School Counseling Program Bulletin Board
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).
Get Involved at the ASCA Conference
Apply to the ASCA Annual Conference Ambassador program. This program 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.
Complete the application and submit it along with your professional resume and a letter of recommendation from a supervisor, professor or professional colleague.
Included in Conference Registration
- Complimentary conference registration
- Shared hotel room for five nights. 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 the opportunity to attend some sessions. However, there’s no guarantee that it will be any particular sessions.
- Lunch on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday
This opportunity is available to all ASCA professional and student members.
Apply for 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.
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
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
- 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 Handshake.
- 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.
- LDI/International Schools Consortium is currently seeking two School Counselors that focus on the social and emotional needs of their K -12 students as well as one Academic Counselor that will work with their middle school and high school students as they prepare for college. Review their website to find the full job description.
- 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.”
- 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.
Conferences & Events
- The Virginia Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling Conference Information
- American Counseling Association (ACA) Conference Information
- American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Conference Information
- American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) Conference Information
- Virginia Counselors Association Legislative Day
- Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (VACES)
- American School Counselor Association (ASCA)
- American Counseling Association (ACA)
- Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
- American Association of State Counseling Boards (AASCB)
- American School Counselor Association (ASCA)
- American Counseling Association (ACA)
- American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)
- Virginia Counselors Association (VCA)
- Virginia School Counselor Association (VSCA)
- Virginia Alliance for School Counseling (VASC)
- Virginia Career Development Association (VCDA)
- Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC). The School Counseling program encourages students to join ASERVIC and participate in virtual meetings. The graduate student representative, Janelle Bettis, can be reached at Janellebettis@gmail.com.
- American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), a division of the American Counseling Association (ACA), has been a proponent of CACREP accreditation since its inception and a recognized resource to policymakers on the profession of clinical mental health counseling. The School Counseling faculty encourages students to develop their counselor identity and remain involved in the counseling profession. AMHCA focuses on the enhancement of the counseling profession through education, advocacy, and collaboration, and makes every effort to be responsive to the most current issues facing our profession and to assist future graduates as they transition into the world of licensure and regulations.
- Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
- National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
Credentialing Bodies and Licensure
- National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
- National Certified Counselor (NCC)
- National Certified School Counselor (NCSC)
- State Certification Requirements
- National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NPBTS)
- Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE)
- General Counseling Credentials
- State Counseling Boards