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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


Hosted by the Office of Behavioral Health and Wellness

Emotional Regulation PLC

Emotional Regulation PLC

May 20, 2024, 1-4 p.m. at Old Dominion University

Learning mindfulness strategies can be difficult for children and adolescents, let alone kids with autism, anxiety, ADHD, or other emotional regulation issues. Join the VDOE Office of Behavioral Health and Wellness as we explore simple, on-point interventions that combine mindfulness, expressive arts, and play to help kids achieve greater self-regulation and focus (appropriate for grades K-12).

After the Kick-Off Meeting, participants will continue their learning through self-paced virtual engagement opportunities each month and two virtual community chats (time commitment after Kick-Off Meeting is around 1.5 hours per month, over three months).

Kimochis Professional Learning PLC

May 20, 2024, 9 a.m.-noon at Old Dominion University

Join the VDOE Office of Behavioral Health and Wellness to learn about Kimochis and how you can use them to support students as they explore, process, and regulate big emotions. Attendees will receive the Kimochis Mixed Bag of Feelings Kit and Resource Guide! After the Kick-Off Meeting, participants will continue their learning through self-paced, virtual engagement opportunities over the next three months and two virtual community chats (time commitment after Kick-Off Meeting is around 1.5 hours per month, over three months).

Kimochis PLC

While Kimochis is designed for elementary-aged students, we have had many professionals who work with secondary-aged students participate. Those participants have shared that the techniques can be used with older students as well.

Our Events

    • September 16, 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center
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    Parks & Recreation Board Meeting Postponed-February 16th, 2021 | Lower Gwynedd Township 

    Regrettably, our Spring Symposium is being postponed

    until Monday, September 16, 2024.

    Registration will reopen this fall.

    Those that have registered - please check your emails.

    Please also cancel your hotel stay if you booked that. 


    Uplifting Student Voice Through Equity In Action   

    with Derek Francis, Michelle Sircy and Marsha Rutledge

    School counselors have a pivotal role in ensuring that all students feel welcomed and seen given their unique identities.  As our country becomes more integrated and diverse, school counselors should help all students feel affirmed in their identities while also teaching skills to help students build connections with those similar and different from them. In order to create a school environment that is truly inclusive for all students, educators need awareness of systemic and interpersonal barriers that impact students from BIPOC and other historically marginalized backgrounds.  This session will focus on utilizing the ASCA Model through an equity lens.

    Join us on Monday, March 4, 2024 as we work together to:

    1. Examine your own social identities and the impact on building relationships across the diverse identities of students, staff and families.

    2. Review the ASCA model and unpack strategies for implementing tenants of ASCA Equity in Action

    3. Develop skills to lead equity focused small group and classroom lessons

    4. Provide strategies to hear, respond and uplift student voice, particularly those who have been historically marginalized.

    5. Practice an inquiry based approach to disaggregate and review data and to apply culturally responsive interventions

    Registration Information:  Conference Cost includes breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack

      VSCA Members $90

      Non Members $110

      Retirees $85

      Students $75

      Registration prices increase on February 21, 2024!

      VSCA Members $100

      Non Members $125

      Retirees $95

      Students $85

      A limited number of rooms are reserved at the Virginia Crossing Hotel and Conference Center for Sunday night, March 3 for $125. Please call to 888-444-6553 or 804-727-1400 to reserve your room - this discount ends February 18, 2024.

      This Virginia School Counselor Association event  has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6606. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Virginia School Counselor Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 


        Annual Conference


        October 9-11, 2024

        Embassy Suites & Hampton Roads Convention Center

        Why Hampton?

        Click to read more about our conference location and feedback.

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