Counselors' Corner is where you can find events, resources, opportunities and information not officially sponsored by MASCA, but which may be of general interest to the counseling community.

You may also link to our REQUESTS page to view requests made by the greater counseling community, including information about research studies in which school counselors my be interested in participating.

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  • 20 Apr 2018 4:03 PM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    Please join the Massachusetts Health Council for

    Our Kids and Drugs of Misuse: Nicotine, Marijuana and Opioids
    Tuesday, May 22, 2018 | 9:30 - 2:30 pm
    Bentley University, Waltham, MA

    Hear from national health and policy experts discussing the risks, trends and realities surrounding these activities and substances.

    CLICK HERE for additional information and registration.

  • 01 Apr 2018 8:53 AM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    A new film created to open up the conversation about anxiety, and provide tools, resources & hope.

    (Appropriate for ages 10 and up.)

    Followed by Q&A with Jon Mattleman and a MYM Young Adult Speaker

    Thursday, May 17
    7:00PM - 8:30PM
    Newton South High School
    Newton Centre, MA


    Register Here

  • 18 Mar 2018 9:56 AM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    The Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice presents a talk by Dr. Linda Nathan.  "When Grit Isn't Enough" will take place on Tuesday, March 27th from 12-2pm in Weygand Hall 1047 (351 Great Hill Drive, Bridgewater MA 02325). Lunch will be provided.  Download the flyer here.

    Dr. Nathan, the founding headmaster of Boston Arts Academy, has written a recent book challenging the myth that all students from disadvantaged backgrounds need to succeed after high school is “grit.”  She will be speaking about postsecondary advising with an eye toward retention and credential completion and alternatives to college. The talk will begin at approximately 12:30, so even if folks can’t show up right at 12 they should still feel free to come. 

    Sign up here or go to Facebook for more information:

  • 08 Mar 2018 12:34 PM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    Researchers at Mercy College seek school counselors to participate in an online study to support the development of the School Counselor Transgender Intersex Advocacy Competency Scale (SCTIACS), a tool that may be used to train school counselors who participate in either counselor education or professional development programs. If you are a certified school counselor who is presently employed full-time, we would greatly appreciate your participation.

    When you finish the survey, you have the option to enter a raffle for one of 20 $20 Amazon gift cards. A literature review and a subsequent survey research study have shown that school counselor advocacy activity related to transgender and intersex students varies. The findings of this study, therefore, may support counselor education programs and schools in training students and employees. The survey is anonymous, and it takes about 20-25 minutes to complete. If you are interested in participating in this study, please click on the following link.

    This research has been approved by the Institutional Review Board for protection of human subjects at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY as of 12/2/17 (IRB# 17-75).

  • 08 Feb 2018 6:12 PM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    Presented by :        


    For more info, please click here: SCFE TEC 2018-2019.pdf

  • 28 Nov 2017 7:36 AM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    Counselors, please read this important message from your students' potential employers:  MA Employers_HS Letter_NOV2017[1].pdf

  • 25 Nov 2017 7:47 AM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative-
    Applications Now Open for 2018 University Scholarships!

    The American Theatre Wing is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2018 Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative University Scholarships! Through these scholarships, The Wing is investing in direct support for underserved public high school seniors to foster a future generation of theatre makers that reflects the diversity and dynamism of America as a whole. 

    Scholarships of up to $10,000, renewable for four years, will be given to high school students in grade 12 who demonstrate need, talent, and interest to attend a four year university theatre program. The student's area of focus can be in any aspect of theatre from performance, to design, to writing, to stage management, and others.

    Help us spread the word about this incredible opportunity to the theatre students in your life! If you know a high school senior who is looking to pursue a theatre degree, we encourage you to pass this opportunity along to them. The American Theatre Wing is excited to help the next generation of theatre artists’ talents soar and dreams come true!

    The deadline to apply for the 2018 University Scholarships is Monday, January 22nd, 2018 at 11:59PM EST. To learn more about the University Scholarship program, and to view the guidelines and criteria please visit our website.

    To begin an application, please click here.

     If you have any questions about the ALW University Scholarships, please reach out to us via email or by calling 212-765-0606

     Warm Regards, 

    Megan Kolb
    Interim Director of Programs
    American Theatre Wing
    212-765-0606 x301

  • 23 Oct 2017 5:11 PM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    This past Friday the FTC announced Operation Game of Loans, an enforcement sweep targeting student loan debt relief scams. I thought this might interest you because of your work with students. 

    To learn more about how the FTC is stopping student loan scammers, please read our consumer blog, and feel free to disseminate the information through your networks.

    For more information about student loans and debt relief scams, visit our updated resource:

    Information submitted by:

    Ari Lazarus
    Consumer Education Specialist
    Division of Consumer & Business Education
    Federal Trade Commission

    600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., CC-10409
    Washington, D.C. 20580
    phone: (202) 326-2259

  • 23 Oct 2017 5:01 PM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    College Board Counselor Website  

    2017 College Board Program Results

    Khan Academy

    AP Capstone

    SAT Score Delivery

    Score Week Workshops – Limited Space Available

    Monday December 11th
    College Board Office Waltham, MA
    8:30am to 11:00am

    Tuesday December 12th
    College Board Office Waltham, MA
    8:30am to 11:00am

    For more information, contact:
    Jenny Caccavale Director K-12
    State and District Partnerships

    The College Board
    1601 Trapelo Road, Suite 12 Waltham, MA 02451

    781-663-2745  571-212-9552

  • 23 Oct 2017 4:52 PM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

     Finding Employment that Works for Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder)  takes place on November 30 in Boston, MA. The content is for transition specialists, career counselors, disability services providers, academic advisors, and vocational rehabilitation specialists.

     Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome and similar autism spectrum profiles are often smart and skilled. Yet even those who earn college degrees struggle to find and maintain employment. Many professionals are unsure of how to guide these students/clients to occupations that will utilize their abilities…yet be manageable in light of their unique challenges. 

    Finding Employment that Works for Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome

    takes place on November 30 at the Crowne Plaza Boston-Newton

    The early registration discount expires October 27 

    This seminar describes how Asperger’s Syndrome impacts adults in the workplace. I discuss the four factors to consider when choosing a job or career. The seminar features case studies, interactive exercises and assessments. The material is appropriate for students who are seeking competitive (not sheltered or heavily supported) employment.

    Additional information is on my Web site.


    Barbara Bissonnette, Principal
    Forward Motion Coaching
    Career Development Coaching for Individuals with Asperger's Syndrome & NLD
    Training and Consultation for Employers and Professionals
    Parent Consultations

    Telephone: 617-690-2127

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