ArSCA Establishes Independence
This summer during the ArSCA/ADE Conference, Arkansas School Counselor Association (ArSCA) members voted to secede from Arkansas Counseling Association (ArCA). The vote was passed by 91.7%. Many of you have been asking about the outcome of that vote and questioned why the vote has not been revealed. Under ArCA bylaws, in order for a division to voluntarily depart from its organization, it must be voted upon by their governing board. The ArCA governing board meeting did not occur until Saturday, August 29. Therefore, as of August 29, 2015, Arkansas School Counselor Association (ArSCA) is no longer under the umbrella of Arkansas Counselor Association (ArCA).
ArSCA is an organization comprised of school counselors who desire to improve the school counseling profession and support Arkansas students’ academic, personal/social and career development so they achieve success. Throughout the years, there have been many serious issues that affected the school counseling profession and Arkansas students. ArSCA initiated advocacy.
Below are just a few recent areas in which ArSCA has represented you and the students of Arkansas:
Your ArSCA board consists of volunteers who are passionate about the school counseling profession and the students of Arkansas. We pledge to make this time of transition as smooth and beneficial for you as you continue to guide your students. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me or any ArSCA board member.
2015-16 ArSCA President
ArSCA Transition Questions
On behalf of the ArSCA board, I want to thank you all for the outpouring of support shown during this transition time. We have been receiving questions regarding membership, ArCA fall conference, and the listserv. This is in response to questions school counselors are having during this transition.
The listserv is run by ArSCA. Therefore, if you are currently subscribed to the listserv, you will not be affected in anyway. To assist school counselors during this time, we have opened the listserv to all school counselors until July 1, 2016. The only requirement is that you are currently an active school counselor, a retired school counselor, or a student in a verified school counseling program. If you wish to subscribe to the ArSCA listerv, you will need to submit the ArSCA membership form prior to subscribing (see membership link below). To subscribe to the school counselor listserv click here.
The Fall Conference is run by ArCA. ArSCA is no longer affiliated with it in any way therefore, you will need to contact them.
This area has been the most asked about. Some questions are as follows:
I’ve already joined ArCA, am I a member of ArSCA too?
No, but never fear! You may join ArSCA as well by following the Membership Registration Form (link below).
Is there one membership form or two?
You have a choice. ArSCA is independent; we will have our own membership card. You will receive a unique membership ID number and card once you complete the Membership Registration Form (link below). We can only speak for the ArSCA membership process.
How much are ArSCA dues?
To accommodate school counselors, the board voted to change the ArSCA membership timeline to July 1 – June 30, which will be our fiscal year. Your ArSCA board does not want any school counselor displaced. As a result, all acting school counselors, retired school counselors, and students in a school counseling program may become ArSCA members. Your membership will run Sept 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016. All at NO COST!Yes, you read that correctly, there will not be a membership fee for the remaining time in this ArSCA fiscal year! You will need to check with ArCA regarding their dues. Information about the 2016-2017 membership will be available on the website by January 1, 2016.
How do I join ArSCA?
To become an ArSCA member and receive all the membership benefits, complete the 2017-2018 ArSCA Membership Form. But, we need your help. Spread the word to your counselor friends. We want all school counselors across the state to be connected. If you know a school counselor who has not subscribed to the listserv, please forward them this e-mail so they may reap the no cost benefits of being an ArSCA member. Together, we are “One Vision – One Voice”.
On behalf of the 2015-2016 ArSCA Board,
2015-16 ArSCA President
Top 10 Reasons to Join ArSCA:
Membership in a professional organization offers members leadership opportunities that we might not otherwise have.
2. Political Power
There is strength in numbers. Our voice can be heard by legislators who pass laws that affect our lives, our jobs and our students.
Valuable information is available that is relevant to counselors (newsletter, list serv, website, etc…) and counselor related issues (state, national, ethical, political, etc…).
To be considered a professional in our career of choice, it is essential we are members of the organization that represents our profession.
5. Professional Development Opportunities
Conferences, workshops and meetings throughout the state enhance and promote our profession.
Opportunity to meet and connect with others to improve ourselves personally and professionally.
Organization offers more support than could be imagined. All you have to do is ask.
Opportunities made available to build life-long relationships with peers.
A sense of belonging is available to those who were just born to be involved.
Knowing you are a member of an organization that is making your profession, thus your life and the lives of your peers and students, better… makes you feel nothing other than pride because you are making a difference.