Conference At A Glance

Mindset Matters 
Conference at a Glance 
Preconference: February 10, 2024
February 11-13, 2024 
Bismarck Hotel & Conference Center (formerly Ramkota Hotel)

Conference Booklet:

NDCA Annual Conference Schedule at a Glance 


Saturday, February 10, 2024

NDSCA Preconference @ Career Academy (8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Opening Keynote: JC Pohl “Building Resilient Students From the Inside Out”

AM Session: JC Pohl “Building Campus Relationships From the Inside Out”

LUNCH catered by Noodles & Co

PM Session: Jason Marotzke “Using Your Intersectionality to Be Strong Allies & Advocates”

Closing Keynote: Jason Marotzke “The Use of Creative Techniques in Counseling”

4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 

Registration Open (Courtyard)

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

North Dakota Counseling Association (NDCA) Executive Council Meeting (Governors)

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 

North Dakota Counseling Association (NDCA) Governing Council Meeting (Governors)

Sunday, February 11, 2024

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

NDSCA Governing Board Meeting (Governors Room)

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

First-Timers Session (Grand Pacific)

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Registration Open (Patterson)

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

NDSCA Advisory Luncheon: University Student Advisors–School Counseling (Governors)

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Welcome and Announcements (Patterson)

1:00 p.m – 2:00 p.m.

Opening Keynote - Mitchell Reed (Patterson)

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. 

Session 1

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Session 2

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p. m.

NDSCA General Membership Meeting (Grand Pacific)

5:30 p.m. 

Social (Patterson)

Monday, February 12, 2024

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. 

Breakfast available (Patterson) + Guest Speaker: Matthew Chaussee with Be More Colorful

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. 

Session 1

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.  

Session 2

11:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m. 

Session 3

12:15p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

Awards Program and Luncheon (Patterson)

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. 

Session 4

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Session 5

DACAC Council Meeting (Governors or Meeting 3160)

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

NDMHA General Membership Meeting–All Division Members are Invited (Lamborn)

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

NDCDA General Membership Meeting–All Division Members are Invited (Grand Pacific)

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast Available (Patterson)

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

NDCA Business Meeting–All Members are Invited (Patterson)

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Session 1

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Session 2

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

Closing Keynote - Jake Kneeland (Patterson)


Tentative Breakout Sessions


The following provides a glimpse of some of the breakout sessions that will be offered at the conference. Schedule to be determined.


The Importance of SEL in our Schools
Navigating the Emotional Rollercoaster of Endometriosis: You See These Patients Daily
A Comprehensive Approach to Endometriosis and Mental Health: You See These Patients Daily
Updates from the ND Department of Public Instruction
The Role of Durable Skills in Career Exploration
Reality Store: Will Your Career Match Your Desired Lifestyle?
Addressing the Needs of LGBTQ+ Youth
MSUM Infuse Mental Health Grant Overview
Working with Military Families
Vaping Me Crazy
Elementary School Counseling Sharing Session
Secondary School Counseling Sharing Session
Career Counseling Sharing Session
College Admissions Roundtable
Fentanyl - Fake and Fatal
From Prison to Purpose
Unlocking Precision in Mental Health: Integrating Pharmacogenomics for Informed Counseling
How Do You Think About Behavior? Exploring Unconventional Thinking with Collaborative Problem Solving
PowerSchool At Risk Setup/Use 23-24
PowerSchool Reports used by Counselors
Utilizing Circles to Build Community and Resilience in High School Students
The Mental Health Challenges of Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome
Navigating Futures: Transformative Career Exploration with CareerViewerXR
Smart With My Money: Helping North Dakotans create positive money mindset
Navigating the Intersection of Colonization, Decolonization, and American Indian Mental Health
Ethical and Legal Issues in Play Therapy
“A Failure of Nerve”: Edwin H. Friedman, Self-Regulation, and Modern Counseling
Launching Youth into the Workforce
Best Practices in Clinical Supervision
Cybersecurity - When You Don’t Have a Classroom Teacher
Effective Treatment Planning: A Panel Discussion
CareerViewXR: Bridging the Career Awareness Gap
Career Connection
Currere: Reflection and Conversation for Social and Cultural Awareness
Insurance 101: An Overview
The Role of Physical Health in Treating Mental Health
The Myth of Infantile Amnesia: The Importance of Mental Health Prenatal to Age 3
The Power of Parents: How to work with Parents to Create Lasting Change
Natural Methods of Helping Children’s Mental Health
Integrating Animal Assisted Therapy in Schools
The Heartbreak of Motherhood
ChatGPT in Counseling: Utilizing AI to Enhance Counselor and Client Support
“Meeting North Dakota Indigenous, LGBTQIA+, Rural Underserved School-Based Mental Health Needs”
Using the Solution-Focused Approach to Support Clients who are experiencing grief
Diagnosis Considerations in the Era of Social Media
Elementary GSA Save Lives: A Group Model to Decrease Health Disparities and Mental Health Outcomes & Positively Impact Educational Outcomes
What to do with Couples: Old Problems, New Trends, Breakthrough to Better Outcomes
Intersecting Identities and Intersectional Experiences: Exploring the Experiences of Racism and Heterosexism in BIPOC LGBTQ+ Individuals
Teaching Self-Regulation Skills Using Heart Rate Monitor Technology
“Building” Positive Outcomes: Integrating Lego-Based Therapy with Children and Adolescents
Taking Care of Yourself, to Better Care of Others
How to Help Supervisees Grow: Looking at Supervision through an Attachment Lens
Wellness and Counseling: A Reframe
Legislative Updates
Ethics Updates
Creating a New Outlook on Behaviors: The Environmental Factors that Affect the Development of Individuals of Different Ability Levels and How Our Mindset Can Change Their Behaviors
Human Trafficking Awareness: What Counselors Need to Know
Understanding Registered Apprenticeship Programs