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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 Montana School Counselor Association promotes professionalism and ethical practices while empowering and advocating for all school counselors.

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WE NEED YOU! Join now and experience the many benefits of membership.  Join as a professional, student, supporting, or retired member.  We are
better together!

What does membership mean for you?  

  • A strong network of fellow school counselors committed to strengthening the profession
  • Discounts on relevant professional development
  • Advocacy at the state and national level
  • Collaboration with other stakeholders in education and student well-being


MFPE Annual Conference - Helena - October 20-21, 2022
MSCA Spring Conference - Bozeman - March 30-31, 2023
ASCA Annual Conference - Atlanta, GA, July 15-18, 2023



Member Spotlight: Chad Jackson

Congratulations to Chad Jackson, our 2022 MSCA School Counselor of the Year!

Chad was born and raised in Billings, Montana. He is married with two children. Chad loves being outdoors, camping, and hanging out with his family. All the students at Ponderosa Elementary (in Billings), know that he loves Star Wars and the Oregon Ducks. Chad used to coach multiple sports, but now spends time outside of school as a private therapist.


Chad admits that being a school counselor can be challenging and difficult, but he can’t imagine doing anything else. Every day is new and exciting. He loves the challenges, the flexibility to meet needs in his school, and the constant growth that he experiences as a result of being a counselor. He loves that he has the ability to impact his school's culture and be a positive presence in the lives of his students and staff.  Chad says that his staff, "makes me look good with all the amazing things they do around our building!" 

For the past several years, Chad has designed and implemented an impactful intervention at lunch recess. The data he's collected reveals that his time and efforts supporting students has been overwhelmingly effective. Chad guides and supports students on the playground with their application of skills in: conflict resolution, emotional regulation and sportsmanship, as well as other social/emotional coping strategies. He loves being available and connected to his students on a daily basis. Another benefit is that his intervention and support on the playground has resulted in more teaching time as issues are resolved before returning to the classroom. Chad's students have communicated that they feel safer and have more fun at lunch recess now.

Clay Herron, principal at Ponderosa Elementary, complimented Chad's commitment and ingenuity as their school counselor:
Words can not describe how lucky our Ponderosa community is to have Chad Jackson as our school counselor. Chad goes above and beyond with his proactive approach in helping students solve social problems and aiding them in the learning process of self regulation and the tools to use when things go wrong. Chad is very deserving of this recognition.