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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Managing Adolescent Suicidality

School Counselors!

You are invited to take part in a research study about managing adolescent suicidality. The study consists of a survey that should require at most 30 minutes to complete. Your participation in this study is completely voluntary and will provide information about the current state of self-efficacy in suicide risk management practices among school mental health providers (SMHPs) in rural and urban school settings. The information obtained in this study is intended to guide future research and provide direction in addressing the needs of SMHPs in suicide management. The following link will take you to the consent page and survey. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Hamilton County School Counselor Opening!

Are you interested in working for the Hamilton County School District. Hamilton County currently has an 11 month school counselor position open. Visit the website below for more details!

Sunday, October 21, 2018

FCAN Hosting Webinar on 10/23

Don’t miss out on the OCT. 23 FCAN Webinar — Better Together: How Collective Impact 3.0 Helps Communities Collaborate for Greater Student Success

Epic Flight Academy Scholarships

Epic Flight Academy is offering two scholarships for students interested in aviation. The scholarship application is open to Florida high school students that are 16 years old. Below are a few important details about the scholarship:
  • Scholarships are for $5,800 in flight training (two awards)
  • Deadline to apply is November 2nd
  • The award ceremony is Saturday, November 17 at Epic Flight Academy in New Smyrna Beach, FL
Full details are available online at:

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Pinellas County Job Openings!

Pinellas County Schools has openings for school counselors; one is a unique opportunity for a counselor to build a comprehensive program in a brand new school with brand new programs for the district.  For more information on this new school:

To create an account and complete the online application for a position, click here.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

FSCA Volunteers Needed!

Are you interested in making this year’s convention a success? If so, join our team of highly motivated FSCA Volunteers.
Why Volunteer with FSCA? 
  • Be a stakeholder in state-level professional development
  • Network with a team of actively engaged school counseling professionals
  • Free FSCA shirt
Opportunities include:
  • Registration Assistant
  • Session Monitor
Shifts are available throughout the November 1-3, 2018 Convention.
Sign up for shifts at
Access Code: H3LPFSCA

Osceola County seeking Program Manager!

School District of Osceola County seeks Grant’s Program Manager (12 month position).
Contact: Leslie Rick, LCSW, Supervisor of Social Services and Children’s Mental Health Initiative Project Manager; Phone:  (407) 483-3690 or

Monday, October 15, 2018

Louisville University Research Opportunity

Shaun Sowell a doctoral student at the Univ. of Louisville invites school counselors to participate in a study. The purpose of the study is to better understand and identify relationships between school counselors’ racial attitudes, multicultural counseling knowledge and awareness, and perceptions of poverty.

Marion County School District is looking for Counselors!

Marion County Public Schools is currently accepting applications for district hired school counseling positions placed at schools with high counselor to student ratios to reduce those numbers.  Interested school counselors can apply at the MCPS Employment Opportunity Center.

Monday, October 08, 2018

Bullying Research Needing Participants!

Elementary and Middle School Research Opportunity Regarding Bullying.  

Please click on the following link to participate:

School Counselor Research!

School counselors are invited to take the School Counselor Professional Identity Scale survey at this link--> 

Participants may choose to enter their email address in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon gift card via a separate link to ensure anonymity.

Technology & Innovation in the Field

Are you looking for ways to integrate technology into your school counseling program, or just looking to stay current with trends and innovations? 

If so, check out the latest e-Newsletter from Dr. Russ Sabella at It is an electronic publication that is designed to enhance technological literacy containing tips, tricks, and resources to help you keep up with the latest trends relating to education and technology.

School Counselor Opening in St. Augustine!

St. Joseph Academy Catholic High School, St. Augustine is seeking a school counselor with ESE or learning strategies background. 

Minimum requirements:

  1. Hold a Master’s degree, current, valid state guidance counselor certificate from the Florida Department of Education or be eligible for a current Florida state license. 
  2. Catholic school experience a plus. 
This position is full time with benefits. Submit a cover letter, resume and a completed DOSA application, which can be found below, to the principal Todd DeClemente. For additional position information:

Hispanic Heritage Month Art & Essay Contest

2018 Hispanic Heritage Month student art and essay contests and educator awards. Through this contest, three Florida students will earn a 4-YEAR FLORIDA PREPAID SCHOLARSHIP.

Theme:  “A Celebration of Innovative Hispanic-American Leaders.”

