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. 

January’s Topic: Multi-Tiered Multi-Domain System of Supports (MTMDSS) and Comprehensive Counseling

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

The Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a comprehensive framework to support the academic and behavioral needs of all students. Similar to MTSS and Response to Intervention (RtI), is an adapted version of the frameworks, Multi-Tiered, Multi-Domain System of Supports (MTMDSS), which is aligned to the work of the School Counselor. MTMDSS incorporates a third domain, college/career, in addition to the academic and social/emotional domains included in the MTSS framework. To learn more about the adapted MTMDSS framework, view the video here from Hatching Results.

How does this framework align to Comprehensive School Counseling?

Interventions and support within the MTMDSS framework, including instruction, programming, appraisal and advisement (tier 1), small group counseling (tier 2), and individual counseling and referral (tier 3) align to the delivery component of the ASCA National Model 4th edition. ASCA recommends that 80% of a School Counselor’s time should be spent in direct and indirect student services.

Implementation of MTMDSS and a comprehensive counseling framework, enables educators to provide various levels of intervention and support to meet the unique academic, behavioral, social-emotional, and college/career-specific needs of all students.

Join us for our January – February Counselor Connect sessions as we further explore MTMDSS and comprehensive counseling! 

Resources for Providing MTMDSS and Comprehensive Counseling Support:

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Professional Development Opportunities

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


District & School Leadership that Focuses on Equity & Belonging Series
January 13, 20, 27, & February 3, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Register Here

Am I Still Relevant in the New Normal of School Counseling? How Can Data Help?
Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Register Here

The Revised Gold Star Program and Examples of MTMDSS Across Tiers
Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Register Here

The SEL Journey Through the Lens of Two Indiana Districts
Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST


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

Addressing Racism

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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