The 2019 Orange County Counselor Symposium will focus on supporting student wellness and success through the ASCA Domains: Academic, Career, and Social/Emotional Support and Development. 

The dynamic partnership between the Orange County Department of Education and the Los Angeles/Orange County Regional Consortium of Community Colleges is set to provide a valuable professional development for ALL counselors, K-12 administrators, and school-based mental health professionals. 

The Counselor Symposium will provide:

  • Nationally known presenters/speakers for K-12 School Counselors and Community College Counselors
  • Targeted breakout sessions for Academic, Social-Emotional, and Career Development
  • Special Session on the School Counselor's role in an MTSS Framework and the effective use of data to impact student success
  • Information and resources to help students attain stackable credentials and experience fluid pathways post-secondary college and career success
  • Opportunities to advance your district LCAP Priority 4 Student Achievement and Priority 5 Student Engagement 

Register NOW for the 2019 Orange County Counselor Symposium

Please click here​​​​ for the flyer and registration link.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. - Registration and Breakfast

8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Conference

3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. - Social

Anaheim Marriott Hotel

700 W. Convention Way, Anaheim, CA 92802

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Session Information

For detailed session descriptions and presenter biographies, please click the link below. You may also use this link to bookmark it on your phone. 




General registration
Includes: parking, breakfast, lunch, materials & social

  • $95 Individual Registration
  • $85 Discounted Rate per person for groups of 10 or more from the same district/school
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Administrator registration
Includes: parking, breakfast & materials
(Lunch not included)

  • $55 Half-Day Individual Administrator Registration




7 :00 - 8:00 am​

​Welcome/Keynote (Ballroom)

​8:00 - 10:00 am

​Transition Time

​10:00 - 10:10am

​Breakout Session 1

​10:10 - 11:10 am

​Transition Time

​11:10 - 11:20 am

​Breakout Session 2

11:20 - 12:20 pm​

​Lunch (Ballroom)

​12:20 - 1:10pm

​Transition Time

​1:10 - 1:20 pm

​Breakout Session 3

1:20 - 2:20 pm​

​Transition Time

​2:20 - 2:30 pm

​Breakout Session 4

2:30 - 3:30 pm​

​OCCS/CASC Networking Social

​​3:30 - 5:30 pm​​​



 Keynote Speaker:

​​​​Dr. Charles Lee Johnson cropped.jpgDr. Charles Lee-Johnson is an Assistant Professor at Cal Baptist University and Program Director of the Master of Social Work program. Dr. Lee-Johnson also serves as the Senior Pastor of Corona Community Church​ and is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Family Life and Education Center, a social service agency that provides a nationally recognized “Rites of Passage" program for at-risk kids and families. Dr. Lee-Johnson has received numerous commendations including: State of California, County of Los Angeles, City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Unified School District, Compton Unified School District, King Drew Medical Hospital, UCLA Dept of Social Welfare and Public Policy, California State Legislature, Alaska's SouthCentral Foundation, National Fatherhood Initiative, Indiana Black Expo, National Association of Social Workers, Department of Children and Family Services, and most recently, Mr. Lee-Johnson was inducted into the Library of Congress “Who's Who".  Dr. Lee-Johnson has worked collaboratively with the White House (Office of the First Lady) for the Helping America's Youth Conference series, and his programs were recognized as “best practice" models for engaging challenged families  Dr. Lee-Johnson took his message to the international community in Nigeria, Malawi, Belize, Egypt, Jamaica, Bahamas, and more, speaking for a series of Family and Youth Conferences throughout the respective countries.  Dr. Lee-Johnson was selected by the National Association of Social Workers, Region H, as the 2010 Social Worker of the Year. 