Students in grades K-3 have a chance to win a cash prize by submitting artwork, and students in grades 4-12 can earn a 4-YEAR FLORIDA PREPAID SCHOLARSHIP through the essay contest.

Additionally, students, parents, teachers and principals are invited to nominate full-time educators in elementary, middle and high schools for the Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence in Education Award.

All entries must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, October 15, 2018.

To learn more about Florida’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration and contests, visit You can also access promotional materials to share with your students and their families at

ESSC Bill being Voted on by Congress!

Contact the Florida members of Congress and ask them to co-sponsor the ESSC bill. Please feel free to share the link with your SCA and other work colleagues, friends, relatives, etc. The link is not tied to ASCA
The Fiscal Year 2019 Labor, Health, and Human Services and Education Appropriations Conference Committee held its final meeting and released its report on Sept. 13th. The report was a negotiation of the House and Senate Fiscal Year 2019 appropriations bills. There are a couple of important items for school counselors.
1. The Nelson/Rubio amendment allocating $10 million to establish innovative partnerships between universities and school districts to combat the shortages of school counselors, school psychologists, and school social workers was accepted. This amendment was a joint effort with our colleagues at NASP and SSWAA as we worked closely with the offices of Senators Nelson and Rubio to expand the language of the Safe Schools National Program to highlight the priority of school-based mental health services.
2. The funding level for Title IV-A grants saw a $70 million increase, bringing the total to $1.17 billion.
3. ASCA and a number of other groups sent a joint letter to the conference committee earlier this morning urging them to create a legislative fix that would prohibit the use of federal dollars to purchase firearms or provide training to use firearms. Unfortunately, the conference report did not address this subject. A copy of the joint letter will be uploaded to the ASCA legislative affairs page on Friday, Sept. 14.
The conference report will be on the Senate floor for a vote during the last week of September. The measure would fund the government through Dec. 7, 2018. We do not expect any action will be needed from ASCA members for this vote.
On September 12, 2018, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA) introduced S. 3427 and HR 6775, the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Act. ASCA has been working with these congressional offices as well as our colleagues at NASP, SSWAA, and APA on this bill and its introduction. It is now time to take action!
Thanks for your help spreading the word and thanks in advance for contacting your members of Congress tomorrow or over the weekend to ask for their support on the new ESSC bill!

Volunteers for FSCA Needed!

