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KCA/KSCA Professional Member (2 Day Conference) – $220.00

KCA/KSCA Student OR Retired Member (1 Day Conference) – $110.00

KCA/KSCA Student OR Retired Member (2 Day Conference) – $120.00

NON-KCA/KSCA Member (1 Day Conference) – $165.00

NON-KCA/KSCA Member (2 Day Conference) – $265.00


Dr. Edil Torres Rivera and Houston Kraft

Thursday, March 9th: Houston Kraft

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, is being published by Simon & Schuster September 22, 2020.

More information HERE

Friday, March 10th: Dr. Edil Torres-Rivera

Dr. Edil Torres-Rivera was born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. He was part of the United States Army for 12 years, and while in active duty he was able to complete a master in clinical mental health from Boston University while stationed in Germany. In 1991 while stationed at the United Army Military Academy in West Point New York he was recruited by the Counseling Psychology Program Coordinator of the University of Connecticut to begin doctoral studies in counseling psychology with a concentration in "Multicultural Counseling." After completing his doctoral work (July, 1995), Dr. Torres-Rivera was hired by the Counseling and Educational Psychology Department at the University of Nevada, Reno as an associate professor in the Counseling and Educational Psychology Department. 

Dr. Edil Torres Rivera is interested in multicultural counseling, counseling for social justice, group work, chaos theory, liberation psychology, technology, supervision, multicultural counseling, prisons, Puerto Rican studies, identity development, and gang-related behavior. Specifically, his primary research focuses on complexity and how indigenous healing techniques are a necessary ingredient when working with ethnic minority populations in the United States. Dr. Torres has additional interests in studying the implications of social injustice and oppression in counseling and psychotherapy with ethnic minorities with school age Latine/x in the United States. His work has appeared in the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and DevelopmentJournal of Counseling and DevelopmentJournal of Addictions and Offender CounselingRadical Psychology JournalJournal of Humanistic CounselingEducation and DevelopmentIntervention in School and Clinic JournalCounselor Education and Supervision JournalJournal for Specialists in Group WorkJournal of Psychological PracticeEducational TechnologyComputers in the SchoolsCounseling and Values JournalJournal of Technology in Counseling, and the Canadian Journal of Counseling. He was part of the editorial boards of the Journal of Counseling and Development and Counselor Education and Supervision Journal. Presently he serves in the editorial boards of the Journal for Specialists in Group WorkInteramerican Journal of Psychology, and the Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology.

More information HERE


"Start. Network. Grow."

2023 KCA/KSCA Counseling Conference

Earn up to 9 CEs attending the conference PLUS an additional 3 CEs for Ethics in the Preconference.

Thursday, March 9th, 2023

Healing a School Community in the Aftermath of a Suicide Alexander Becnel
Getting a post-secondary start with the NEW Kansas General Education Package Tara Lebar
Wellness for Counselors: Keeping our Balance in a Chaotic World Jody Fiorini & Brookelyn Brown
Expressing Grief Through Play Laura Cline Oliva
Move from good to great: 3 strategies for best practices in your school counseling program Kat Pastor
1:00 - 1:50 pm  
How "Significant Loss" is a Risk Indicator for School Shooters Lorraine Dinkel
The Power of Relationship: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Supervision

Emily Bethea-Johnson

KSCA- You've got a friend in me! (KSCA Board) KSCA Board Members and Former ASCA SCOY, Kat Pastor
The use of portrayals in therapy: Providing new endings to old relational wounds. Todd Frye
Supporting the Mental Health and Well-Being of Students & Adults Houston Kraft
2:00 - 2:50 pm  
Motivational Interviewing: A School Counselor's Best Friend! Solomon Moore
Connecting the Missing Dots: Exploring Disparities in Midwest Addiction Services and Addiction Counseling Claire Gregory & Mahsa Maghsoudi
Implementing a Comprehensive School Counseling Program Kent Reed
Deconstructing Religious Developmental Trauma Erin Sunsong
Infusing Character and Social-Emotional Learning into the Daily Fabric of your School Kat Pastor
3:00 - 3:50 pm  
Morning meetings- SEL connections for ALL students Kathleen Paulman
Out of the Box School Counseling Christie Henderson & Lyndsey Brown
Counseling Supervision: Stepping Stones to Continued Professional Growth Robert Kircher
Student-Led Project-Based Groups: Growing Tomorrow's Leaders Nick Brummet
Where’s the Starting Line? Exploring Athletic Mental Health Counseling Within the Counseling Profession Claire Gregory

Friday, March 10th, 2023

Normalizing Trauma Informed Care Sarah Lancaster
Am I ready to “start, network, and grow”? How about a doctoral degree?
Lorraine Dinkel, Melanie Scott, Heidi Fergel, Lin Ciu, Andrew Wideman
Counseling Children and Adolescents Through Grief & Loss Jody Fiorini & Alec Dulaney
How Do I Teach When I'm Not A Teacher? Nicole Burdette
From Safety to Resiliency: Creatively Promoting Healing in Children and Teens with Suicidal Ideation and Behaviors Teresa Paterson Bartch
11:00 - 11:50 am  
Bowties and Bling- adding the sparkle, pizazz and accessories to your school counseling program! Mallory Jacobs
Overcoming Social Anxiety Tim Hodges
Suicidal Ideation: A Refresher for a World Rife with a Loss of Meaning and Purpose. Andrew Secor
Embracing Your Wolfpack Laura Douglas
How to Deal with Difficult Situations and Still Build Relationships Terri Moses & Stephanie Quick
1:30 - 2:20 pm  
Meet Sam and Apollo...The Perfect Marriage of School Counseling and Therapy Dog Work Christie Henderson & Kelsey Flickner
Protecting Our LGBTQ Youth: Is my faith a help or hindrance? Dana Wood
Connection Over Content Hanna Kemble
Using Data to take Your Counseling Programs to the Next Level Monique Young
Steps to Becoming a Transactional Analysis David Carter

Earn CEs by attending the 2023 KCA/KSCA Conference!

Kansas Counseling Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider,

ACEP No. 2017.​ 

Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  Kansas Counseling Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.  


2024 - Wichita, KS

2025 - TBD

2026 - Manhattan, KS

2027 - Topeka, KS

2028 - Wichita, KS

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