About Us

The Montana School Counselor Association is a division of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and represents approximately 500 Montana professional school counselors.

The mission of the Montana School Counselor Association is to promote excellence in professional school counseling in Montana.

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Membership

Join now and experience the many benefits of membership.  Join as a professional, student, supporting, affiliate, or retired member.  We are stronger together!

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Conference

Register NOW for our upcoming annual Spring conference, April 6 & 7th in Bozeman. 



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President's Message

Hello Montana School Counselors and Friends of our Association!
Welcome to the "new" MSCA website.  We hope you will find this a place that you will visit often to find resources, get in contact with your fellow school counselors, and to find out what is happening in our state.  In short, we want this to be your home.  The picture above was taken from my parents' front yard, where I grew up at the base of the beautiful Bridger mountains. Ross Peak became the symbol of home to me and whenever I've been away, the sight of that majestic view gives me a sense of security, peace, and renewal.  I hope that MSCA will be that for you.  A professional home that will offer you support, encouragement, and the resources you need to do your job with confidence and passion.

Our commitment to you as an Executive Board is to provide exciting professional development opportunities, consultation when you have a question about a sticky situation, and inspiration to do your work with excellence.   We know that the challenges you face every day can be daunting and that it is easy to feel isolated in that work, especially in rural Montana.  We have an amazing board right now, and we stand on the shoulders of those have come before us.  Dozens of people have worked diligently to make this association what it is today. 

As I mentioned, our website is new.  New to you, new to us.  Please work with us to make it a user-friendly environment.  Your feedback is essential to making it a success.  Let us know if you see any kinks that need to be worked out, or if you have any frustration with it.  We also invite your suggestions for changes or resources you'd like to have readily available.  It is a work in progress and will continue to evolve.  I want to give a shout out and a heartfelt THANK YOU to JESS BUBOLTZ, who has worked with me to put this together and has spent countless hours in the development of the site from the beginning.  She is committed to continued development and is super savvy when it comes to technology.  Thank you, Jess - we are so fortunate to have you on the board! 

Our annual conference is coming up in April!  Please register soon and look forward to a time of rejuvenation and connection with all of the wonderful school counselors in our state.  Please note a couple of changes this year.  In the past your membership renewal came automatically with your conference registration.  This year, your membership will need to be renewed separately, prior to October 1st.   This is to help with our accounting system and tracking memberships more easily.  You will receive automatic renewal notices prior to our expiration date.  We did not raise the regular registration for the conference this year, despite our costs going up, because we are charging for the membership separately.
  The board is very committed to a rigorous accounting system and complete transparency with the MSCA finances.  This association belongs to you!  We are fortunate to have another smart lady on the board to handle finances, Treasurer Amy Griffin.  She also has been putting in extra time to get things up and running for us.  Amy, you are wonderful. . . .thank you.

It is an honor to serve as the President of this association.  Thank you for your vote of confidence.  There is no other group I would rather represent and advocate for.  School counselors are making a difference!

Smiles,

Dr. Renee' Schoening



Consider running for an open Board position!  Middle School and K-12 positions open this year.
 

Member Spotlight

Spotlight is on Lee Starck this quarter, the Montana 2016 Counselor of the Year.  Lee recently represented our state at the ASCA Counselor of the Year celebration at the White House.  He, along with wife Adrianna and son Henry, enjoyed hearing Michelle Obama's amazing speech in person.  This was truly a historic event and MSCA was proud to have such a fine school counselor representing us.  Lee also recently joined the MSCA Board as the Elementary Vice President.  We have appreciated his team spirit, willingness to take on any project with enthusiasm, and his fresh perspective on school counseling.

Lee is in his fifth year as a school counselor at Stevensville Elementary school. He is a graduate of the school counseling program at Montana State in Bozeman.  He wants to give a shout out to his "incredible cohort," Andrea, Harvey, Jason, Jess, Laura, Leah, and Tara.  He grew up in Hammond, Wisconsin with his mom, dad, and sister and went to school at St. Croix Central.  He went to the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse for his undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Child and Youth Care.

He decribes his work as a school counselor as "fresh, exciting and fulfilling (and sometimes exhausting)."  He says he ends up having a fair amount of fun because "my colleagues encourage me to continue to make weird videos like these:"
https://youtu.be/FYa27UxW8Xg
https://youtu.be/XMSir1oyUvo
https://goo.gl/QNEN8c

If you want to be inspired and have a smile, give these videos a look.  Guaranteed to make your day.  Thank you, Lee for all of your hard work and for making such a great difference in the lives of the students you work with every day.  We know the staff at Stevi loves you too!


We look forward to announcing the 2017 School Counselor of the Year at our Spring Conference!

 

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