Find a wide variety of resources on surveys, organizations and best practice approaches that will be helpful to all K-12 school counselors.
- American School Counseling Association (ASCA). ASCA supports school counselors' efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social and career development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. ASCA provides professional development, publications, and research and advocacy tools.
- Be a School Counselor Presentation (PDF, 129KB). School counselors may use this powerpoint presentation to help educate other staff and the community about the importance of school counselors in our schools and the resources that support their work.
- Collaborative Problem Solving. Counselors may follow this model to help students who may be described as challenging, angry, defiant or oppositional. Child psychologist Dr. Ross Greene, author of The Explosive Child and Lost at School, is the originator of the collaborative problem solving approach.
- Maine Career Development Association (MCDA). Professional development opportunities for people in Maine who offer career information/career assistance to others.
- Maine Mental Health Counselors Association. MEMHCA (formerly MCCA) is Maine?s professional organization for mental health counselors, licensed in Maine as LCPCs.
- Maine Counseling Association (MECA). The Maine Counseling Association sets professional and ethical standards for the counseling profession. MeCA has made strides in accreditation, licensure and national certification in educational settings.
- Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey. This survey quantifies the health of kindergarten and grade 3 students through parent interviews, and the health-related behaviors and attitudes of fifth through 12th graders by distributing a student survey. The MIYHS is the result of collaboration between the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and the Maine DOE.
- Maine School Counselors Association (MESCA). This professional school counselors website provides training opportunities and up-to-date news on counseling issues.
- National Dropout Prevention Center/Network. Resources designed to help increase the graduation rate in America's schools.?
- Office of Substance Abuse. OSA, a division of Maine Department of Health and Human Services, provides leadership in substance abuse prevention, intervention and treatment in order to enhance the health and safety of Maine citizens through the reduction of the overall impact of substance use, abuse and dependency. The OSA website's Information and Resource Center sections offer a library of resources on related topics for school counselors.
- Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast. Restorative School Practices of Maine works to keep students engaged and connected in the school community. The restorative approach focuses on building a safe, inclusive, respectful climate and culture in schools. RSP offers technical assistance to schools and workshops to educators across the state.
- School Counseling Support Program for National Board Certification. Washington State University offers an online support program for school counselors seeking National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Certification. The NBPTS school counselor certificate presents challenges that are different from any other NBPTS certificate.