• Our Mission:

    The mission of
    the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association 
    is to expand the image and influence of
    professional school counselors,
    to promote professional and ethical practice,
    and to advocate for equity and access for all students.

    Photo: Liberty Bell, Philadelphia, PA

  • PSCA Spring Break Conference:

    March 24, 2021

    PSCA welcomes Keynote Speakers Alicia Oglesby and Rebecca Atkins,
    authors of “Interrupting Racism: Equity and Social Justice in School Counseling”.
    These Keynote Speakers will be sponsored by Universal Technical Institute (UTI).

    For More Information look in latest news or CLICK HERE



    Photo: Delaware Canal State Park

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    COVID-19 Resources:

    We know this is a difficult and
    stressful time for our students.

    As school counselors, it is our
    obligation to make the transition
    back to school easier for our students easier. 

    PSCA has collected a supply of resources
    to share with children and their caregivers,
    and to assist school counselors
    with returning to school.

    To view those resources, CLICK HERE.

    Photo: Bushkill Falls

  • Equity and Anti-Racism Resources:

    School counselors are advocates for
    the equitable treatment of all students in school and in the community.

    School counselors must be prepared to
    talk to students about
    race issues and anti-racism.

    CLICK HERE for resources that are helpful
    in addressing issues of
    systemic and institutional racism with students.

    Photo: Appalachian Mountains

  • Act 48 Credit Entry

    Did you know that PSCA can enter your
    Act 48 hours from a non-PSCA professional
    development event (ASCA U specialist, ASCA
    conference, etc.?)

    CLICK HERE for more information.

    Questions? epeiffer@paschoolcounselor.org

     


    Photo: Harrisburg Capital

  • PSCA Spring Break Conference:

    March 24, 2021

    PSCA welcomes Keynote Speakers Alicia Oglesby and Rebecca Atkins, 
    authors of “Interrupting Racism: Equity and Social Justice in School Counseling”. 
    These Keynote Speakers will be sponsored by Universal Technical Institute (UTI).

    For More Information look in latest news or CLICK HERE

    Photo: Bedford County Covered Bridge

  • PSCA adopts new Ends Policy on Equity

    PSCA has adopted a new Ends Policy on Equity.

    CLICK HERE to view the amended Ends Policies.

     


    Photo: Pittsburgh's Three Rivers

  • PSCA Releases Re-entry Considerations - Companion Guide

    PSCA, in collaboration with the Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania (ASPP), collected key resources and practices to assist and guide pupil service professionals through re-entry and towards recovery.  

    See latest news for more information about this Companion Guide for Re-Entry.

    You can access the PSCA & ASPP Reentry Considerations - Companioin Guide HERE.  

    Photo: Presque Isle Lighthouse

Latest News

Noe Ortega Acting PA Secretary of Education addresses Pennsyvania School Counselors
at Professional Development PSCA Spring Break in March 2021

PSCA Statement on State of Minnesota vs. Derek Michael Chauvin 

PSCA recognizes the continued hurt, pain and trauma that the community of Minneapolis has experienced, reflecting the pain seen in communities across the country, including Pennsylvania. While the guilty verdicts are a step towards justice, we continue to recognize the long journey our country needs to go to heal, and reach, the ideals it was founded upon. 

PSCA continues to offer sympathies to George Floyd’s family, and offer our solidarity for the communities, schools and students impacted by racial trauma. Since George Floyd’s death, PSCA has built programs, resources and tools to further our commitment to justice, equity and combating oppression.  Most importantly we’ll continue to work to build better futures for our students by creating systems that show #blacklivesmatter. 
Additional Resources for on-going conversation about racism and justice:

‚ÄčThe Pennsylvania School Counselors Association is deeply saddened by the death of Daunte Wright

The Pennsylvania School Counselors Association is deeply saddened by the death of Daunte Wright, and our hearts go out to his family and the community dealing with the continued racial and communal trauma.
 
PSCA stands in solidarity with the Minnesota School Counselor Association in supporting the students and schools of Minneapolis, Minnesota and beyond through healing and building a just world.
 
Here are some resources you can use to talk to your students about this topic:

PSCA Staffing Report

Government Relations Committee Chair, Adam Oldham, has assembled the first Pennsylviania School Counelor Staffing Report which can be used for School Counselor Advocacy.  This report is designed to educate and empower school counselors acroos Pennsylvania as they advocate for the intestment in school counselign positions and programs in our K-12 education system.  It will serve as an annual reference point for the numbers and ratios of school counselors employed in Pennsylvania.  If you would like to access the PSCA Staffing Report CLICK HERE.
 

Important COVID-19 Vaccine information

On January 8th, the PA Department of Health set forth guidelines for vaccine disbursement. While Phase 1B included “Education Workers,”  Phase 1A includes “Clinical personnel in school settings”. See below:

CLICK HERE FOR A COPY OF THE CHART

The Association of School Psychologists of PA posted steps their members could take if they sought an appointment as a 'clinical personnel in school settings.'

Since the posting, the Pennsylvania Vaccination Plan has been taken down, in response to emerging changes to Federal vaccine distribution.  

We are monitoring anticipated changes, but cannot currently offer definitive direction regarding school counselors’ classification. PSCA will continue to gather further information and advocate that the vaccine be made available for all school personnel, including school counselors, as quickly as possible.
 

In Response to the Attack on the US Capital...

In the wake of the violence on January 6th with the attack on the nation’s Capitol, and the unprecedented challenges to the standards of peaceful transfer of power in our state and national governments, PSCA would like to offer the following resources.  Please use these tools to support students and guide discussion as we all reconcile with this shameful day in our nation’s history. 
CLICK HERE TO VIEW RESOURCES

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Welcome

Welcome to the Pennsylvania School Counselor Website. While you are here:
  • Check out our new advocacy piece on the top toolbar.  There are many great things happening in Pennsylvania for school counselors, and we need to advocate for ourselves and the profession.
  • Look at the Latest News.  We have collected some resources concerning Equity and Anti-Racisom, as well as, resources related to COVID-19.
  • Log in.  If you are a member, log in and you will find that your favorite resources are still there.  Over the coming months we will be updating our resources section.  If you have difficulties with logging in, please hit "forgot password" and you will be emailed a temporary password so that you can update your information on the new site.  While updating, please check on your contact information so that you can be sure to get all of the latest news letters and Extras from PSCA.  If you are not a member, it is a great time to join.  Just hit "Join PSCA" at the top.
Thanks for visiting the new website, and check back regularly for future news.

The mission of the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association is to expand the image and influence of professional school counselors, to promote professional and ethical practice, and to advocate for equity and access for all students.