Why I Love the ASCA Virtual Conference

I have never been to ASCA. Every summer I’m filled with FOMO, wishing I could be in the conference center feeding off the electric energy that’s evident in every picture and video I see on social media! It has just never worked out based on where I was living or life situations, but for the last 3 years, I have been so happy to be a virtual conference attendee. If you’re not able to travel to the conference, the ASCA virtual conference is a great option! Below, you’ll find what I love most about it:

Can't go to ASCA? Why not attend the ASCA virtual conference? Check out why it's a great option for school counselors who can't make the trip.

ASCA Virtual Conference: Why I Love It!

Cut the Distance

This year, I am approximately 5000 miles away from the conference. While I absolutely love Boston, I just couldn’t quite make the trip from Oahu. In a previous year, I had just had a baby when the conference took place so obviously travel was a no-go! Whatever your travel constraint may be, the virtual conference is a great option to stay in the loop even when you can’t be there.

Cost Effective

For ASCA members, the virtual conference is only $199. That’s an amazing price for the quality of session content and the number of CEUs you can earn from “attending.” I’ve paid more for 1-day conferences that didn’t provide me with the same quality of post-session action steps.

Access to Handouts and Slides

For all of the sessions that are broadcast on the live virtual conference, handouts and slides are available so that I can follow along. The virtual broadcast almost always shows the presenters and the slides in a side-by-side screen, but I can also follow along with the slides on my own device if I want a closer look. And for those sessions that are broadcast live…

Access to the App & Other Sessions

You still have access to the ASCA conference app, even as a virtual attendee! In the app, you can see the schedule for the day and access slides for all of the other sessions as well (not just the sessions that are broadcast!).

Can't go to ASCA? Why not attend the ASCA virtual conference? Check out why it's a great option for school counselors who can't make the trip.

Chat Box Discussion

One thing that I feel like I miss out on the most is the networking and social connections with other counselors! During the virtual conference sessions, there is an active chat box where participants can discuss the session and share ideas. It’s a great way to feel connected to other counselors, even if you’re watching by yourself on your own couch!

Have you attended the ASCA virtual conference? What do you love about it? While I know it’s not quite the same as being there in person, it’s a great alternative for counselors and students who can’t make it. I hope to catch you in Seattle in 2020!

Can't go to ASCA? Why not attend the ASCA virtual conference? Check out why it's a great option for school counselors who can't make the trip.

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