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Professional Associations

​​​California is a big state with the largest number of school counselors in the nation (10,000+) across 58 counties. While there is state leadership from the California Association of School Counselors (CASC) there is also another team working hard for school counselors.  In late 2017, county leaders from Orange County, Imperial, San Diego, Riverside, and Shasta collaborated with Hatching Results, LLC and CDE representatives to form an alliance: County Offices of Education Leadership for School Counseling (COELSC).  The purpose of COELSC is to provide coordination, collaboration, leadership, and support to school counselors and school counseling programs at the county level.  We are happy to say that in the past few years this leadership has expanded to include most of our county offices of education. Additionally, the collaboration is rich with leaders who represent CASC, CDE and Hatching Results, LLC.  



Recent examples of accomplishments from COELSC: 
  • Development of a MTSS Connecting the Dots one pager, “Role of the School Counselor in Mental Health” (May 2020)
  • Participation  in the development of the COVID19k12counseling website that is sponsored by CASC and Wisconsin SCA (April, 2020)
  • Development of the School Counselor Virtual Toolkit  (March, 2020)
  • Promotion of a county office of education School Counselor of the Year award  (Nov., 2019)
COELSC Co-Chairs:
  • Dr. Jami Parsons, Orange County Department of Education, Director, Learning Supports
  • Denise Cabanilla, Imperial County Office of Education, Director, Higher Education & Adult Learning

School counselors are encouraged to be members of their state and national associations and to seek professional learning in order to best serve all students and stakeholders as well as to enhance their leadership and advocacy skills.

CASC_logo.pngThe California Association of School Counselors , Inc. (CASC) is a professional organization, which provides leadership and advocacy for the profession of school counseling in California. CASC. (2020). California Association of School Counselors.

CASC hosts two annual school counseling conferences each year.  The largest conference is held in Riverside  during the month of October and another held in Norcal in early February.

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CASC. (2020). California Association of School Counselors.





The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is the foundation that expands the image and influence of school counselors through advocacy, leadership, collaboration and systemic change. ASCA empowers school counselors with the knowledge, skills, linkages and resources to promote student success in the school, the home, the community and the world. ASCA (2020). American School Counseling Association.​

ASCA provides an annual national conference in late June and they facilitate a Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) in order to showcase exceptional school counseling programs that have fully implemented the ASCA National Model.