School Counselor Connection

Tips for Success, Volume 3, June 2020

A message from Orange County Superintendent Dr. Mijares

In a column addressing the death of George Floyd and the civil unrest that’s followed, Orange County Superintendent Al Mijares says Americans must unite behind shared values and “create the change we wish to see in our lifetimes and for future generations.”

School Counselor Standards

School counselors are advocates for the equitable treatment of all students in school and in the community. School counselors must be prepared to talk to students about race issues and anti-racism. School counseling standards define the school counseling profession. These standards help school counselors develop, implement and assess their school counseling program to improve student outcomes (ASCA, 2020).
Ethical Standards

Serve as a guide for the ethical practices of all school counselors, supervisors/directors of school counseling programs and school counselor educators regardless of level, area, population served or membership in this professional association.

Professional Standards and Competencies

Outline the mindsets and behaviors school counselors need to meet the rigorous demands of the school counseling profession and the needs of pre-K–12 students.

Mindsets and Behaviors for Student Success

Describe the knowledge, skills and attitudes students need to achieve academic success, college and career readiness and social/emotional development.

Race and Equity Resources

Trauma and Mental Health

How School Counselors Can Support After Civil Unrest

The death of George Floyd is triggering for many students. Schools counselors play a critical role in supporting students during this difficult time.


School Counselor Role in Student Mental Health

The mental health and wellbeing of our students is foremost on the minds of all educators at this critical time in our country. We also know that School Counselors are well equipped and able to support student mental health by providing prevention and intervention strategies that meet the needs of students within an MTSS continuum of support (universal, supplemental and intensified).

That role has not always been clear for others to understand. To clarify and amplify our position, the County Office of Education Leadership for School Counselors (COELSC) has partnered with the California Association of School Counselors and Hatching Results, LLC. to develop a document which can be used to help Administrators, Teachers, Students and Families understand the role of School Counselors in supporting student mental health within the MTSS framework.
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California Department of Education "Stronger Together: A Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of California Public Schools"


State Superintendent Tony Thurmond released the California Department of Education’s official recommendations for safely reopening schools. “Stronger Together: A Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of California’s Public Schools” will serve as a road map for educators as they work with their local public health officials and school communities to navigate next steps.

Watch recording here | Stronger Together Guide here

Resources for Reopening


From Pandemic Pandemonium to Re-Entry: Planning, Filling Gaps, and Re-imagining School with an Equity Mindset

Implementation Teams: Don't Reopen Without One

Impact Learning and Leading Group

CASEL Social Emotional Learning

ASCA and NASP

Proactive Counseling in the Aftermath of Major Racial Incidents

Supporting You Supporting Students: Tools for the Challenging Times

National Center for School Mental Health

School Counselors 4 MTSS

OCDE Resources and Support

Instructional Continuity Website- find resources to support your students and families

OCDE Newsroom and Updates

Be Calm Session- guided meditations led by Dr. Vezzuto


K-12 School Counseling Services:

Luz M. Arellano, Ed.D., Coordinator

Crisis Response Network:

Stephanie Loscko, MSW, PPSC , Program Specialist

Family Engagement Program:

Sheree Newman, Program Specialist

Student Mental Health, Social & Emotional Learning, Restorative Practice:

Lucy A. Vezzuto, PhD

McKinney Vento Homeless Information & Support:

Jeanne Awrey Coordinator

​Student Services (CWA/SARB):

Terrance Dunn, M.Ed., Coordinator

Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program:

Raina K Lee, Coordinator

Previous School Counselor Connection Newsletters

Luz M. Arellano, Ed.D

K-12 School Counseling Services Coordinator

Educational Services

Orange County Department of Education


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