The Florida School Counselor Association (FSCA) has a number of opportunities for volunteer leaders. FSCA relies on its members to provide volunteer leadership and support for its programs, events, and publications. FSCA’s committees and volunteer opportunities bring together a wide range of individuals with expertise (i.e., graduate students, school counseling practitioners, school counselor educators, and other professionals) and those who are interested in supporting school counselors and impacting students across that state are welcome to join a committee.
The following are a list of standing committees with openings, but this is not an exhaustive list. Opportunities range in the level of involvement, duration and time commitment, and roles (e.g., committee chair and member), and almost all meet virtually. Interested volunteers should contact the person(s) listed below. Graduate students, school counseling practitioners, school counselor educators, and other professionals who are interested in supporting school counselors and impacting students across that state are welcome.   Want to be part of something great? Become a FSCA volunteer leader.
Advocacy. The Advocacy Committee regularly works on state and district-level advocacy efforts. The Advocacy Committee Chair(s) are appointed by the Board of Directors. Board Liaison: Dr. Summer Kuba –
Bylaws. The Bylaws Committee annually reviews the Bylaws, makes recommendations to the Board of Directors for changes, and performs other duties in accordance with the FSCA Policies and Procedures. FSCA’s Bylaws shall be reviewed annually and revised as needed. The Committee reviews all proposed amendments and makes recommendations. Board Liaison: Dr. Carmen Larson –
Chapter Development. The Chapter Development Committee works with district leaders across the state. The Committee Chair assists district leaders with creating a FSCA chapter monitors membership of existing FSCA Chapters, and assists FSCA Chapters with needs that may arise.   Board Liaison: Mrs. Beth Jenkins –
Scholarships and Grants. This Committee coordinates the scholarship process for each year. Board Liaison: Mrs. Patrice Clover –
Convention. The Convention Committee plans and organizes the upcoming convention. The Convention Committee has multiple sub-committees including the Professional Recognition Committee which coordinates the FSCA awards process each year. The Professional Recognition Committee Chair also assists with the FSCA School Counselors of the Year and ASCA award nominations. Board Liaison: Mrs. Paula Bewerse –
Emerging Leaders. The Emerging Leaders committee supports Florida school counselors who would like to become leaders in the field. Board Liaison: Dr. Cindy Topdemir –
Ethics. The Ethics committee works with Florida school counselors who have ethical concerns. The Ethics committee helps link Florida school counselors with ASCA’s ethics resources. Board Liaison: Dr. Carmen Larson –
Financial Affairs. The Financial Affairs Committee develops policies and procedures and a yearly budget for approval by the Governing Board and performs other duties in accordance with the FSCA Policies and Procedures. The Chair is responsible to carry out financial transactions of the Association and Board of Directors.  This includes maintaining records of the transactions and preparation of financial reports for each meeting of the Board of Directors.  The Chair shall assure that the proper documents are filed as required by FSCA, Inc.’s federal 501(c)(3) status. Board Liaison: Dr. Rebecca Schumacher –
Membership. The Membership Committee develops policies and procedures for recruiting, maintaining and managing membership for approval by the Governing Board and performs other duties in accordance with the FSCA Policies and Procedures. Board Liaison: Mrs. Beth Jenkins –
Nominations and Elections. The Nominations and Elections Committee develops policies for approval by the Board of Directors, conducts elections, and performs other duties in accordance with FSCA policies and procedures that address Nominations and Elections. The Nominations and Elections Chair must be a member of the Board of Directors. Board Liaison: Mrs. Jeannie Maddox –
Professional Development and Online Event Coordination. The Professional Development Committee conducts professional development events that occur outside of FSCA’s convention. These may include webinars, drive-ins, or other FSCA sponsored workshops. Board Liaison: Mrs. Libby Curran –
Communications. The Communications Committee leads the coordination of communications to members and manages the FSCA website (e.g.  FSCA E-News blasts, social media communications, and blog).Board Liaison: Dr. Elizabeth Villares –
Special Interest Networks (SPINs). SPIN facilitators promote collaboration among members and support the development of school counseling resources around a special-interest topic important to school counseling and education. These networks are designed to provide support, share ideas and raise awareness of school counseling resources. The Board of Directors appoints SPINS facilitators. Board Liaison: Dr. Michael Kane –

Sip & Service Project

Are you attending the FSCA Convention? Then you can also participate in the Sip & Serve Project.  Start collecting hygiene items to donate at the FSCA convention. A ca$h award will be given to the individual who donates the most items and to the Chapter with the most items donated.
Put out a box at your school, ask friends and family to help!
Collect hotel sized:
★Shampoo ★Conditioner ★Body wash ★Bars of soap
Friday, November 2nd, 7:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Join us at the convention to assemble hygiene kits from Clean the World. These assembled kits and the donated hygiene items will beneļ¬t student and families who are receiving mental health and other supports from Wraparound Orange.
Beverages will be served.
Clean the World is a global health organization committed to improving quality of life for vulnerable communities around the world, by providing sustainable resources, programming and education focused on water, sanitation and hygiene for all affected by poverty, homelessness and humanitarian or natural crises.
Wraparound Orange is a mental health system of care that is family-driven, youth-guided and culturally competent for youth and their families. This agency understands that many factors affect mental health, so they help families build a support team and provide an array of services tailored to unique needs. No cost to families. No waiting period. No judgment.
Give to students, families, the community and yourself!

25 Tips for Freshman in College

To all those who are advising seniors and soon-to-be college students, below is a list of 25 tips to help students survive their first year in college! Check it out, and share the knowledge with your students! 

25 Tips to Help You Survive Freshman Year

ASVAB Practice

If you have students who are planning on taking the ASVAB test, share this link with them so that they can properly prepare for it!

FSCA Poster Presentation!

The Graduate Student Poster session will be held during the Opening Reception of the Convention on Thursday evening, November 1, 6:00-8:00 pm. This style of program is more informal than a breakout session. You will have attendees stopping at your station to view your poster and ask questions about your presentation. This style is also a wonderful method of meeting and networking with practicing school counselors.
Submit this proposal form to be considered for a poster presentation at the 2018 FSCA convention. Poster sessions are for graduate students only. No more than 2 graduate students per poster will be accepted.  Presenters must register for and attend the convention in order for their poster session to be displayed.
Proposals are due by October 1, 2018. When completed, email the form to Dr. Cindy Topdemir at

St. John's County Counselor Position Open!

