Counselor Resources & Tools

The Bullied Brain by Dr David Walsh PDF

Parent Toolkit
The Parent Toolkit from NBC helps understand and support developmental stages from pre-kindegarten through high school.
A website dedicated to helping people find therapists and understand the therapy process. Good Therapy includes descriptions of various counseling theories as well.

The Carl Rogers website serves as a gateway to the intellectual work of Dr. Carl R. Rogers and the wide variety of disciplines he influenced. Carl Rogers is the creator of client-centered counseling, student-centered education, and person-centered approaches to human relations and community building.

Intervention Central
Intervention Central provides teachers, schools and districts with free resources to help struggling learners and implement Response to Intervention and attain the Common Core State Standards.

Ramp Up to Readiness
Ramp-Up to Readiness™ is a school-wide guidance program designed to increase the number and diversity of students who graduate from high school with the knowledge, skills, and habits necessary for success in a high-quality college program.

MN Common Course Catalogue
The Minnesota Common Course Catalogue (MCCC) is a course classification and data collection system intended to provide uniform information about courses that are taught by Minnesota teachers and completed by Minnesota students. The MCCC is being implemented to meet state and federal requirements.

Mytonomy is a near-peer social network designed to bring alumni advice to high school students. It helps young people from age 14–25 make better decisions about big life choices: how to go to college and pay for it, where to apply, what to study, and how to link all of that to an eventual career. It delivers advice through a video Q&A format, where Advice Givers respond to pre-determined questions about college and career. Advice Seekers can save their favorite videos and use Mytonomy as their personalized research platform.

You get a blank page (a wall), put anything you want on it, anywhere. Then you can share it with a class and use it as a discussion board.

Teaching Tolerance
A place for educators to find thought-provoking news, conversation and support for those who care about diversity, equal opportunity and respect for differences in schools

Real Ways to Help Struggling Students – 1.2mb PPT
A new look at how to motivate students.

Lifehacker’s Career Spotlight
An interview series on Lifehacker that focuses on  jobs you might not hear much about. Jobs range from entry level to very specialized.

EVERY documented student should apply for financial aid using the FAFSA. This application is free. It will in no way limit your financial assistance for school; it can only benefit you.

Changes to the FAFSA for the Class of 2017 PDF
Federal law will allow students in the class of 2017 and beyond to apply for FAFSA earlier and to use earlier income information. Follow the link for more information

MN Dream Act and DACA
Undocumented students can apply for financial assistance for college through the MN Dream Act. Follow the link for more details regarding how to apply and other educational financial supports for undocumented families.

Minnesota Dream Act
Students who meet the criteria in the MN Dream Act will be eligible for the following benefits in-state resident tuition rates at public colleges and universities, state financial aid available to students who meet state residency requirements, and privately funded financial aid through public colleges and universities.

Educators for Fair Consideration DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Guide
Very useful information to assist your students with understanding what DACA is and how to apply.

Big Future by The College Board: For Undocumented Students
A wide range of resources for undocumented students planning for college.

College Express
A free, comprehensive college search tool in which students can create a personal profile to save information.

Naviance: Individual Learning Plans PDF

The team at Applyful, winner of the 2013 College Knowledge Challenge sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is rethinking the college research and application process in light of the social media trend.

Big Future
A College Board website dedicated to planning for the future.

You Can Go
A College Board website designed to guide students who face barriers to college through the process of overcoming those barriers.

ACT College Search
Find colleges by selecting from a variety of options.

Mytonomy is a near-peer social network designed to bring alumni advice to high school students. It helps young people from age 14–25 make better decisions about big life choices: how to go to college and pay for it, where to apply, what to study, and how to link all of that to an eventual career. It delivers advice through a video Q&A format, where Advice Givers respond to pre-determined questions about college and career. Advice Seekers can save their favorite videos and use Mytonomy as their personalized research platform.

NCAA Eligibility Center
Students who plan to pursue Division I or II athletics in college must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center in order to be academically eligible to participate. In addition, schools must register their courses with the Eligibility Center. Counselors are often the people responsible for registering courses.

Helps students discover their path in colleges and careers. Provides a college search and scholarship search as well as future planning articles.

Dale Carnegie Training
-free resources
-training (on-line and in person)
-business focused but still relevant

Leadership Now
-free leadership wallpaper/downloads
-leadership blog
-leadership articles

National Office for School Counselor Advocacy
Promotes the value of school counselors as leaders in school reform, student achievement and college readiness.

Toastmasters International
World leader in communication and leadership development. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending Toastmasters clubs.

