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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  • 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

  • 23 Oct 2017 4:48 PM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)
    2017 Score Week for Counselors

    Register now
    We're excited to announce that webinar registration is now open for the second annual Score Week for CounselorsDecember 4–8.
    Last December, over 12,000 counselors registered for Score Week for Counselors to learn how to best support students using PSAT/NMSQT® scores and the K–12 score reporting portal.
    This year, we're providing new opportunities, including:
    Three new counselor webinars aimed at helping you get the most out of your students' PSAT/NMSQT scores
    Three on-demand webinars to help you collaborate with administrators and teachers
    New downloadable resources you can use and share during and after Score Week
    Register now
    Like last year, we are sending scores to counselors a full week before students can view their scores in their online account.
    December 4: Counselors can view student scores in the K–12 score reporting portal.
    December 11: Students start viewing their scores online. Learn more about PSAT/NMSQT score release for students.
    Please visit the Score Week homepage to register for webinars and to view new resources coming soon.
    Lorraine Hastings
    Vice President of Counselor Engagement
    The College Board

  • 13 Oct 2017 9:51 AM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    Sponsored by the Education Cooperative in Walpole MA, this course is aimed at K- 12 teachers.  For more information, please refer to their flyer:  SCFE TEC 17-18.pdf

  • 02 Oct 2017 10:45 AM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    For more info, click on the image above to go to the event website.

  • 02 Oct 2017 10:28 AM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    Fundamentals of Threat Assessment 
    for Mental Health Professionals 

    Thursday, October 26, 2017

    8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

    Reading Public Library
    64 Middlesex Avenue
    Reading, MA. 01867

     Please register by October 18

    Register online at



    Ronald Schouten, M.D., J.D.

    Director, Law & Psychiatry Service, Massachusetts General Hospital

    Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

    President, New England Chapter, Association of Threat Assessment Professionals 

    Who Should Attend

    • Mental health professionals who work with patients in an inpatient, outpatient, hospital, community health center and other clinical settings;
    • Mental health professionals who are part of an existing crisis response team or multi-disciplinary behavioral intervention team; and/or
    • Mental health professionals who are working with non-profit organizations, schools/universities, employers/business owners and other entities.

    Workshop Objectives

    The workshop is designed to help participants:

    • Identify differences between threat assessment and violence risk assessment approaches.
    • Recognize instances when threat assessment can be a valuable assessment tool and who to engage for assistance.
    • Apply HIPAA appropriately.
    • Evaluate challenges and opportunities with treatment engagement.


    For questions or to request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact Brandy Donini-Melanson  or 617-748-3256. 


    Co-sponsored by the United States Attorney’s Office and the New England Chapter of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP)

    Hosted by Reading Police Department

  • 23 Sep 2017 7:37 AM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    New England Institute of Technology is offering multiple opportunities for students and their families to learn more about the college, its majors and the opportunities which await them. New England Tech is able to offer your students a Bachelor’s degree in 36 months!  Please share this email with your colleagues and families.

     Open House

    Join us on Sunday October 29th from 12 – 4 pm for Open House. Your students and their families will be able to tour our campus, meet faculty and students, tour our new residence hall and dine in our new student center.  The event is free but requires registration at

    Career Education Days

    Career Education Days offer your students the opportunity to visit and explore college majors in more detail. The event offers your students the opportunity to sit in on sample classes, meet college professors, tour our labs and talk with our students. The program is designed for group tours as well as individual family visits.  The events are free but requires registration at

     Campus Tour

    New England Institute of Technology offers the opportunity for you to bring a group of students to visit the campus during school hours. The college may be able to assist with the cost of transportation. A lite lunch is provided for the groups. To book a campus tour for a group of students please email Eric Schaper, Coordinator of High School Programs at or call 800-736-7744 ext. 3757

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