. Hear how this ultimately strengthened crucially important home/school partnerships between school staff and the families of English learners.
    2:30-2:50 PMCT
  • A Schoolwide Approach to Address Grief
    Exploring childhood grief through antiracist, culturally and racially sensitive lenses allows us to ask questions and listen. Then we can design tools and strategies that may work better for students and families. While there is no course that can teach us exactly what the families in our specific school communities need, we can explore possibilities proactively. Learn about an inclusive approach where we seek to understand the many ways in which people experience and cope with grief. Look at ways to engage the community's grief perspectives and provide racial and culturally aware resources.
    2:30-2:50 PMCT
  • Virtual College/Career Events
    The last year of school closures and social distancing has seen a major shift in how school counselors address college and career readiness in middle school. Discover ways school counselors modified traditionally in-person events to be delivered virtually. Learn to create any Career Café or College Cruising for your middle school students.
    2:30-2:50 PMCT
  • Vision and Mission
    Learn how to ensure your mission statement reflects and supports your school's mission and that your vision describes a vibrant picture of the skills, knowledge and attitudes your students will have. 
    2:30-2:50 PMCT
2:30-3:30 PM CT
  • A Year in the Life of an Elementary School Counselor
    Are you looking for new and engaging programs and ideas for your elementary students? Learn about one school's comprehensive elementary school counseling program and plan for the entire school year. Discover new lesson plans and ideas for everything from welcoming new students to transitioning your oldest students to middle school, and everything in between. Leave with lesson plans, ideas and resources for working with students individually, in small groups and in classrooms throughout the year. Learn about schoolwide programs for supporting students, families and the community.
    2:30-3:30 PMCT
  • Address Achievement Gaps with Data
    Today's school counselors are leaders, advocates and change agents. They function within those roles as they examine data to reveal student needs. School counselors disaggregate data to uncover racial inequities, implement evidence-based interventions to address those inequities and analyze data to assess the effectiveness of their interventions. Walk through the process of exploring, disaggregating and analyzing data, and learn about the remarkable results of a quantitative study that examined the impact of school-based mentoring on the academic achievement gap between Black and white students. Learn how to use these findings to reduce the achievement gap in your school. 
    2:30-3:30 PMCT
  • Strengthen the School Counselor/Principal Relationship
    Have you ever had a difficult time advocating for a comprehensive school counseling program? Learn to advocate as a collaborator rather than a challenger to provide comprehensive services for your students.
    2:30-3:30 PMCT
  • The School Counselor's Role in Trauma Recovery
    On Feb. 14, 2018, a gunman entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., killing 17 people and injuring 17 more. In the aftermath, the school district responded with recovery services for the entire school zone, including hiring additional school counselors. Learn how the team of school counselors worked to aid in recovery efforts following this large-scale traumatic event, including collaborations with trauma experts, classroom lessons, suicide prevention and support for the entire community. 
    2:30-3:30 PMCT
  • Support Immigrant & Refugee Students
    When working with immigrant and refugee students, it is important to use a culturally sensitive and evidence-based school counseling approach. This approach must engage students in the counseling process; reduce the likelihood of retraumatizing students who have experienced past traumas; help students identify their personal strengths and coping strategies; and help build students' resiliency, sense of hope and pride. The solution-focused approach meets these criteria and is a great fit for use with both immigrant and refugee students. Hear a case example illustrating the application of the solution-focused approach with this population, and walk away with resources designed to enhance the solution-building process.
    2:30-3:30 PMCT
  • Creative Techniques in Counseling
    Do your classroom lessons sometimes fall flat or aren't as impactful as planned? Discover activities, creative techniques and theory to keep students engaged and teach essential ASCA Student Standards. Incorporating creative techniques can increasing lesson effectiveness; create a common understanding among stakeholders of healthy student mindsets and behaviors; improve communication among students, parents and staff; and add energy to your program. Experience the use of props, chairs, movement, writing/drawings and analogies in classroom lessons. 
    2:30-3:30 PMCT
  • Anti-Racism Starts With Us
    Now, more than ever, school counselors must integrate and implement culturally sustaining and antiracist practices into their work. The first step in creating anti-racist systems is self-reflection to increase awareness, identify biases and build cultural proficiency. Learn about a culturally sustaining, anti-racist model in which critical reflection serves as the basis of school counseling programs and a multitiered system of supports (MTSS). Walk away with activities and reflections that facilitate growth and promote anti-racist work for practicing school counselors engaged in anti-racist work. 
    2:30-3:30 PMCT
  • Teach Executive Functioning Skills
    Learn how to teach executive-functioning skills in a variety of settings, such as classroom mini-lessons, psychoeducational small groups and parent educational workshops. Using the latest research and advice from psychologists, researchers and the Harvard Center on the Developing Child, hear about innovative strategies and activities to use with all students, with an emphasis on grades 5–8. These lessons can be used by teachers and school counselors in-person as well as online. 
