School Counseling Program Bulletin Board

Program Announcements

CACREP Accredited

The M.Ed. in School Counseling program has received an eight-year accreditation from CACREP as of July 9, 2015. CACREP is an independent accreditation agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The vision of CACREP is to provide leadership and to promote excellence in professional preparation through the accreditation of counseling and related educational programs. CACREP is committed to the development of standards and procedures that reflect the needs of a dynamic, diverse, and complex society.

Liberty University’s School of Education, including the M.Ed. in School Counseling Program, is nationally recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), now consolidated into the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).


Attention Students: Attend the ASCA Conference for free and get involved!

Want to be a part of the inner circle at the ASCA Annual Conference in Los Angeles this summer? Think you have something special to offer the conference attendees? Want ASCA to cover the cost of your registration and hotel?

If you answered "yes" to these questions, consider applying to the ASCA Annual Conference Ambassador program. This program, now in its second year, is a unique way to experience the conference. As an ambassador, you will be a visible liaison to the conference attendees. You'll be trained onsite immediately preceding the conference so you will be equipped to answer common attendee questions; serve as a room monitor; guide attendees to the convention center, meeting rooms, receptions and other locations; and various other duties.

Your Commitment Includes:

  • Work Hours
    • Fri., July 13
      8:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m.
    • Sat., July 14 to Mon., July 16
      8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
    • Tue., July 17
      8:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
  • Willingness to work in various positions, including registration assistant, session monitor, ASCA bookstore, directional guide and more.
  • Willingness to arrive in Los Angeles on Thursday, July 12 and depart after 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17.
  • You must be available to work all days. We are not able to select participants on a part-time basis.

What You Receive:

  • Complimentary conference registration
  • Lunch on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday
  • Shared hotel room for five nights (Thursday, July 12 – Monday, July 16). If you choose not to share a room with another ambassador, you can upgrade to a private room at a cost of $100 per night, plus taxes.
  • You will have an opportunity to attend some sessions. However, there's no guarantee that it will be any particular sessions.

To apply, complete this application and submit it along with your professional resume and a letter of recommendation from a supervisor, professor or professional colleague.

This opportunity is available to all ASCA professional and student members.

Application deadline is March 18, 2018. Notifications will be sent out in mid-April.


Apply for 2018 NIDA Advisory Groups

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is forming teacher, teen, and parent advisory groups to obtain real-time feedback on our NIDA for Teens resources and initiatives. NIDA is looking for these three advisory groups to provide their insights on existing and new materials and share ideas about how NIDA can expand its reach to people who would benefit most from the information and resources that the Institute provides.

Applications are due February 23, 2018.

Who Can Apply?

  • Students currently enrolled in grades 6 to 10 from anywhere in the United States.
  • Teachers, educators, and school counselors who currently teach or provide direct counsel in the United States to students in grades 6 to 11.
  • Parents and guardians of at least one student who is enrolled in grades 6 to 11 in the United States.

Email NIDAadvisorygroups@iqsolutions.com to request an application. Please specify which group you are interested in applying to.


ASCA - National School Counseling Week

2018 National School Counseling Week, "School Counselors: Helping Students Reach for the Stars," will be celebrated from Feb. 5-9, 2018, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February.

To help you promote the week, ASCA has developed many materials and documents, a number of which are free. Order materials online or call (800) 401-2404 to order via phone.

To view ASCA's announcements and to order materials (such as posters, stickers, and more), visit ASCA's National School Counseling Week.


The Virginia Counselors Association Foundation 

The Virginia Counselors Association Foundation (VCAF or the Foundation) is pleased to announce this year’s VCAF Pete Warren Graduate Student Fellowship competition designed to support students in counselor education programs in Virginia. 

The VCAF would like to help position a select number of students who live, work, and/or are enrolled in Counselor Education programs in Virginia each year become the next leaders in the profession.

The VCAF Pete Warren Graduate Student Fellowship is a competitive selection, designed to support up to six counselor education students across the Commonwealth. The foundation will support these students by paying their membership in the Virginia Counselors Association, and one division and chapter of their choice, their registration at the VCA conference during the fellowship year, and a $100 stipend to help offset the costs of attending the conference.

