2019 Symposium

2019 Santa America Symposium

Santas & Special Children | September 19 - 21
Overland Park, Kansas


>  The Symposium fee is $200
Note:  The fee is waived, if you are a fully-compliant Santa America Volunteer,  with a current application, photo, background check, hospice trained.  Please, confirm compliance with Administrative Elf Helen at elfhelen@santaamerica.org for verification of compliance.
>  Attendance is limited to 100 attendees
(we anticipate early registration for available seats)

Amenities (Included Meals)

  • Sep 19th, Thu - Dinner
  • Sep 20th, Fri - Lunch and Dinner
  • Sep 21st, Sat - Lunch



Santa America is presenting a symposium on how Santa can support children in special circumstances. The presenters are experts in their field.  There will also be families in attendance that have had Santa experiences to share how that visit helped lift them up. This will be a training symposium focused on how to create the best possible visit for children in very difficult circumstances.

The symposium will be at the Johnson County, KS Heritage Museum, 8788 Metcalf - Overland Park, KS 66212. This is a suburb of Kansas City.  Details on area hotels will be forthcoming.

Opening Keynote

Paul Long – Mr. Fundamism. Paul is a motivational speaker and consultant. He has provided memorable experiences at workshops, trade shows, and keynotes. As the Kansas City Royals 2016 Fan of the Year, his shenanigans have been featured in media outlets like ESPN, the Washington Post, and even the Wall Street Journal.

Hospice and Bereavement

Jack LoCicero, Ph.D. – Jack LoCicero was a presenter at Branson 2006. He is the Director of Counseling Services of Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC.  He currently teaches undergraduate classes at Salem College and online graduate courses for Wake Forest University and Madonna University.


Brenda Smith Myles Ph. D.  – Brenda was a presenter in Gatlinburg in 2009. She is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas where she co-directs a graduate program in Asperger Syndrome and autism. She has written numerous articles and books on Asperger Syndrome and autism.

Post-Traumatic Stress

Still working on speakers, but we will have speaker to discuss childhood trauma AND someone discussing military and soldier PTSD.