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  • December 02, 2019 4:24 PM | Anonymous

    Jordan Tatum Receives TN School Counselor of the Year Award

    The Tennessee School Counseling Association is pleased to announce that Jordan Tatum has been recognized as the TN school counselor of the year by the American School Counselor Association. The ASCA School Counselor of the Year program (#SCOY2020) honors the professionals who devote their careers to serving as advocates for the nation’s students, helping them achieve success in school and in life. State school counselor of the year honorees were selected based on several criteria, including: school counseling innovations, exemplary comprehensive school counseling programs, leadership and advocacy initiatives and contributions to student outcomes.


    “The School Counselor of the Year award is an esteemed recognition for our profession,” said Richard Wong, Ed.D., ASCA executive director. “The research is clear: school counselors have a significant impact on students’ academic achievement, social/emotional development and postsecondary planning. This award highlights their dedication, contribution and excellence.”

    The state school counselor of year recipients will travel to Washington, D.C., to be honored and formally recognized at a black‐tie gala on Jan. 30, 2020, along with the national School Counselor of the Year and finalists.

  • December 02, 2019 4:23 PM | Anonymous

    If you joined TSCA while we were affiliated with TCA, then you are still a current, active TSCA member. You will have an opportunity to renew with a check or online payment at 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

  • November 07, 2019 6:59 PM | Anonymous

    Researchers from The University of Memphis and the University of South Florida are investigating the impact of the TN State Board Policy 5.103, that established new guidelines for school counselor ratios and mandated that school counselors spend 80% of their time in direct service to students. Our goal is to gather survey data from at least 100 TN school counselors, which we can utilize for on-going advocacy efforts to ensure school counselors are being deployed in schools in roles and functions that maximize their impact upon student success. You will receive a $10 e-gift card for answering all questions on the survey, which we anticipate will take around 10-15 minutes to complete. (Payment limited to the first 150 participants with completed surveys, and we will add a note to the first page of the survey as soon as we see that the maximum amount of money has been allocated.) Please click here for the link to the survey:



    After you complete the survey, you will be directed to another link to enter your email and e-gift card selection: Amazon, Starbucks, or Target. Be sure to click on the blue arrow button at the bottom of the page to submit your email and gift card selection.

    For a few TSCA members who completed the survey at the TCA conference, there was a glitch in the link to the e-gift card that has now been fixed. If you are one of the school counselors who completed the survey but did not receive the e-gift card link, please email Michelle Brasfield ( directly on how to obtain access. The others who were able to enter their selection should have received their e-gift cards Saturday (11/16).

    Thank you for your time, and please let us know if you have any questions.



    Michelle Welch Brasfield, EdD, LPSC

    Assistant Professor, Coordinator of the School Counseling Program
    Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Research

  • November 01, 2019 6:59 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Tennessee Counselors,

    Fall is in the air! I hope each of you are finding the time to take care of yourselves. School has picked up, schedules changes have left us feeling dizzy, and the referrals just keep coming in.

    Stop and take time some self-care. This year I’ve been teaching my students about the benefits of mindfulness. I encourage each of you to try it out as well.

    Venture outside into the crisp fall air and try this simple mindfulness activity:

    • ·      Find 5 different leaves
    • ·      Listen for 5 different sounds
    • ·      Look for 5 different fall colors
    • ·      Use your sense of smell to detect 5 different scents
    • ·      Find 5 different textures (rough twigs, soft flower petals, etc.)

    I hope each of you have a wonderful and relaxing Fall Break,

    Laura Filtness

    TSCA Board Chair

  • July 01, 2019 7:40 PM | Anonymous


    I’m so excited to start the this year as your Chair of the Board and Social Media Chairperson.

    This summer I had the honor of representing TN at the ASCA Leadership Institute in Boston. It was an incredible week of learning, collaborating, and fellowship. Our speaker Lindsay Pollak inspired me to think of how we can grow TSCA to meet the multi-generational needs of our members. To do that, I need you!

    I would love to see our members sharing their wisdom in our state newsletters, getting involved by attending our chapter and state conference, and most importantly sharing your ideas and feedback with our leadership team.  So let’s keep in touch- follow us on social media or e-mail me anytime. 

    Let’s have a wonderful year together,

    Laura Filtness

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