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American School Counselor Association
The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) provides school counseling professionals with a variety of resources to promote the profession, including professional development information, current issues pertinent to the field, membership application and information, and a wide variety of journals and newsletters to which members can subscribe. Also included are the ethical standards of ASCA, role statements related to different areas of concern within the field and the National Standards for School Counseling Programs.

The Center for School Counseling Outcome Research & Evaluation is dedicated to improving the practice of School Counseling by developing the research base that is necessary for responsible and effective practice. The Center provides national leadership in the measurement and evaluation of the outcomes of school counseling interventions and programs. In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Center helps K-12 leaders and practitioners use research findings and methods to improve school counseling practice by enabling them to set standards, establish benchmarks, implement evidence-based interventions, measure student learning outcomes, and evaluate program effectiveness.

Massachusetts School Counselors Association. was founded to work for the promotion, improvement and expansion of guidance and counseling in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
MASCA publishes the Counselor's Notebook, a monthly association newsletter, and the Comprehensive Developmental Guidance Curriculum Guide. It also conducts an annual conference, workshops and other programs throughout the year to stimulate and advance the discipline of guidance and counseling. Through its publications, workshops and seminars, MASCA actively works to help counselors better understand their role and make more effective use of skills and talents in the complex areas of counseling and guidance, studies and publicizes the functions and responsibilities of counselors, helps to upgrade and improve the guidance, counseling and related fields, provides a channel by which counselors can be brought into a more vital and influential position with educational leaders, is active in the legislative process, encourages research aimed at the improvement of the counseling profession, maintains high ethical and professional standards for counselors, and develops and implements program to foster interest in career development programs.

Education Trust Transforming School Counseling
This site contains information on the National Initiative for Transforming School Counseling. It provides findings that informed this national initiative, including the 8 essential elements for change. It provides a comparison table of previous school counselor models and outlines the new skills needed to implement this transformation.

The Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
(ACES) emphasizes the need for quality education and supervision of counselors in all work settings. Through the accreditation process and professional development activities, ACES strives to continue to improve the education, credentialing and supervision of counselors. Publications on current and relevant research, practices, ethical standards and related problems are available to members. Persons who are engaged in the professional preparation of counselors will find leadership through ACES. The purpose of the Association, in accordance with the purpose of ACA, is to advance counselor education and supervision in order to improve guidance, counseling and student development services in all settings of society.

The American Student Achievement Institute is a nonprofit organization focused on raising educational achievement for all students and closing achievement gaps between rural, minority and low-income students and their more advantaged peers.

National Technology Institute for School Counselors provide school counselors and counselor educators with the technical skills and theoretical knowledge needed to integrate technology into their work with today's children, families, and graduate students.

National Board for Certified Counselors, the largest national counselor credentialing organization in the U.S., provides voluntary certification in general practice (National Certified Counselor – NCC). A specialty credential is appropriate for those counselors who have additional expertise in school counseling.

Counselors for Social Justice is a community of counselors, counselor educators, graduate students, and school and community leaders who seek equity and an end to oppression and injustice affecting clients, students, counselors, families, communities, schools, workplaces, governments, and other social and institutional systems

The Support Personnel Accountability Report Card (SPARC) is a continuous improvement public document that gives a school counseling program an opportunity to demonstrate effective communication and a commitment to getting results. Find out how more than 40 schools in California define their student support services programs by reviewing their SPARCs at our website.

Western Massachusetts Counselors Association

Connecticut School Counselors Association

New Hampshire School Counselors Association

New York State School Counselors Association

Vermont School Counselors Association

Massachusetts Department of Education School Counselor Licensure Information

Amherst School District—Partnership District

University of Massachusetts School of Education

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Bob Turba's Cyber Guidance Office is a clearing house for web-based school counseling resources.

National Center for Learning Disabilities hosts a website designed to inform about learning disabilities and how they affect both youth and adults. The site provides information on issues which include educational and career choices, studying and interviewing skills, job hunting, support accommodations, LD testing, disclosure, self-advocacy, legal rights, and social relationships.

Families and Schools Together (FAST) is a project that encourages family-school community collaborations to enhance the academic, social and career opportunities and development of children. The program operates from a family/school systems approach that seems to relate well to the preparation that UMASS provides in its school counseling program.

The Johns Hopkins Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships conducts and disseminates research, development, and policy analyses that produce new and useful knowledge and practices that help families, educators and members of communities work together to improve schools, strengthen families and enhance student learning and development.

National Partnership for Women and Families is a non-profit organization that “uses public education and advocacy to promote fairness in the workplace, quality health care, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family.” Numerous research findings can be sought on the site as well as links to other resources on the internet on many of the key issues the organization is facing.

Partnership Against Violence, is a collaboration of several federal agencies and many school systems. Successful schools programs have been placed on the PAVNET web site.

Early Warning, Timely Response: A Guide to Safe Schools. This site was developed by the US Dept. of Education and includes sections on characteristics of a safe school, identifying early warning signs of aggression and violence, intervention for troubled children and development of a prevention and crisis response action plan including a checklist of what to include in your school's plan.

Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools offers publications and resources.