Connecticut School Counselor Association
Promoting Excellence in School Counseling since 1963
Government Relations Meetings
Please take a few minutes to contact your legislators (see below listing)
and ask them to support our priorities.
Specifically, ask them to propose or support a bill that would give all students access to a school counselor by school districts implementing comprehensive school counseling programs.
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Writing To Your Legislators
Advocating for our profession is so important. As a school counselor, consider reaching out to your legislators by writing them a letter/email in regards to important issues in the school counseling profession.
Conversing with Your Legislators
The best way to connect with legislators to talk about school counseling issues is in person. If you're able to schedule a face-to-face meeting with your legislator, here are some key topics to discuss:
1. Changing all language at the state level from “guidance counselor” to “school counselor”,
2. For the state to ensure that all Connecticut public school students have access to a comprehensive school counseling program K-12, that is implemented by certified school counseling personnel,
3. Require that the term “school counselor” apply only to certified school counselors that require a Master’s degree with specific counseling coursework and field work experiences in school counseling,
4. Discussing appropriate school counseling ratios at all levels, (ASCA recommends a 1-250 ratio).
5. Discuss your own personal experiences as a counselor - positives and challenges. Why is this proposed legislation important to you as a counselor?
Remember - legislators are people too! While it can be nerve wracking, these meetings are SO important to the future of our profession
If you would like to request a CSCA Board Member attend a face to face meeting with your legislator with you, please reach out to email@example.com.
Use these policy priorities (2018) as attachments to your letters/emails and conversations with legislators:
Other Resources for Advocating
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.