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!


 Jordan is a public speaker who discusses the mental health    issues and disorders that affect so many of us. He is a          survivor of a suicide attempt during his senior year in high school and shares his powerful story of fighting depression and finding recovery.

Jordan is a nationally recognized mental health advocate. In 2008 he addressed a Congressional briefing on Capitol Hill. In 2010 he was chosen as one of the “Best of Philly” for his work in public speaking and advocacy. In 2012 he was honored with an Emerging Humanitarian Award from retired San Francisco 49ers player Nmadi (Nam-DEE) Asomugha (Awesome-Wah) and the Asomugha Foundation.

Our 2020-2021 Professional Development Series is underway! 

Its not to late to order your copy of Interrupting Racism and join us for ongoing discussions!

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

Stay tuned for our book discussion opportunity!

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


Opportunities include:

Thursday, December 10th 

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

ILP Professional Learning Group for School Counselors using Xello

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

ILP Professional Learning Group for School Counselors using Richer Picture

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Praxis: Rhode Island

Monday, December 14th

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Elementary Level RIDE RISCA Learning Community

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Praxis: Rhode Island

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

ILP Professional Learning Group for School Counselors using Naviance

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Praxis: Rhode Island

*3:00 - 4:00pm

Youth Minority Mental Health and Allyship

With the increasing focus on youth mental health and social justice, join us for a screening of Minding Your Mind's Minority Mental Health and Allyship panel discussion featuring five young adults who share their experience as a member of a minority group, the impact this has had on their mental health, and role of allyship. After the panel, we will host a discussion/Q&A with the panel creator and moderator Jordan Burnham. He welcomes the opportunity to answer your questions and discuss how to cultivate an inclusive school community.

Panel Creator and Moderator Jordan Burnham

Click HERE to read more about Jordan!

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*Member-only opportunity

Thursday, December 17th

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

ILP Professional Learning Group for School Counselors using Choices 360

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Praxis: Rhode Island

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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