Counselor Connect

Counselor Connect is a district-led and championed community of practice, offering high quality professional development, resources, and support for Student Service Professionals to foster the delivery of equitable, accessible, and data-informed services to students in the areas of academic, postsecondary, and social-emotional learning. 

July’s Topic: Preparing for Reentry: Supporting Students & Families Through Reopening

Each month, we will feature some resources and professional development opportunities to align to our Counselor Connect priority topic!

We know that when districts welcome students back to school, student service professionals, educators, and school leaders will play a vital role in supporting trauma-informed transition for students, families, and staff. Students will be returning to school with a broad range of experiences and emotions from their summer break and the months leading up to it. Some of our students may be returning to in-person school for the first time in over a year! How we reopen and help students with this transition may look differently this year. To assist schools with reopening, we are preparing a series of sessions to start in July. Sessions in the series will include information and exploration regarding needs assessments, defining roles for collaborative work, re-engaging students and families, and getting students emotionally ready to return to school. More information and registration is included below.
Enjoy these last few weeks of summer and continue to practice self-care so you are ready to return and impact the lives of our students again in the new school year!

Resources to Support Student & Educator Self-Care

Resources to Support Reentry

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Professional Development Opportunities

Looking to participate in some professional learning opportunities over the summer?

There are so many professional learning options available to meet your needs! Listen to a webinar when it works for you, using the preferred platform of your choice! Take a walk and catch up on your favorite podcast or listen to an OnDemand webinar while sitting poolside this summer! Think about what you want to learn more about this summer and start making a list! Check out the Upcoming Events below for a few ideas to get you started. Who says you can’t have fun while learning?

Check out our Keep Indiana Learning & Counselor Connect OnDemand Library!

Counselor Connect School Reentry Series:
Supporting Students & Families Through Reentry

July 21, 27, and August 4 at 9:00 a.m. EDT
Register here!


We are always looking for educational voices to share expertise, tips, and resources. If you are interested in presenting, co-presenting, or sharing a component of your program, please complete the presenter proposal form here!

Counselor Connects recorded in September 2020 and beyond can be accessed at our OnDemand site.

  • ASCA Annual Conference, July 11-14, 2021 in Las Vegas | Registration
  • ASCA U Specialist Trainings
    • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Specialist Training is FREE to ASCA members and nonmembers!
  • ASCA Webinars – All webinars recorded from March 15-August 31, 2020 are free to nonmembers. Some really timely topics include:
    • Ethical Considerations: School Counseling in a Virtual Setting
    • Virtual High School Counseling: Tier 1 How-to
    • Online Safety Education for Kids
    • The Power to Motivate
    • Ethics on Virtual Counseling

COVID-19 Resources

Equity & Inclusion

School Counseling

We will continue to add resources so check back often!

resource for counselors on how to help students, staff members, and families reenter school while navigating a range of emotions from excitement to anxiety.

Resources to support Social-Emotional Learning for students and adults are available here.

Check back often as new resources will continuously be added!


Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting from COVID-19

Tips for parents and educators for talking about COVID-19 and establishing a new “normal” in the home (available in multiple languages).

COVID-19: Five Helpful Responses for Families

Creating a sense of safety, connecting, and cultivating a new sense of normal with these five tips.

COVID-19 Remote Learning Resources

Resources for families to use when providing at-home learning opportunities for Indiana students.

Counselor Connect Development

The Counselor Connect Steering Committee, consisting of Student Service Professionals and Administrator representatives, assisted in the development of the vision, action plan, and selection of priority topics to be offered through professional learning opportunities. Member expertise will continue to be drawn upon for ongoing support and professional development needs through Tactic Teams.

Stay up-to-date with Counselor Connect!

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