Students will be asked to write a short essay, including the following:

  • Description of interest and experience in leadership for the counseling profession
  • Description of future interest in professional counseling in the state of Virginia
  • Academic success in graduate school
  • A personal view of critical ethical values for our profession
  • A personal perspective on multiculturalism and diversity

The Fellowship competition is open now, and students can apply online. All submissions must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. on February 23, 2018.

The announcement of the winners will be made by March 31, 2018.


Job Opportunities

  • Southern Teachers helps school counseling graduates find jobs in K-12 private/independent schools.
  • Liberty University's Career Center provides interviewing and resume tips.
  • Job postings are available on the LUNETWORK.
  • Be sure to continue to monitor the Human Resources website for any division with which you wish to seek employment.
  • A list of potential interview questions for school counseling positions is provided by ASCA.

Awards & Recognitions

Virginia Alliance for School Counseling

Adam Ridlehoover
Graduate Student of the Month

From the School Counseling Faculty:

"The Liberty University School Counseling Program is proud to select Adam Ridlehoover as the Student of the Month for VASC! Adam demonstrates all of the qualities of a future school counselor; sincere, caring and committed to making sure students learn academically, socially, and emotionally. We are incredibility proud of his work ethic and determination to obtain the skills needed to become a professional school counselor. Adam’s personality reflects a warm and approachable demeanor where students and parents trust him. His captivating approach towards others allows him to connect with students and other school professionals to build relationships for social and emotional development. Adam accomplishes tasks with great initiative and with a very positive attitude. In our weekly group sessions, Adam shares his ideas and professional experiences with his fellow classmates. He has a genuine desire to help every student reach their potential.”

Adam is obtaining his Masters of Education in School Counseling from Liberty University. Adam completed his undergraduate studies at Clemson University with a focus in Secondary Education Math. He has taught school for 3 years while working on his master’s degree for two of those years. He chose Liberty because of its CACREP-accreditation, student-centered approach to school counseling, and the ability to work at your own pace in obtaining your degree. Adam’s education background and full-time ministry experience led him to Liberty and the field of school counseling. His passion is to help students discover their potential and empower them to walk in their potential to achieve their goals and dreams.

When asked if he had any advice for his fellow graduate students, he said “Do your best to ensure that each time a student walks away from you, they feel different. Every encounter you have with a student is so important and it’s our job as counselors to ensure that they feel empowered and encouraged. It can be as simple as a smile or conversation but do your best to ensure the student knows you care and you want the best for them.” In his spare time, Adam enjoys playing basketball, taking his two dogs for walks with his wife, and reading. Congratulations, Adam!

Graduate Student Essay Competition

Claire Randall
Runner-up

Claire was selected as a runner-up for the American Counseling Association's Graduate Student Essay Competition in 2017. Claire's message for the new federal administration on the importance of supporting the counseling needs of the populace and the counselors that provide these services in varied settings across the nation earned her a $250 prize and a complimentary registration for the 2017 ACA Conference. Congratulations, Claire!


Professional Activities/Resources

  • The Jerry Falwell Library at Liberty University provides webinars and recorded workshops for professional development.
  • The American School Counselor Association is offering a series of webinars which are free for members and $5 for non-members. Topics include college readiness for homeless youth and trauma-informed care.
  • The Center for Apologetics at Liberty University hosted a professional development for the faculty on the topic "Preparing Our Students to Engage the Post-Modern World."
  • Dr. Gerald Corey hosted An Integrative Approach to Counseling webinar.
  • Join ASCA Scene
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • The International Registry of Counselor Education Programs (IRCEP) is excited to announce the launch of the International Graduate Student Group, a closed Facebook group for international master’s and doctoral level counseling students. This group was designed to create a community that informs, connects, and inspires international graduate students who are interested in promoting the internationalization of the counseling profession, as well as discuss issues and share insightful resources that are relevant to international students. If you're interested, please join the “International Graduate Counselor Education Students” group on Facebook. It is a closed group, so you will have to send a request to join.
  • School Counselor Central provides a valuable data-driven tool for school counselors to develop programs, track students, and more.

Community Service/Volunteer Opportunities

Pfunanane, a Christian school, children's home, equestrian program, and sponsorship program located in South Africa, is seeking counselors for a year-long commitment with the ministry.


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