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School counseling is a complex profession that requires ongoing professional development. Professional development is about being aware of the decisions you make, the way you think about, and the way you handle different situations. The concept behind professional development is the idea that you have untapped potential, and to not settle with what you have if you want to grow and meet the needs of your students. Professional development is a process of continually progressing and refining your qualities as a school counselor. KSCA wants school counselors to be aware that there are many fine opportunities available. We will update this section of the website regularly to make school counselors aware of opportunities they might wish to pursue.


What is RAMP?
- Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP)
- 12 sections to a RAMP submission
​- RAMP is for each school, not for an entire district
​- Programs that can demonstrate they are comprehensive, data-driven, and developmentally appropriate

For more information go to the American School Counselor Association website (ASCA RAMP)

Kentucky RAMP schools:

A.J. Lindeman Elementary School, Erlanger

Arnett Elementary School, Erlanger

Atherton High School, Louisville

Campbell County Middle School, Alexandria

Campbell Ridge Elementary School , Alexandria

Crossroads Elementary School , Cold Spring

Donald E. Cline Elementary School, Cold Spring

Grant's Lick Elementary School, Alexandria

John W. Reiley Elementary School, Alexandria* (RAMP School of Distinction)

Has your school considered becoming a RAMP school?  KSCA will pay the application fee!

ASCA - Certified School Counselor Credential

New in 2020 ASCA now offers the ASCA - Certified School Counselor (ASCA) credential. This is an entry-level certification that demonstrates school counselor knowledge in designing, implementing and assessing a school counseling program. School counselors who hold the ASCA demonstrate their commitment to the highest levels of professionalism, ethical practice and continuing professional development in their school counseling practice.

To qualify for certification, school counselors must meet one of the eligibility requirements detailed at

National Board for Professional Teaching (NBCT)

What is NBCT and what does it have to do with school counseling?
National Board Certification identifies educators (including school counselors) who demonstrate commitment to the National Board Five Core Propositions and Standards through a performance-based, peer-reviewed series of assessment components.

For more information

Current NBCT certified School Counseling/Early Childhood Through Young Adulthood in Kentucky

Stephany Belcher, Jefferson Co

Kelli Bowland, McCracken Co

Lisa Bowman, Oldham Co

Trudi Bravard, Mason Co

Amy English, Meade Co

Debbie Felts, Laurel Co

Kimberly Fitzgerald

Dana Goins, Jefferson Co
P Dawn Hinton, Boone Co
Rebecca Keller, Bullitt Co

Sarah Kittrell, Bullitt Co

Lori Kratz, Bullitt Co

Maura Mason, Oldham Co

Jill Smith

Tara Steedly, Oldham Co

Karen Swiney, Bowling Green Independent

Jenny Templeton, Russell Independent

Tamela Terry, Jefferson Co

Amanda Warder, Bowling Green Independent

American School Counselor Association (ASCA) members

ASCA Webinar Series

ASCA USpecialists Trainings

ASCA PD opportunities 

OTHER FREE Professional Development

Please check back to this page frequently as we update professional development opportunities for Kentucky school counselors.
(If you are aware of a Professional Development opportunity you think should be included on this page please forward the information to Kentucky School Counselor Association Professional Development Chair for review 

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