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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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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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Spring Symposium

Tough Kids, Cool Counseling


John Sommers-Flanagan

March 2, 2020

The Westin Hotel

Richmond, VA

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Upcoming events

    • March 02, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • The Westin Hotel, 6631 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230

    Our Spring Symposium is bringing John Sommers-Flanagan to share his expertise with Virginia school counselors. 

    Your registration, VSCA members $80, Non-members $100, Students $70,  will include a light breakfast, a delicious lunch, and a scrumptious cookie tray.   

    If you need overnight accomodations, 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. Sommers-Flanagan is a Professor of Counseling at the University of Montana and author or coauthor of over 100 publications, including eight books, numerous professional video trainings with Psychotherapy.net, Alexander Street Press, and John Wiley & Sons, and many professional journal articles. Some of his books, co-written with his wife Rita, include Tough Kids, Cool Counseling, (2nd ed., American Counseling Association, 2007), How to Listen so Parents will Talk and Talk so Parents will Listen (John Wiley & Sons, 2011), Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories in Context and Practice (2nd ed., John Wiley & Sons, 2012), and Clinical Interviewing (6th ed., Wiley, 2017).

    Workshop Description:

    Counseling “tough kids” can be immensely frustrating or splendidly gratifying. The truth of this statement is so obvious that the supportive reference, at least according to many teenagers is, “Duh!” In this workshop, participants will sharpen their counseling skills by viewing and discussing video clips from actual counseling sessions, discussing key issues, and participating in live demonstrations. Attending this workshop will add to your tool-box for working with challenging students and deepen your understanding of specific interventions. Over 20 specific cognitive, emotional, and constructive counseling techniques will be illustrated and demonstrated. Examples include acknowledging reality, informal assessment, the affect bridge, the three-step emotional change trick, asset flooding, empowered storytelling, and more. Four essential counseling principles, counselor countertransference, and multicultural issues will be highlighted.

    This workshop will help participants:

    • 1.    Identify and describe four key principles underlying effective work with challenging students
    • 2.    Use evidence-informed assessment and engagement techniques when working with challenging students
    • 3.    Apply culturally sensitive cognitive, emotional, and constructive change strategies
    • 4.    Apply a brief suicide assessment and intervention strategy

Past events

November 07, 2019 Region 4 Meet and Greet
October 16, 2019 VSCA Fall Conference
July 18, 2019 VSCA District Supervisors Collaboration
June 21, 2019 VSCA Summer Summit
May 16, 2019 Region 1 Meet & Greet
April 27, 2019 VSCA King's Dominion Day


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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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