The importance of professional development can't be overemphasized, especially in a field as vital as education. Only by continually arming yourself with the latest research, techniques, and knowledge in the profession can you hope to stay effective in your career.

One of the priorities of the Arizona School Counselors Association is to connect its members and affiliates with quality professional development. On this site you will find some of the support AzSCA has worked hard to provide including:
  • Information about the AzSCA Mentor Program for counselors seeking support or networking with other professionals
  • A Resources page with a wealth of websites and professional development opportunities available for school counselors advancing the profession, all organized by the three ASCA domains
  • An updated calendar of PD events offered online as well as across the state of Arizona

We encourage you to explore as you develop your comprehensive school counseling program, and we look forward to helping this profession continue to develop best practices on behalf of our students!


AzSCA believes the school counselor plays a pivotal role in a student's academic, social/emotional and career development. In response to our states recent allocation of funds to provide more school counselors, we are establishing a program to offer support to new school counselors or current school counselors moving to a different grade level of service.

If you find yourself in a new school counseling role we invite you to consider connecting with a mentor. In order to find a mentor closest to you please email your contact information and the following details to Julie Cota at

Please include Your:

  • Region in Arizona (pick one that best describes the area you live in): North, South, East, West, Northwest, Southeast, Northeast, Southwest
  • County
  • City
  • School Name
  • Grade level
  • District

Benefits of the AZSCA Mentor Program include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Career shadowing
  • Direct/Indirect resources
  • Networking
  • “Welcome to School Counseling” survivor kit
  • FREE 1 Year membership to AzSCA
  • Monthly phone contact-or weekly at first!

AzSCA is looking for volunteers to serve as a professional mentor for any new school counselor  and any school counselor changing grade levels for the first time.

If you meet the following criteria we would love to add you to our Mentor Directory:
  • You Must have at least 5 years experience in your current grade level
  • You Must be available to check in with your mentee monthly by phone/email
  • You Must be available to offer a career shadow day if requested
  • You Must be a member of AZSCA- ASCA member optional
  • You May be a retired professional

If you want more information and /or would like to be added to our directory please email Julie Cota at


The Professional Development Committee shall:

  • Facilitate professional development opportunities to meet the needs of school counselors & affiliates throughout the year.
  • Shall collaborate with ADE to provide training opportunities for School Counselors.
  • Shall recruit professional presenters.
  • Shall conduct member surveys on professional development needs.
  • Shall collaborate with AzCAN to provide web-based College Access Professional (CAP) training to school counselors in the state of Arizona.
  • The Association/Presentation Liaison shall collaborate with the professional development committee and shall recruit board members to serve on association/committee as AzSCA representatives as well as recruit board members to present at various professional conferences, i.e. AzCTE, ABEC, etc.
  • Provide Certificate of Attendance for each Professional Development event as applicable.

Kristy Meyers

Julie Cota
Board of Directors Liaison

Committee Members
Deanna Ainsworth
Shaylinn Aleman
Heather Anderson
Suzanne Graun
David Harris
Kim Meyer
Sholanda Smith