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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Breaking Barriers in the Equality State Conference

  • 16 Feb 2022
  • 8:00 AM
  • 17 Feb 2022
  • 4:00 PM
  • Casper College


  • For Guest Speakers who are not staying for the conference
  • Participants will be given a zoom link to watch both keynote speakers and 1 breakout speaker per session.
  • Participants will be given a zoom link that allows them to watch both keynote speakers and 1 breakout speaker per session.
  • Guest Speakers who are presenting at the conference and attending the keynote and other breakout sessions

2022 Annual WySCA State Conference

Professional Development Conference

Diversity, Equity,and Inclusion

Breaking Barriers in the Equality State

Wednesday February 16th  8:45 am-4:00pm
Thursday February 17th  8:00am-4:00pm

1 PTSB Credit available when participants attend both days! 

Casper College, Student Union

Wednesday Keynote Speaker Haley Wikoff, M.S. School Counseling, PhD Counselor Education and Supervision

*Sponsored by Gear Up*

Haley received a B.S. in Elementary and Middle Level Education from Concordia University, NE and taught 6th, 7th, & 8th grade at a small Lutheran school for 2 years.  Although she loved working with kids in the school setting, this wasn't the right fit, so she returned to school to get her M.S. in School Counseling from Western Illinois University. She worked as an elementary counselor for 5 years and a middle school counselor for 9 years.   Haley received her PhD at the University of Iowa in Counselor Education and Supervision.  Much of her research while at Iowa focused on school counselor advocacy for LGBTQ+ students.  Her  dissertation was entitled, "Understanding Factors that Influence School Counselor Advocacy for LGBTQ+ youth."   As a member of the ASCA Ethics Committee, she has also been presenting at the ASCA conference and other state conferences on the ethical responsibility of advocating for LGBTQ+ students.  In addition, she often works with school districts on how to create welcoming and inclusive environments for LGBTQ students and families. 

Thursday Keynote Speaker (via Zoom) Carolyn Stone

*Sponsored by the WDE*

Bio for Dr. Carolyn Stone, University of North Florida

Carolyn Stone is a Professor of Counselor Educator at the University of North Florida (UNF) where she teaches and researches in the area of legal and ethical issues for school counselors. Prior to becoming a counselor educator in 1995, Carolyn spent 22 years with the Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, Florida where she served as a middle school teacher, elementary and high school counselor and Supervisor of 225 school counselors. Dr. Stone was the 2016 Distinguished Professor for the University of North Florida; the 2006 President of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA); the longest sitting Ethics Chair now entering her twentieth year; recipient of the American School Counselor Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010; and recipient of the Florida School Counselor Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. Dr. Stone was the chairperson for the last three revisions of the ASCA Ethical standards and serves the court as an expert witness in eight cases involving school counselors. Dr. Stone has written the only book exclusively for school counselors on legal and ethical issues. In addition to being a past President of ASCA, Dr. Stone is a past President of the Florida Counseling Association and the Florida Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors. Carolyn has delivered over 600 workshops in all 50 states and 23 countries and guest lectured for 18 colleges and universities. She has authored six books, dozens of journal articles, and conducted numerous legal and ethical webinars for College Board and ASCA. Her professional path in elementary and high school counseling, middle school teaching, Supervisor of School Counseling for one of the nation’s largest school district, and counselor educator has prepared her with first-hand experience and understanding of the professional world of school counselors.

Wednesday February 16, 2022





7:30 am-8:30 am

Registration & Exhibitor Fair

8:30 am-8:45 am

Welcome & Opening Remarks - WySCA President, Kara Miller, MA Counseling- Emphasis K-12 School Counseling

ASCA Welcome & Video - Gen Nelson, LPC, NCC


Keynote Dr. Haley Wikoff, PhD

Creating Safe and Inclusive Spaces for LGBTQ+ and Other Marginalized Youth: School Counselor Advocacy Strategies 

*Sponsored by Gear Up*

Breakout Sessions

10:00 - 10:50 am

A Closer Look at Advocacy Strategies for LGBTQ Students. 

Dr. Haley Wikoff PhD

Prevention Planning in Wyoming

 Sara Serelson - MA Psychology, Maria Vasquez James BA Psychology, MA Spanish, Joseph Belcher JD, Lisa Finkey JS

Transition Planning:Resources for Transition Planning

 Dr. Michelle Aldrich/PhD in Adult Learning and Technology

Strong Families Strong Wyoming: Bringing Healthy Relationship Curriculum to the Classroom through the Powerful Intersections of Social Emotional Learning and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

Jessica Polland, SFSW Project Coordinator 

Mr. Jim Elias, SFSW School Outreach and Training Coordinator

11:00 - 11:50 am

Mandatory Supporter: Civic Duty and Mandatory Reporting, Invasive Process and Type of Family Needs for Support 

Sara Serelson, MS, Nicole Neider, BA

Trio Programs and Gear UP: Building Partnerships with Schools 

Alex Rickert, MA, English

Creating Safe and Inclusive Environments for LGBTQ Students:Our Professional and Ethical Responsibility.

Dr. Haley Wikoff PhD

Exploring the World of Work

 Dr. Michelle Aldrich, PhD in Adult Learning and Technology


Lunch & Exhibitor Fair         

Network with others and visit the vendor and sponsor tables

Grade Level Collaboration

1:00 - 1:50 pm

Elementary - Facilitated by Ann Ernst

Middle School - Facilitated by Cristina Jensen 

High School - Facilitated by Kayla Wilkinson

K-12 - Facilitated by Loyce Ellingrod 

Breakout Sessions

2:00 - 2:50 pm

Aces (Adverse Childhood Experiences): Science behind ACES and Protective Factors -

Sara Serelson, MS & Nicole Neider, BA

Sustainability and School Mental Health Programs

Laura Budd (BS) and Dustin Brown (MS)

FAFSA, Scholarships & Deadlines Oh My!  Tools and Resources Navigating Financial Aid. 

