The Belize School Counsellor Association (BSCA) was formally established in October, 2012.

The mission of the BSCA is to represent, support, and develop professional school counsellors in Belize and to encourage efficient delivery of counselling services at educational institutions. The BSCA’s objectives are to aid in educational and professional development for the advancement of school counsellors, to offer support, mentoring, and networking; and to promote standards and best practices for fostering the accountability of school counsellors.

In all of this, the students we serve are at the centre as we focus on academic achievement for all students.

BSCA will be hosting its first conference during the week of August 4 – 8, 2014, at the ITVET Compound on Freetown Road, Belize City. The theme for the Conference is “The 21st Century Belizean School Counsellor: Unleashing Your Potential!”

The Conference will allow school counsellors across the country to meet their professional development needs, discover the latest techniques in school counselling and learn solid, practical ideas they can put to work. Sessions include:

•Starting a Comprehensive School Counselling Programme
•Data and the School Counsellor
•The School Counsellor as a Leader and Advocate
•Peer Helping Programme Start-up
•Developing a Crisis Plan for Your School: A Practical Guide
•School Counsellors as Consultants
•School Counsellor Self-Care (Wellness Techniques)

Our principal facilitators are both Belizeans: Dr. Shirlene Smith-Augustine of the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina and Dr. Denise Lenares-Solomon of Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Georgia.

BSCA takes this opportunity to invite school counsellors countrywide to be a part of this exciting professional development opportunity.

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