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International School Counselor Collaborative - A Virtual Event

October 1-31, 2020 

Registration will be Open June 5, 2020 


Due to the evolving COVID-19 Pandemic, the International School Counselor Association (ISCA) has been left with no other option but to cancel the 2020 Annual Conference, which was due to take place on October 23-25, 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand. Please know that your health and safety is a top priority for ISCA and with so many variables and uncertainty surrounding the situation and travel restrictions, we could no longer move forward with this in-person event in the fall in good conscience.

Now what? WIth the acceleration of online options and with so many of our students undergoing distance learning, we will follow the same path. Instead of an intensive 2 ½ day live event in Bangkok, during the entire month of October, we will have professional development workshops, webinars, chats, movies and social events for International School Counselors.

There will be at least one to two events/speakers/webinars every day addressing topics that are relevant to you and your work as an international school counselor. You have the option to either attend live or, if it is more convenient for your schedule,  you can view replays of all the resources and presentations, which will be available online for a year. Which means, with this transition, you still have the opportunity to learn and now on your schedule! 

We are really excited about this event and hope you are too!

What will the “International School Counselor Collaborative--A Virtual Event” include?  

  • 1-2 events/webinars a day focused on the professional development and growth of the K-12 international school counselor

  • Featured speakers include: Dr. Sean Truman, Ruth Van Reken, and others.

  • Access to all presentations and materials for one year

  • Many of the events will be interactive and experiential

  • “Counselor Chats” with counselors from around the world focused on important topics. These groups can be regional, divisional job-a-likes, passion focused, new counselor groups, etc. The options are endless.

  • 50+ unique sessions 

  • Access to services and tools to support your counseling program

  • Mentorship opportunities for new counselors (not supervision)

  • Professional development hours for licensure requirements

  • Live Social events


Every day will be a new opportunity to learn and grow. We have themed the strands to the days of the week so that you can plan accordingly . 

See below for an example of the strands we will be offering: 








Film/ Documentaries       

Mental Health with Sean Truman

Transitions & Leadership 


SEL/ Curriculum                          

Counselor Chats                   

Responsive Services                

More details of the exact events held on these days, and every day during October, will be posted in the coming weeks.


The International Counselor Collaborative is available to all international counselors or educators interested in developing their skills, connections and tools with regards to counseling practices, mental health, social emotional wellbeing and best practice school counseling practices. 


School Year 2020-21 will continue to be a unique year in international education and we will be faced with new challenges and demands as school counselors. As such, at ISCA, it is our goal to make professional development available to as many counselors as possible while also providing opportunities for unique collaborations with counselors around the world.  

We hope you will join us for the International School Counselor Collaborative.  See below for your options for participating in this Virtual Event.

  • Option A -- Virtual Event (for ISCA Members) -- $250

  • Option B -- Virtual Event (for Non-ISCA Members) -- $300

  • Option C -- Bundle: Virtual Event and One-Year ISCA Membership (renewal) -- $340

  • Option D -- Bundle: Virtual Event and One-Year ISCA Membership (new)-- $395

  • Option E -- Bundle: Virtual Event, One-Year ISCA Membership (new or renewal) and two-day Virtual Institutes 2020-2021 (see link for topics) -- $585

Registration will open June 5, 2020.

***If you were registered for the Conference in Bangkok please go to this page for more instructions

on your refund options.***


Dr. Sean Truman

Sean Truman spent the majority of his childhood in Nairobi, Kenya, where his father worked for the United Nations and his mother was a teacher at the International School of Kenya.  He attended college in the US and received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut. He was a National Institute of Mental Health Fellow at the Yale University School of Medicine, where he worked both at the Child Study Center and in the Department of Psychiatry. 

He is a Licensed Psychologist and runs a private practice where he sees individuals, adolescents and couples. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Truman has worked as both a researcher and a professor of undergraduates and graduate students. 

In 2010 Dr. Truman co-founded, and is the Chief Medical Officer of the Truman Group, a practice that provides remote mental health consultation and care to expatriates living abroad.  He is responsible for the oversight of thirty clinicians. 

Dr. Truman is an expert in international expatriate mental health.  He has published in the area and is regularly sought out as a consultant in the international school community.  He works frequently with school leadership and school counselors and is involved in program and policy development in the communities in which he serves.

Dr. Truman’s work takes him to development organizations, government agencies and international schools around the world; he has provided consultation, education and expertise regarding mental health care and policy to organization administrators, international school leadership, faculty, as well as the larger expatriate community.  He has led continuing education and professional development sessions for school counselors.

Based in Minnesota, in the United States Dr. Truman travels extensively working with counselors, schools and individuals. Dr. Truman currently oversees an initiative to support school counselors in Africa. In partnership with the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) and with funding from the Office of Overseas Schools, he designed and implemented a program to provide consultation groups for counselors to improve their systems, programs and counseling skills. 

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