2021 KCA/KSCA Virtual Conference 

"Moving Forward with Hope"

Thursday, March 25th through Friday, March 26th, 2021



Check out all the great sessions we have each day!

Reagan North, PhD

KEYNOTE:  Thursday, March 25th at 8:15 -9:45 am

Dr. Reagan North is a High School Counselor at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, WA, as well as, an adjunct instructor at Seattle Pacific University. He has written a book entitled, "Motivational Interviewing for School Counselors" and has presented on the subject at conferences, universities and school districts around the country. His goal is to train as many school counselors as possible in the use of Motivational Interviewing with their students.  He is excited to rejoin us for our virtual conference this year.  Students need help accessing their own motivation to improve grades, grow relationships, kick bad habits, and pursue deeply meaningful lives. School Counselors are perfectly positioned to help them do so, and MI is the tool they need.

Matthew Gallagher, MEd, LCPC

KEYNOTE:  Thursday, March 25th 1:30-3:00 pm

Matthew Gallagher works as a therapist in private practice serving the Wichita area, where he lives with his wife and two daughters. He began his career as a classroom teacher before transitioning to school counseling and later private practice serving individuals, couples, and children since 2009. He has worked with a variety of populations in diverse settings and is the owner of Restoration Counseling & Consultation, P.A. Matthew has pursued advanced training in parenting strategies, personality assessment, and the treatment of trauma in an effort to help others live life more effectively, discovering just as much about himself along the way. His talk, The Power of Personality in Counseling, will describe a research-based approach to better understanding ourselves and those we serve.

Stephen Finzo, PsyD

KEYNOTE:  Friday, March 26th at 8:15-9:45 am

Dr. Finzo has over 25 years of experience in the field of mental health both providing direct services and administration. His experience from having worked in many settings in the field has allowed him to compile theory and skills of application resulting in effective treatment of clients, and the ability of passing that knowledge to other therapists. Dr. Finzo engages participants in the process of learning difficult and challenging information combining solid content and humor. His experience having taught with two universities in Behavioral Health departments has enhanced his ability in providing seminars and workshops for the purposes of continuing education and building competencies and confidence.

Effective, competent care is the result of theory and skills leading to appropriate application. But, extraordinary care requires candid involvement and insight leading to the “essence” of therapy.

Laura Ross, School Counselor

KEYNOTE:  Friday, March 26th at 1:30 -3:00 pm

Laura Ross is the 2020 American School Counselor Association (ASCA) School Counselor of the Year and is the lead counselor at Five Forks Middle School in Lawrenceville, Georgia where her focus is connecting with students to connect them to their education. She has been a school counselor for 14 years. Laura was an elementary school counselor for 8 years and is entering her 7th year as a middle school counselor. She has presented at district, state, and national levels on creating school wide teacher-student connections, integrating academics into counseling lessons, using technology and data in school counseling, creating counseling lessons with a social justice and equity lens, and more.

Laura maintains a school counseling blog about creating connections with students at She serves on the Georgia School Counselor Association (GSCA) Executive Board as Metro Director and was the 2018-2019 GSCA School Counselor of the Year. In addition, Laura is a leader in her school district, Gwinnett County Public Schools, collaborating on committees with focuses on middle school counselor professional development, civic engagement, social-emotional learning, teen lures curriculum, student discipline, and equity.

Check out the Schedule of Sessions for the

2021 KCA/KSCA Virtual Counseling Conference


Check out over 30 break out sessions.  You can participate and watch LIVE for Continuing Ed credits from NBCC.  Sessions will be recorded but will not be available for CEs at this time due to KCA's NBCC provider limitations.  

Kansas Counseling Association is a branch of the American Counseling Association.  KCA is a 501(c) 6.

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