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UPDATE:  February 7, 2019 -- Registration is now Closed

2019 ISCA Annual Conference
"Counselors: The Heart of the School"
March 14-16, 2019 

Brussels, Belgium


School counselors are the heart of the school. We support and enhance the educational achievement of students through the delivery of curriculum, focused on student wellbeing. We advocate for programs that benefit all students. Uniquely positioned in our roles, counselors connect and collaborate with students, parents, teachers and administrators. We organize, lead and evaluate crisis response. This year’s conference will focus on building our capacity to lead and advocate in these areas.

To support our efforts in providing programs that address the wellbeing of the whole child,  we have invited Susie March, an internationally recognized expert on Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE), to be our keynote speaker. During the conference she will be discussing:  

  • How to introduce a Comprehensive Sexuality K-12 Education program in your school

  • Experiential teaching methods and creating a safe teaching environment

  • Values and attitudes towards Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE)

  • Aligning the standards of CSE, ISCA and Council of International Schools Accreditation

  • Parental engagement, a whole school approach

Susie will also be presenting with Yoan Tranholm Reed, a health professional with an MA in International Child Studies, King’s College London, with emphasis on International Child Protection, International Children’s rights, International Comparative Education and Parental engagement in Sexuality Education.

Join us in the Capital of Europe! Home to the European Union, the Smurfs, hundreds of international organizations and soon a diverse group of international school counselors for a long weekend of learning, connecting and fun!

Brussels, known for its history, chocolate, waffles, beer and mussels, promises to be a feast for your senses.

Conference Sold-out. Registration is now closed

keynote presenter

Susie March

Susie has worked exclusively with international schools for the past ten years. She has a wealth of experience from across the world in delivering Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) to students and running professional development training for staff. Her holistic and developmentally-appropriate approach to CSE is specific to internationals schools and the unique cultures within which they operate.

She supports and works with school leaders to improve CSE teacher training standards and professional development. Her objective is to make teachers and counselors confident and skilled in delivering an age-appropriate and whole-school approach to the topic. She has also worked on policy development, curriculum planning and implementation.

Her approach is to help educators empower students to take responsibility for their own sexual health, social and emotional well-being by providing the appropriate information, skills and values needed to build healthy, happy and respectful relationships. She believes that cultural sensitivities to sexuality education is improved by parental involvement, facilitated through her parent information sessions.

A Council of International Schools (CIS) Affiliated Consultant in Curriculum Design and Delivery and Student Wellbeing: Protection, Safety, & Security. Susie collaborates with CIS, offering training on strategies for addressing the educational elements of the new Child Protection accreditation standards; these include physical abuse, grooming, online safety, commercial exploitation and disclosure.  Susie is a regular speaker and facilitator at educational conferences hosted by organisations such as ECIS, CIS, AAIE, AISA and TAISI.

Based in Munich in Germany, Susie originally qualified in 1986 as a health professional within the UK’s National Health Service, and specialised in sexual health, women's health and family planning.

Featured presenter

Yoan Tranholm Reed

Yoan received her formative education in Denmark, has lived in Australia and completed her higher education in UK. She is a health professional with an MA in International Child Studies, King’s College London, with emphasis on International Child Protection, International Children’s rights, International Comparative Education and Parental engagement in Sex Education. Yoan works with a full range of educational establishments and consults with key stake-holders on CSE needs, training, schemes of work and effective evaluation to inform policy and practice.

Yoan has over 20 years’ experience in Sexual, Reproductive, Health Rights (SRHR) and Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE). Additionally, she is an elected Advisory Board member at Sex Education Forum (SEF), National Children's Bureau, UK, founder of Teaching Lifeskills, co-founder of Outspoken Sex Ed and advisor at March Consulting


PREPaRE Workshop 1  "Crisis Prevention and Preparedness: Comprehensive School Safety Planning"

Thursday, March 14, 2019

UPDATE:  January 31, 2019 -- WAITLIST Only

The PREPaRE Workshop 1 "Crisis Prevention and Preparedness: Comprehensive School Safety Planning" at the ISCA Pre-conference with Chrystal Kelly provides you with the knowledge and resources to help you establish and sustain comprehensive school safety and crisis prevention and preparedness efforts. With updated research and strategies, this workshop makes a clear connection between ongoing school safety and crisis preparedness. It also will emphasize the unique needs and functions of school teams and the steps involved in developing these teams, including a model that integrates school personnel and community provider roles. The workshop also explore how to prepare for school crises by developing, exercising, and evaluating safety and crisis plans.  

