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. 

September’s Topic: Connection

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

Connection is vital. It gives us purpose. We’ve seen the research regarding the importance of students being connected to caring adults. I’m sure we’ve all experienced the positive energy we feel when we have a strong connection with someone. Communities thrive when the people are connected to each other and to the community in which they live. What is one thing you are doing at home, at school, and within your community to feel connected? How can we be more intentional about making and strengthening our connections with family, friends, coworkers, and students? How are you filling your connectedness cup today?
This month, let’s focus on making new connections and strengthening old ones! Join us for our fall Counselor Connections networking opportunities, hosted by the educational service centers around the state! The session(s) near you can be found here!

Resources to Connection

Professional Development Opportunities

COUNSELOR CONNECTions: Regional Networking and Professional Learning for School Counselors and Social Workers

Counselor Connect, Indiana’s Educational Service Centers (ESCs), and the Indiana School Counselor Association (ISCA) are excited to announce regional networking opportunities for Student Service Professionals! COUNSELOR CONNECTions will offer regional (in-person or virtual) meet ups at various ESCs this fall, allowing School Counselors and Social Workers to share ideas and best practices, collaborate, network, and grow professionally! For more information and to find the session(s) near you, click here.

Stay tuned for fall professional learning opportunities, including Restorative Practices and a Comprehensive School Counseling series!

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


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.

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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