Office of School Counseling

Friday Sendoff - February 14, 2020

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Upcoming Meetings

Elementary Counselors Meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 19th, 9am-12pm

323 Sollers Point Road

Dundalk, MD

This is a mandatory meeting for all elementary school counselors, which includes schools with more than one elementary counselor.

High School Chairs Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 27th, 8-11am

11640 Crossroads Circle

Middle River, MD

This is a mandatory meting for all high school department chairs.

Middle School Chairs Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 27th, 12-3pm

11640 Crossroads Circle

Middle River, MD

This is a mandatory meeting for all middle school department chairs.

First Year Counselor Meeting

Wednesday, March 11th, 1-3pm

12250 Roundwood Road


Meeting to be held in the multi-purpose room.

Registration link will be available soon.

College Counselor Meeting

Thursday, March 26th, 9am-12pm

6901 North Charles Street

Towson, MD

Greenwood Building E Room 123

Registration link will be available soon.


**NEW** Mind Over Matters - February 2020

Next week, materials will be sent to schools, including large frames (similar to the materials sent for "I Will Listen") to use for posting pictures to social media supporting the "Relationship Matters" Campaign. Please help us support this initiative by sharing photos on social media using #RelationshipsMatter.


The Baltimore County Association for Counseling and Development (BCACD) would like to recognize school counselors who have made impactful contributions to the school counseling profession with its annual SCOTY award. The SCOTY nominee must be a Baltimore County Public School (BCPS) counselor who has completed a minimum of five consecutive years of counseling service. The nominee should be able to demonstrate evidence of effective leadership, advocacy, and collaboration as part of a comprehensive, data-driven, school counseling program to address students’ academic, social/emotional, and academic development.

A counselor from each school level – elementary, middle, and high school will be selected. Any BCPS employee, parent, or student can nominate a school counselor for this recognition. Winners of the SCOTY awards will be nominated for consideration for the Maryland School Counselor Association’s (MSCA) School Counselor of the Year.

To nominate a candidate for this award, please submit the School Counselor of the Year Nomination Form. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 13, 2020.


The Baltimore County Association for Counseling and Development (BCACD) would like to recognize a Baltimore County Public School (BCPS) administrator, teacher, support staff, parent, or community member who consistently advocates for and supports the critical work school counselors do for all students. Any BCPS employee, parent, or student can nominate someone for SCATY award.

To nominate someone for this award, please submit the School Counseling Advocate of the Year Nomination Form. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 13, 2020.

**NEW** CCBC College Fairs

  • We are looking for School Counselors to greet students and families at the CCBC College Fair. We need 5 for the Essex event (March 10th at 5:30 – 8:00pm) and 5 for the Catonsville event (March 11th at 5:30 – 8:00pm). Stipends will be paid for your participation. Please contact Sharon Holter, (, if you are interested.

Teachers Wellness Open House - FREE - February 16th

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Stakeholder Survey

The Stakeholder Survey opened on Monday, January 27, 2020 and will close on Sunday, March 1, 2020. Attached below is a flyer to give you easy access to the survey.

Camp MeToo

Stella Maris is currently accepting applications for their 10th annual overnight bereavement camp for children ages 8-17. Camp Me Too! will begin after school on Friday, April 24 and conclude at noon on Sunday, April 26, and will once again be held on the beautiful grounds of Camp Puh’Tok in Monkton, Maryland. Spots are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, so they encourage families to register early. Completed registrations may be emailed to, faxed to 410-560-9690, or mailed to The Counseling Center at Stella Maris, 2300 Dulaney Valley Rd. Timonium, MD 21093. For more information or any questions, please call 410-252-4500, ext. 7291.

School Counselor Substitutes

Due to recent confusion with the substitute application and assignment process, our office will assign subs to schools in need of coverage. Temp services will process applicants and refer counselors and principals to our office for a placement. If you will need sub coverage at any point in the year, let your Specialist know as soon as you can. Please do not interview any candidates at your school for counselor sub positions as they will be assigned from our office only.

Elementary Counselors

Managing Behavior in Kindergarten Groups Check out Counselor Keri's 6 tips for small group counseling with kindergartners!

High School Counselors

6 week Summer Volunteer Opportunity at the Maryland Zoo Through this unique training program teens and young adults with disabilities are given the opportunity to build prevocational skills through volunteer experiences. These experiences designed through a series of workshops, as well as a potential six week volunteer opportunity help individuals explore personal abilities, challenges and skills related to personal independence and development needed for future successful employment and life opportunities.

