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Answering Why: Unleashing Passion, Purpose, and Performance In Younger Generations

Today’s young people are often painted in a negative light, but they possess incredible potential. Join dynamic education expert Mark C. Perna as he delivers a fresh perspective on this talented generation.

Discover how to connect, engage, and answer why in today’s competitive educational and training landscape. By understanding what makes this generation tick, you can show them why education matters, motivate them to set goals, and help them achieve at a higher level. Mark’s Light at the End of the Tunnel strategy helps keep students engaged in their chosen pathway. Finally, Mark will recharge your professional passion by showing the truly profound impact you can have.

Now you and your team can join your colleagues across North America who are using these nationally acclaimed best practices to improve the outcome for the next generation. Sit down, strap in, and get energized to make a bigger difference in your community!

Mark C. Perna is the founder and CEO of TFS Results, a full-service strategic consulting firm at the forefront of the national paradigm shift in education and workforce development. As an international generational expert, weekly Forbes.com contributor, and micro-podcast host, Mark delivers 70+ keynotes annually across North America. Mark also serves on the Advisory Council for the Coalition for Career Development in Washington, DC. Find out more at MarkCPerna.com.
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Deep Kindness
We all know Kindness is a great thing — and something the world needs more than ever. In this paradigm-shifting talk, Houston will help us understand the gap between what we know is important and what we are currently practicing with a series of stories and questions that help us ask, “What gets in the way of a more Kind world?” As we continue in this unique school year, connection and compassion will be necessary skills. This interactive keynote will bring needed laughter, reinvigorated purpose, and meaningful self-reflection.

Houston Kraft is a professional speaker, author, curriculum designer, and kindness advocate who speaks at schools, conferences, and events internationally. He has spoken to over a half a million people at 600 engagements and counting. He is the co-founder of CharacterStrong - trainings and curriculums that create more compassionate cultures in schools and communities. They work with 2,500. schools serving over 1 million students with their content. In 2019, he was featured by Lay’s on BBQ and Jalapeño chip bags for their “Spreading Smiles” campaign. His first book, Deep Kindness, was published by Simon & Schuster on September 22, 2020.

Each AzSCA Conference attendee will receive a copy of Deep Kindness, with their registration!
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One Pill Can Kill - Prevention Strategies to Address the Fentanyl Crisis and Other Drug Trends in Our Schools

Teenagers in Arizona are overdosing at an alarming rate from counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl. In fact, more teens, 15-17, are dying from fentanyl  than from car crashes, suicide or Covid. At the same time, schools are being inundated with nicotine and THC, cannabis, vaping.  This session will discuss the current substance use trends and concrete action steps for school counselors to consider when preventing substance use, referring children for treatment or implementing school policies and programs on substance use.

Session Dates & Times

Monday, February 6 at 3pm
Tuesday, February 7 at 10:45am

Shelly Mowrey is the Demand Reduction Coordinator for Arizona HIDTA and is a leader in substance use prevention and education. Over the last 20 years, Shelly has developed substance use prevention programs, media campaigns and professional development trainings for a variety of audiences that are instrumental in reducing youth drug use in the state of Arizona.

Her passion is assisting communities, schools and substance use prevention coalitions in delivering quality programs with successful outcomes. Shelly has received extensive training provided by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, the Partnership to End Addiction and the Arizona Narcotics Officers Association.
In 2018 and 2015, Arizona HIDTA was awarded the national Outstanding Prevention Program award by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy for its work on prescription drug abuse prevention and public health, public safety partnerships.

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Adventures in Campus Culture

Through this presentation, you will learn the trial and tribulations the counselors at West-MEC have endured to build their Community of Growth. Between district responsibilities and student needs, the four counselors have built a program to meet the needs of their students on various levels, through various platforms. Sit back and enjoy this quest as we hope you can power up and learn some tips and tricks to take back and share with your team.

Session Date & Time

Monday, February 7 at 3:00pm

The Quest to Build Meaningful Recruiter Relationships
How many times, as a counselor, have you felt overwhelmed, annoyed, and burdened by your local military recruiter coming in and needing your graduate list, will grad letters, or transcripts (NOW)? This session will not only allow you the knowledge to let your recruiters know when they should and should not make their requests, along with how you can truly use the recruiters and their resources to help build your counseling program. Understanding what you can request of your recruiters will help strengthen relationships with staff, families, and the community.

Session Date & Time
Tuesday, February 8 at 9:45am

Kristina Guy is a Campus Counselor at West-MEC Northwest. Kristina has been at West-MEC for 4 years, previously serving as Lead Counselor at Buckeye Union High School for 5 years. Kristina has been in education since 2003 when she started as an English teacher. Kristina is a completer of the ACTEAZ Fellow Advocacy program. She has presented at several conferences in the past. In 2021, Kristina was named the Arizona School Counselor of the Year.

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The Legal and Ethical Complications of Working with Minors in Schools
The school environment poses competing interests between a student’s need for confidentiality and the legal rights of parents, as established by the U.S. Supreme Court, to be the guiding voice in their children’s lives in value-laden issues. Participants will develop an ethical decision-making framework for analyzing and resolving ethical issues through the application of American School Counselor Association Ethical Standards, case and statutory law, school board rules and community standards. Through small-group and large-group discussion of 40 case studies, participants will be given the opportunity to increase their understanding of the complexities of respecting a minor’s right to confidentiality, to develop a sensitivity to the need to consider their actions in context of each situation for each individual student and to understand the rights of parents. Discussion topics will include areas such as confidentiality and duty to warn, minors’ rights to privacy, counselors’ responsibilities toward suicidal children, civil and criminal liability, sexually active minor clients, birth control, abortion counseling, defamation, child abuse, HIV-positive students, case notes and educational records, malpractice in academic advising, sexual harassment, the Hatch Amendment and guidance curriculum and personal conduct.

Session Date & Time
Sunday, February 6 at 1:00pm

Carolyn Stone, Ed.D., is an associate professor and school counseling program leader, University of North Florida, and chair of ASCA’s Ethics Committee. She writes a regular column on legal and ethical issues for ASCA School Counselor magazine and is the author of numerous articles and books on school-counseling-related legal and ethical issues.
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