St. Johns County School District is currently taking applications for school counselor openings at the following schools:
Applicants should email their resume to the school’s principal and apply online at Applitrack:
For specific questions, please contact District Counselor, Lindsey Page, at or 904-547-7751.

School Counselor Position-Diocese of Orlando

State of Florida Certified High School Guidance counselor needed. Experience with seniors and college application/acceptance process is preferred.
Contact Person’s Name: Dr. Erika WIkstrom, Principal 352 622-9025

Trauma Informed Care Survey

Trauma-informed practice is a growing trend in schools. A voluntary invite to participate in a study for the purpose to investigate school counselor level of training and readiness for trauma-informed practices in their school.
This is a 5-20 minute surveyIf you have questions about the rights of research subjects, please contact the Human Subjects Office, 105 Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, 600 Newton Rd, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-1098, (319) 335-6564, or email
Please click here to access the survey: School Counselor survey for trauma-informed practice

Openings in Volusia County

Volusia County Schools in beautiful, sunny central Florida has 9 vacancies for certified School Counselors. Openings are at all levels and include 2 at the high school, 2 at the middle school, and 5 at the elementary school levels.
Please visit the Volusia County Schools website at: to apply. After completing the on-line application, please contact Dr. Amy Hall, Coordinator of Student and Government Relations at or at 386-734-7190 ext. 20658 to assist in the application process.

Polk County School Openings!

Polk County Public Schools are located in Central Florida and have a number of school counseling positions available for 2018-19.  Our Schools are located minutes from the beautiful white sandy beaches, Disney World, Bush Gardens, Sea World and Universal Studios. If you are interested, please apply online at
To view a list of schools with openings, go to Please send resumes or specific questions to Deidre Skaggs at

St. John's County Openings

St. Johns County School District is currently taking applications for school counselor openings at the following schools:
Applicants should email their resume to the school’s principal and apply online at Applitrack:
For specific questions, please contact District Counselor, Lindsey Page, at or 904-547-7751.

Connection Academy Looking for School Counselors

Connections Academy, one of Florida's premier, online k-12 public and charter schools is on the lookout for school counselors. If you are interested, visit their website to see if Connections Academy is right for your child.

To view the job posting, click here.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Sallie Mae Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program

Nominations for high school juniors or seniors will be accepted beginning on August 23rd for the Sallie Mae Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program.  To qualify, the junior or senior must have a desire to attend college and a financial need.  A counselor or community leader can submit nominations.  Learn more by visiting

FSCA Convention 2018 KeyNote Speaker

FSCA is pleased to announce Kirsten Perry as a keynote speaker at the 2018 Convention.
Kirsten Perry is a professional school counselor at Lawndale Community Academy located on Chicago’s westside. Kirsten was most recently named the 2017 Illinois School Counselor of the Year by the Illinois School Counselor Association (ISCA) and was named the 2018 National School Counselor of the Year by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).  This is Kirsten’s seventh year serving as a school counselor for the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). In 2013, she was awarded the Directors Choice Award from the CPS Office of School Counseling for her work with high school matriculation. She has since served as a Master Counselor for the district for 4 years, mentoring school counselors and assisting with the development of district initiatives. She also serves on the CPS Naviance Advisory committee where she helped to develop a middle school college-career companion curriculum to be used by middle school counselors throughout the district.
Kirsten is a career changer. She came into the field of school counseling in her early 30s. She earned her undergraduate degree in 2006 from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in the History of World Religion. She earned her masters in education and school counseling from DePaul University in 2011. Having been a troubled youth and a single mother in her 20s, Kirsten finds strength from the setbacks that life has given her. It is her passion to serve at-risk youth like herself and underserved communities by developing comprehensive school counseling programs that work to create change and close the achievement gap.
Kirsten is also the proud mother of one son who is currently a junior at Roosevelt University studying social entrepreneurship in Chicago. In her spare time, she loves to run (she has ran in around 10 half marathons), loves to spend time with family and friends and loves to try new restaurants!

