The Connecticut School Counselor Association is the only professional organization in CT dedicated to supporting and promoting the role of professional school counselors
See the 2016-17 Governing Board Meeting Schedule HERE
Recognize a colleague for their outstanding work in school counseling by nominating someone for one of our professional recognition awards this year:
Download the Application with required items HERE
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.
The CSCA Governing Board Needs Your Input
We want your feedback on what types of professional development opportunities you would like to see offered this year. Please complete a short needs assessment to help us guide our efforts for the year:
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!
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.
Are School Counselors an Effective Education Input?
Are School Counselors an Effective Education Input? Economists Carrell and Hoekstra (2014) explore the impact of school counselors on student achievement.
Read the article below.
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!
CSCA Professional Recognition Awards
School Counselor of the Year 2016
Farmington High School, Farmington, CT
Outstanding Comprehensive Developmental School Counseling Program
Darien High School Counseling Department
Outstanding Student Program
Watertown High School Counseling Department
Administrator of the Year
J.M. Wright Technical High School, Stamford, CT
School Counseling Supervisor of the Year
Francis T. Maloney High School, Meriden, CT
School Counseling Intern of the Year
Westhill High School, Stamford, CT