New Year New Beginnings

January 01, 2020 9:01 PM | Anonymous

Dear TSCA members,

This past year the executive board of TSCA took the courageous step of becoming their own independent organization. 

This change parallels the transitions made by our national associations, the American School Counseling Association and the American Counseling Association. Over time, the two organizations evolved to the point where a more independent relationship makes sense. Currently, there are only 10 states that are still affiliated with their state counseling association and of that, only 4 that have a financial connection.

As the role of a School Counselor evolves, TSCA is evolving with it. We are devoted to meeting the unique needs of School Counselors in TN while maintaining our invaluable relationship with the professional counselors in our state.

 With the recent changes at the state DOE in regards to School Counseling, we are also committed to staying on top of any proposed bills or policies that may impact our profession. Many states, with guidance from ASCA, organize a day on the hill to advocate for School Counselors. In fact, states such as Arizona have been very successful in lobbying for School Counselors with guidance from ASCA. If this is something you are interested in doing with us, we would love to have you help us. 

This thoughtful transition allows us to meet the needs of Tennessee School Counselors by providing more services such as webinars, specialized conferences, professional development opportunities, an updated website with news from across the state, and lower, more affordable dues. It has also allowed us to create a simpler and more seamless way for new members to join and current members to renew. 

TSCA is committed to you as a member. We look forward to offering you increased professional development offerings and benefits in the coming months.  

If you joined TSCA while we were affiliated with TCA, then you are still a current, active TSCA member. TSCA dues for professionals are $25 and $10 for students and retired professionals. If you have questions or concerns about your membership, please contact Carla Christian at

We are excited to start the new year by entering the next chapter of our TSCA journey, and even more excited that you are coming along for the ride.

Happy New Year,

Laura Filtness

TSCA Chair of the Board

Celebrate National School Counseling Week, Feb. 3–7

This years theme is "School Counselors: Helping Build Better Humans". You can find everything you need on the National School Counseling Week resource page on the ASCA website, including details about the new photo/video challenge, download the new signs as well as the promotional toolkit to share with your school and community partners. 

Stay on top of all the National School Counseling Week and School Counselor of the Year activities with this event calendar. And, be sure to follow and use #NSCW2020 on social media. 

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