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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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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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2019 MSCA Spring Conference 
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April 4th & 5th, 2019
Billings, MT 

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President's Message August 2018

Hello Montana School Counselors and Friends of our Association!
Welcome to the 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. Read More Here


Member Spotlight: Carolyn Yegen

I could not be more humbled and honored to receive the MSCA 2018 Counselor of the Year award.  To be recognized before my peers, a gathering of Montana school counselors who continually inspire me is a distinction I could never have imagined.  
              I have been blessed for 15 years to work alongside incredibly hardworking teachers, staff, students and families. Amazing individuals,  young and old who have shown me through their daily struggles, successes and determination how to be a better school counselor and more importantly a better person. I have just recently completed my twelve- year at McKinley Elementary in Billings, Montana and I continue to learn. McKinley Elementary is a Title One school in downtown Billings, Montana. We are classified as an urban school and are 100% free and reduced. Our 280 students come from varied cultural and economic backgrounds. 23% are Native American, 10% Hispanic, 7% Black and 59% White. We deal with extreme transience, annually close to 50% of our students will not be enrolled for an entire school year. During 2017-2018, 12% of our students were classified as homeless during the school year. Many of our McKinley families face housing and food insecurities, addiction issues and incarceration. However, in spite of all of our differences and challenges McKinley is a successful learning institution, a place where our students feel safe and are able to become their best academically, emotionally and socially. 
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