FSCA 2018 KeyNote Speaker Announced

FSCA is pleased to announce the keynote speakers for the 2018 Convention.  We want to thank the Monique Burr Foundation for their generous sponsorship of this keynote address.
Michele Borba, Ed.D. is an internationally renowned educator, award-winning author, and parenting, child and bullying expert recognized for her solution-based strategies to strengthen children’s empathy and social-emotional intelligence and character, and reduce peer cruelty. A sought-after motivational speaker, she has presented keynotes throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, South Pacific and served as a consultant to hundreds of schools and corporations including the Pentagon and 18 US Army bases in Europe and the Asian-Pacific. Her proposal: “Ending School Violence and Bullying” (SB1667) was signed into California law in 2002. She offers realistic, research-based advice culled from a career of working with over one million parents and educators worldwide.
Dr. Borba has appeared 140 times live on the TODAY show and countless shows including: three Dateline specials, Dr. Phil, The View, NBC Nightly News, The Doctors, Dr. Oz, TD Jakes, Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric, MSNBC, Fox & Friends, Countdown, 2 NBC Education Nation specials, Inside Edition, Fox, The Early Show, CNN and Dr. Drew and featured in TIME, Washington Post, Newsweek, People, Boston Globe, U.S. News & World Report, New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Globe and Mail. She’s a media spokesperson for corporations including RC2 Learning Curve, Florida OJ, 3M, Ragu, Dixie Cup, Office Depot, Unilever, Splenda, Similac, General Mills, Mastercard, All, Galderma, V-Tech, Cetaphil, Walmart, Johnson & Johnson and consultant to McDonalds and Disney. Speaking clients vary from the United States Military Academy, Sesame Street, Learning and the Brain, Harvard University, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and a TEDx Talk entitled: “Empathy Is a Verb.”

Development and Validation of the Lustica School Counselor Evaluation Tool (LSCET)

The purpose of this study is to develop and validate a tool for district administrators to use to evaluate school counselors. This will be the first evaluation tool co-created by district administrators and school counselors, rooted in the ASCA National Model, and emphasizes the nuanced and often difficult to evaluate best practice counseling skills and techniques school counselors use each day.
The survey is currently available on the ASCA community website and my state school counseling association website and is being sent out superintendents around my area. I’m hoping to include as many school counselor voices as possible so it can become a best practice tool.
For more information about this study, please contact:
  • Hennessey Lustica, PhD Candidate
  • University of Rochester

Florida Schools to receive RAMP Honor

The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) recently announced that five Florida schools have been designated as Recognized ASCA Model Programs (RAMP). Two of these schools also received the RAMP School of Distinction designation which honors schools with exceptionally high-caliber school counseling programs based on scores from a panel of RAMP reviewers.
The RAMP designation, awarded for aligning with the criteria in the ASCA National Model, recognizes schools committed to delivering an exemplary comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program. Since the program’s inception, more than 800 schools have been designated as RAMP recipients. This year, 140 schools nationwide will receive the RAMP designation.
The schools will be honored at a recognition ceremony at ASCA’s Annual Conference in Los Angeles, Calif., on Monday, July 16, 2018, for making an outstanding commitment to comprehensive school counseling programs.
The 2017­–2018 Florida RAMP schools are:
Henry H. Filer Middle School (School of Distinction), Hialeah
Herbert A. Ammons Middle School (School of Distinction), Miami
Lamar Louise Curry Middle School, Miami
Park Vista Community High School, Lake Worth
Venetia Elementary School, Jacksonville
“Congratulations to the 2017-2018 RAMP Florida schools! The Florida School Counselor Association (FSCA) is so pleased for these five school counseling programs to be recognized as model programs of excellence. Each ASCA RAMP school team exemplifies the commitment to the school counseling profession, and to student achievement and success.  Thank you 2017-2018 Florida RAMP Schools for serving as exemplary models for our profession and thank you for impacting your students and schools. You make a difference today, tomorrow, and for the future” (Dr. Rebecca A. Schumacher, FSCA Executive Director).
RAMP applications are reviewed once a year by school counseling professionals, who assess the school counseling programs in 12 different areas of expertise. The next submission deadline is Oct. 15, 2018. For more information on the program, visit
A full list of the 2017–2018 RAMP recipients can be found on the ASCA website.  
About the American School Counselor Association
The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) professional organization based in Alexandria, Va. ASCA promotes student success by expanding the image and influence of school counseling through leadership, advocacy, collaboration and systemic change. ASCA helps school counselors guide their students toward academic achievement, career planning and social/emotional development to help today’s students become tomorrow’s productive, contributing members of society. Founded in 1952, ASCA has a network of 51 state associations and a membership of more than 33,000 school counseling professionals. For additional information on the American School Counselor Association, visit