Connecticut School Counselor Association 
Promoting Excellence in School Counseling since 1963

The Connecticut School Counselor Association... 

is the only professional organization in CT dedicated to supporting and promoting the role of professional school counselors! 


Looking for resources for students and families regarding "13 Reasons Why"?  Visit our Resources page or view CSCA's statement HERE


Two CT Counselor Educators, Jennifer Parzych, Southern CT State University & Peg Donohue, Central CT State University along with NY Counselor Educator Amy Gaesser, SUNY Brockport received a $10,000 grant from ASCA to study the impact of school counselor ratios on student outcomes. This research will be so important to the future of the school counseling profession. Congratulations ladies!

Read the press release here.


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Spring Newsletter - Spring 2017 

Please click this link to read our latest Newsletter!  

Congratulations Shepaug High School School Counseling Department!

Congratulations to the Shepaug High School Counseling Department on receiving RAMP recognition! Shepaug's counseling program is now one out of two programs in the state who have received this recognition from ASCA. They are also considered a RAMP School of Distinction, as they were in the top 10 of schools out of 104. They will be honored for their hard work at the ASCA National Conference in Denver this July. For more information on becoming a RAMP school visit:

Thank you for your support!

Thank you Representative Gayle Mulligan, Representative Jeff Currey, Laura Stefon, and John Frassinelli of the Connecticut State Department of Education for meeting with Connecticut School Counselor Association on October 11th. CSCA appreciates your support! Greater awareness was raised to the role comprehensive school counseling programming plays in impacting student success. 

Student Scholarship Winners

CSCA is delighted to announce the recipients of our Graduate Student Scholarship and our Myron Cohen High School Student Scholarship.  We had many qualified applicants for both scholarships this year, making the committees’ decisions difficult, but we are so impressed by this year’s winners!

Graduate Student Scholarship Winner – Kylen Farrell

Kylen Farrell is a graduate student in the School Counseling Program at Fairfield University.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Fairfield University (2014). She is a graduate assistant in the University’s Counselor Education Department, and she is President of the Gamma Lambda Chi Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, the international counseling honor society.  Kylen recently authored an article on collaboration efforts between the fields of counseling and law enforcement to conduct interpersonal skills training with police. It will be published in the December issue of Counseling Today magazine. Kylen will complete her practicum at a middle school in Fairfield, and she will graduate in December 2017.

Myron Cohen High School Student Scholarship Winner – Nathalia Hernandez

Nathalia Hernandez graduated from Trumbull High School in June.  As a high school student, she maintained a 4.3 GPA and was a member of several Honors Societies and clubs, including groups such as Peer Mediators and Future Farmers of America.  During high school she also had after school jobs and volunteered regularly.  Her application stood out to the committee because of her high level of perseverance, positivity, and her touching personal essay. In her essay, Nathalia described her school counselor, Jamie McEnaney as “the one person that helped me face all my obstacles…. She has helped shape me into the person I am proud to be today.”  Nathalia noted how Mrs. McEnaney guided her through one of the most difficult times in her life with daily meetings, advocating for her with her teachers, calming her down when stressed, reminding her she was smart, helping her pick courses (and, when appropriate, pushing her to challenge herself), and always motivating her to do her best.  Nathalia’s closing remarks in her essay read, “Mrs. McEnaney, my school counselor, one of my best friends and inspiration, has made a positive change in my life.  Walking tall and proud returning to my class from her office each time I needed to see her I knew my life had changed for the better to make my four years of high school memorable ones.”  Nathalia is currently a freshman at University of Connecticut and is in the STEM Honors Program.

Congratulations to Kylen and Nathalia!  

And thank you to Jamie McEnaney for your amazing work as Nathalia’s school counselor!

Congratulations Jesse Shalett, John Read Middle School 

Connecticut School Counselor of the Year

On behalf of the Connecticut School Counseling Association please read this press release honoring the 2017 School Counselor of the Year Jesse Shalett from John Read Middle School in Redding, CT. PressReleaseSCOY.pdf

Using Universal Screening for Early Identification of Students at Risk: A Case Example from the Field

Dr. Peg Donohue, Assistant Professor of Counselor Education and Family Therapy at CCSU and CSCA Research Committee Chair was recently published in the ASCA Professional School Counseling Journal (Volume 19, Issue 1).  ASCA members can read her research on universal screening being used in schools by logging into the journal through their ASCA account.  Donohue has an additional featured research article in that issue entitled "Aligning Comprehensive School Counseling Programs and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports to Maximize School Counselors' Efforts".  Congratulations Peg!

Interested in Presenting to Your Board of Education? 

CSCA'S Government Relations Committee has put together a PowerPoint to help guide school counselors when presenting to their Boards of Education about the importance of our role in schools. Please follow this link to find the PowerPoint. A copy of the PowerPoint is right above as well! 

The First Lady's FREE College Support Tool

First Lady Michelle Obama recently launched Up Next,Better Make Room's text-messaging tool that gives students, parents, and school counselors across the country free personalized support on all things college – college search and application, federal student aid, even student loan repayment. Research has shown that texting can significantly increase students’ college enrollment and persistence – IF students sign up. This is where you come in. We’d love for you AND your students to sign up. All you have to do is text the word "COLLEGE" to 44044. Better Make Room takes it from there – the campaign will ask those who text in a series of short questions that help tailor ongoing content for them, then walks them through the college process from start to finish, from learning about college entrance exams all the way to making informed decisions about their student loans. Thanks for getting YOUR students engaged with the First Lady's campaign! Find out more about Up Next here.

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