IU 7 School Counselor Update

for SCs living and working in Westmoreland County

What's happening!

Welcome back to a new school year! The new school year parallels a new year for PSCA with many new happenings within the Association. We are excited to tell you about some of the things that are currently “in the works”:

  • PSCA is developing a brand-new, enhanced website that will be easier to navigate with more resources available in the “PSCA Members Only” section for PSCA. We’re hoping for a “launch by the end of September. In the meantime, all information will be posted to the current website and moved to the new website when finalized. The web address will remain the same: www. psca-web.org.

  • The final version of the School Counselor Rubrics and Guiding Questions have been released by PDE. Check out the PSCA website for a direct link to those!

  • PSCA Is also developing tools to help you and your administrators/evaluators use these rubrics in the new school counselor evaluation. These will be available in the “Members Only” section of the PSCA website.

Join PSCA!

Follow this link to join! This link is for new PSCA members!

Rejoin PSCA

This is for School Counselors whose memberships have lapsed, please re-join!

59th Annual Conference

Thursday, Dec. 4th 2014 at 8am to Saturday, Dec. 6th 2014 at 12pm

777 Waterwheel Drive

Seven Springs, PA

59th Annual PSCA Conference will be held on December 4-6 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Seven Springs, PA. Here are some details:

  1. Early bird registration is September 30th. If you are requesting School Board approval to attend but are worried about meeting this deadline, it is recommended that you register early then request an invoice for your registration. If your request is then denied, you can simply withdraw your registration. Follow this link to register!

  2. All registration costs and lodging information is currently available online.

  3. PSCA has developed a “justification kit”** to help you support your request to attend conference.

  4. FEATURED SPEAKERS AND TOPICS:

    • Dr. Eric Sparks, Assistant Director of ASCA, will speak on the new ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors

    • Dr. Trish Hatch (co-author of the ASCA Model and author of many books including the most recent “Hatching Data) will speak about school counseling and data

    • Danielle Schultz (@schcounselor) will present a pre-conference session on the use of social media to enhance your school counseling program (Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014).

    • NEW school counselor evaluation rubrics

    • Evidence-based practices

    • Systemic change

    • Ethics and school counseling

Don't forget!

Westmoreland School Counselor Association meeting is Thursday, October 16th 2014.

The meeting will be held at WCCC Advance Technology Center, 1001 Technology Drive, East Huntingdon, Pa 15688 (accessible via I-70, I-76, Route 66, Route 119),


RSVP to Kathy Sclesky by October 7th! Her email is attached to the flyer sent by Carrie Jones.

Lisa Maloney, M.Ed., NCC, NCSC

PSCA IU#7 Representative

PSCA Secretary

PSCA Workshops Chair 2014