ALSCA Services

Our Mission

The mission of ALSCA mirrors the American School Counselor Association’s mission to represent professional school counselors and to promote professionalism and ethical practices.

The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is the foundation that expands the image and influence of professional school counselors through advocacy, leadership, collaboration and systemic change. ASCA empowers professional school counselors with the knowledge, skills, linkages, and resources to promote student success in the school, the home, the community, and the world. ALSCA’s organizational vision reflects that of ASCA’s vision.

ALSCA is a network center for school counselors in Alabama and is the largest division of the Alabama Counseling Association (ALCA). ALSCA provides support for school counselors from all school systems in Alabama. The Alabama School Counselor Association is also a component of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).

Organizational Structure

(Relationship to ASCA, ACA, ALCA)

ALSCA is a state division of ASCA and a Division of ALCA.  It is under the umbrella of ASCA and works very closely with ALCA.  ASCA must be joined separately from ACA; however, members are encouraged to join both national organizations. On the state level, a member must join ALCA to be a member of ALSCA.  Responsibilities to each include membership of officers, representation at official business meetings, and submission of required reports.  Some of the reciprocal services for which members benefit are:

*    Professional development activities

*    Professional identity

*    Films and publications

*    Position statements on current issues

*    Research pertinent to counseling

*    State, regional and national conferences

*    Interprofessional, government, and public relations

*    Leadership workshops

*    Insurance plans

The governing structure provides a system for the membership to be heard at all levels; members receive benefits that only a large national organization can provide.