All registered participants will engage in a two part workshop series at The IMAGE Center embarking on job exploration and prevocational skill building. This workshop series will conclude with a shadow day at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore where participants will live in the day of a zoo volunteer, have their skills put to the test and will even interview for a six week volunteer opportunity. All interested participants must complete the online registration and commit to the workshops and shadow days. Questions should be directed to

2020 MD-Youth Leadership Forum

We are looking for high school juniors and seniors with disabilities to participate in the 2020 Youth Leadership Forum held at Towson University. The Youth Leadership Forum was initiated in 1992 by the California Governor's Committee on the Employment of Disabled Persons. This popular program spread across the country and is now conducted annually in more than 33 states. Maryland held its first Youth Leadership Forum (MD-YLF) in August 2000.


· Must be in their final two years of high school.

· Applicant accomplishments and leadership potential

· Academic achievement

· Community service

· Participation in school and community activities

· Disability diversity

· Ethnic and racial diversity

· Geographic representation


2019 YLF dates: June 24-27, 2020

2019 YLF location: Towson University

Deadline for application: Friday, March 8, 2020

Application and fact sheet listed below

Johns Hopkins Future Scholars Scholarship Program - Free Course for Qualifying Students

The recruitment for the Johns Hopkins University Mathematics Department’s Future Scholars Program (FSP) has started. The FSP is a competitive scholarship program which rewards talented high school students the opportunity to extend their mathematics training beyond their secondary school tracks by attending Hopkins University mathematics courses while a senior in high school.

You should fill one out for each student nominated. The official deadline for nominations is March 1, 2019. We are also attaching the official course syllabi for our first year calculus courses. The content of these syllabi should be considered appropriate content for the Future Scholars Program Exam.

Any questions or concerns that you may have can be directed to or at 410-516-4178.

Secondary Counselors

The BCPS Opps blog is back and better than ever. It is designed to share with students a wide range of opportunities for scholarships, jobs, fellowships, internships, contests, summer programs, and more. My goal is to post a new opportunity every day. Would love to get more students eyes on it. Recent posts include:

  • Auditions for The Voice
  • The national student composers competition
  • Grief day and summer camps
  • Job opps with the Census
  • Hamilton Scholar applications
  • Stop hunger grants
  • Baltimore Science Fair
  • Lifebridge essay contest
  • Baltimore Arts Guild, call for entries
  • Fellowship for young women leaders

**NEW** Six Skills Every Teen Needs to Survive High School

The skills outlined in this fun and friendly guide Six Skills Every Teen Needs to Survive High School is more than simple tips or tricks to manage high school. Each exercise is based in psychology, proven effective, and taken directly from the New Harbinger Instant Help books. Engaging and easy to use, these guides are written by renowned mental health professionals who specialize in working with teens, and offer practical and evidence-based tools teens can use to manage all of life’s challenges.

With this download, teens will develop skills to help them:

· Let go of anxiety and self-doubt

· Feel calm in the face of everyday problems

· Develop a positive self-image

· Calm intense emotions like anger

· Resolve conflicts and get along with others

· Build resilience and “grit”

Secondary Department Chairs

6 Year Plan Completion - The current district average is 56%. Thank you to our schools who are at or above this number for making these face to face conversations with students a priority.

If you are having challenges in meeting the goal of 100% completion by June, please reach out to your specialist sooner rather than later. We are here to support you!

High School Department Chairs

**NEW** CCR Letters

Chairs, our leadership would like confirmation that the CCR letters have been mailed to your rising seniors. Please refer to past emails that referenced next steps for the letters. You do not have to change schedules at this time but notification of possible changes for not meeting the requirement must go out to families. Your CCR letters should be mailed no later than Friday February 28, 2020.

College Counselors

MHEC Financial Assistance Programs

State Financial Assistance Programs and Applications

Tuition Waiver for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth

Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Recipients

NACAC Request for Admission Application Fee Waiver

Students who have limited financial resources may use the NACAC Request for Application Fee Waiver Form when applying for college. The form — aimed at students planning to enroll in post-secondary education immediately following high school graduation — helps ensure that access to college is possible for all.

College Fly-Ins

Recently Added/Updated Scholarships in Naviance

iFLY Indoor Skydiving Scholarship

ESPBC - Education Support Professionals of Baltimore County Scholarship

Dundalk High School Class of 1967 Scholarship

Dr. Larry and Nancy Fishel Technical School Scholarship

Lorraine W Long Scholarship

Kenneth E. Mann Scholarship

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated scholarship

Issie Jenkins Scholarship

Relevant Bulletin Items

February 14, 2020 BCPS News Hub

BCPS News Hub is the new format for all superintendent bulletins.

