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Each year, the Virginia School Counselor Association hosts a number of professional development opportunities and events.  This past year, the VSCA has hosted the annual conference, King's Dominion Counselor Day, the spring symposium, various Meet & Greets, Twitter chats, the summer summit, monthly podcasts, and many more.  The Professional Development Committee is committed to bringing you timely, relevant, and cost-effective opportunities.  Be sure to check out the events below and follow our Podcast, SCOPE, to keep up with all of the latest happenings around the state.  If you have any suggestions, feedback, or requests for particular professional development in your area, please contact the Professional Development Committee Chair at vscaprofdevelopment@gmail.com

Next Event: VSCA Summer Summit - June 25, 2021

Registration is open!

Upcoming Events

VSCA Summer Summit

June 25, 2021Blacksburg, VA
 VSCA Annual ConferenceOctober 20-22, 2021 Hampton, VA


Annual Conference


VSCA Conference

October 20-22, 2021

Hampton, VA


Our Events

    • June 25, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center
    Registration is closed

    We look forward to having you join us for the 2nd annual VSCA Summer Summit 2021 on Friday, June 25, 2021 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm on the beautiful campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA!

    Please note that due to capacity needs our location for the event has changed. The Summit will now be held at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center (located directly across the street from The Visitor and Undergraduate Admissions Center, our original event location). This event will be live streamed for those wishing to attend virtually. 

    REMINDER: For planning purposes, we need to determine whom will be attending the event in-person versus virtually. We are also looking for additional feedback for presenters as they are planning their session content.

    If you've not already done so, please fill out the following Google form by Tuesday, May 25th. 


    We will continue to share updates with you as event logistics are confirmed. 

    Hotel/Lodging – We have a block of rooms reserved at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center if you need a hotel reservation.  As school counselors, we receive a special rate of $105 per night for a single occupancy room however please make your reservation ASAP to receive the guaranteed rate.

    Hotel Reservation link: 

    Summer Summit for School Counselors

    Please contact Shannon Edwards (spedwards@hcps.us) or Rachel Wheeler (rwheeler@hcps.us) with any questions. Thank you!

    VSCA PD Team

    • August 09, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • The Westin Hotel, 6631 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230

    Our in-person Fall Symposium is bringing Dr. Michael Southam-Gerow and Dr. Shawn C.T. Jones to share their expertise with Virginia school counselors.  We are so excited to meet together after a year long hiatus to collaborate on and share common experiences pre and post pandemic. 

    Your registration, VSCA members $80, Non-members $100, Students $60,  will include a light breakfast, a delicious lunch, and a scrumptious cookie tray.   

    If you need overnight accommodations, we have a special rate of $129 per night at The Westin Hotel.   Let them know if you are with VSCA to get the special rate.  https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ricwi-the-westin-richmond/

    Dr. Southam-Gerow is Chair of the VCU Department of Psychology and Founder of the VCU Anxiety Clinic. His research focuses on dissemination and implementation of treatments for kids and families, measurement of treatment integrity, and emotion regulation in children and adolescents.

    Dr. Shawn C.T. Jones is an Assistant Professor at VCU whose research principally seeks to challenge, clarify and correct the narrative concerning risk and resilience for Black youth and their families. He strives to better understand the interplay between race-related risk that influence Black youth psychological wellbeing

    Workshop Description:

    Supporting mental wellness in our schools: Ideas for assessment and intervention

    This workshop will help participants:

    • 1.    Identify and describe key principles underlying effective work with mental health with students
    • 2.    Use evidence-informed assessment and engagement techniques when working with mental health concerns
    • 3.    Apply culturally sensitive cognitive, emotional, and constructive change strategies
    • 4.    Apply  intervention strategies that can be used in a school setting


Past Events 

  • 16 Oct 2019  VSCA Annual Conference
  • 21 June 2019 VSCA Summer Summit at VA Tech to Help Counselors with Advocacy
  • 04 Mar 2019 Spring Symposium: Evidence-Based Strategies & Techniques to Help Students with Anxiety
  • 09 Jan 2019 VSCA Legislative Day with 74 School Counselors 
  • 17 Oct 2018     VSCA Annual Conference

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