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. 

December’s Topic: Supporting Social and Emotional Needs: Implementation, & Education

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

As the first semester comes to a close and we enter into the holiday season, we hope you are able to slow down, recharge your batteries, and take part in traditions and celebrations that you enjoy! Take some time for YOU and know that YOU ARE APPRECIATED!

Resources to Support Social and Emotional Needs: Implementation and Education

Professional Development Opportunities

Navigating the Wellness of Students and Staff in the Current Climate, December 8, 2021  |  Registration
Statewide Virtual Networking Event, January 13, 2022  |  Registration
Culturally Responsive SEL Series, January – April 2022 | Registration
Comprehensive School Counseling Series, Session 2 – February 7, 2022
COUNSELOR CONNECTions: Regional meet-ups hosted by various ESCs this fall, allowing School Counselors and Social Workers to share ideas and best practices, collaborate, network, and grow professionally! Find the session near you!

Did you miss a live session? Visit our Keep Indiana Learning & Counselor Connect OnDemand Library and YouTube Channel!


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 9-12, 2022 in Austin, Texas | 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

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools have encountered numerous challenges and have gone above and beyond to support students. This section offers resources to support districts as they continue to adapt to the evolving climate and impacts during a pandemic.

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 student and adult wellness is 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.

Stay up-to-date with Counselor Connect!

About Counselor Connect

Counselor Connect launched in the spring of 2020, with the support of a Steering Committee, consisting of Student Service Professionals, Administrators, and organizations, who helped shape the vision and mission.

Tactic Teams

Counselor Connect values the member expertise and ongoing support from our four tactic teams, including: Comprehensive School Counseling, Postsecondary Options, Social-Emotional Learning, and Student and Family Advocacy. Each team consists of content experts from across the state who assist in identifying needs and contribute to creating and identifying content and resources to meet those areas of need.

Meet the team members!

Counselor Connect Coordinating Team

  • Amanda Culhan, Coordinator
  • Dr. Andrew Melin, CIESC Executive Director
  • Rachel Bauer, CIESC Program Coordinator
  • Dawn Meadows, CIESC Program Specialist
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