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2020 MESCA Conference

“Avenues to Hope”

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Russel Sabella
Lisa Koenecke

October 29-30, 2020

Conference Fee
(includes membership)

If you’ve already paid through ASCA, please let us know and we will adjust your payment.

Care packages will be mailed to the first 150 registrants.


Due to unforeseen circumstances, Dr. Ross Greene is unable to be with us on Friday. In his place, we are excited to announce that Dr. Russell Sabella will be offering Friday morning’s keynote, Solution Focused small groups in a virtual environment: Doing more of what works. We are so excited to give Russ a warm Maine hello and to hear his important message!

In addition, all registrants will be given a free copy of “My Data Bootcamp 2.0” to provide you with step-by-step instructions for learning tips and tricks and shortcuts in dealing with data in your work as a school counselor. Log-in instructions to follow.

Dr. Russell Sabella

Russ Sabella

Solution Focused small groups in a virtual environment: Doing more of what works.

Misplaced in a sentence, a comma can make the difference between eating a plant and committing a terrible crime, such as famously described in the book titled, Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynn Truss. In another example, consider these two sentences: “Most of the time, travelers worry about their luggage” versus “Most of the time travelers worry about their luggage.” Or, how about these two sentences: “Let’s eat, grandpa” versus “Let’s eat grandpa.” Indeed, this tiny punctuation mark can hugely impact a sentence; in some cases, even save lives. Learn how removing the comma can lead to better solution-focused counseling and conferences during a pandemic and other ongoing crises. Specifically, Dr. Sabella will share a video that demonstrates a solution-focused small group meeting, conducted in a video-conferencing application, that includes detailing, mind mapping, mine fielding, amplifying, and cheerleading as well as basic group facilitation skills.

Lisa Koenecke

Lisa Koenecke

As an experienced and energetic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) professional speaker and facilitator, Lisa specializes in counteracting unconscious bias and LGBTQ+ inclusion in business. Her impact is amplified through strengthening each person’s allyship. With a demonstrated history of working in secondary education and a passion toward community and social services, she is an expert in counseling, crisis intervention, educational leadership, and program development.

Have you ever wondered what to do when you hear a racist or homophobic comment? Lisa will take you on a journey from being a small “a” ally to becoming a capital “A” Ally. Through her TEDx Talk, “Allies Save Lives,” and her best selling book, “Be An Inclusion Ally: ABCs of LGBTQ+” she gives you a three step process to inclusion. As school counselors, we are all collaborative leaders advocating for systemic change. Lisa has been a middle school counselor and is currently a Counselor Educator with her Diversity & Inclusion Certification from Cornell University. Leadership is important, Inclusive Leadership is imperative. We can be inclusive leaders in academic attitudes, social/emotional skills and in providing career knowledge. Walk away with a renewed purpose to lead our communities toward being significant and inclusive!



Who deserves to be the next Maine School Counselor of the Year? Recognize someone who is doing an outstanding job in a K-12 school in the State of Maine.

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