 Featured Speakers:​

Trish Hatch, Ph.D. is a Professor in the School Counseling Program at San Diego State University (SDSU). Her best selling textbooks: The Use of Data in School Counseling (Hatch, 2014), the ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs (ASCA, 2003; 2005) and Evidence-Based Practice in School Counseling: Making a Difference with Data-Driven Practices (Dimmit, Carey & Hatch, 2007) are used throughout the world in professional development and preparation of school counselors. Dr. Hatch is Executive Director and founder of the Center for Excellence in School Counseling and Leadership (CESCaL) and the President and CEO of Hatching Results® providing professional development and training to school districts throughout the country. She serves as a national consultant to The White House and the US Department of EducationA former school counselor, site and central office administrator, state association president, and ASCA Vice President, Hatch has received multiple national awards including the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Administrator of the Year Award and their highest honor, the Mary Gehrke Lifetime Achievement Award. NACAC honored her with the “Excellence in Education Award" previous awarded to the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, and Senator Tom Harkin. ​

Kevin Fleming, Ph.D., currently supports the advancement of education as the Vice President of Strategic Development at Norco College. Dr. Fleming's professional background includes 20 years' experience working in higher education at community colleges as well as both public and private 4-year universities. Beginning his career in academia within student services, he has va​st experience in student leadership, classroom instruction, labor market research, economic development, fundraising, grant/project management, academic affairs, and professional speaking/training. Funded by the National Science Foundation, he published the first, free, interactive e-textbook for Supply Chain Automation.  Producer of multiple viral animation videos including “Success in the New Economy," and author of the bestseller, “(Re)Defining the Goal," Dr. Fleming speaks nationally as CEO of Telos Educational Services ensuring all students enter the labor market with a competitive advantage.

Dr. Loretta Whitson (Executive Director) currently oversees the California Association of School Counselors Inc. (CASC) and has devoted her life’s work to supporting the academic and holistic development of Pre-K – 12th-grade students.  She has a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and a Master of Science Degree in Educational Counseling from the University of La Verne.  She holds two credentials: a Pupil Services Credential, Specialization School Counseling and a Professional Clear Administrative Service Credential. As Executive Director of CASC, Dr. Whitson provides leadership and guidance to support the unique areas of expertise provided by California school counselors.  Dr. Whitson has led the organization since its inception in 2000.  She is considered a national leader, exemplifying a balanced approach to organizational management, vision, advocacy, and innovation. As the largest state school counseling association in the nation, Loretta is often asked to collaborate with other state association leaders, researchers, educational stakeholders, legislators and journalists to clarifying complex educational issues and champions policies of interest to the school counseling profession.


Caroline Lopez-Perry, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor and School Counseling Fieldwork Coordinator at California State University, Long Beach where she teaches and supervises preservice school counselors. She received her Ph.D. from Ohio University and her M.S. and PPS Credential in School Counseling from California State University, Long Beach. Prior to this, she has worked as a school counselor in both the K-8 and middle school setting. Dr. Lopez-Perry is a board member for the California Association of School Counselors and on the editorial board for the Journal for Specialist in Group Work. She also serves on the advisory committee for the California Multi-Tiered System of Support Initiative and the School Counseling PPS Training Standards Work Group for the CCTC. She has presented at state and national conferences. Her areas of expertise include school counselor leadership, counseling core curriculum, group counseling, and career and college readiness. Dr. Lopez is an author, trainer, and consultant. She consults with school districts across the state in helping them develop a comprehensive school counseling program.

Dr. Vincent Pompei is an education consultant and the Director of the Youth Well-Being Program at the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest civil rights organization dedicated to LGBTQ equality. Previously, he was the Project Director for the Center for Excellence in School Counseling and Leadership at San Diego State University, served as President for the California Association of School Counselors and was a National Cadre Trainer for the National Education Association. He also worked as a middle school teacher and high school counselor for ten years. In addition, Pompei authored the California LGBTQ Youth Report, was on the advisory council for Equality California's Safe and Supportive Schools Index, testified at a congressional hearing on school safety in Washington D.C. and in 2014, was one of four public educators invited to the White House for their first anti-bullying summit.  Recently, he was named one of the Advocate Magazine's Top 40 Under 40, selected by the National Education Association as a Classroom Superhero and honored by the California PTA for his advocacy work on school safety and inclusion.  ​


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