Illinois School Counselor Association

ISCA Annual Conference Rosemont

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Cultivating Connections:
The Ultimate Solution for School Counselors

Connections are at the heart of the school counseling profession and the ultimate solution to the impact we seek to make every day. Whether with students, families, staff or colleagues, it is the power of connections that draws us to our work, keeps us motivated and inspires us to create change. In their dynamic, heart-warming presentation, Drs. Mason and Ockerman share compelling stories that will remind you to nurture the connections you have and challenge you to be open to new ones in the future.

  Dr. Melissa Ockerman
Melissa S. Ockerman is an Associate Professor in the Counseling Program at DePaul University. A proud Buckeye, she graduated with a M.A. in School Counseling and Ph.D. in Counselor Education from The Ohio State University. Melissa has established a strong research agenda focusing on school counselor leadership, the efficacy of school counseling interventions and systemic anti-bullying and school safety strategies. She is a frequent presenter at local, state, and national conferences. In 2012, she was named the Illinois Counselor Educator of the Year. Melissa has held executive positions in national and state professional organizations and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Illinois Safe Schools Alliance and the Advisory Council for the Evidence-Based Practice in School Counseling conference.  Melissa and Erin, along with their colleague Stuart Chen-Hayes, co-authored the text101 Solutions for School Counselors and Leaders in Challenging Times. Melissa’s passion for educating the next generation of transformed school counselors is matched only by her strong desire to dismantle the pervasive achievement gap in schools through innovative and effective evidence-based school counseling interventions.


  Dr. Erin Mason

Erin Mason is an Associate Professor in the Counseling program at DePaul University. Prior to joining the faculty at DePaul, Erin was a School Counselor in Atlanta, Georgia for 13 years. Erin is active in professional organizations at both state and national levels. She has been an ASCA Lead RAMP reviewer, co-founder of #scchat and host of monthly Twitter chats for school counselors, and she is a recipient of the DePaul Excellence in Teaching award. She has published in scholarly journals, the ASCA magazine and regularly provides keynotes, trainings, webinars and consultations. In recent years, Erin’s work has turned to the use of technology and she developed SCOPE, School Counselors’ Online Professional, which highlights practical tools and considerations for integrating technology into school counseling programs. Erin engages in collaborative work with various organizations and schools in the Chicago area and she served as the 2012-2013 president of the Illinois School Counseling Association.


ISCA Networking 

Join us on April 21st, Friday

from 3:45pm-6:00pm  

       (Date change from Thursday)

Basil's Bar and Kitchen (Lobby bar)
Embassy Suites by Hilton
Chicago O'Hare Rosemont
5500 North River Road
Rosemont, Illinois

Networking with other school counseling professionals.
Appetizers & Drinks Provided

Great networking opportunities, bring business cards!

Anyone attending the conference or not, members, potential members, graduate students are welcome to attend!

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