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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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​MSCA Spring Conference in Helena!
​April 12th & 13th, 2018

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President's Message

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

Consider running for an open Board position!  High School, Elementary, and President-Elect positions open in 2018.

Member Spotlight

Spotlight is on Mr. Bill Starkey, recipient of the first-ever MSCA Lifetime Achievement Award.  Bill was presented with this award on May 25th at Morning Star Elementary School in Bozeman.  We are sharing here the words of his colleagues and friends, Susan and Michael Sherman, who have known and worked with Bill for many years.  We salute you, Mr. Starkey, for your dedication, passion and for elevating the profession of school counseling through excellent service to Montana kids for more than thirty years!  Thank you!
​     Here is a part of the speech Susan shared at the ceremony:  

    "Bill has been a school counselor for 30 years with additional years in teaching. His first teaching job was at Star School in Browning, MT where he was inspired to further his education and develop more skills in serving young people and their families with a Master’s in School Counseling and Psychology from University of Montana. Read more here


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