American Counseling Association and the American School Counselor Association Announce New Collaborative Relationship
ACA offers a number of resources with school counselors in mind, addressing many topics including anxiety/stress management, bullying and violence prevention, grief and loss, crisis and trauma readiness, substance use, counseling children and adolescents, and counseling LGBTQ youth.
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The purpose of these briefs purpose is to provide counselors working in schools with concise resources.
- Addressing College and Career Readiness for Latinx Youth Maureen Quiles Ponce,
- Advocating For Equity In The Schools by Eva M. Gibson, Ed.D.
- Autism Dr. Judith O’Rorke-Trigiani
- Brief Counseling Techniques for School Counselors by J. P. Oehrtman,PhD, LPSC
- Bullying – Quick Overview and Resources by Kat Coy, M.S.
- College Readiness: Strategies for Professional School Counselors by Frank Burtnett, Ed.D.
- Cultural Mistrust In Counseling by Dr. Thurman E. Webb Jr, Henry L. Benton III and Harifah Hendrickson
- Federal Legislation Impacting School Counselors, ACA Government Affairs
- Human Trafficking Awareness for School Counselors by Dr. Jared S. Rose, LPCC-S (OH), NCC, EMDRC, President, Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling
- Internet and Social Media Use by Students by Frank Burtnett, Ed.D.
- School Counselors Supporting Immigrant Students and Their Families Eunice Humphrey,Ed.D., LCPC
- Strategies for School Counselors Self-Care ACA School Counseling Specialist
- Student Chronic Illness: Suggestions for Professional School Counselors by Simone Lambert, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, President, American Counseling Association
- Support Following School Shootings by Gerard Lawson, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, ACS, Past President, American Counseling Association
- Supporting Students and Stakeholders through COVID-19 by Eva M. Gibson, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor, Austin Peay State University
- Time Management: Strategies for School Counselors by Frank Burtnett, Ed.D.
- Tips for School Counselors Seeking LPC Licensure, ACA School Counseling Specialist
- Tip-sheet on Creating Affirming Spaces for LGBTQ Youth by Vincent “Vinnie” Pompei, Ed.D.Director, Youth Well-Being Project, Human Rights Campaign Foundation
- Trauma-Informed Approaches for Counselors in Elementary Schools by Linda M. Colón, M.Ed., NCC, LPC and Nancy N. Carlson, Ph.D., LCPC
- Utilizing Families as Allies to Queer and Trans Students of Color by Christian D. Chan, PhD, NCC, Assistant Professor of Counseling, Idaho State University, President-Elect, Association for Adult Development and Aging (AADA)
Each year, school counseling professionals join their fellow counselors to learn, present, network and get re-energized at the ACA Annual Conference & Expo.
ACA Annual Conference & Expo
April 16-19, 2020
San Diego, CA
Additional Conferences for School Counselors
National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
September 26-28, 2019
UMass Amherst College of Education
The Ronald H. Frederickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research & Evaluation
National Conference on Evidence-Based School Counseling
March 20-21, 2019
Boca Raton, FL
American School Counselor Association (ASCA)
June 27 – June 30, 2020
ACA offers a variety of college and career counseling resources to enable school counselors to help all students “reach higher,” starting at the elementary school level.
College Scorecard – Developed by the U.S. Department of Education and Transparency Center, this tool is geared toward helping students find a college that is a good fit for them.
Net Price Calculator Center – Helps students calculate the net price of any college program.
College Navigator – This site is designed to help students, parents, counselors and others find information on more than 7,000 colleges and universities.
Financial Aid Shopping Sheet – Students can use this tool to compare financial aid offers from different schools.
StudentAid.gov – This website is filled with resources for students, parents and educators about financial aid, FAFSA information and FAFSA completion tips.
State Academic Performance and Improvement Tool – Looking for state-level data to drive your annual program plan? Look no further than this Educational Trust webpage.
Eight Components of College- and Career-Readiness Counseling – Learn how to focus your college- and career-readiness preparation and advising in developmentally appropriate ways for K-12 with this National Office for School Counseling Advocacy (NOSCA) guide.
Learn how to establish a college-going culture by fostering preparedness for college and career pathways with these National Office for School Counseling Advocacy
Many professional school counselors choose to seek licensure in mental health to become more knowledgeable about mental health disorders and better able to recognize them when they occur in their students. In addition, licensure is key in setting up a private practice.
Many school counseling graduate students opt to include the additional courses necessary for licensure while still in graduate school. As the licensure process may vary from state to state, it is best to check with your local Licensure Board to determine the necessary steps, including the required coursework and the required number of clinically supervised hours. Some jurisdictions will count all hours worked by school counselors in their schools, while others count only the hours of direct contact with students. Some jurisdictions will not count any hours worked as a school counselor.
Professional school counselors must follow federal, state and local laws, as well as the policies of the school district and the school in which they work. Difficult ethical dilemmas may arise when counseling minors—especially in the areas of confidentiality and managing boundaries. The 2014 update to the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics helps school counselors address ambiguous situations that may arise.
Using ACA Career Central, school counseling professionals have access to a comprehensive digital job board to facilitate finding a rewarding position.
ACA is in your corner, tirelessly advocating for changes such as lower counselor-to-student ratios and more funding for school counseling programs.
Schools face many natural and human-generated disasters. ACA is committed to providing resources to support school counselors in addressing the mental health needs of students, parents and staff affected by such events. In addition, ACA supports preventative programs for school counselors, including school-wide anti-violence programs and social skills training.
ACA is actively involved in supporting and disseminating research that addresses the needs of the school counseling profession.
A Review of the Major School Counseling Policy Studies in the United States: 2000-2014 prepared by John C. Carey and Ian Martin of the Center for School Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation (CSCORE). This paper presents a review of the major policy studies concerning school counseling in the United States that were disseminated between 2000 and 2014.
ACA offers the opportunity to order desk copies of books for consideration for course adoption, such as Evaluating Student Learning Outcomes in Counselor Education, written and edited by Casey A. Barrio Minton, Donna M. Gibson and Carrie A. Wachter Morris.
The ACA Annual Conference & Expo helps keep counselor educators up-to-date on the latest evidence-based approaches to school counseling, and, along with ACA Connect, a networking portal for ACA members, provides opportunities to interact with other counselor educators in this country and around the world.
As ACA members, school counseling graduate students will find many valuable resources, including free liability insurance, which is required by most counseling programs when doing in-school fieldwork (practicums and internships).
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ACA collaborates with many school counselor-focused organizations to support the needs of professional school counselors.
The Council of National School Counseling & College Access Organizations unites many school counseling-focused national organizations representing almost 20 million professionals, students and families, and believes that every student should have access to counseling and advisement to achieve postsecondary success.
The Center for Excellence in School Counseling and Leadership (CESCaL) promotes excellence in the field of school counseling and assists school counselors and site administrators as they design, implement and evaluate school counseling programs.
The Center for School Counseling Outcome Research Evaluation (CSCORE) is a national center dedicated to school counseling outcome research. Teams of graduate students, along with Center founder Ron Fredrickson, evaluate the best available research on school counseling practices and provide evidenced-based resources for consultation, training and technical assistance.
The American School Counseling Association supports school counselors in helping students focus on academic, career and social/emotional development.
Counseling at the Crossroads: The perspectives and promise of school counselors in American education is a survey of high school and middle school counselor perspectives on educational policies, practices and reforms. The report was released by the College Board’s National Office for School Counselor Advocacy, the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the American School Counselor Association.
The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) is dedicated to serving students and helping them pursue their postsecondary educational goals.
College Board webinars offer information on best practices and ways to remove barriers to college access.