• 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 Conference:

    The 65th Annual
    Pennsylvania School Counselors Association Conference
    "Facing Challenges Together"
    THIS WILL BE A VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

    December 3-4, 2020


    We are excitedly awaiting the
    65th Annual PSCA Conference
    which will be a Virtual Conference
    due to COVID-19 Restrictions. 

    Updated information is continually
    being added to the website.  

    To check on the latest information, 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 Conference:

    The 65th Annual
    Pennsylvania School Counselors Association Conference
    "Facing Challenges Together"
    THIS WILL BE A VIRTUAL CONFERENCE.

    December 3-4, 2020


    We are excitedly awaiting the
    65th Annual PSCA Conference
    which will be a virtual conference
    due to COVID-19 Restrictions.  

    Updated information is continually
    being added to the website.  

    To check on the latest information, 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

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

Did you Miss the 65th PSCA Conference?

Stay tuned... there is going to be a Spring Conference 2021 on March 24th.  

65th PSCA Recognition

If you missed it.  Please catch the recognition ceremony from the PSCA Conference HERE.

PSCA Releases Re-entry Considerations - Companion Guide

Since March, with the rise of COVID-10 and closure of schools, school counselors have faced mounting challenges. Ranging from student trauma, educational engagement and the impacts of racial violence and educational access, there have been many topics given light over the past few months.  Almost immediately, there was an overwhelming response as new networks were rapidly built and volumes of resources shared.  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. The result is this Companion Guide that is intended to provide support to educators, and ultimately, support to our students.   You can access the PSCA & ASPP Reentry Considerations - Companion Guide HERE.  It is also located on the COVID-19 Resources for School Counselors Page in the resources section of the website LOCATED HERE.

There will be a Reentry Town Hall.  You can find more information on that HERE.

COVID-19 Resoures

The Pennsylvania School Counselor Association is committed to supporting its members, staff, and all school counselors in Pennsylvania during these uncertain times.  We are closely monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 developments. We know that in times of crisis, school couselors play invaluable roles in supporting their communities and students both in person and virtually.  As COVID-19 has impacted all "Business as Usual" operations, here are some resources for school counselors as we use our natural flexibility in this challenging time.  Our thoughts go out to those school counselors working in some of the higher impacted parts of the state.  One vision, one voice. ​If you know of any resources that you would like to share with your fellow school counselors across the Keystone state, please email them to mike16412@gmail.com.

In Memory of Mike Thompson

Mike Thompson passed away April 26, 2020.  Many of us know him through trainings dealing with 339 Plans and Career Education.  Click HERE and you will find an article published in the Hummelstown Sun in Mike's memory.  You can also see a tribite to Mike Thompson at the 65th PSCA Conference HERE.

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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.