National School Counseling Week 2023

February 6th - 10th, 2023

"School Counselors: Helping Students Dream Big"

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National School Counseling Week 2023

National School Counseling Week 2023 is February 6-10, 2023. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February.

NSCW is a time to bring awareness to the important and unique contributions school counselors make within schools. This year’s theme is School Counselors: Helping Students Dream Big.

Throughout the week, participate in different events to celebrate and advocate! To help you promote the week, WSCA and ASCA have developed many materials and documents that can be found below.

National School Counseling Week Breakfast Event

February 10th, 2023

WSCA is excited to announce it’s 3rd annual National School Counselor Week event, the NSCW Breakfast! 

This celebratory event will include:

  • A WSCA led presentation on “The Role of a School Counselor”
  • The announcement of our Scholarship & WSCPAR Awards
  • A Keynote presentation on Equity in School Counseling
  • Socializing & networking time

Join us for a morning of connection, learning, and celebration of our profession! With conference no longer being held in February, this is our mid-year opportunity to gather and re-energize!

No matter where you are in the state, we have an opportunity for you to join in this celebratory event. Choose to attend one of seven regional events in person or join virtually.

2023 National School Counseling Week Photo Challenge

The NSCW photo challenge is always one of the most fun aspects of National School Counseling Week!  

Download each day’s sign, take a picture, and post it to your social media channels with #NSCW22 & #WSCABreakfast2023. Follow #NSCW23 & #WSCABreakfast2023 to see how school counselors across the country are celebrating and for your chance to win prizes at our NSCW breakfast event on Friday, February 10th!

Make sure to tag WSCA in all of your posts so we can follow along!

Prizes for posting will be given at the WSCA NSCW Breakfast celebration on 02/10/2023.

Check out some of the fun from years past!

Other National School Counselor Week Resources

10 Ways to Promote National School Counseling Week at your School

  1. Host an “open house” in your office (or the staff lounge) with treats for staff, students and parents to come and learn more about the services that you provide for your students. Share some of this research on the Impact of School Counseling. Better yet, share your own data and results. 
  2. Create a bulletin board highlighting the programming that you offer at your school.
  3. Place a small treat in your teacher’s mailboxes with a data report highlighting a component of your counseling program of share this What Does a School Counselor Do handout by Counselor Keri or this School Counselors: The Key to Student Success graphic by NYU. 
  4. Ask for a few moments to speak to your school board, staff or PTO about your counseling program. Use the WSCA Role of the School Counselor slides to get you started. 
  5. Present the ASCA Certificates of Appreciation to key staff and community members who support your counseling program.
  6. Read daily announcements (use ASCA’s or create your own) about National School Counseling Week on the morning announcements.
  7. Encourage your school newspaper or news program to interview you during National School Counseling Week.
  8. Share this article from Edutopia (or another relevant article) with your administrator, along with a thank you note for supporting your work. ASCA has many great resources highlighting Who Are School Counselors? 
  9. Create a career video highlighting the fabulous career of the School Counselor.
  10. Sport your (Guidance) School Counselor t-shirt all week! And share information about why your title matters. Use this graphic organizer to help explain.

Proclamation, Sample Press Release, Certificate of Appreciation, Sample Morning Announcements, Posters, Pencils, Stickers, Door Hanger, Bookmarks, National School Counselor Week Signs

School Counselor Appreciation Messages

In the weeks leading up to National School Counseling Week, WSCA will reach out to school administrators throughout the state and ask them one thing:

“Do you have any words of appreciation you would like to share with your school counselor(s)?”

In the past we have received many wonderful responses, which have been shared during NSCW. Check back in January for messages from this year!