The Colorado School Counselor Association represents school counselors at all levels in Colorado. Its purpose is to serve its members and the public through programs that advance guidance and counseling in all school work settings: elementary, middle/junior high, high school, and post-secondary.
CSCA serves over 1,500 school counselors in the state of Colorado.
Please join CSCA in the following webinar series, designed to support counselors throughout our state as we collectively embark into the journey of virtual school counseling. C.A.L.M, Counselors Aware, Learning More, will feature guest speakers from around the state with different areas of expertise to help collaboratively guide counselors as we make this transition.
Check out our Webinar Page to see recordings of prior C.A.L.M. sessions
Grief and Loss in the Age of COVID-19, Featuring Katie Wilberding Cross, LCSW from Judis House: May 14th at 10am.
As we anticipate the hopeful return to our buildings this fall and work with our students through the remainder of this year, we are reminded of the various forms of loss many of our students are experiencing. Loss of a typical senior year filled with proms and graduations, and closure as students say goodbye to one another. We continuously work with the loss of consistency, a safe place, and the activities they are passionate about in our daily conversations, while also helping our school communities navigate the loss of financial stability. Most importantly, the potential for grief and loss of loved ones to COVID-19 and related complications. Many students who have not experienced loss yet are struggling with the anxiety and fear of the risk of losing their loved ones. As school counselors, we are often the first line of support for these students, and are all too familiar with the barriers emotionally, behaviorally, socially, and academically that unprocessed grief and loss presents for our students. In this time, where we as well may be experiencing compassion fatigue, we must remember the ethical obligations we have when supporting grief and loss in students. Special CALM Guest Speaker Katie Wilberding Cross, LCSW, from Judi's House specializes in working with grieving children and families. CSCA is so excited to host her for our series to create discussion about ways school counselors can effectively serve grieving students and help connect them to resources. Please join us for this webinar on May 14th, and for more information about Judi's House, please visit their website at https://www.judishouse.org
Latest COVID-19 Resources and Information from CDE can be found at: https://www.cde.state.co.us/safeschools
Resources from ASCA:
As schools work to safeguard student health and prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), school counselors are challenged to meet student needs both at school and outside school in the event of closures. ASCA has developed some recommendations for both situations. Here you'll find a number of resources for talking to students about the virus, including encouraging parents to limit their children's exposure to news media, providing a calming influence to students as needed and helping students address their fears. ASCA has also developed guidance for school counselors to to continue to meet student needs in the event of a school closure.
Schools, working together with local health departments, play an important role in slowing the spread of diseases to help ensure students have safe and healthy learning environments. Please review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Interim Guidance for Administrators of U.S. Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools to Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
In terms of the ASCA Annual Conference, we continue to closely monitor updates from the CDC, as well as state and local public health authorities. At present, the ASCA Annual Conference will be held June 27–30 in Seattle, as scheduled. However, full refunds are available for registration through May 31 by emailing email@example.com. Please know that your health and safety are our top priority, and members should certainly consider their own health in decisions to travel. Please follow @ASCAtweets and the ASCA website for updates.