COVID-19 Resources for School Counselors

Message from NSCA regarding COVID-19

The Nebraska School Counselor Association is prepared to support Nebraska School Counselors through these unprecedented times and the uncharted territory that school counselors and schools in general face.  We plan to lead the coming together of school counselors from across Nebraska to share ideas and work together to ease the burden that the COVID-19 places on school counselors.  Below you will find multiple resources for school counselors including documents from the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), information on virtual counseling practices, information for schools regarding COVID-19, and resources for school counselors as we look forward to re-opening schools.  This webpage will be continually updated as information changes and as we find additional resources.  

NSCA wants to hear from you as to what you need during this time and we will do what we can to support you.  E-mail your needs or suggestions to Doug Hauserman at  Also, if you come across a great resource you think we should share on our website, please send that to Doug Hauserman as well.


Key Organizations' COVID-19 Resource Pages:

Nebraska Department of Education COVID-19 Resource Page:  Communication to schools, resources for schools, resources for students and much more from NDE.

American School Counselor Association COVID-19 Resource Page: School counselor specific resources provided by ASCA.


Virtual Counseling Resources:

FAQ's Virtual School Counseling Ethics:  The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) has compiled answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding ethics for school counselors working in a temporary virtual setting. 

Planning for Virtual/Distance School Counseling During an Emergency Shutdown:  ASCA has released a document to guide school counselors in planning for and delivering a comprehensive school counseling program during extended school closure.

ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors - Section A.15 of the ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors specifically addresses your ethical obligations while conducting virtual counseling.

ASCA Position Statement on Virtual School Counseling - ASCA has over 40 position statements on a variety of topics.  This one specifically addresses virtual counseling which you may be called upon to do during an extended closure of your school.

It's A Virtual World - This ASCA article provides insight on the challenges and pitfalls associated with virtual counseling that a school counselor should be aware of before entering into a virtual counseling relationship.


Supporting Students During A Pandemic:

Tips for Parents During the COVID-19 Pandemic:  Check out NSCA's newly released document that provides 9 tips for parents to support their children during the pandemic.

Share My Lesson:  This link has videos, discussion questions, and news updates on the CORVID-19 to use in the classroom.

NPR Comic on Exploring Coronavirus:  This link provides a short comic just for kids helping them to understand the Coronavirus.

Helping Children Cope with Stress During the 2019-nCoV Breakout:  This is a one page document from the World Health Organization full of great tips for parents (and counselors).

Coping with Stress During an Infectious Disease Outbreak:  This document was produced by SAMHSA during the Ebola outbreak but is applicable to the current pandemic as well.

Explaining Coronavirus to Kids:  This short YouTube video produced by the CDC could be used by parents or counselors to help younger students understand the virus.

Crisis Response During COVID-19:

Handling Crises from Virtual Platforms:  This document produced by the Missouri School Counselor Association provides exceptional, practical guidance for adapting your response to a crisis through virtual counseling. 

ASCA Toolkit: Crisis Planning and Response During a Pandemic/Virtual School Counseling:   This document from the American School Counselor Association provides suggestions for adapting your crisis response plan to work during school shutdown/virtual counseling.

Responding to COVID-19:  Brief Action Steps for School Crisis Response Teams:  Produced by the National Association of School Psychologist, this document provide guidance for school crisis response teams.

Virtual Lessons and Virtual Learning Supports:

5 Tips for Families as They Transition to Home Learning: Parents may be overwhelmed with taking on the additional responsibility of being a homeschool teacher.  Here are 5 tips for them.

Online Lessons and Resources:  The American School Counselor Association has compiled a page with multiple online lessons and resources.

Elementary Online Counseling Lessons and Resources:  Great offering of lessons compiled by the American School Counselor Association.

Middle School Online Counseling Lessons and Resources:  Great offering of lessons compiled by the American School Counselor Association.

High School Online Counselor Lessons and Resources:  While this page does have some great virtual lessons for high school students it has a heavier focus on high school specific resources than the middle school and elementary pages.  All three pages contain lessons and resources compiled by the American School Counselor Association.


Preparing to Reopen Schools:

School Reentry Considerations: Supporting Student Social and Emotional Learning and Mental and Behavioral Health Amidst COVID-19:  The American School Counselor Association and the National Association for School Psychologists collaborated to provide this critical guidance for school counselors, school psychologists and school districts to address student emotional, behavioral and mental health as school reopen.

NSCA School Counselor Academy
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