Rhode Island School Counselor Association

The mission of the Rhode Island School Counselor Association is to promote excellence in the profession of school counseling along with the development of all students.

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Check out this year's Professional Development Series!

Our 2020-2021 Professional Development Series is underway! 

Monday, October 19th

Opportunities include:

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

All Level RIDE RISCA Learning Community -Virtual Group Counseling Strategies

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*11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (RISCA Member only PD)

R&R: Relaxation and Regulation: Coping strategies and techniques for clarity, calm, and focus during distance learning and beyond with School Counselor - Kristi Lombardo NCC, LMHC, CCTP, Anchor Pediatrics IBH Clinician

Guide your students to discover mind-body connections to build emotional awareness, understand and accept emotions and effectively manage and respond to emotions. With your support, your students will begin to view challenges as opportunities. Join this workshop to unlock their potential by promoting growth and change.

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Member-only opportunity

Elementary focus

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

ILP professional learning group for all Middle/High School Counselors

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*3:00 - 4:00 PM

Using SEL to Support Student Stress and Anxiety

with Clinician Linda Price, Minding Your Mind

Most middle and high school students are experiencing higher levels of stress and anxiety this year during hybrid and remote learning. School counselors, too! Join Linda for an engaging professional development webinar that provides practical guidance for incorporating social-emotional learning (SEL) while supporting students who struggle with stress and anxiety, individually or in groups. Linda will also address how to support students who struggle with social skills and attention challenges. There will be time for Q&A.

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Member-only opportunity

REAP: The Benefits of Good Concussion Management 

Dr. Karen McAvoy former school psychologist and author of REAP and Doreen Grasso and Debra Sharp, RI Brain Injury Association

Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island              

REAP: The Benefits of Good Concussion Management is an interdisciplinary,  community-based concussion management program that streamlines concussion protocols for all stakeholders in a student’s life.  The author, Dr. Karen McAvoy, a former school psychologist and author of REAP, will be joining us to explain the REAP manual that has just been created for the state of Rhode Island. Special focus will be given to the return-to-learn process after a concussion, from the perspective of school guidance counselors working with students, teachers, school athletic personnel and parents. The talk will be followed by a Q & A with Dr. McAvoy. REAP will lay the foundation for additional school supports becoming available to RI schools in 2021.

Click HERE to view our information flyer for this event!

Click HERE to view the REAP manual.

Monday, October 27th

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

RISCA Workshop: Leveraging AP® and the SAT® Suite of Assessments to Provide Opportunity for Students

Home - AP Students | College Board

In this 90 minute session facilitated by Dena Johnson, Senior Director, College Board, you will learn some helpful updates about AP, the SAT, and PSAT/NMSQT® in the time of COVID. We will focus on the opportunities available to students and ways to support them on their journey to college and career readiness.

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Time to order your copy of Interrupting Racism

Click HERE for book ordering information and 20% discount code!

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And join out book discussion on 11/16

Amazon.com: Interrupting Racism (9780815366416): Atkins, Rebecca, Oglesby, Alicia: Books

Visit our RIDE-RISCA Connection or Professional Development page to learn more! Do not miss out on these relevant and valuable opportunities!!!


2020/2021 SCHOOL YEAR

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COVID - 19 (Coronovirus) Updates and Resources 

Visit RISCA's Resource Page

In response to historical, recent, and ongoing events, the RISCA leadership has issued a statement and plans to thoughtfully support our members in a way that embodies our values, ethics, and commitment to social justice and advocacy.  Please view this official statement from RISCA. 

School counselors may find resources gathered by RISCA addressing race related conversations and support by visiting this link.

Black Lives Matter Movement | State Sanctioned

Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island


A HUGE shout out to school counselors Cindy Lancaster and Kerry Carlson from McCourt Middle School in Cumberland, the latest recipients of the Golden Apple Award!

Recognized for building the bridge from school to home and for spending hours each day connecting with middle schoolers, the two counselors received their award alongside students, family and colleagues during a surprise Zoom meet-up!

Cindy and Kerry understand that success is beyond academics. Their emotional support, accessibility, and tips for staying engaged was invaluable to students as they navigated the challenges of COVID and remote learning!

We are proud of Cindy and Kerry and we are excited to see school counselors recognized for making a difference!


2020 RISCA Fall Annual Conference

is scheduled for Monday, March 15th!

Consider sharing your knowledge with your statewide colleagues at this year's conference! We are now accepting Breakout Session Proposals! Click here to learn more!

Vendors invited! Last year, RISCA welcomed over 40 vendors to our conference! Interested in joining us in 2020 ? Email Barbara.DiSaia@jwu.edu to learn more. Want to make a payment online? Click here.

Thanks to all who attended the 2019 RISCA Conference.

Congrats to our 2019 Award Winners.

Thank You to our 2019 Fall ConferencSponsors!

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors




March 2020 What it Takes to Lead

January 2020 Student Anxiety

November 2019 Equity in Schools

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