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.

COVID-19 Resources for Student Service Professionals
Professional Development Opportunities
Indiana High School Resources

Counselor Connect Vision: To develop a district-led and championed community of practice where high-quality professional development and support is provided for Student Service Professionals within the CIESC membership network and beyond.

Professional Development Opportunities

Here are some curated opportunities to help you support students and families during and through the pandemic.

CASEL Weekly Webinars

Free webinars every Friday to address how SEL can be most helpful in response to today’s circumstances.

Course: Trauma-Informed Resilient Schools

Free 6-hour online course concerning the underlying traumatic roots of behavior, as well as the key components necessary to allow students to flourish.

Professional Development from IYI

Watch recorded webinars and register for future ones on topics including empathy, tiers of SEL, 21st Century scholar engagement, and more.

IDOE Social, Emotional, & Behavioral Wellness Webinars

Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness webinars, toolkits, and other resources.

Past Webinars

ASCA Webinars

All webinars recorded from March 15–May 31, 2020, are free to nonmembers, including:

  • Ethical Considerations: School Counseling in a Virtual Setting
  • Celebrate College Signing Day Online
  • The Power to Motivate 
  • Ethics on Virtual Counseling

Highlights for School Counselors

Webinar on School Counseling from a Distance

What school counselors need to take into consideration as we move things online during COVID-19-by Brian Coleman, 2019 ASCA School Counselor of the Year.

5 Star Life Video Curriculum: Coronavirus Playlist 2020

Comprehensive SEL Video Curriculum for schools and downloadable note sheets.

Indiana High School Resources

Graduation Requirements Guidance for 2020 Cohort

Clarifies expectations and provides flexibility for school corporations as it relates to students in the 2020 graduation cohort.

Alternative Commencement ideas from Media Services

A few options your district can utilize when adapting high school graduation.

High School Sample Needs Assessment

A sample of what you could send to students to help determine which topics to address in Google Classroom.

Highlights for Parents/Families

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.

Counselor Connect Steering Team

The Counselor Connect Steering Team, consisting of up to three Student Service Professionals and Administrators per member district, assist in the identification of 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 beyond the initial planning period.

Upcoming Steering Team Planning Meeting

June 4, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.