• 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

PSCA Spring Break Conference: March 24, 2021

Looking for a way to beat the winter blues. Mark your calendar for the PSCA Spring Break Conference on March 24, 2021.  This virtual event will include Keynote Speakers Alicia Oglesby and Rebecca Atkins, authors of “Interrupting Racism: Equity and Social Justice in School Counseling”.  Just like our Annual Conference in December, you will have access to all sessions.  Other offerings will include:

  • Resources that School Counselors can use from UTI
  • Legal issues faced by school counselors during the pandemic - Bernie Hoffman
  • SEL and promoting responsible citizenship - Cheri Lovre from The Crisis Management Institute (cmionline.com)
  • #Racism, Equity, and Inclusion series continues with “How to Become an Ally” - Dr. Christina Green
  • Practical tips how to use the K-12 Guidance Plan Toolkit and a preview of the Stakeholder Engagement Toolkit - Kathy Specht and Alice Justice 
  • Supporting access to higher education for DACAmented and Undocumented Students, DACA eligibility, FASFA issues, and other immigrant related topics - Daniel Cortes, Esq.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER.

Scholarship

The PSCA Student Scholarship application kicks off during NSCW!  PSCA High School Student Scholarship was established in 2014 as a way for students to recognize a School Counselor who has made a difference in their academic, career and/or social-emotional development.

The recipient will receive a one-time award of $1,000.  Participants should be high school seniors planning to pursue a post-secondary education.  A one (1) page essay of no more than 500 words (single spaced, double spaced between paragraphs) about a School Counselor who has made a difference in their academic, career, and/or social/emotional development is required.  The School Counselor being written about must be a certified School Counselor, employed, as such, in Pennsylvania. 

The essay must be submitted with a PSCA Essay Competition Entry Form by April 2, 2021 (postmark or date stamped).  The recipient will be announced on or before May 7, 2021. 

All questions can be directed to Mrs. Nicole Levis, School Counselor at Avonworth HS, 412-847-0940 or via email at nlevis@avonworth.k12.pa.us
To access the link for the Scholarship you can get a PDF HERE
 

Nominations and Elections

The PSCA Governing Board Announces 9 Vacancies for the Term Beginning July 1, 2021.

The PSCA Governing Board consists of two regionally elected representatives from each of 8 regions of Pennsylvania. The function of the Governing Board shall be to determine the major goals (Ends) of the Association, to approve the policies and procedures for implementation of such goals (Ends), and to review and approve the operating budget of the Association.

If you are interested in running for a seat on the governing board or would like more information CLICK HERE.

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

Did you Miss the 65th PSCA Conference?

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

65th PSCA Recognition

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

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.