The following plan was adopted by the MSCA Executive Board
MISSIONThe mission of the Montana School Counselor Association is to empower school counselors in the State of Montana with the knowledge, skills, connections, and resources to promote student success in the school, the home, the community, and the world. MSCA is committed to advocating for and representing the school counseling profession. MSCA promotes professionalism and ethical practices for all School Counselors.
BELIEF STATEMENTSWe believe:
• School counseling programs should be provided for all students,
• All students have dignity, worth, unique characteristics, and potential,
• Implementing a standards-based comprehensive school counseling program into every school will enhance student success, specifically in the academic, career, and social/emotional domains, and
• School Counselors should adhere to the ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors.
A. Facilitate communication among school counselors at all levels in the state of Montana
Publish a newsletter for all Montana School Counselor Association members six times per year. Five of these will be in conjunction with ASCA.
- Maintain and enhance a comprehensive and user-friendly website, Facebook page, and other forms of social media for MSCA.
- Facilitate counselor sharing and communication by level (K-12, Elementary, Middle, High School) by:
- electronic communication
- conference sectionals
- newsletter articles
- annual reports
- personal contact
- Provide Presidential email updates to members at least once a month.
B. Advocate and promote the profession of school counseling in the state of Montana
Market the profession and our state association.
- Promote the adoption of a comprehensive school counseling program for all schools in Montana utilizing the Montana School Counseling Program Model and the American School Counselor Association National Model.
- Continue to support state programs and efforts including, but not limited to: GEAR-UP, Montana College Access Network (MCAN), Graduation Matters Montana, Montana Association of Career and Technical Education (CTE), Rigorous Programs of Learning, Montana Behavior Initiative (MBI), and Montana Digital Academy (MTDA).
- Be proactive with legislation that affects school counselors.
- Offer speakers/trainers/articles on school counseling and implementation of the Montana School Counseling Program model to leadership organizations, including but not limited to: School Administrators of Montana (SAM), Montana School Board Association (MTSBA), School Mental Health Initiative, Montana Behavioral Initiative (MBI) and MEA/MFT.
- Be an active voice in the state School Mental Health effort, ensuring that school counselors are leaders of School Mental Health services in their schools.
- Be an active voice in the state College and Career Readiness movement.
- Develop and update all promotional materials including the website and new PR brochure.
- Develop a committee of passionate school counselors who represent the profession at various Stakeholder groups across the state.
- Continue to collaborate with state agencies: Office of Public Instruction, Department of Public Health and Human Services, and Institutions of Higher Education.
C. Provide professional development opportunities for school counselors in the state of Montana
Review and update the MSCA model to align with the current ASCA model which includes Mindsets and Behaviors.
- Offer trainings to provide skills, face-to-face or electronically, to implement the Montana School Counseling Program Model, such as RAMP Camp.
- Organize two statewide conferences annually.
- Provide on-going support to all school counselors for ethical issues through training, website, newsletter articles and/or consultation.
- Support statewide efforts for regional meetings and trainings.
- Collaborate and support school counselor educator programs and their graduate students.
D. Maintain a stable organizational structure that supports school counselors through the goals of MSCA.
Build and maintain a membership of at least one-half of the school counselors in the state.
- Hold an bi-annual meetings of the membership each spring at the Fall and Spring Conferences.
- Facilitate leadership development among the membership, to include non-board positions such as legislative advocacy and conference chairs.
- Send the President and President-Elect to ASCA including the Delegate Assembly, the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Annual Conference, and ASCA Leadership Development Institute each year.
- Send the President and President-Elect to the Western States Annual Conference or comparable training.
- Review and update organizational documents annually.
- Create an annual budget and financial report to present at the annual state meeting.
E. Establish and maintain methods for accountability policies and practices.
- Create an annual itemized budget that reflects the priorities of the organization each summer and present at the October board meeting.
- Review financial reports as a board quarterly and create an annual report to share at the fall and spring membership meetings.
- Create a spreadsheet to track Strategic Plan and Policies and Procedures implementation.