Amy Christensen, MA School Counseling, Tressa R. Horning, MS Counseling & Human Resource Dev., specializing School Counseling

CTE…a Vision for Everyone   Jennifer D'Alessandro


Snack and Exhibitor Fair


Assessment of Suicide Risk: Connecting Students with Resources

Carolyn Normington- MS Counselor Education 

Wyoming School Counselor of the Year 2021

Love Trades

Cynthia Barlow - BS Business Administration - Director of Industry Relations & Jim Mathis - Owner - CEO WyoTech - GED

LGBTQ+Legal Rights in Education

Dirk Andrews- Educator in Natrona County, currently serving as the President of the local association, and NEA Director for the State

Willow Room: A Tier 2 Behavior Intervention

Aimee Fredrickson M.S.W, Jennifer Morris M.S.W., Jen Huelskamp S.L.P., Jeremy Hill Ed. D. Karen Wells

Video Session-complete by Thurs. Feb. 17th for full CEU credit. See link in email. 


Reduce Anxiety, Increase Acceptance, Build Resiliency with Emotional Freedom Technique - Tapping

Tijana Coso, The Univ. of Akron, MA- Child & Family Develop.

Thursday February 20th, 2020




7:30 - 8:30 am

Registration& Exhibitor Fair

8:30 - 8:45 am

Welcome & Opening Remarks - WySCA President, Kara Miller


Keynote Dr. Carolyn Stone (Via Zoom)

Recent Legal Challenges to School Counselors’ Work

*Sponsored by Wyoming Department of Education*

Breakout Sessions

10:00-10:50 am

Grant Opportunities with UW, Involving Counselors State Wide for Projects - Lindsey Nichols, PhD Associate Professor at UW

Wyoming Transition Team 

Jessica M. McComb, MA Social Work & Master's Certificate Rehabilitation Counseling

Hope, Help, Strength: Sources of Strength: Peer Leaders

Kristi Lipp, BS and Wendy Morris, BA

The Road to Oz: Creating Student Equity Pathways through Concurrent/Dual Enrollment

 R. Hamid, MA in Counseling Psychology Counselor Education (MFT) J. Lam-Pickett, AA in Paralegal Studies & BA in Political Science and Government, A. Schumaker BA in Family and Consumer Science

11:00 - 11:50am

Sexual Harrassment in Schools:Why it’s a Problem & How to Combat It

Jeny Gardner, BA Economics, MA Math Education, Credentialed in Secondary Social Studies and Mathematics; John Fabela, Bachelor of Music in Education, MA Music Education

Stars are Born Out of Space Tornadoes: Childhood Development, What happens when Students are in the System, & Mandatory Reporting Debra Hibbard, Policy and Program Manager BA

Hathaway Scholarship, Updates and Answering Questions

Bradley Barker III- Hathaway Scholarship Program Consultant

Wyoming PTSB: Licensure

Nish Goicolea, Doctorate in Educational Administration & Leadership

Brendan O'Connor, Master's in Education

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Lunch & Exhibitor Fair             

Network with others and visit the vendor and sponsor tables

1:00 -1:50 pm

*WySCA Business Meeting*- Join us to learn more about our association. WySCA Members will vote on Bylaw Revisions and hold the Election of our new board members. If you would like to run for a position and  be on the ballot, please see WySCA Past President Amy Mason as soon as possible.

Breakout Sessions

2:00 - 2:50 pm

Using Expressive Arts Modalities for DEI in Schools

Rachel Ratliff, MS (current PhD student), Eric Holt, MS

Profile of a Graduate: Setting Graduation Standards for Wyoming

Diana Clapp, Ed.D

Ethics Session

Jenna Hepp and Amanda DeDiego, PhD

Equity with the ACT

Dominic Lannone, BS in Social Studies Education, MA in History

3-00-3:50 pm

Collaboration: How Can School Counselors & Occupational Therapists Work Together to Promote Student Success 

Jennifer Bays- MS Counseling, Katie Bays-AS Occ. Therapy Assistant

Student Learner Agreements

​​Steve Jones BS, Megan Westphal BS

Using SAEBRS and SEBA Screeners to Drive Interventions

 April Petty, MS, LPC, NCC

Video Session - 

Wyoming Career Coach

Lucas Rae - BA, Caroline Landis - BA

Pre-Order your Conference T-Shirt by January 31st! Click this link to order! 

 Style  Price
 T-Shirts  $20
 Long Sleeve  $25
 Sweatshirts  $30

The Wyoming School Counselor Association has reserved a block of rooms at three hotels.

  • The Ramkota is offering rooms at $89.00.  They are located at 800 N. Poplar St. and their number is (307) 266-6000.
  • The Hilton Garden Inn is offering rooms at $96.00.  They are located at 1150 N. Poplar St. and their phone number is (307)266-1300.  The link to book a room is:
  • The C'mon Inn is offering rooms for $96.00.  They are located at 301 E. Lathrop Rd Evansville, WY and their phone number is (307)472-6300.
*If you want PTSB Credit, please remember to include your PTSB or Social Security Number
*If you would like to order a conference shirt or sweatshirt please complete the order form by January 31st to ensure your size will be available.
*Registration is non-refundable after February 1, 2022.

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