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.
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.
Our spring conference in Helena, "Inspiring Hope and Resilience" was a raving success. We enjoyed a new venue in Helena and learned from some tremendous speakers. Dr. Scott Poland gave a one day training on suicide prevention and walked us through the newly developed resource for Montana schools, the CAST-S. Please know this is a free resource available to all of you and make use of the vitally important information. It is available at www.bigskyaacap.org/cast-s.
We welcomed newly appointed Middle School VP, Lyon Virostko of Billings to the Board and held elections for open positions. Lee Starck will retain his position as Elementary VP and Beth Terzo was elected as High School VP. She will replace Jason Karls in October. Jess Buboltz will be our new President Elect in October and the secretary position will be filled by Ellen Ryter of Hamilton. We welcome these new board members and look forward to their contributions to the association!
Our association is made stronger with a vital an involved membership. Please remind your counseling friends of the importance of professional membership and consider being involved in the association in a direct way by serving on a committee or running for a board position. Your voice is important!
We are exploring new ways of serving the membership better and strengthening the school counseling profession within the state of Montana. Stay tuned for more communication as we move forward. As always, we value our affiliation with the American School Counselor Association and thank them for the support that we receive from them. Jess Buboltz and I represented Montana at the ASCA Delegate Assembly in July and attended the national conference in Los Angeles. I cannot overstate the importance of this conference! We look forward to Boston in 2019!
Thank you for all you do for the students in Montana! School counselors are making a real difference in this world!
Renee' M. Schoening, Ed.D., LCPC, LMFT
Montana School Counselor Association