Small Message, Big Impact by Terri Sjodin, CPAE, CSP
This book provides an entertaining, straightforward, and practical how-to guide on effectively communicating your critical message in a short period of time. Learn to craft a fresh, brief, and persuasive message that generates tangible results


As the MSCA committee on Professional and Ethical Standards & Human Relations, our goal is to help professional school counselors uphold the ethical standards of the profession. In order to do this part of our effort involves providing education and resources to help school counselors navigate the wide-ranging and often tricky ethical dilemmas that arise in schools. The purpose of this link is to provide you with helpful ethical and legal resources to support your work.

Ethics Committee

Helpful Resources:

The American School Counselor Association Code of Ethics PDF

The American School Counselor Association Position Statements

School Counseling Principles: Ethics and Law (3rd Edition), by Caroylyn Stone, Ed. D.

Ethical and Legal Issues in School Counseling (3rd Edition), by Remely, Hermann, and Huey

FERPA: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. U.S. Department of Education (2010).

Consent & Confidentiality PDF : Legal Guidelines for Professionals.Hennepin County Medical Center (2002).

Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect: A Resource for Mandated Reporters. PDF

Sexual Harassment: Its Not Academic PDF  U.S. Dept. of Ed.

GLSEN: Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network

Sothern Poverty Law Center

The ASCA position statement on Transgender/Gender-nonconforming Youth:

The ASCA position statement on Working with Students Experiencing Issues Surrounding Undocumented Status:

MN Human Rights Act

National School Counselors Week is February 5-9, 2018


For more information from ASCA: National School Counselor Week 2018


Proclamation from MN Governor Dayton on School Counseling Week: MN Governor’s Proclamation

Colleges and Universities with School Counseling Degree Programs

Adler Graduate School

1550 East 78th Street, Richfield MN, 55423
Amy Foell, Program Director, (612) 767-7065
Fax: (612) 861-7559

Capella University
225 6th Street South
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Minnesota State University – Mankato

Department of Counseling and Student Personnel
Armstrong Hall 107 Mankato, MN 56001
Dr. Jacqueline Lewis, Chair (507) 389-5657
Dr. Richard Auger (507) 389-5658
Dr. Walter Roberts (507) 389-5659
Program Administrator and Information (507) 389-2423

Minnesota State University – Moorhead

Counseling and Student Affairs Program
1104 Seventh Avenue South
Moorhead, Minnesota 56563
Dr. Lisa Karch, School Counseling Program Coordinator
Phone: (218) 477-2699

St. Cloud State University

Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy Department
School of Health and Human Services, 720 4th Avenue South St. Cloud, MN 56301
Dr. Bill Lepkowski, School Counseling Program Coordinator (320) 308-5280
Sandi Radzak, Department Office Manager (320) 308-2160

University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology, Department of Educational Psychology
147 Ed. Sciences Bld., 56 E River Rd., Minneapolis, MN 55455
Dr. Marguerite Ohrtman, Director of School Counseling and Clinical Training, (612) 624-4577,
Program Secretary (612) 624-6827

Winona State University

Counselor Education Department
Gildemeister 132
Winona, MN 55987
Dr. Dawnette Cigrand, Assistant Professor, (507) 457-5336,

North Dakota State University

Counselor Education Program
College of Human Development and Education
SGC Building, 1919 N. University Dr., Fargo, ND 58105
Dr. William Martin, Department Head, 701-231-7202

University of North Dakota

Education Building Room 306
231 Centennial Dr. Stop 8255, Grand Forks, ND 58202
Dr. Kathleen Tillman, Asst. Professor (701) 777-3743,

South Dakota State University

Counseling and Human Resource Development
University Center Rapid City
4300 Cheyenne BLVD
PO Box 250
Rapid City, SD 57709-0250
Dr. Michael Fellner,

University of South Dakota

Counseling and Psychology in Education
Delzell Education Center
Room 210, 414 E. Clark St., Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-677-5250
Fax: 605-677-5438

University of Wisconsin – River Falls

Counseling and School Psychology Department
School Counseling Program
410 South Third Street, WEB 231, River Falls, WI 54022-5001
Dr. Mark Gillen, Department Chair and Counseling Program Coordinator, (715) 425-3890,
Mr. Jerry Liddell, Department Associate, (715) 425-3889

University of Wisconsin – Superior

Educational Leadership Department
Swenson Hall 2024, Belknap & Catlin, PO Box 2000, Superior, WI 54880
Dr. Carol Hulce, Assistant Professor, Coordinator of the School Counseling Program, (715) 394-8154,
Mr. Lee Oling, Senior Lecturer, Counseling, (715) 394-8309,

University of Wisconsin – Stout

School Counseling Program
402 McCalmont Hall, Menomonie, WI 54751-0790
Dr. Denise Brouillard, Program Director and Professor, (715) 232-2599,

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