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    • August 09, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • The Westin Hotel, 6631 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230

    Our in-person Fall Symposium is bringing Dr. Michael Southam-Gerow and Dr. Shawn C.T. Jones to share their expertise with Virginia school counselors.  We are so excited to meet together after a year long hiatus to collaborate on and share common experiences pre and post pandemic. 

    Your registration, VSCA members $80, Non-members $100, Students $60,  will include a light breakfast, a delicious lunch, and a scrumptious cookie tray.   

    If you need overnight accommodations, we have a special rate of $129 per night at The Westin Hotel.   Let them know if you are with VSCA to get the special rate.  https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ricwi-the-westin-richmond/

    Dr. Southam-Gerow is Chair of the VCU Department of Psychology and Founder of the VCU Anxiety Clinic. His research focuses on dissemination and implementation of treatments for kids and families, measurement of treatment integrity, and emotion regulation in children and adolescents.

    Dr. Shawn C.T. Jones is an Assistant Professor at VCU whose research principally seeks to challenge, clarify and correct the narrative concerning risk and resilience for Black youth and their families. He strives to better understand the interplay between race-related risk that influence Black youth psychological wellbeing

    Workshop Description:

    Supporting mental wellness in our schools: Ideas for assessment and intervention

    This workshop will help participants:

    • 1.    Identify and describe key principles underlying effective work with mental health with students
    • 2.    Use evidence-informed assessment and engagement techniques when working with mental health concerns
    • 3.    Apply culturally sensitive cognitive, emotional, and constructive change strategies
    • 4.    Apply  intervention strategies that can be used in a school setting


Welcome to VSCA!

Founded in 1962 , the Virginia School Counselor Association is a state chapter of the American School Counselor Association. It is the only school counselor association in the Commonwealth of Virginia solely for and by school counselors. 

About Us

VSCA provides professional development opportunities through workshops and conferences, networking opportunities through various events, and advocacy for the role of the school counselor in the state of Virginia.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Virginia School Counselor Association is to actively promote excellence in the profession of school counseling and to provide member support through professional development, advocacy, leadership, accountability and collaboration.

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 COVID-19 Resources

Due to the current worldwide health concerns regarding COVID-19, VSCA would like to share the following resources:

Member Benefits

Your Membership Provides You:

Membership programs and services such as - membership mailings, materials related to National School Counseling Week and Back to School, etc.

Lobbyists at David Bailey Associates, who will advocate for Virginia school counseling issues

FREE RAMP training and consultation for school divisions

Scholarships for RAMP application fees

Multiple professional development opportunities throughout the state, Annual Conference and Summer Academy each year at a reduced member rate

Meet and Greet events to socialize and network with other school counselors in the state.

A website full of resources for members only

Access to the membership database for networking purposes

The VOICE magazine

Professional recognition and awards for school counselors and graduate students

Social media presence on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, ASCA/Virginia Scene and YouTube

VA delegate representation to the ASCA National Conference

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VSCA Updates

VSCA Annual Conference

October 20-22, 2021

Hampton, VA

The Virginia School Counselor Association is proud to bring you presentations promoting evidence-based programs in the domains of academic achievement, emotional growth, social development, career exploration, and post secondary planning. Presentations showcase best practices, current research, or skills of value to counselors, pre-K to postsecondary, as well as district personnel, graduate students and counselor educators.

Do you know an amazing school counselor?  Is your school counseling program creating outstanding initiatives to support students?

VSCA would like to highlight you in our new feature, Counselor Spotlight!  

You can find more information about the Counselor Spotlight here.

Nominate a school counselor or school counseling program today!

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The Virginia School Counselor Association aims to provide VSCA Members with the resources necessary to implement a comprehensive counseling program & advocate for the profession.



The Virginia School Counselor Association  is dedicated to helping it's members advocate for their role at both the school and state level.  1/3 of your membership dues go to lobbying for school counselors in Virginia.  

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Awards and Recognition

The VSCA provides opportunities to recognize school counselors, graduate students, administrators, counselor educators and students each year through various awards and scholarships. 

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