Professional school counselors across the country and abroad all share the same vision – to do the best job they can for the students under their guidance and care. Academic success alone isn’t enough to ensure today’s students are prepared to be tomorrow’s adults. They also need to focus on social/personal and emotional development.
Professional school counselors are a vital part of helping children develop into well-rounded individuals. And ASCA is a vital part of helping school counselors develop the programs necessary to meet students’ needs.
An ASCA membership offers you more than just periodicals, professional development and peer networking. Although it offers that too! Joining the only organization dedicated to furthering the needs and mission of school counselors helps you grow professionally as well as personally. You’ll learn about best practices in school counseling. You’ll benefit from others’ experience and research. Most of all, you’ll know you’re joining with thousands of other professional school counselors to share a common vision – that of turning today’s youth into tomorrow’s leaders.
Professional School Counseling Journal: ASCA's award winning journal, published four times a year, provides peer-reviewed articles on school counseling theory, research, practice, and techniques. your subscription helps you stay on top of the latest theories and advances in the field. Members have access to full-text articles and archives online.
ASCA School Counselor Magazine: A slick, full-color bimonthly magazine, ASCA School Counselor gives members a place to turn for practical, how-to articles addressing the issues school counselors face on a daily basis. A $90 value.
Discounted Publications: ASCA publishes and/or resells myriad publications targeting areas such as school violence, comprehensive guidance programs, career counseling, social development and more. Stay on top of your game with discounted publications from ASCA.
Professional Development: As everyone knows, it's important to participate in regular, certified professional development opportunities. In addition to its annual conference, webinars and local workshops, ASCA also partners with other organizations to offer members training in areas such as ethics, career counseling and more.
Liability Insurance: Don't take unnecessary risks with your career and financial stability. Protect yourself with FREE professional liability insurance developed especially for ASCA members.
Free Resources: One of the best benefits of ASCA membership is access to a plethora of free resources. From video tapes to career center starter kits, your membership opens the door to a world of materials to use on a daily basis.
Online Membership Directory: Looking for school counselors in your geographic area or level for networking purposes? Need to get in touch with another member you met at a training seminar? ASCA's online membership directory not only provides the information you need right at your fingertips, but it also gives you the opportunity to update your own membership listing online, ensuring you never miss news or information from your professional association.
ASCA Aspects: Keep on top of new projects, resources and member benefits with ASCA’s monthly e-newsletter. If you’re an ASCA member and don’t receive Aspects each month, check your membership listing and make sure you’ve selected “receive ASCA Aspects.”