    2:30-3:30 PMCT
  • Advocacy for Black Males
    Focus on strategies you can use to mitigate biases we have as educators as we try to implement systemic change, especially when it comes to Black male youth. Walk away with evidence-based resources and tools to address Black male youth where they are so they can be a part of their own solution.
    2:30-3:30 PMCT
  • ASCA National Model 101
    The ASCA National Model is in its 4th edition, and it's better than ever. But do you wonder what it is and why it exists? Learn the ins and outs of the ASCA National Model, and build a strong foundation to elevate your school counseling program. 

    2:30-3:30 PMCT
  • Evidence-Based Activities & Interventions (Part 1)
    School counselors need to use effective activities and interventions to facilitate the best possible results. Therefore, it’s imperative to access appropriate resources, understand and interpret those resources and be discerning in selections. Explore methods for finding and using the best program delivery activities and interventions. 
    2:30-3:30 PMCT
  • Advocate Using ASCA Position Statements
    Get an overview of recently revised position statements addressing the school counselor and character education, college access professionals, LGBTQ youth, students with disabilities, trauma-informed practice, and more. Walk away with recommendations for using ASCA position statements to advocate for appropriate school counseling roles and to inform your school counseling practice.
    2:30-3:30 PMCT
3:05-3:25 PM CT
  • Small Groups: From Referrals to Closure
    Are you interested in implementing small groups but not sure where to start? Learn how to hold small groups on a variety of topics with this comprehensive overview, from collecting referrals, to obtaining consent, scheduling with staff and collecting data. Walk away with introductory and curriculum resources leaving you prepared to begin small-group implementation in your school.
    3:05-3:25 PMCT
  • Microaggression: 3 R's to Healing
    School counselors must know and understand the detrimental impact microaggressions have on students, families and even staff of color. Many are subjected to these harmful messages daily, be it intentional or unintentional, and they must be interrupted. Learn how to navigate the harm of microaggressions and advocate for those in your school community by using the 3 R's: recognize, respond, and repair. Discover strategies to empower all to recognize, respond and repair the harm when microaggressions occur.
    3:05-3:25 PMCT
  • Become an LGBTQ-inclusive school
    French Middle School has become more inclusive each year. What started as a class project and turned into a gay-straight alliance has now led to systemic change. Hear how this started, the progress made and the areas still to address.
    3:05-3:25 PMCT
  • Legal and Ethical Considerations: Student Surveys
    With increasing concerns about students’ social/emotional wellness, schools are using surveys more than ever to gauge students’ needs. Under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), school counselors cannot ask students certain categories of information without parental notice and consent.  Explore your legal obligations when asking students about protected areas.              
    3:05-3:25 PMCT
4:00-5:00 PM CT
  • Equity in Action Through Systemic Change
    Are you ready to move toward equity in action? From inequitable discipline practices to access to rigor, explore policies and practices to identify inequities. Dive into your school's policies and procedures, and create an action plan for the upcoming school year. Beginning with everyday scenarios for practice and concluding with actionable steps for interruption, leave with ideas to implement at the school level to increase inclusion and equity for students of color. Take the next step past interrupting racism to create systemic change.
    4:00-5:00 PMCT
  • SEL on a Budget
    Learn how one elementary school with a budget of only $500 combined PBIS, SEL and school counseling into a comprehensive character program that resulted in 99% of students reporting a positive school experience and zero students reporting feeling bullied. Leave with practical strategies to create and implement your own unique program based on your school's data aligned with ASCA Student Standards and SEL goals. Discover ways to encourage teacher and administrator buy-in and involvement in SEL, and learn how to create a positive school environment for every child and staff member. 
    4:00-5:00 PMCT
  • New Children's Books for Elementary School Counseling
    Learn about 2022 children's books suitable for use in classroom, small-group and individual elementary school counseling settings. Discuss the topics covered as well as ways to best use these books in elementary school counseling.
    4:00-5:00 PMCT
  • Cultivate Professional Identity
    Studies have shown professional advocacy can help school counselors establish a clear identity and avoid role ambiguity. Role ambiguity can lead to the assignment of inappropriate duties, negative self-efficacy and burnout. Start your career as a school counselor off right. Learn about the importance of a strong professional identity for beginning school counselors' and practical tips for advocacy work and overcoming barriers when engaging in advocacy.
    4:00-5:00 PMCT
  • Navigate the New Normal via a Growth Mindset
    As we continue to deal with the ever-changing world, having resilience and navigating uncertain times through a growth mindset roadmap is more important in school communities than ever. Discuss the concepts of a growth mindset, such as understanding basic neuroscience, having grit, embracing the power of yet, and discover how these mindsets help with being flexible, looking for silver linings and dealing with being uncomfortable as part of the learning process. Leave with practical ideas for classroom lessons, schoolwide programs, small-group ideas and parent/family engagement.
