Hello Montana School Counselors,
In this time of virtual school counseling, we've gathered resources to help with the transition online and ways to connect and share strategies with SCs across the state.
Below are resources, ways to connect and updates from ASCA.
ASCA Update: School Counseling During COVID-19
(Updated April 14, 2020) – ASCA is closely monitoring the evolving news about COVID-19. This webpage provides updates on how the virus affects ASCA members and the school counseling profession, as well as resources for members.
Lessons and Resources
Here are some suggestions and resources to consider as you provide support to your students regarding COVID-19. as well as links to other education-related organizations with valuable information to share.
Crisis Planning and Response
Choosing a College When You Can't Visit Campus
Virtual School Counseling Guidelines
Virtual Elementary School Counseling
ASCA Programs, Events and Conferences
At this time, the ASCA Annual Conference will still be held as planned June 27-30 in Seattle. However, if you’ve already registered and feel unable to travel, full registration refunds may be requested through May 31. The most up-to-date information about the conference can always be found on the conference website.
Due to GoToWebinar capacity issues, ASCA is halting live webinars for the time being. All scheduled ASCA webinars will be posted as recorded versions on ASCA On Air as soon as possible after their scheduled date. Webinars on ASCA On Air are always free to members. All webinars recorded from March 15–May 15, 2020, are also free to nonmembers. A limited number of past webinars are also open to nonmembers. CEU quizzes for webinars from March 15–May 15 are free to both members and nonmembers.
ASCA U Specialists
We understand a lot of professional development events have been canceled, so we wanted to make sure our members, nonmembers and graduate students can get the professional development they need and have requested. Therefore, from March 17– May 15, we're offering our ASCA U Specialist trainings for only $29 for members (regularly $99) and $49 for nonmembers (regularly $249). No code needed. If you have any issues purchasing or registering for any of these professional development offerings, please contact us.
The deadline for RAMP applications is still Oct. 15, 2020. However, applicants will not be penalized for incomplete applications (results reports, spring advisory council meetings, canceled activities and programs) due to school shutdowns from COVID-19. Schools due to apply for Re-RAMP in October 2020 will have their RAMP status extended for an extra year and have until Oct. 15, 2021, to submit an application for re-RAMP consideration.
ASCA-Provided Liability Insurance
The coverage provided with the ASCA membership includes coverage for tele-counseling as long is this is part of your school counseling activities. The limit is $1 million per occurrence/aggregate, and it pays after the school coverage has paid. Students who are ASCA members and in master’s programs are covered by ASCA’s liability insurance for activities that are part of the university’s practicum/internship program/requirements. Insurance is free for ASCA professional and student members. Click here for more information about membership and here for more information about ASCA's insurance program.