Oregon School Counselor Association
A letter from Dr. Carolyn Stone about the ethical importance of becoming a member of your professional association.
Hello Oregon School Counselors:
It is a pleasure to be able to send a message to the best school counseling professionals in the nation! Thank you for contributing to the credibility of school counseling in Oregon with your daily adherence to the legal and ethical codes. Professionalism for School Counselors is a legal and ethical imperative. The guiding principles of professionalism help us maintain our standing with our peers, teachers, staff members, administrators, parents, students and with the courts.
School counselors develop their principles of professional behavior through membership in their professional organizations, continuing education, networking with peers, and attendance at workshops and conferences. Professionalism means staying current on the literature, research, skills/techniques and knowledge needed to best serve students. The Oregon School Counseling Association (OSCA) is one-stop purveyor of all these opportunities to protect and continue to grow our professionalism.
Standard of care is the reasonable person test. In the unlikely event you get into legal trouble in the course of doing your job, your attorney will work to establish that you acted as the reasonably competent school counselor, while the plaintiff's attorney is going to try and show that you stepped outside the boundaries of the reasonably competent school counselor. Part of the test on both attorneys' part is to a look at who you are as a professional and whether or not you have held yourself to a high standard of care. How do the attorney's try to support or discredit your standard of care? The courts look at your course work, training, professional development, certificate, state and federal statutes, previous court case, testimony of expert witnesses and membership in professional organizations. If asked and you have to reply that you are not a member of your professional organization, ouch, you have put a big dent in your standard of care.
We work with minors in the personal, social, emotional arena and the slightly less personal area of academic and career success. Because of the intimacy of our work with minors who are mandated to be in our setting we are compelled to hold ourselves to a very high standard of care. Hold yourself to a high standard of care. Be a member of your professional organization.
ASCA Co-Ethics Chair
By joining OSCA today you will help to promote excellence in professional school counseling.
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School Counselors and others interested in school counseling are eligible for various membership opportunities as specified in the bylaws.
Annual Dues: $50.00
Professional members must hold a masters degree or higher in counseling or the substantial equivalent and meet one or more of the following requirements: be credentialed as a school counselor by a state, district, or territory of the United States or the credentialing agency of the country in which they practice; be employed as a school counselor or supervisor of school counselors; or be employed as a counselor educator in a graduate program that prepares school counselors.
Annual Dues: $30.00
Members who are in retirement and do not hold full time positions in school counseling are eligible for Retired Membership. Retired members must hold a masters degree or higher in counseling or the substantial equivalent; are or were credentialed as a school counselor by a state, district, or territory of the United State or the credentialing agency of the country in which they practice; or were employed as a school counselor, supervisor of school counselors, or counselor educator in a graduate program that prepares school counselors.
Annual Dues: $25.00
Students who are in a graduate program that prepares professional school counselors or the substantial equivalent having interests in the area of professional school counseling and who do not hold full time positions in school counseling are eligible for Student Membership.
Annual Dues: $50.00
Individuals interested in professional school counseling, who are not eligible for any other type of membership, may become Affiliate members.
Annual Dues: $200.00
Corporations or businesses interested in supporting the goals of OSCA may become Allied members.
Paid members (e.g., Professional, Affiliate, Student) receive benefits:
Reduced regional training fees, voting privileges, ability to serve on the Governing Board, and ability to nominate or be nominated for the Oregon School Counselor of the Year and other awards, website access, OSCA Outlook newsletter, announcements such as job fairs, and advocacy at the district, state, and national levels.
The Governing Board may grant Honorary Membership to individuals or groups as deemed appropriate. Honorary members may receive OSCA publications, website access, OSCA Outlook newsletters, announcements such as the School Counselor job fair, and advocacy at the district, state, and national levels and other services as determined by the Governing Board.
In addition to the above-specified membership, the Governing Board, on occasion, may grant
Lifetime Membership to individuals who have given outstanding service to OSCA or
professional school counseling. Additionally, those individuals who have earned Lifetime
Membership prior to June 30, 2001, per past bylaws and our former association as a division of
Oregon Counseling Association (ORCA), will continue to be honored.