2018 Superconference: Inspiring perseverence across the journey

Boise State University, Student Union Building

Pre-Conference Learning Institutes

November 14 & 15, 2018 

*separate registration required

Check out the Pre-Conference page for more details! 


November 16 & 17, 2018

Conference Schedule

Friday, November 16th, 2018


 Registration and Continental Breakfast

Option 1 

  9am - 12pm (3 CE hours)

The Power of Storytelling Pt.1

by Jeffrey Kottler Ph.D


 What’s a story that changed your life? It could have been a story told to you by a teacher, a parent, a coach, or a counselor. It could have been a story from a film, television show, play, song lyrics, or novel. It could have been a family story, a fairy tale, fable, myth or legend. Human memory, and all human experiences, are created and remembered as narratives, whether they include dreams, fantasies, crises, or life’s challenges.

In one sense, counselors, therapists, and teachers are professional storytellers, whether the anecdotes are offered in the form of self- disclosures, metaphors, parables, case examples, or illustrative examples. In addition novels, movies, television shows, biographies, have a profound affect on people. As therapists and counselors, we attempt to influence and persuade people through the power of stories, as well as "hold" the stories of those we help.

Through mirror neurons, our brains don’t distinguish very much between stories that we consume vicariously and actual direct experience. Stories have a way of penetrating our hearts and souls in a way that self-help books and conversations can’t touch—largely because of the high levels of emotional arousal and empathy that are triggered. That is one reason why people care so deeply for some fictional characters or those on reality shows: as far as our brain is concerned, such individuals really do feel like family or friends. And it is also why stories can potentially be so influential and persuasive.

This program reviews the ways that stories are an integral part of counseling and therapy and how we can be far more effective, skilled, and creative in the ways we approach our efforts to maximize our impact. We will examine and explore the power of therapeutic stories and how they can be harnessed more effectively. 

Option 2 

9am - 12pm (3 CE hours)

 Jostens Renaissance: The Game Changer

by Dr. Phil Campbell


Learn how to revolutionize the culture and climate of your school through tried and proven ideas that focus on recognition for ALL stakeholders on your campus. Learn how the power of relationships and "making it matter" can completely transform the perception of your school from the inside out. Countless proven ideas will be shared to make every student and adult feel like a rock star!

Learning Objectives:

  *   Learn multiple ways to positively impact the culture and climate of your school
  *   Discover numerous tools and resources that are readily available to assist in establishing a positive school culture and climate, ranging from a character education video series to school climate surveys and many more
  *   Study the impact that Jostens Renaissance made on the presenter’s high school and ways that it can be replicated to fit your school
  *   Develop a greater understanding of your school’s culture and climate and, in turn, develop strategies for positive improvement on your campus
  *   Explore avenues to increase student voice and ownership on your campus






12 - 12:45pm

ICA Annual Business Meeting

ICA Division Presentations

Provided Lunch



Option 1

 1 - 4pm (3 CE hours)

The Power of Storytelling Pt.2

by Jeffrey Kottler Ph.D

Learning Objectives

1. Study how stories hold personal and cultural identities, for better or for worse

2. Review all the ways that stories have had an impact on people's lives, and even changed the world!

3. Learn about the neurophysiology of the brain that maximizes coding, memory retention and access, through storied narratives.

4. Explore ways that stories have been a significant within indigenous and multicultural contexts.

5. Understand trauma in terms of disordered or fragmented stories

6. Discuss ways to be more skilled and effective at creating and sharing stories within helping relationships 

Option 2 

1 - 4pm (3 CE hours)

LIFE 101

by Terri Tchorzynski

(2017 National School Counselor of the Year)


Influence – Equity – Access – Advocate – Success. In the world of a school counselor, these are just some of the words that permeate our minds as we strive to help our students reach their full potential and discover the world in which they strive to achieve. I am sure we would all agree that these are not always easy tasks and at times it can feel as though not enough progress is being made, so I am here today to offer you a course called LIFE 101.

This presentation is around the acronym of LIFE:

Living – Inspiration vs. Influence

Intentionally – Equity and Access; Data-Driven Decisions

For – Advocating for both students and the profession

Excellence – Technical Skills vs. Soft Skills (Life Skills); ASCA’s Mindsets and Behaviors 


 Posters/Snack Break


Division Meetings (Jordan Ballroom)



Optum Sponsored Social 

Saturday, November 17th, 2018

Schedule for Saturday, November 17

7:15 - 8:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 -  9:30am Session A (1.5 CE hours) *ethics option available

9:45 - 10:15am General Session

  10:15 - 11:45am  Keynote - The Secrets of Exceptional Counselors - Jeffrey Kottler (1.5 CE hours)

12:00 - 1:00pm Awards Luncheon

1:15 - 2:45pm Session B (1.5 CE hours) *ethics option available

3:00-4:30pm Session C (1.5 CE hours) *ethics option available

 4:45-5:45pm Division Distinguished Presenters  (1.0 CE hour)

Detailed schedule for Saturday including breakout session titles can be found at our Saturday Presentation page!

* 13 possible CE Hours 




Idaho Counseling Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2013.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  Idaho Counseling Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 



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