MSCA Annual Conference

April 30, 2017 – May 02, 2017
Madden’s on Gull Lake, Brainerd, Minnesota

Theme: “MSCA School Counselors Unplugged”

The ESSCA Division will be hosting the MSCA Spring Conference this year April 30-May 2, 2017 and we are excited for you to join us for this professional conference!

Check out the MSCA Conference Brochure 2017


*Registration is now closed*  No further registrations (late or onsite) will be accepted.


LODGING INFO 2017 : register for lodging at Maddens (conference fees are separate from lodging)

Click on the link Madden’s Lodging Reservations > *Registration is now closed*


We have been working with Maddens to help keep costs down! Here are a few of the changes: **New room options! There is an option for Triple and Quad prices. Please note there are limited rooms with 3-4 actual beds. You may be in a room that has 3-4 pillows. **Also to keep rates lower there will be great food, but not as many options. The menus will be a chef’s choice.


Conference Planning CommitteeConference Co-Chairs:
1. Jessica Siler
2. Lisa Horowicki

*Registration is now closed*  No further registrations (late or onsite) will be accepted.

Chef Marshall O’Brien

The Chef Marshall O’Brien Group’s mission is to educate and empower people to achieve quality lives through smart nutrition. We strive to teach people that nourishing is different from eating. When we eat nourishing food, we perform better in everything we do. The group is made up of chefs, dietitians, researchers, writers and videographers.

The role of the researchers and dietitians is to understand current best nutrition practices and translate these practices into the right foods that produce the desired results. Since people will only eat the right foods if they taste good, our chefs use the recommended foods to create recipes that taste great. We call this “Putting Delicious in Nutritious.”

The Chef Marshall O’Brien Group works with child care providers, schools, the YMCA, fire, police and public works departments, cities and corporations on staff wellness and nutrition strategies that help all people perform better.You may have seen Chef Marshall on television–he regularly appears on Fox9 in the Twin Cities, where he is a trusted voice for Smart Nutrition.

Dr. Sherene McHenry

Life and Leadership IQ expert, Dr. Sherene McHenry empowers counselors to avoid burnout and enhance relationships so they can reignite their passion and be more effective on a daily basis. Sherene has a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Wyoming, speaks internationally and is the author of Pick: Choose to Create a Life You Love and The Busy Student’s Guide to College and Career Success.

A former counselor educator, Sherene now works with associations and organizations who want to enhance engagement, increase effectiveness and boost productivity. She’s a member of the American Counseling Association, the National Speakers Association and past president of the Michigan National Speakers Association.

Josie Robinson

Josie Robinson is an author, speaker, and holistic counselor who helps people get unstuck from whatever they may be struggling with. Josie has inspired thousands of people around the world through her book, “The Gratitude Jar: A Simple Guide to Creating Miracles.” She believes everyone, no matter what, can instantly change their life for the better once they start Giving THANKS! In this presentation, you will discover Josie’s easy to learn Give THANKS formula for delivering extraordinary results in every area of your life-work, personal, family, spiritual -that only takes a few minutes a day to do.


To view the break-out sessions, please view the MSCA Conference Brochure 2017


To view the Pre-Conference Session information, please view the MSCA Conference Brochure 2017

MSCA Day on the Hill

On behalf of the MSCA Government Relations Committee, we would like to thank all that attended The Day on the Hill on March 16th, 2017.

Never attended a Day on the Hill? Nervous about meeting with legislators? There is support for those who have never attended and opportunities to go along with veteran school counselors.

Photos from the 2017 Day on the Hill

Tentative Agenda 2017 : 

Convene at Education Minnesota Building (Basement Meeting Room): 41 Sherburne Ave, St. Paul MN 55103 (Basement Meeting Room)

  • 8:00 Welcome/Registration/Refreshments
  • 8:30 Welcome of Legislators
  • 9:00 Training by GR Team/Goff regarding advocacy/meetings
  • 10:00-3:00 Meetings with Legislators (arranged personally by individual counselors)
  • 12:00 Lunch will be available After lunch: Tours available of Capitol Building
  • 3:00 Debrief with GR team

CONTACTING YOUR LEGISLATORS AND APPOINTMENTS FOR THE DAY: Begin contacting your legislators in the area where you live and/or the area where you work. Appointments should be made between 10:00 am and 3:00 if possible. If needed, appts can be made earlier and you can join the group at EdMN between appts. If you need to find out who your legislators are, here is a link

ATTIRE: Business casual is the recommended attire for the day as we meet with legislators. We are on the move often heading between buildings so comfortable shoes are recommended.

PARKING: Parking: In any public capitol complex lots or in the Bethesda Hospital complex

If you have any questions, contact your division president or GR chair or any of the MSCA Government Relations team:

Murray Smart, Government Relations Chair at 320-305-1397 or

Dr. Walter Roberts or

Tom Tillberry, MSCA President or

Leah Kent, MSCA President Elect or

Jillian McGee or

Julia Corneil-Smith or