Counselor Connect

CIESC's Counselor Connect is a suite of services, resources, and activities offered to districts that foster a community of practice for student service professionals.


Counselor Connect Mission: To develop a district-led and championed community of practice, where high-quality professional development, resources, and support are provided for Student Service Professionals to foster the delivery of equitable, accessible, and data-informed services to students in the areas of academic, postsecondary, and social-emotional learning.

September’s Topic: Trauma and Educational Neuroscience

Each month, we will feature some resources and professional development opportunities to align to our Counselor Connect priority topic! 

Featured Trauma & Educational Neuroscience Resources:

  • Books: 
    • Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal by Donna Jackson Nakazawa
    • Eyes are Never Quiet by Dr. Lori Desautels & Michael McKnight
    • The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk
    • The Boy Who was Raised as a Dog by Bruce Perry
    • Help for Billy by Heather Forbes
    • When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection by Gabor Mate
    • Essentials of Trauma-Informed Assessment and Intervention in Schools and Community Settings by Wycoff and Franzese

Professional Development Opportunities

Here are some curated opportunities to help you support students and families.

Upcoming Counselor Connects

Resiliency Through the Adversity: Our Brains and Bodies Respond When the Conditions of Safety and Connection Are Present with Dr. Lori Desautels

In this unprecedented time, we have all been affected by COVID-19 and Racism. Our brains are built for resiliency, but the developing brain and stress response systems can be significantly impacted by chronic unpredictability, isolation, and the traumas from lived experiences. In this workshop, we will share and explore the tangible practices educators are able to utilize to meet children and youth in brain and body state; therefore, calming the nervous system and opening the pathways in the brain for feeling safe and connected.  Students feeling safe and connected will result in increased engagement, learning, and emotional, social and physiological well-being.  This workshop will also introduce the concept of school resiliency teams, and how resiliency teams can greatly enhance school culture while improving student achievement and educator effectiveness.

  • Part I: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Virtual/In-person*
  • Part II: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Virtual/In-person*

Register for both sessions of Dr. Desautels event here, you will only need to register once.

*These sessions will build upon the content introduced during Dr. Desautels’ session in July. 

Register Here

Interested in presenting?

We are always looking for educational voices to share expertise, tips, and resources. If you are interested in presenting, co-presenting, or sharing a component of your program, please complete the presenter proposal form here!

Upcoming Events

Weekly Webinars

Past Counselor Connects

Recorded Webinars

ASCA Webinars

All webinars recorded from March 15–August 31, 2020, are free to nonmembers. Some really timely topics include:

  • Ethical Considerations: School Counseling in a Virtual Setting
  • Virtual High School Counseling: Tier 1 How-to
  • Online Safety Education for Kids
  • The Power to Motivate 
  • Ethics on Virtual Counseling

COVID-19 Resources

School Counseling

We will continue to add resources so check back often!

Meet the School Counselor!

School Reentry: The School Counselor's Role

A resource for counselors on how to help students, staff members and families reenter school while navigating a range of emotions from excitement to anxiety.

Social-Emotional Learning & Support

Check out the PD section for upcoming events specific to SEL!


Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19

Tips for parents and educators for talking about COVID-19 and establishing a new “normal” in the home (available in multiple languages).

COVID-19: Five Helpful Responses for Families

Creating a sense of safety, connecting, and cultivating a new sense of normal with these five tips.

COVID-19 Remote Learning Resources

Resources for families to use when providing at-home learning opportunities for Indiana students.

Counselor Connect Steering Committee

The Counselor Connect Steering Committee, consisting of Student Service Professional and Administrator representatives from the CIESC member districts, will assist in setting the vision, developing the action plan, and identifying priority topics to be offered through professional development, to begin in 2020-2021. Member expertise will continue to be drawn upon for ongoing support and professional development needs through Tactic Teams beyond the initial planning period.