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.
Tina Boone and I attended the ASCA Delegate Assembly in Denver this past July. This assembly included representatives from all over the country. We received leadership training and updates on current issues in school counseling. Montana was honored for our 35th Anniversary as an ASCA Division! In addition, we attended the national conference and we were happy to have about twenty Montanans in attendance. Among them were MSCA Treasurer, Amy Griffin and Elementary VP, Lee Starck. We shared many learning opportunities, laughs, and heartfelt conversations about our profession. The highlight of the conference was the RAMP Awards dinner. Skyview High School, represented by Tina Boone, received the RAMP Award. This is a FIRST for the state of Montana! We hope to see many more schools in our state achieve this status and MSCA will do what we can to support this endeavor. The 2018 Conference will be in Los Angeles. Consider attending - it is very worthwhile professional development.
We are gearing up for our annual spring conference which will be held in Helena for the first time! Our theme is "Inspiring Hope and Resilience," and will be April 12th and 13th. We have planned two days of fabulous training for you, including an all day institute on suicide prevention and intervention by Dr. Scott Poland. Please look at the schedule here on the website for more detail. WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
We have three openings on the board this year and hope you will consider running for either High School VP, Elementary VP, or President-Elect. This is your opportunity to get involved in the advocacy and peer supports that we are engaged in. It has been a wonderful experience for me personally and I have made some of my best friends serving on this board. There is just something about a shared passion that binds people together.
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 in the lives of students every day!
Dr. Renee' Schoening