School Counselor Professional Resources


National Office for School Counselor Advocacy - The College Board established the National Office for School Counselor Advocacy to publicly support school counselors.

ASCA Position Statements

ASCA School Counselor Competencies

ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors

🔥 Marketing Your School Counseling Program

Read the full report about counselor-student ratios:

🔥 School Counselor vs. Guidance Counselor:
* Research showing why school counselors are no longer called “guidance counselors”
Link to Infographic and Link to Report
* Guidance Counselor vs School Counselor - What is the difference between these two titles?
Watch this video and learn more! about the difference in roles!
* Interview with Russ Sabella “The evolution of school counselors” on FL News Television program.
* “What's in a name? Why being called a school counselor matters” blog post from The Counseling Geek blog


Helpful resources for counselors trying to implement new programming as it supports counseling initiatives with research.


🔥 Develop Your Personal School Counselor Self-Care Plan

School Counselor Office Setup - Crowd-sourced photos from School Counselors. You can also add your photos!

Public Speaking: Tips for School Counselors  - 3 out of 4 Americans fear public speaking. Learn how to get into that 25% that doesn't with these tips.

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Counselor Association - A professional organization for college admissions counselors who recruit and live in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, D.C. and Virginia. The counselors assist college bound students, families, and high school guidance counselors in navigating the path to college....   HS Counselors: From Mini-fairs, case studies, college application workshops, essay and interview workshops, instant apps (offered by some of our members), counselor fairs or luncheons, MARCA is available to serve and collaborate with you in a variety of ways. Share information on your upcoming college fairs and events to a diverse group of colleges from across the country that are more accessible to you than you may think.

Computer science professional development guide: How education leaders can build teacher, school counselor and administrator capacity to support equitable computer science education
By 2026, there will be an estimated 3.5 million computing-related jobs open in the United States. Today, 58 percent of all new jobs in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) are in computing. To fill these jobs, we need today’s students to grow up not only using technology but also learning how it works and how to build, create and make an impact with it. 
This guide offers four simple but thorough steps that education leaders like you can take to build CS capacity among your K-12 teachers, counselors and administrators.

High School Counselor Week - Free weekly update of articles of interest to high school counselors

Leading Success - Free online toolkit for principals and school leaders to help raise student achievement and promote college and career readiness  

ASCA U - self-paced, online professional development; earn 5 CEUs/50 Contact Hours per course.  Fee is $99 for ASCA members, $249 for non-members


🔥Free back to school guide for Counselors with tips from Counselors
K-12 Comprehensive School Counseling Program Curriculum - This pdf has sample lesson plans from North Carolina to help students achieve academic success.
Missouri Comprehensive Guidance Curriculum
Missouri School Sample Lessons
CASEL - The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning provides evidence-based SEL  lessons and resources.
Skills for Academic and Social Success (SASS) - SASS is a cognitive-behavioral school-based program designed to reduce children’s anxiety through group meetings and social events.
Love is Not Abuse - A teen dating violence and abuse prevention curriculum.
Teaching Tolerance - offers lessons and other classroom resources, as well as professional development
Solution-Focused School Counselor’s Playbook
Aevidum - Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Curriculum
🔥 10 Ways School Counselors can Prepare During the Summer
🔥 20 Things School Counselors Should Do Before School Starts


🔥ASCA joined the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the National Association of School Psychologists and The Trevor Project released an updated suicide prevention Model School Policy today for K-12 schools as part of suicide prevention week. The plan offers a template for school administrators and policymakers to use while developing their own prevention and intervention policies as well as strategies for assisting with the grief process after a suicide.
National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI) - SAMHSA’s National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI) improves treatment and services for children, adolescents, and families who have experienced traumatic events.
Preventing Suicide:  A Toolkit for High Schools - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools, Second Edition - Suicide Prevention Resource Center
🔥“How to Talk to a Child about a Suicide Attempt in Your Family” booklet/DVD. Order free print copies.
Preventing Suicide:  Guidelines for Administrators and Crisis Teams - National Association of School Psychologists
How to Talk to Children About Suicide:  An Age-By-Age Guide - Brief article featured on the Today Show that summarizes the key points.  Good for parents.
Safety Planning - Guidelines for students with suicidal ideation
Aevidum - Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Curriculum
Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth - youth suicide prevention program offering resources and support to NJ school districts.
New Jersey Youth Suicide Report - 2017 report from the NJ Department of Children and Families
Suicide Prevention Resource Center - NJ resources and links
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - Educational programs by subtopics/groups


Safe and Sound - will assist children/families involved in domestic abuse situations
Zufall Health - Community Health Center providing affordable medical and dental healthcare.
Eating DIsorder Hope - Directory of Eating Disorder Centers and Treatment Clinics in NJ
NJ Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Programs for Adolescents - Directory compiled by Drug Rehab Services (DRS)
NJ Children’s System of Care / Perform Care - emergency services for children and adolescents actively in crisis
2nd Floor Youth Helpline - confidential and anonymous helpline for youth and young adults ages 10 to 24.  Talk or text 24/7.
NJ Children’s System of Care Provider Directory for substance use treatment service providers
Designated Screening Services by county, provided by the NJ Department of Health


🔥Ready to be an expert in the 4th edition of the ASCA National Model? Check out these 4 Webinars
Prepare Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s Careers
AP CSP Principles Intro This is CS50 AP, Harvard University's introduction to the intellectual enterprises of computer science and the art of programming for students in high school, which satisfies the College Board's new AP CS Principles curriculum framework.
Introduction to Computer Science and Programming


🔥Helping Kids After a Shooting - Resources from ASCA
The Dougy Center - The National Center for Grieving Children and Families
National Alliance for Grieving Children - offers general resources as well as programs specifically for the state of New Jersey.
National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement - Materials and guidance for school experiencing crises or helping grieving students, and resources to prepare to support children in times of crisis and loss
Eluna - The resource center has a library offering personalized support and information for children and families affected by grief and addiction.
Coalition to Support Grieving Students - Video and downloadable grief support modules for school personnel
OurHouse Grief Support Center - Downloadable PDF resources suitable for all ages
Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth - youth suicide prevention program offering resources and support to NJ school districts.
Grief Speaks - Presentations, workshops, keynotes and counseling


🔥Stress in college students for 2019: (how to cope). Ideal to share at MS or HS level
🔥ISTE Mental Health and Mindfulness Newsletter - Lots of Resources
Skills for Academic and Social Success (SASS) - SASS is a cognitive-behavioral school-based program designed to reduce children’s anxiety through group meetings and social events.
The Mindful Word - Guided imagery scripts to help children cope with anxiety and stress

The Carrier Clinic - Resources from the facility in Belle Mead, NJ
Self-Injury:  Raising the Profile of a Dangerous Behavior - Article describing research conducted by Rutgers Behavioral Health


Intervention Central - This site offers free tools and resources to help school staff and parents to promote positive classroom behaviors and foster effective learning for all children and youth through Response to Intervention.
Study Skills Checklist  - A resource for students to better understand their study skills.
Tips for Academic Success - Reference documents from Case Western University to help students improve their study habits and academic performance.
International Grade Conversion Guide for Higher Education - Great resource for evaluating international transcripts.  This guide, provided by World Education Services, contains suggested grade conversions for higher education in more than 120 countries.
Evaluating Foreign Transcripts: The A-Z Manual- Resource for evaluating international transcripts from the NYC Department of Education.