Tennessee School Counseling Association

School counselors are uniquely trained professionals who serve as mental health professionals in public and private PreK-12 grade schools throughout Tennessee. Through direct counseling services, consultation and collaboration, leadership, and advocacy, school counselors improve academic achievement, promote positive social/emotional development, and ensure college/career readiness for all students. They are change agents who make a measurable difference for students, schools, and communities.

The Tennessee School Counseling Association (TnSCA) is the state professional association for practicing school counselors, graduate students in school counseling, school counselor educators, and interested others. Your membership in TnSCA supports advocacy for the school counseling profession across the state and contributes to your own professional growth through professional development, networking opportunities, and exclusive consultation services.


Call for Action

One of the purposes of The Tennessee School Counseling Association is to “insure that there shall be no discrimination against any individual in this organization on the basis of race, color, creed, handicap, sex, affectional or sexual orientation, or age, and to urge individuals and groups outside the organization to pursue the same policy”.

Both ASCA and ACA ethical codes call for counselors to advocate for oppressed groups and individuals. As such, TnSCA call for an end to recent discriminatory acts against Black people. While this list is not exhaustive, recent incidents involve Christian Cooper, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.

It is also important to consider the traumatic effects of these events on the Black community. As we are working with these students and families, we must consider how sociocultural events and systematic oppression impacts their functioning. In a similar vein, we must also consider the impact on our Black colleagues and the weight of these emotional labors. It is difficult to hold space for our Black students and families as we are hurting ourselves. This is not the time to be silent- this is the time to express your support through words and actions.

The following resources may be beneficial in your efforts:

Our role is important….let’s impact change!
With love,
Dr. Eva Gibson, Interim President
Tennessee School Counseling Association 

 


 

Coffee with the Counselors

We would love to connect with our Tennessee school counselors to offer one another support. Please join us for our “Coffee with the Counselors” session on May 13 at 1:00 CST.

Please click HERE to register. Access information will be sent to registered attendees prior to May 13. 

 

Eva Gibson, Interim President

Tennessee School Counseling Association


 

Leadership

2019-2020 Tennessee School Counseling Interim Board

President: Dr. Eva Gibson

Secretary: Cavelle Gonga

Treasurer: Yvette Carter 

Bylaws Chair: Ashley Dale