Programs, Keynotes, Learning Institutes, Facilitators

About the 2019 Conference

The annual Professional School Counselor Conference is designed specifically for professional counselors providing services in educational settings for elementary and secondary students. Programs focus on ethics, child & adolescent counseling, student development, group work, at-risk youth, LGBT issues, administration & leadership, crisis response, wellness, technology & innovation, multicultural & social justice issues, and many more.

Conference Programming

All conference programs are eligible to receive LPC, NBCC, LMFT, SW, School Psychologist and Psychologist continuing education credits. Programs are scheduled for February 10 - February 12, 2019. Learning Institutes will be held on Sunday, February 10 and are available for an additional fee.


Learning Institutes

Sunday, February 10
10:30 am– 5:30 pm | $100

Conference Registration is NOT required to attend a Learning Institute.

Tickets for Learning Institutes may be purchased in advance with registration, or onsite. All Learning Institutes are eligible to receive 6.5 CE hours, and includes (1) 30-minute lunch break. If you are already registered for the conference and would like to add a Learning Institute, call #512.472.3403 ext. 13.

LI 1. Art-Mind-Ed: Innovative Assessments and Creative Connections

Words, in the form of self-reporting or outcries, are often the only medium counselors have to navigate our populations. Art offers school counselors a powerful medium to understand students and their needs. Learn from a School Counselor and Art Therapist about the research benefits of art therapy and how you can apply it to your program.

LI 2. Supporting Your Counseling Program - Using Props to Reinforce Your Counseling Sessions

As a school counselor, you have limited time in which to positively impact your students in counseling sessions. Using props to reinforce and illustrate the concepts you are trying to get across adds "punch" to your sessions and allows you to really bring home abstract concepts to the students you are working with. This session will help you learn how filters, shields, chairs, playing cards, rocks, sand, and a variety of other props can help you have maximum effect in your limited time.

LI 3. Adlerian Consultation in Schools: A Model to Solve Teacher/Parent Woes

Do parents and teachers come to you complaining about students and want you to fix the problem? Do you find yourself not knowing what to say to fix the problem? If yes, then this session is for you. This experiential hands on session will cover what school counseling consultation is, how to do consultation from an Adlerian Perspective, and how to observe and provide supervisory feedback as a lead counselor, school counselor supervisor, director of guidance, or school counselor educator.

 Keynote Presenters

1st Keynote: Brian Van Brunt

Brian Van Brunt joined The NCHERM Group as senior vice president for professional program development in January of 2013, and currently spends most of his time providing consulting services to schools, colleges, and universities across the country and abroad on a wide variety of topics related to student mental health, counseling, campus violence, and behavioral intervention.

Dr. Van Brunt is a regular speaker for academic conferences around the world. He has presented dozens of workshops with the American College Counseling Association (ACCA), Association of Student Conduct Administrators (ASCA), National Association of Forensic Counselors (NAFC), American College Personal Association (ACPA), Association of University College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD), Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), and the European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry (OUD)

2nd Keynote: Houston Kraft

Houston Kraft is a professional speaker, leadership consultant, and kindness advocate who speaks at schools, conferences, and events internationally. He has spoken to nearly a half a million people at 500 engagements and counting. He is the co-founder of CharacterStrong - trainings and curriculums that create more compassionate cultures in schools and communities. He has been featured on the Huffington Post and highlighted by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. His messages about character, leadership, compassion, and kindness resonate with audiences age 5-95

Program Facilitators

Save yourself a seat in the program(s) of your choice as a facilitator.

Facilitator Duties:

  • Pick up the facilitator packet at the Facilitator Check-In booth inside the exhibit hall
  • Serve as point of contact with TCA staff for any issues that may arise in the program
  • Introduce yourself to the presenter(s) in your program room
  • Introduce the presenter and title of the program
  • Read a short script about CE’s (script will be included in a facilitator packet)
  • Send all attendees without name-tags to Registration Assistance inside the exhibit hall
  • Ensure program starts and ends on time
  • Close door(s) when room is full or after 15-minutes after program has started, whichever happens first
  • Return completed facilitator packet to the Facilitator Check-In booth inside the exhibit hall

Click here to signup to facilitate.