Back to School: School Counselors
Stay Current on CDC Guidelines: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released updated guidelines for classroom management and masking. You can find those details here.
Webinar: Supporting Students in Their Return to School, Aug. 4. Register for ASCA’s next webinar, which will be presented by Kathleen Ethier, Ph.D., director of the CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH). Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, adolescent mental health was moving in the wrong direction, with many experiencing stress, anxiety and depression. The pandemic added even more stressors for youth and families, with the potential to further erode adolescent mental health, making it more important than ever to support them in the ways they need.
Webinar: The First 20 Days, Aug. 18. Start your year off right, with this upcoming webinar, which will be presented by Laura Rankhorn and Kim Crumbly. Whether it’s your first year or your twenty-first year, envision a year where you are empowered in your role as a leader, effortlessly following the ASCA National Model framework, and impressing your administrator while having more time for students, yourself, and those unexpected situations that will inevitably arise.
Update Your School Counseling Program Templates: As you embark on a new school year, one where most students are back in the building, be sure to update or complete ASCA National Model templates including the school data summary, annual student outcome goal plan, annual calendar and annual administrative conference. Developing your program priorities and plans for the year is essential to staying on track and ensuring administrative support for your efforts. Download the templates, which have been revised to align with the 2022 RAMP rubric.
Anticipate Student Mental Health Needs Upon Reentry: As students return to classrooms, it’s important to be prepared to address their mental health needs. For some students, the 2021-22 school year will be their first time back in classrooms since COVID-19 closed school buildings. Students may have experienced the loss of loved ones, may be fearful of contracting COVID-19 and may have difficulty interacting with peers. Others may have experienced or witnessed racial violence. School counselors are first responders. Review ASCA’s crisis and trauma resources here, including webinars, articles, standards and more.
ASCA is offering a member discount of $49 for each of the following Specialist trainings: Mental Health Specialist, Anxiety & Stress Management Specialist, Trauma & Crisis Specialist. To order, use the code BTS21. This discount is available for members only and valid through Oct. 1, 2021.
Use the Revised ASCA Student Standards to guide instruction, appraisal and advisement, and counseling: ASCA has released an update of the ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors, renamed ASCA Student Standards: Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success. The standards, first released in 2014, have been revised based college-, career- and life-readiness research and feedback from school counselors, state school counseling coordinators, district directors and school counselor educators. The revision was also informed by ASCA National Model trainings conducted in school districts across the country. The standards are crosswalked with a wide array of educational standards, including the Social Justice Standards from Learning for Justice. The ASCA Student Standards: Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success define the knowledge, attitude and skills students need to be college-, career- and life-ready. Learn more and access the standards here. To purchase hard copies for $1/each, plus shipping, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or order online.
Check Out the New and Revised ASCA Position Statements: The ASCA Delegate Assembly has adopted two new and seven revised position statements. After public comment and development, the following positions are now available:
- The School Counselor and Annual Performance Evaluation
- The School Counselor and Anti-Racist Practices (new)
- The School Counselor and Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention
- The School Counselor and Credentialing and Licensure
- The School Counselor and Cultural Diversity
- The School Counselor and Multitiered System of Supports
- The School Counselor and Peer Support Programs
- The School Counselor and School Counselor Supervision (new)
- The School Counselor and Student Postsecondary Recruitment
Support Anti-Racism Efforts All Year Long: All educators have an obligation to end racism and bias in schools, and school counselors have a unique opportunity to be an important part of the solution. Review these resources and next steps to hit the ground running when school resumes. ASCA standards specifically address the school counselor's role in anti-racism as well the mindsets and behaviors students need to ensure equity and access for all. ASCA also has developed and curated a number of resources to support you in your efforts, including the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist (free to all), Culturally Sustaining School Counseling Specialist, webinars and guidelines to respond to racial violence, address difficult topics, address students’ race-related stress and trauma, and much more. Additionally, the "Culturally Sustaining School Counseling" book can help guide you in improving the culturally sustaining nature of your school counseling program.
Refresh Your Ethics IQ: Each day, school counselors may be confronted with a wide array of ethical and legal challenges, from duty of care to confidentiality to harmful student behavior. Check your ethics proficiency against the ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors and also review the FAQs for issues you may encounter in your day-to-day work.
Add Certification to Your Professional Toolbox: The new ASCA-Certified School Counselor (ACSC) certification demonstrates school counselor knowledge in designing, implementing and assessing a school counseling program. ACSC applications are accepted twice per year: Jan. 15 (awarded in May) and June 15 (awarded in September). Certification shows your administrators, school board and the community at large that you're committed to delivering a data-informed school counseling program.