St. Louis Suburban School Counselor Association

Please Make Plans to Attend the 2018 SLSSCA Professional Recognition & Awards Breakfast

2018 SLSSCA Professional Recognition & Awards Breakfast

Tuesday, Feb. 6th, 8-11am


Please make plans to attend the 2018 SLSSCA Professional Recognition & Awards Breakfast. This will be a great time to honor the SLSSCA Counselor of the Year and the SLSSCA Advocate/Administrator of the Year while we celebrate National School Counseling Week together and the impact school counselors have in helping students achieve school success. We encourage school counselors to invite their administrator to attend the breakfast with them.

Dr. Grace Lee, Principal at Hixson Middle School in Webster Groves & Kashina Bell, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services with the Clayton School District will be talking about how school counselors can assist with the transformative work to build a culture of Restorative Practices. Dr. Lee will discuss what the practical implementation of Restorative practices looks like within a school and how it can benefit students, parents and staff.

Dr. Shari Sevier, Director of Advocacy for Missouri School Counselor Association will be present and will speak about the latest work of MSCA and will provide the current legislative update that impacts school counselors and the students we serve.

Dr. Rene' Yoesel, Director of School Counseling for Missouri DESE will be presenting on information, updates and resources for school counselors.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

SLSSCA Governing Board Opportunity

Are you interested in utilizing and developing your leadership skills? St. Louis Suburban School Counselor is looking for individuals to fill two open positions on the SLSSCA Governing Board next year.

SLSSCA Governing Board members are required to attend:

  • four Governing Board meetings
  • three professional learning meetings in the Fall, Winter and Spring
  • time commitments between professional learning meetings.

If you are interested please complete the nomination form by March 31st.

SLSSCA Governing Board Application


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2018 National School Counseling WeekTM, "School Counselors: Helping Students Reach for the Stars," will be celebrated from Feb. 5-9, 2018, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February.

Take part in the photo/video challenge during National School Counseling Week with these signs:
Monday: Happy National School Counseling Week
Tuesday: I love being a school counselor because ...
Wednesday: My school counselor helps me reach the stars by ...
Thursday: I wish upon a star that ...
Friday: I'll shine bright as a ...


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Conference Information:

Featuring Carol E. Buchholz Holland, Ph.D., who is an associate professor and the school counseling coordinator in the Counselor Education graduate program at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota.

This workshop will include an overview of the Solution-Focused approach and a description of the benefits of using it in school setting.

Participants will create a “toolbox” of effective Solution-Focused questions and techniques that can be used when working with students, parents/guardians, and/or teachers.

The presenter will provide demonstrations of how to use the Solution-Focused approach in a variety of school settings such as classrooms, individual counseling & small group counseling sessions, parent meetings, teacher consultation, and MTSS meetings.

Participants will learn about creative multisensory Solution-Focused activities that can be used with children and adolescents.

A case study will also be discussed to help illustrate how Solution-Focused tools can be used to identify, assess, and support students who experience suicide ideation.

For more information and to register go to:

Looking Forward...April 5th SLSSCA Spring Meeting

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Interested in participating in the April 5th Spring Meeting? Here is your opportunity.

Event Synopsis:

Three schools/districts or school counselors will bring a problem worth solving. Each will get 1 minute to speak/share. 10 minutes to answer questions from the crowd. 10 minutes to accept solutions.

Playing off the idea of companies pitching ideas to an audience, entrepreneurs pitching to venture capitals, this format allows the school to own the problem and the room to own the solutions. With the problem known to the room solutions can be focused and meaningful.


3 schools/districts or school counselors from the area to come with a problem worth solving by the community of forum participants. The Community will create possible solutions. School/District/Counselor will walk away with solutions they can plan to implement.

Event Format:

1. We start with a 5 minute intro of the schools and the “rules” of the hour.

2. First school gets 1 minute to state their issue

3. Audience gets 10 questions of the school or 10 minutes – whichever comes first.

4. Audience captures solutions on their post it notes and puts on flip chart. Audience is invited to tape their business card to the flip chart to allow the school leader to call/contact an individual who wishes to be a resource.

5. Bell rings at 10 min; switch to the next, repeat

6. Last five minutes are for last minute comments from the audience.

To participate and be one of the three counselors/schools fill out the following School Counseling Reverse Ed-Pitch Proposal.

Reverse Ed-Pitch Proposal

Interested in Presenting at the 2018 School Counseling Summer Forum on June 19th?

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If you are interested in presenting at the 2018 School Counseling Summer Forum on June 19 about an area of interest, expertise or great ideas in school counseling please contact Matthew Berry by April 15.

Please share name, contact information and topic of interest for presenting.

Email information or questions to

Thank you!

Sign Up to become a member of SLSSCA

Please sign up today to become a member of SLSSCA. Your membership provides many benefits among of which are professional development opportunities, resources, research, colleague collaboration and trained leadership.

Membership Registration


If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact Matthew Berry, President of SLSSCA at the email below.