Greetings from CASC!

CASC School Counselor Educator Bulletin

A Message from your Representative


My name is Dr. Caroline J. Lopez and I am the Counselor Educator Representative for the California Association of School Counselors (CASC). I am currently an Assistant Professor in the School Counseling program at Chapman University. Prior to this I worked as a school counselor in Los Angeles County. I am excited to serve as the representative for Counselor Educators across the state of California. I'd like to briefly share what CASC has in store this year.

There are many changes happening within the school counseling profession particularly in California. Educators are currently faced with directing and implementing several initiatives, including, but not limited to Common Core State Standards, SBAC, LCAP, and First Lady Michelle Obama's Reach Higher Initiative. Too often school counselors have been left at the periphery of education reform. The need for effective leaders in school counseling has never been greater! CASC needs leaders who can guide the school counseling profession into the future! Below you will find several ways CASC engages in professional development and advocacy for our profession. If you would like to get involved please feel free to email me at ! If you are not currently a CASC member or your membership as expired, consider registering below so that you can continue to receive updates from your CASC representative!
Become a CASC Member!

Interested in becoming a member? Click on the link to join!

Counselor Educator Member Benefits

CASC has been working hard to improve member benefits for School Counselor Educators. Here is a brief summary of some of the most recent initiatives!

  • School Counselor Educator of the Year Award
  • "School Counselor Preparation" strand at the 2016 CASC Conference
  • CASC Research Grant Award
  • Upcoming professional development webinars for school counselor educators
  • "CASC Connection" a weekly publication of CASC and Local/Regional/National school counseling related news
  • CASC Counselor Educator Listserv (coming soon!)

CASC Conference Call for Proposals

The California Association of School Counselors is pleased to announce the call for presentation proposals for the 2016 annual conference. The conference is scheduled for October 17th and 18th at the Riverside Convention Center. The theme “Mission Possible: Student Success” will provide content on the following themes:

  • Reach Higher for College and Career Readiness
  • The Digital Landscape,
  • Evidence Based School Counseling,
  • Safe and Supportive Schools
  • School Counselor Preparation

Please email or with any questions or concerns. Click on the link below to access the proposal submission form. All questions must be answered. The deadline to submit your presentation proposal is April 15, 2016 by 11:59pm.

CASC Call for Awards Nominations

It is time to submit your nominations for the annual CASC Awards. Winners will be recognized at the annual CASC Conference Awards Luncheon which will be held this year at the Riverside Convention Center on October 16-18.

Awards are given in the following areas:

● Counselor Educator of the Year

● Counselor Advocate of the Year

● Legislator of the Year

● Administrator of the Year

Download the application criteria and instructions for details on how to nominate HERE. Submit all nominations, applications, and supporting documentation by June 1, 2016 to For questions or comments please contact the Awards Chair

NEW: Call for research grant proposals

CASC will provide funding on an annual basis to encourage research in the area of school counseling. CASC will award minimum of $250 or maximum of $1,000 dollars to one or more proposals. To be eligible for this grant, collaborative research projects between practicing California school counselors and California counselor educators is required. Those submitting applications must be CASC members. Priority will be given to proposals focusing on one or more of the topics listed below.

  • Demonstrating the effectiveness of school counseling

  • LCAP priority goals or LCAP special populations (ELL, low-income, foster youth)

  • Attendance interventions

  • Student/counselor ratios

  • Improving School Counselor/Administrator relationships

  • Closing the achievement gap

  • Innovations in the field

  • Current topics/issues in the field

  • Collaborative studies i.e. universities and school districts

  • Cost-effective studies

  • School Counselor Leadership

  • Studies that are readily generalized to a variety of populations

Download the application and instructions HERE. Submit all applications, and supporting documentation by July 1, 2016 to For questions or comments please contact the awards chair Caroline Lopez at


The 2016 CASC conference is around the corner! Save the date. Feel free to click on the video below to see highlights from last year's conference.
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Supporting Undocumented Students Conference

Thursday, April 28th, 8-10am

San Diego, CA, United States

San Diego, CA

Let's RAMP with CASC

Friday, April 29th, 8:30am-3:30pm

1 University Drive

Orange, CA

Register on the CASC website.

HB McDaniel & CASC NorCal Conference

Saturday, April 30th, 9am-4:30pm

450 Serra Mall

Stanford, CA

Register on the CASC website.

School Counselor Leadership Conference 2016

Wednesday, May 25th, 8am-3pm

5998 Alcala Park

San Diego, CA

About CASC

The California Association of School Counselors, Inc. is a professional organization, which provides leadership and advocacy for the profession of school counseling in California.

Mission Statement
The mission of the California Association of School Counselors, Inc. is to promote excellence in the profession of school counseling.

CASC Counselor Educator Representative

Dr. Caroline J. Lopez is an Assistant Professor in the Counseling and School Psychology program at Chapman University in Orange, CA. Prior to her work as a Counselor Educator, Dr. Lopez was a school counselor in Los Angeles in both the K-8 and middle school settings.