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. 

April’s Topic: Restorative Practices

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

Restorative Practices can help build and strengthen relationships and restore and repair harm. When implementing these and other practices in schools, the creation of systems for installation and the monitoring of fidelity and intended outcomes are often overlooked as priorities. An MTSS framework provides a process for installing and sustaining practices and decision-making systems that strengthen environments and help achieve desired outcomes. This session is for those new to Restorative Practices or new to the idea of installing them within a Multi-Tiered System of Supports framework. The session will explore basic theories of Restorative Practices, basic principles of an MTSS framework and considerations for the alignment of the two.

Join us for our April Counselor Connect as we hear from national trainer, speaker and coach, Ali Hearn!

Resources for providing Restorative Practice Support:

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Professional Development Opportunities

Here are some curated opportunities to help you support students and families.


Implementing Restorative Practices Within An MTSS Framework
Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  |  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 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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