Participants will receive 6.5 contact hours, a spiral-bound booklet that includes the PowerPoint presentation, supplemental handouts, and a resource CD.

After attending PREPaRE Workshop 1 attendees may decide they would like to attend Workshop 2 (not offered at ISCA), which is a two-day training that focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the mental health needs of students and staff in the aftermath of a crisis. Participants can learn more about Workshop 1 and 2 here.  

More about PREPaRE

The PREPaRE curriculum has been developed by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and leading experts as part of NASP's decade-long leadership in providing evidence-based resources and consultation related to school crisis prevention and response. PREPaRE training is ideal for schools committed to improving and strengthening their school safety and crisis management plans and emergency response. The PREPaRE framework goals are to:

  • Prevent and prepare for psychological trauma
  • Reaffirm physical health and perceptions of security and safety
  • Evaluate psychological trauma risk
  • Provide interventions  
  • and
  • Respond to psychological needs
  • Examine the effectiveness of crisis prevention and intervention

Pre-Conference Presenter

Chrystal Kelly 

Chrystal Kelly is a passionately committed educator who has been advocating for students, staff and families through counseling, teaching, coaching, and mentoring for the past twenty years.  She currently works at The American International School of Muscat (TAISM) in Oman where she enjoys being a leader in all domains of school counseling. She serves as a Student Protection Team Member, Wellness Team Advocate, Muscat School Counselor Group Coordinator, and International School Counselor Association Task Force Member.  As a past Department Leader, Chrystal helped her high school in Colorado, USA become a Recognized American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Model Program and feels very strongly about the importance of delivering a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program.

Chrystal is dedicated to empowering counselors to be leaders in their schools with crisis response and planning. She will be leading a pre-conference training at ISCA 2019 on the PREPaRE Curriculum, Workshop 1. PREPaRE is a school crisis prevention and intervention training and curriculum, which supports comprehensive physical and psychological safety in schools.  Chrystal has attended a variety of trainings in the United States and internationally, focused on suicide prevention, safeguarding children, and trauma and looks forward to sharing her knowledge and learning from others.


We see a lot of anxiety in our schools. 

By sharing this film, ANGST, we hope to lessen our angst. 

IndieFlix, a leading independent online streaming platform, along with its non-profit arm, the IndieFlix Foundation, is sparking a global conversation about anxiety through screenings of its brand-new documentary, Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety”.  During the ISCA Annual  Conference, we will feature viewings of the 56-minute film, followed by informative discussions to open up a dialogue with counselors.

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health challenge in the U.S., impacting 54 percent of females and 46 percent of males, with age seven being the median age of onset, according to the World Health Organization. While anxiety disorders are highly treatable, only one-third of those suffering receive treatment. Everyone involved in the development of “Angst” has a personal experience with anxiety – from the producers to the interviewees.

Producers Scilla Andreen and Karin Gornick have one goal: to start a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Through candid interviews, they utilize the power of film to tell the stories of many kids and teens who discuss their anxiety and its impacts on their lives and relationships, as well as how they’ve found solutions and hope. The film also includes a special interview with Michael Phelps, a mental health advocate and one of the greatest athletes of all-time. In addition, the documentary provides discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, along with the help, resources and tools available to address the condition.

“Angst” screens in schools and communities across the world. The IndieFlix original film is expected to reach more than three million people around the world, through 25,000 community and school screenings. To book a screening of ANGST in your community, find a screening or learn more, visit www.angstmovie.com or contacann@indieflix.com.

Click here for a complete look at the conference schedule! 

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