History of the Alabama School Counselor Association
The Alabama School Counselor Association (ALSCA) received its charter from the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) during the national convention of the American Personnel and Guidance Association (APGA) in New Orleans in 1970. It was the second division of the Alabama Personnel and Guidance Association (ALPGA) to receive a national charter.
The state constitution for ALSCA was adopted the previous year (1969) at the ALPGA meeting during AEA. In order to receive a state charter, a slate of officers had to be submitted. Therefore, Dr. John Seymour, ALPGA President and Mrs. Reba Clark, President- Elect appointed the following officers for the interim year until elections could be held in March at the regular meeting: President, Mary H. McKinnon, Director of Guidance Jefferson County Schools, Mary Moon, Counselor, Mountain Brook High School; Treasurer, Herman Griffin, former Counselor Athens High School; Parliamentarian, Bob Griffin, Assistant Professor, The University of Alabama.
The officers were charged with contacting the prospective members of ALPGA and setting up temporary committees to carry out the necessary business of the organization until the membership could officially elect officers. Plans were made to hold an ALSCA meeting during the Fall Workshop in Mobile, and the membership fee was set at $1.00. Bylaws state that the purposes of ALCSA were:
- To foster a close personal and professional relationship among school counselors and with counselors in other settings;
- To improve the standards of counseling and guidance services for students kindergarten through postsecondary schools;
- To assume an active role in helping others understand and improve such services;
- To develop a close working relationship with state and local school administrators, educational associations, and state agencies;
- To advance the profession of counseling in order to maximize the educational/academic, occupational, and person/social growth of each individual;
- To publish educational and professional materials
Traditionally ALSCA met with AEA and ALPGA (Now ALCA) representatives until 1975. From 1975 until 1980, no spring meetings were held, although the membership met during Fall Workshop each year. In 1980, a Spring Workshop was initiated for ALSCA members only. By 1983, The Spring Workshop was a joint venture with one or more districts participating with ALSCA in presenting programs for members. ALSCA now worked in conjunction with ALCA to bring content sessions of interest to its members at the ALCA Annual Conference. ALSCA encourages all its members to present current and relevant issues to their colleagues at the Conference. ALSCA has two delegates to Delegate Assembly held in conjunction with the American School Counselor Association Conference
held in June each year. ALSCA has become very proactive in sending two representatives to
the ADVOCACY and Public Policy Institute held in Washington, D. C. sponsored by ASCA.
ALSCA’s membership has grown from 132 in 1972 to approximately 1000 in 1998. It is
the largest of the ALCA divisions.