Comparative School Counseling

Second International Virtual Conference

21 - 23 March 2022

It was such a wonderful conference, with interesting papers and fruitful discussions!

Thank You to all participants!

See you again in 2023!


About the Conference

Conference mission

The mission of this international virtual conference is to develop and establish a new comparative research field that could be called Comparative School Counseling.

Such a research field would:

  • contribute to a better understanding of common features, similarities and differences in school counseling worldwide;
  • support transferring best school counseling practices and innovations between countries;
  • help improving school counseling training programs at colleges and universities; and
  • support the development of policy to support effective school counseling practice.

Prospective participants

This Conference is for:

  • Policy makers
  • Academic staff
  • Researchers
  • PhD students
  • Master’s students
  • School counselors
  • School counselor educators

  • School inspectors

  • Education consultants
  • School principals
  • Teachers

  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Special needs therapists
  • Mediators

  • Policy advocates in NGOs and professional associations

Benefits to participants

The Conference offers the following benefits:

  • Respecting all participants regardless of their race, nationality, personality, origin, sex, religion, occupation, education.
  • Keeping friendly atmosphere and polite communication.
  • Establishing contacts between people from different parts of the world.
  • Providing excellent opportunities for oral presentations and discussions by giving a 30-minute time slot to each presentation.
  • Including abstracts in the Conference Program.
  • Publishing full papers.

  • Awarding Certificates of Participation to all participants.

Keynote Presentations

Keynote Presentation 1

The Importance of Evaluation for International School-based Counseling

Keynote speaker:

Prof. Dr. Michael S. Trevisan

Washington State University, USA

Keynote Presentation 3

Counseling English Language Learners in U.S. Schools

Keynote speaker:

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Qi Shi 

Loyola University Maryland, USA

Keynote Presentation 2

Ethical Considerations and Tensions in Comparative International School Counseling

Keynote speaker:

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ian Martin

University of San Diego, USA

Keynote Presentation 4

Slovenian Counselors’ Coping with COVID-19 Pandemics

Keynote speakers:

Dr. Petra Gregorčič Mrvar & Dr. Katja Jeznik

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Organizing Committee

Prof. Dr.habil. Nikolay Popov

Sofia University, Bulgaria

Conference Chair

Dr. Lynn Preston

North-West University, South Africa

Chair of Section 1

Prof. Emer. Dr. John C. Carey
International Society for Policy Research and Evaluation in School-Based Counseling

Conference Co-Chair

Prof. Dr. Margarita Bakracheva

Sofia University, Bulgaria

Chair of Section 2

Prof. Dr. Vera Spasenović

University of Belgrade, Serbia

Conference Co-Chair

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Elizabeth Thomas

Christ University, India

Chair of Section 3

Program Committee

Prof. Dr. Charl Wolhuter

North-West University, South Africa

Prof. Dr. Mariela Pavalache-Ilie

Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zoltán Rónay

Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Victor Martinelli

University of Malta, Malta

Queen Chioma Nworgu, M.A.

London Metropolitan University, UK

Prof. Dr. Joanne Bakos Antrim

Concordia University Texas, USA

Prof. Dr. Gordana Stankovska

University of Tetovo, North Macedonia

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Megan M. Krell

Fitchburg State University, USA

Assist. Prof. Dr. George McMahon

University of Georgia, USA

Lisa Filippelli-Moan, M.Ed., M.Spec.Ed.

Thornton Elementary School, Johnston, Rhode Island, USA

Dr. Elizabeth Achinewhu-Nworgu

Focus Learning Support Ltd, UK

Assist. Prof. Dr. Petra Gregorcic Mrvar

Ljubljana University, Slovenia

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tim Poynton

University of Massachusetts Boston, USA

Assist. Prof. Dr. Reem K. Abu-Shawish

Qatar University, Qatar

Prof. Dr. Oksana Chigisheva

Southern Federal University, Russia

Technical Support

Mirella Dimitrova

Company for International Congresses Ltd


Nadia Kiriakova

Company for International Congresses Ltd


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