2023 KCA  & KSCA Counseling Conference

"Mental Health for All"


March 9th and 10th

in Topkea, KS at the Capitol Plaza Hotel.


Wednesday, March 8th

Olivia Carter

KEYNOTE:  Thursday, February 24, 2022

Olivia Carter, school counselor at Jefferson Elementary School in Cape Girardeau, Mo., has been named the 2021 School Counselor of the Year by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). A graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, Carter has been a school counselor for eight years. The School Counselor of the Year award honors professionals who devote their careers to advocating for the nation’s students and addressing their academic, career and social/emotional development.

Carter taught teachers about trauma and trauma responses, sparking an interest among staff members for further training in anti-biased and antiracist teaching, restorative practices and self-regulation. She also created Trauma-Informed Tuesdays, a newsletter focused on teacher wellness and best practices related to building resilience.

Dr. Chow is a bilingual (English/Spanish) Licensed Clinical P

Rebeca Chow, PhD, LCPC, RPT/S

KEYNOTE:  Friday, February 25th

Dr. Rebeca Chow is a bilingual (English/Spanish) Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Missouri/Kansas and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. Her counseling experience includes 20 years of clinical work in the non-profit, private practice settings and academia. Dr. Rebeca’s areas of specialty and interests are  multiculturalism and diversity, neurobiology of trauma, supervision, and technology integration into clinical services. She is currently serving in the Association for Play Therapy Board of Directors, and a consultant for Sesame Street in Communities.

Currently Dr. Chow is the Director of Clinical Services at the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS.  Her passion for helping others is now on a global scale with the reach of the United Methodist Church and technology.  



2022 KCA/KSCA Counseling Conference

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

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Friday, February 25, 2022

8:30 - 10:00 KEYNOTE:  Olivia Carter,

ASCA School Counselor of the Year

10:15 - 11:10  SESSIONS A

  • Teamwork Makes the Dream Work:  Counselor & Admin Relationship Promoting Student/Staff Success
  • Erasing the Stigma of Mental Health in the Black Community
  • The Counseling Profession:  Where Have We come From & Where are We Going?
  • What Would You Do?  A Beginner's Look At Ethics in School Counseling
  • Rethinking Groups
  • Choose to Laugh for the Health of It

11:20-12:15  SESSIONS B

  • Seeking Professional Counseling Helps Among Asian International Students in the USA
  • The Kansas Comprehensive School Counseling Program
  • The Perfect Marriage of School Counseling and Therapy Dog Work
  • Overcoming Perfectionism
  • Creativity in Connection:  The Art of Using Graphic Design in the World of School
  • It Is Possible to Love Data

12:15 - LUNCH & AWARDS FOR Kansas School Counselor Association


2:05 - 3:00  SESSIONS C

  • Parkinson's:  A Devasting Disease That is More Than Tremor and Effects Many Individuals
  • Setting Boundaries
  • Schoolwide Social-Emotional Competency Instruction & Practice
  • We're Here, Now What?  Managing the Age of Telehealth in a Counseling Practice
  • Restorative Practices:  The Action Component of SEL Curriculum
  • Meditation's Contribution to Biological, Psychology, Social, and Spiritual Healing


8:30 - 9:25 SESSION D

  • Ethics and Social Justice in Counseling and Psychology
  • The Intersection of Personal and Professional Identity, Satisfaction and Empathy-based Stress and Strain
  • Light the Fire for Post-Secondary Options in KS
  • Learning to Stress Better:  Changing Stress Mindsets
  • Maslow Before Bloom:  Creating Calming Rooms to Support Student Learning
  • Universal Mental Health Screening in Schools:  Using Data to Inform Decision Making

9:30 -11:00  KEYNOTE:  Dr. Rebeca Chow, 

Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and  LCPC

11:15-12:10  SESSION E

  • Playful Approaches:  Utilizing a Development Model in Supervision
  • Acute or Terminal?  How We Navigate the Process of Grief and Loss.  How the Experiences Differ
  • The Importance of Transdiagnostic Interventions in K-12
  • Reflections from a Gay Administrator on Working with the LGBTQ Population
  • Female Adolescent Body Image:  Addressing Negative Body Perception through Group
  • Improving Cultural Competency Among Counselors-In Training

12:15 - LUNCH & AWARDS FOR Kansas Counseling Association

1:45-2:40  SESSION F

  • "Think Before You Post" Power of Social Media Tour
  • The Big, Bad, "B" Word
  •  Best Practices for a Culturally Responsive Learning Community
  • Meaning In Life Among Emerging Adults:  An Existential Framework
  • Couples Counseling and the Integration of Attachment and Individuation Models

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

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