Sponsored by Reach Higher MT

MSCA is excited to host our first ever Virtual Conference!
Please see below for details or click the button below to enter the conference.

These webinars will be available 6/10/20- 9/30/20
to MSCA members only, through the website's secure log in.

MSCA members will be able to view the content for free; however, if you would like to receive renewal units for the content the cost is $5 per webinar.

Professional Development:
A total of 21 OPI Renewal Units and CEUs will be available for $5 per webinar. In order to receive CEUs and OPI Renewal Units, you will be asked to complete a brief quiz for each webinar. Two attempts are allowed per quiz; an 80% or higher is a pass. Renewal unit certificates will be issued after the close of the conference. If you would like to receive yours earlier, please email

For every quiz that you take, you will be entered into a drawing to win prizes! 


Featuring two keynote webinars and 16 "sectional" webinars. Our amazing presenters have worked hard to create these presentations. We hope you find them informative and enjoy watching them!

Presenter(s) Title & Summary Renewal Units/CEUs 
Dr. Carolyn Stone
School Counselors: Legal and Ethical Complications of Working with Minors in Schools - Parts 1& 2

 In this two-part webinar,  Dr. Carolyn Stone, an expert in legal and ethical issues in school counseling, discusses common ethical and legal issues in schools including the new Title IX regulations. Dr. Stone also discusses legal cases relevant to school counselors such as the Varsity Blues scandal .
Dr. Tina Barrett
Recharge! How to build resilience, enhance compassion satisfaction, and thrive in your work

Dr. Tina Barrett from Tamarack Grief Resource Center answers the question “how do we not only do our jobs well but also stay health, balanced and engaged in the work?” through focusing on intrapersonal, interpersonal and organizational strategies. Through this webinar, participants will also explore different responses to loss/grief and develop tools to address trauma, chronic stress and grief. Dr. Barrett also shares strategies to enhance wellness specific to circumstances related to COVID-19.
Dr. Emily Sallee Responding to Students Engaging in Non-Suicidal Self-Injurious (NSSI) Behaviors

Dr. Emily Sallee shares about the characteristics of non-suicidal self injury (NSSI),  its effects on the school environment and from the school environment, and how to support students engaging in NSSI. 

EmpowerMT Building Inclusive Schools and Communities for LGBTQ+ and Gender Diverse Youth

EmpowerMT’s goal is to share how a schools and organizations culture can impact empowering LGBTQ+ to be more inclusive. Their goal is to help educators build tools for effective leadership, collaboration and advocacy for LGBTQ+, Two-Spirit and Gender Diverse youth to thrive in. 

Montana CareerLab with Rob Marvin Navigating Montana CareerLab

Robert Marvin walks you through how to navigate MCIS website. You will also view instructional videos on logging in, understanding account types, creating user portfolios, and working with groups in MCIS.
Dr. Jayna Mumbauer- Pisano Bibiliocounseling: Supporting Students' Mental Health Literacy One Story at a Time

Dr. Jayna Mumbauer- Pisano discusses how Bibliocounseling and Mental Health Literacy can use the power of stories, films, and other types of media to support our students mental health. She provides a wide variety of information, examples, and to data support why this is such a great tool for kids. 
Martha Teater, MA, LMFT, LPC, LCAS Recharge! How to build resilience, enhance compassion satisfaction, and thrive in your work

 Martha Teater’s presentation is called ReCharge! (How to build resilience, enhance compassion satisfaction, and thrive in your work). Throughout the presentation you will identify symptoms of compassion fatigue vs burnout, be presented with a Professional Quality of Life Quiz, and will identify and discuss ideas to be more satisfied and less stressed in the work environment. In an effort to create a more positive work environment for yourself, Martha will outline how to build a plan to engage in a happy life and work environment. 

Susan Court, YRBS Coordinator, MT OPI 2019 MT Youth Risk Behavior Survey: Results and Trends

Susan Court reviews the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey results in this webinar. Walking through each of the survey question data, she explains what our Montana Teens are dealing with in the world today. 

Montana College Access Network Creating a College Going Culture

Amy Verlanic explores 9 principles to create a college going culture. Dannette Fadness summarizes the mission and benefits of MTCC Americorps and how it can contribute to student success. Lastly Rebecca Power highlights new Montana University System initiatives.
Renee Erlandsen, MT OPI CTAE Division MT Ready - Strengthening Career and Technical Education

The goal of Strengthening Career and Technical Education is to demonstrate the need for change in our educational system in developing more skills based learning experience. Then Renee Erlandsen reviewed Perkins V and Montana’s Vision for CTE. She also dives into MT pathways and counselors roles in helping students with career development based on this new vision
Julie Ballew, MA, LCPC, CCFP Beyond Self-Care: Promoting Professional Resiliency

Julie Ballew shared her experience with compassion fatigue and how she discovered new ways to cope in the helpful profession. This webinar outlines understanding stress, understanding compassion fatigues and how we can become resilient.
Bridger Care Creating a Consent-Savvy Generation

Cami Armijo-Grover along with three high school peer educators review specific strategies and activities that show what consent really is. The goal is to create a consent savvy generation instead of continuing to teach through a victim blaming lens.
TransVisible MT Navigating Allyship through the Genderverse

Moderated by Dr. Paul Lachapelle, Zuri Moreno from TransVisible MT discusses gender identity, specifically, genders that fall under the “transbrella and best practices in working with gender diverse students.
Montana Post Secondary Education Opportunities Council Montana's 25 Colleges & Universities

MPSEOC Executive Director, Amy Learym, shares an overview of Montana’s 25 colleges and universities and all the amazing opportunities and experiences that each of them offer.
Montana Post Secondary Education Opportunities Council Montana Tribal Colleges

An overview of Montana’s seven tribal colleges including the degrees that they offer, campus descriptions, clubs and organizations, and other opportunities for student involvement. There is also information about the American Indian College Fund and Montana Gear Up.
Drs. Anna Elliott, Rebecca Koltz, Kirsten Murray & Jayne Downey Rural Mental Health Preparation/Practice Pathway (RMHP3)

Drs. Elliott, Koltz, Murray and Downey discuss the Rural Mental Health Preparation/Practice Pathway developed in partnership between MSU and UM. This program is designed to increase the number of school counselors in rural areas in Montana through specific training and preparation beginning in graduate school. They also share resources available and best practices for rural school-based mental health. 

Pure Edge Inc. Educator Self-Care: The Trickle-Down Effect

Anne Contreras’s presentation called Educator Self-Care: The Trickle-Down Effect provides educators/counselors information about stress and the impact it has on educators. Along with the foundational information surrounding stress, this presentation also provides tips and tricks for counselors and educators to use themselves or with their students. This presentation encourages the educator to use self-care not only to better their own lives but to improve the lives of their students. When we feel better, our kids feel better too!

Stefanie Winfield, MSW Needs Assessment and Resource Mapping

Stefanie Winfield shares how a school can begin assessing and mapping their mental health initiatives. The importance of assessing and mapping is to understand what programs are being utilized, if they are effective and identifying pathways for long term success. The curriculum is made up of 8 modules, this presentation looks at module 3

*Please note that we can only issue OPI renewal units as whole numbers. If you watch one of the webinars that is listed as 0.5 renewal units you will need to watch another 0.5 webinar to be issued a certificate.

Special thank you to our sponsor Reach Higher MT!

Thank you to the MSCA Conference Committee Members for all your hard work!
Katy Thomas, Committee Chair
Abby Wright
Kirstin Marne
Liz James
Kelsey Mcpherson
Bill Starkey
Rich Needham
Christina Murgel