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The 2018 OC Counselor Symposium will focus on supporting student wellness & success through the ASCA Domains: Academic, Social and Emotional, and Career Development.

With the dynamic partnership between Orange County Department of Education and the Los Angeles/Orange County Regional Consortium of Community Colleges, this symposium will provide valuable professional development for ALL counselors serving K-12, Community College, and Adult Education as well as Administrators and other school based mental-health professionals.

This Counselor Symposium will provide:

  • Nationally known presenters/speakers for K-12 School Counselors and Community College Counselors
  • Targeted breakout sessions for Academic, Social-Emotional, and Career Development
  • Special session on the School Counselor's role in an MTSS Framework and the effective use of data to impact student success
  • Information and resources to help students attain stackable credentials and experience fluid pathways to achieve post-secondary college and career success
  • Opportunities to advance your district LCAP Priority 4 Student Achievement and Priority 5 Student Engagement
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Register NOW for the 2018 Orange County Counselor Symposium

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. - Registration and Breakfast

8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Conference

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Network Social

Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa

900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA

In Partnership With: 

2018 Sponsors

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2018 OCCS Schedule

​7:00 - 8:00 am
​Welcome/Keynote (Ballroom)
​8:00 - 10:00 am
​Transition Time
​10:00 - 10:10 am 
​Breakout Session 1
​10:10 - 11:10 am
​Transition Time
​11:10 - 11:20 am
​Breakout Session 2
​11:20 - 12:20 pm
Transition Time
​12:20 - 12:25 pm
​Lunch (Ballroom)
​12:25 - 1:15 pm
​Transition Time
​1:15 - 1:20 pm
​Breakout Session 3
​1:20 - 2:20 pm
Transition Time ​​2:20 - 2:30 pm
Breakout Session 4​​2:30 - 3:30 pm
​OCCS/CASC Networking Social
​3:30 - 5:30 pm

Featured Speakers​​:


Christian Moore, LCSW

Why Try

Keynote Speaker

Christian is a renowned author, speaker, and licensed clinical social worker who consults with thousands of school districts on lowering dropout rates, improving school climate, preventing bullying, and closing the achievement gap by teaching social and emotional education. He grew up on the streets near Washington D.C. and struggled with learning disabilities. Despite being told college was not an option, Christian obtained a master's degree and became a social worker in education.  

Kevin Fleming, Ph.D.

Grey Matters International

Keynote Speaker

Producer of the viral animation video “Success in the New Economy,” and author of the bestseller, “(Re)Defining the Goal,” Dr. Fleming is a passionate advocate for ensuring all students enter the labor market with a competitive advantage. He supports over 40 Career & Technical Education programs at Norco College (part of Riverside Community College District, California). He is also an
Adjunct faculty member, Executive Vice President of Future N Focus Enterprises, and CEO of Telos Educational Services. Previously, he analyzed industry trends and workforce needs while providing customized geospatial labor market research for the largest higher education system in the world: the California Community Colleges.

Dr. Fleming is a first-generation college student, national speaker, and recovering academic elitist. A true life-long learner, he has earned two Bachelor’s degrees from Loyola Marymount University (Psychology & Philosophy); a Master of Arts from The Ohio State University (Educational Policy & Leadership), a MBA from the University of Redlands, and a Ph.D. in Education from Claremont Graduate University...but it was his CTE industry certification in geographical information systems (GIS) that lifted him out of working poverty. He is a proud eagle scout, father, has completed 5 marathons, and won a spelling bee in the third grade.


​Trish Hatch, Ph.D.

Hatching Results 

Featured Speaker

T. Hatch Photo.JPGDr. Hatch is Executive Director and founder of the Center for Excellence in School Counseling and Leadership (CESCaL) and the President and CEO of Hatching Results®, which provides professional development and consultation services to school districts throughout the country. She serves as a national consultant to The White House and the US Department of Education and co-lead the "invitation only" White House Convening on School Counseling at San Diego State University in 2014.

A former school counselor, site and central office administrator, state association president and ASCA Vice President, Hatch has received multiple national awards, including the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Administrator of the Year Award and their highest honor, the Mary Gehrke Lifetime Achievement Award.  She was inducted into the H.B. McDaniel Hall of Fame at Stanford University for lifetime achievement in school counseling and received the prestigious NACAC "Excellence in Education Award" previously awarded to the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, and Senator Tom Harkin.  Most recently, she received the inaugural California Association of School Counselors' School Counselor Educator of the Year (2016) award. Learn more about Dr. Trish Hatch and her work by visiting


 Carolyn Stone, Ed.D.

University of North Florida

Featured Speaker

Carolyn Stone is a Professor of Counselor Educator at the University of North Florida where she teaches and researches in the area of legal and ethical issues for school counselors and school counselors impacting the opportunity, information and achievement gaps.  Prior to becoming a counselor educator in 1995, Carolyn spent 22 years with the Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, Florida where she served as a middle school teacher, elementary and high school counselor and Supervisor of School Counseling for 225 counselors.  The University of North Florida bestowed their highest honor on Dr. Stone by naming her the 2016 Distinguished Professor.  Carolyn was the 2006 President of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and is in her fifteenth year as their Ethics Chair.  Dr. Stone has written the only book exclusively for school counselors on legal and ethical issues.  Dr. Stone was awarded the Mary Gerke Lifetime Achievement Award by ASCA in 2010 and the Bob Myrick Lifetime Achievement Award by the Florida School Counselor Association in 2012.  Carolyn is a past President of the Florida Counseling Association and the Florida Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors.  Carolyn has delivered over 600 workshops in all 50 states and 23 countries and guest lectured for 18 colleges and universities.  She has authored five books, dozens of journal articles and serves the courts as an expert witness in cases involving school counselors.  Her professional path in elementary and high school counseling, middle school teaching, Supervisor of School Counseling for one of the nation's largest school district, and counselor educator has prepared her with first-hand experience and understanding of the professional world of school counselors.