Keynote Speakers

Learn and energize yourself with our two keynote speakers at the 15th Annual Professional School Counselor Conference. Our keynotes will speak during each general session, held from 9:30 - 11:30 am on Monday (Feb 10) and Tuesday (Feb 11).

Monday's Keynote Speaker (Feb 10)

Debbie Silver

Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8

Dr. Debbie Silver is a brilliantly funny, beautifully insightful, and boldly authentic speaker, author, and educator. She has dedicated her life to understanding learning and growth behavior and has become a world-renowned and empowering speaker.

While inspiring educators to enjoy their job, she reminds them of how important they are in the lives of children, their families, and the world. Through her writing and her speaking, she highlights relevant and tested learning theory and tools for communication. She makes essential points while sharing poignant stories and lots of laughs. Debbie firmly believes that teachers need to be having fun and staying in touch with their passion to make their biggest impact in the classroom.

When shes not working as an educational speaker and writer, Debbie enjoys spending time in Texas with her husband, Dr. Lawrence Silver, and spending time with their 5 sons and their families who live in 5 different states.

Tuesday's Keynote Speakers (Feb 11)

Drs. Daniel and Jennifer Williamson

Recognizing the Transformational Power of Purpose  

There is tremendous conversation today about compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma for helping professionals.  While this is a significant conversation, it is equally important to discuss the merit of living a life of connection and service.  Recognizing the value of finding purpose and meaning in ones life enhances well-being by providing restorative and protective factors.  This journey has the potential to be integrated into our work with students and in schools where we can help to foster the Adlerian concept of gemeinschaftsgefühl which translates into community feeling or social interest.  This session seeks to help us to reflect upon the idea that we are part of something much larger than ourselves and that what we do has lasting ripples that can change lives and communities.  

Drs. Daniel and Jennifer (Nivin) Williamson are Founders of PAX Consulting and Counseling, PLLC and Core Faculty with Capella University in the Department of Counseling.  They have been in the fields of higher education and counseling for over 20 years.  They specialize in Adlerian Counseling and study how people find purpose and meaning in their lives.  They are both Fulbright Specialist Alumni in Mental Health and have trained counselors on three continents