    4:00-5:00 PMCT
  • Support Students with ADHD
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 6.1 million children have been diagnosed with ADHD, and 64% of those children have a comorbid emotional or behavioral disorder. Learn practical strategies for helping these students improve their executive-functioning skills. These strategies will help students with activation, focus, effort, emotion, memory and action. These tips are ideal for work with students but also also helpful during consultation and collaboration. 
    4:00-5:00 PMCT
  • Business Partnerships for Career Programming
    Learn about how middle and high schools in one county collaborated with local business partners to create connections and valuable programs for secondary students. Discuss new ways to have career conversations with students and examine how to partner with employers in your community to have ongoing, equitable career exploration opportunities. 
    4:00-5:00 PMCT
  • Grief Work in Today's World
    We all experience grief, loss and death, yet we shy away from talking about it, even as school counselors. We ask questions such as, “What do I do now?” or “Am I supposed to be over it by now?” Imagine being a child and having to process these same questions. Dive deeper into understanding grief in today's world. Walk away with resources and tools to help your students on their grief journeys. 
    4:00-5:00 PMCT
  • Support School Counselors Pursuing RAMP
    ASCA's Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) designation identifies school counseling programs that achieve exemplary comprehensive outcomes and schoolwide systemic change. District-level directors/coordinators/supervisors play an important role in supporting school counselors applying for RAMP status. Hear recent research findings that identify the most-beneficial types of supports for RAMP-seeking school counselors. Learn best practice recommendations for helping school counselors in your district with comprehensive school counseling program implementation and RAMP attainment.
    4:00-5:00 PMCT
  • Powerful New Student Practices
    A transition to a new school can be a stressful event for a student, but it doesn't have to be. School counselors are in a prime position to reduce new student concerns; support students through the transition process; reduce negative effects on student achievement; and foster academic success, social/emotional health and overall wellness. Learn about practices that foster new-student connections to the school community and programming that empowers new students to feel informed and more confident navigating their new school.
    4:00-5:00 PMCT
  • Teach Grad Students Trauma-Informed Practices
    Exposing grad students to the current research and practices around adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma helps them understand how ACEs affect K–12 students' development, health and well-being. Integrating trauma-informed practices in school counseling courses provides a consistent continuum of learning that expands grad students' knowledge and helps them be more effective in addressing trauma and improving student well-being and academic success as a school counselor.
    4:00-5:00 PMCT
  • MApp
    You're busy. We get it. You need to access your school counseling program details wherever you are during the school day – at your desk, in the hallway or during a faculty meeting. Learn how to organize your program on your phone, tablet or desktop computer using the ASCA National Model app (MApp).
    4:00-5:00 PMCT
  • Advocate Legally and Ethically for Marginalized Youth
    School counselors can be powerful strategists when applying legal muscle to problems affecting the educational environment. Federal and case law can protect marginalized youth, yet there are still laws that can hinder school counselors' advocacy efforts. Intervening on behalf of students is infinitely easier if there is a law that provides leverage. Focus on the rights of students who are gay or transgender; in foster care; or victims of dating violence, sexual harassment or bullying. Legal understanding coupled with our ethical imperative to advocate is a formidable combination and increases the odds that school counselors will have sway in systemic change and individual support. 
    4:00-5:00 PMCT
  • The Media and You
    Often school districts have a designated person or team to address media inquiries; however, in some cases, it may be necessary for you as a school counselor to be comfortable speaking to the media or press. Learn best practices so you feel comfortable and confident in your ability to interact and work with the media.
    4:00-5:00 PMCT
  • Evidence-Based Activities and Interventions (Part 2)
    School counselors need to use effective activities and interventions to facilitate the best possible results. Therefore, it’s imperative to access appropriate resources, understand and interpret those resources and be discerning in selections. Join us for Part 2 as we continue to explore methods for finding and using the best program delivery activities and interventions. 

    4:00-5:00 PMCT
  • Sponsored Session: Career Opportunities for Your Students (Part 1)
    There is a dire need for skilled workers, and labor shortages are abundant. Learn about career opportunities in the fire sprinkler industry from the National Fire Sprinkler Association. Additionally, hear from Build Your Future to learn about career options in the construction industry. Help your students attain careers to set them on the path to a lifetime of success and upward mobility through these two industries. 
    4:00-5:00 PMCT
8:00-11:00 PM CT
  • Roots & Boots
    Grab your cowboy boots and help ASCA celebrate its 70th year at this special event.
    8:00-11:00 PMCT