School counseling professionals and others interested in school counseling are eligible for membership in various membership categories as specified in the bylaws.
Professional Membership. Professional members must hold a masters (master’s)degree or higher in counseling or the substantial equivalent(what would be a substantial equivalent and should this be a different category to keep track of what credentials each member has). Professional Members must be credentialed as a school counselor by a state, district, or territory of the United States or the credentialing agency of the country in which they practice or must be employed as counselor educators in a graduate program that prepares school counselors.
Affiliate Membership. Individuals interested in counseling, who are not eligible for any other type of membership, may become Affiliate members.
Retired Members. Members who are in retirement and do not hold full-time positions in school counseling are eligible for Retired membership. Retired members hold a masters(master’s) degree or higher in counseling or the substantial equivalent; are or were credentialed as a school counselor by a state, district, or territory of the United States or the credentialing agency of the country in which they practice; or were employed as school counselors, supervisors of school counselors, or counselor educators in a graduate program that prepares school counselors.
Student Membership. Students who are enrolled in a graduate program that prepares school counselors and who do not hold full-time positions in school counseling are eligible for student membership.
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The WSCA provides an opportunity for Professional School Counselors to work with others in their profession to seek answers to their questions and a sounding board for their concerns.
Membership Benefits & Services
Membership in WSCA provides many benefits, from current information and event for School Counselors to professional development for career-enhancement. Take advantage to your many benefits of WSCA.
Conference & Training
Conference and training are designed specifically for school counselors. Members receive free clock hours at WSCA sponsored event, a savings of $2.00 per clock hour. WSCA provides spring annual conference, OSPI/WSCA conference, leadership training, ASCA Model Workshops and Webinars. It’s a great way to make connections and network while learning from the best.
Quarterly publication both print and electronic, keep you up to date on topics important to Washington State School Counselors. The WSCA Insights is available three times a year and the WSCA today is a bi-weekly informational online newsletter.
WSCA is your voice in Olympia. The Advocacy committee is dedicated to advocate for School counselors in Washington State. WSCA provides a legislative advocate to keep you informed of the latest political and policy activities in Olympia.Stay up to date about issues affecting the school counselor role in education.
Professional Ethical Advice
You are one phone call away from free professional advice on job-related matters regarding ethical concerns or questions. Email ; Ethics Committee Chair.
Leadership opportunities are important ethical part of being a professional school counselor. WSCA members are encouraged to share their talents and passion by becoming involved in one of our many Committees, building stronger relationships while working on advocacy issues or helping to produce a stronger Professional association. WSCA provides leadership training for all who are interested. Please contact Lauren Mendez: firstname.lastname@example.org
WSCA provides five $100 scholarships for students in school counseling programs to attend the annual spring conference. A $500 scholarship is issued to advance a Washington school counseling program?
School Counseling program that apply for RAMP certification may apply for $200.00 RAMP application fee scholarships.
WSCA provides information and current events for School Counselors in Washington on the WSCA website. The website listings and resources listed are intended to assist school counselors in their efforts to better address children's academic, social/emotional and career development needs.
Each year WSCA recognizes exceptional school counselors at the spring annual conference. These awards are nominated by members or administrators and selected by a committee. This is a prestigious award to be honored by others in school counseling profession. You can apply at http://www.washington.schoolcounselorawards.org/scoy/index.php?l=y
Membership cost $55 less than 5 dollars a month that is equal to:
· 12 lattes or
· 1 dinner out or
· 1 movie night per year.