Some highlights from the past week:







Professional Development

**NEW** Cultural Competency & Diversity: Powerful Strategies to Improve Client Rapport & Multicultural Awareness 3/19/20 in Ellicott City and 3/20/20 in Baltimore

**NEW** Trauma Informed Compassionate Classrooms: Strategies to Reduce Challenging Behavior, Improve Learning Outcomes and Increase Student Engagement 3/16/20 in Annapolis and 3/17/20 in Columbia

**NEW** Rewire the Anxious Brain: Neuroscience-Informed Treatment of Anxiety, Panic and Worry 3/2/20 in Timonium and 3/3/20 in Columbia

**NEW** Oppositional, Explosive and Disruptive Behaviors in the Classroom: Effective Strategies for Intervening Before, During and After a Meltdown 2/24/20 in Towson

**NEW** Helping Clients Through Separation, Divorce, Co-parenting And Blending (Webinar) on 4/2/20

**NEW** Creative Interventions For Play Therapy (Webinar) on 6/8/20

**NEW** Take the 'Enemy' Out of Frenemy (webinar) on 3/20/20

**NEW** Mixed Emotions: Motivational Interviewing and Resolving Ambivalence (Live Webinar) 2 CEU's on 4/2/20

**NEW**Best Approaches in Trauma Treatment 6 CEU's on 5/18/20 in Crofton

**NEW** Postvention as Prevention: Supporting Children, Adults, & Families 5.5 CEU's on 3/6/20 in Catonsville

**NEW** Workshop Create your own Therapeutic Board Games Up to 3 CEU's on 5/24/20 in Largo, MD

**NEW** Transgender Ally/Advocate Training Camp - For Mental Health Professionals begins on 4/24/20 with 7 hours face to face plus 3 online sessions. Must complete all in order to earn up to 11 CEU's.

Annual Cherish the Child Symposium April 24th in Joppa, MD. Up to 6 CEU's available. Breakfast and lunch included. Breakout session topics include vaping, supporting gender non-conforming students, parent engagement in therapy, and trauma.

College and University programs and courses - BCPS cohort courses for certification and recertification

Introduction to Special Education course for certification ancillary credit requirement

Introduction to Special Education credits can be taken at any accredited college or university or as Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Below are a few options counselors can consider, however, feel free to research other institutions. If there is question whether a course satisfies the requirement, the course description may be sent to your Certification Analyst for verification.

BCPS: Goucher College Online MSDE CPD Courses

CPDV.9013.BC01 – Educating Students with Disabilities: Identification, LRE, and Effective Instruction (Session 2: March 23, 2020 to May 15, 2020)

CCBC: EDTR 107 – Introduction to Special Education

University of Phoenix: Continuing Education for Teachers


The Certification office communication states that documents must be submitted to the Office of Certification by 90 days prior to the expiration date. However, MSDE allows certificate holders to complete coursework up to June 30th. This time may be used to complete coursework. A second reminder will be sent out in April which will request for counselors to provide registration information to their assigned Certification Analyst.

Reimbursement requests may be submitted if credits are completed at a college or university. Information on the reimbursement process can be found of the Office of Certification webpage.

If you plan to attend any professional developments during the school day (outside of our mandatory meetings), you must get permission from your principal to be out of the building for that time.

Resource Roundup

Office of School Counseling Lending Library

Contact Sharon Holter to borrow any items.

Lending Library Item of the Week

Inspiration and Good News

School Counselors Celebrate BCPS College Day

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Dundalk High - So proud of our college spirit for BCPS College Day!!! Emily Dewlin

BCPS Celebrates National School Counselor Week


Schoology Access Codes

Elementary Counseling Curriculum: M4HSN-FCFN4

Secondary Counseling Curriculum: CFBV7-B6PCM

Threat Management: Q6RHK-WHHVC

College and Career Counseling: PFZD6-65N4V

Curriculum Updates: T7BM2-R8JSC

GSA Sponsors (LGBTQ+ resources): ZMBZ-4QXP-DKC89

Contact Information

Naviance Support: 1-866-337-0080 option 2 &

Signup Genius Support:

CPS email address:

MHEC FAFSA Completion (MD CAPS):

Counselor Observation and Evaluation Forms

The documents from this link are the most up to date and only forms that should be used for School Counselors. There are not online options or alternate observation forms for Counselors.

Office of Certification Contact Information

For information about recertification, growth charts and tuition, PD and conference reimbursements

Lauryn's Law Requirements and Course Offerings

This is the MSDE information page about Lauryn's Law requirements and local course offerings that fulfill the requirement.

Cigna Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Through EAP, you get access to licensed clinicians to help you with emotional, behavioral, and other issues you may be experiencing such as help with finding pet care, elder care and caregiver support.

Crisis Text Line

Free confidential crisis intervention via SMS message. The organization's services are available 24 hours a day, every day, throughout the US

BCPS School Counseling Pinterest

Check out our Pinterest page for ideas that will enhance your counseling program

Counselor T-Shirt Designs

Want to make a custom shirt for you or your department? Check out these svg desgins. There's a kiosk outside of Burlington in Security Mall that can make one for you.