MSCA Manitoba School Counsellors' Association
  ACSM Association des conseillers scolaires du Manitoba

Caring • Collaborative • Competent

MSCA Manitoba School Counsellors' Association
  ACSM Association des conseillers scolaires du Manitoba

Caring • Collaborative • Competent


Association /

des conseillers
scolaires du Manitoba



The Manitoba School Counsellors’ Association (MSCA) is a special area group of the Manitoba Teachers' Society, made up of individuals working or interested in the field of guidance and counselling. Our objectives are to promote and develop guidance and counselling services for children and youth, and to promote and provide training for school counsellors and professionals in related areas. MSCA provides an open forum and network for discussion of current issues in school counselling through our monthly meetings, our quarterly journal (MSC), and professional development opportunities.

Au sujet de l’ACSM

L'Association des conseillers scolaires du Manitoba (MSCA ou ACSM) est un groupe spécial de la Manitoba Teachers’ Society, composé de personnes passionnées ou intéressées dans le domaine du counseling et de l’orientation scolaire. Nos objectifs sont de promouvoir et de développer des services d'orientation et de counseling pour les enfants et les adolescents, ainsi que faire la promotion des formations pour les conseillers scolaires et pour les professionnels œuvrant dans le même domaine. MSCA ou ACSM offre un forum et un réseau ouvert afin de discuter des enjeux actuels dans le domaine du counseling scolaire par le biais de nos réunions bimensuelles, par l’entremise de notre revue biannuelle (Manitoba School Counsellor, MSC) et par les sessions offertes de développement professionnel.


The MSCA membership includes people from a wide variety of professions including school counsellors, resource teachers, administrators, therapists, social workers, social service agency workers, vocational educators, vocational rehabilitation counsellors, career counsellors, university professors, and government officials. The association is comprised of a volunteer board. Learn about becoming a member.




At our Annual General Meeting on May 29th we passed our new constitution and welcomed our new board members and executive members.

Executive Members

Board Members

Divisional Representatives
  • Natashia Herring- Prairie Rose School Division
  • Megan Donald- Winnipeg School Division
  • Kelly Manveiler- Seine River School Division
  • Nicole Gaurtron- Division Scholaire Franco Manitoban
  • Lisa Bridges- Brandon School Division
  • Jennifer Streilein- Seven Oaks School Division
  • Danielle Savage- Pembina Trails School Division

We honoured and celebrated our award and scholarship winners.

  • Congratulations to our scholarship recipients: Danielle Savage, Nicole Rosevere, Natashia Herring, and Kelcie Terrick.
  • Congratulations to Mia Guenther on receiving the Margaret Woods Award for Outstanding Achievement for her work in play therapy in Seven Oaks School Division and her work at the University of Manitoba.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Jan Stewart for receiving the R.J Cochrane Award for her outstanding work for through the University of Winnipeg. We appreciate her research contributions working with refugee students inside multiple school divisions and supporting teachers throughout the province.  We are grateful for her long term commitment to Manitoba School Counsellors' Association and the variety of tasks she has taken on for the group.

Manitoba School Counsellors' Association wishes you all a great end to the school year and a wonderful summer break!

Our meetings and PD events for the 2017/18 school year will be posted in September.

MTS PD DAY - October 20, 2017

Working with Children and Youth with Complex Needs: Skills to Build Resilience

MTS PD Day this year occurs on October 20, and features guest speaker Dr. Michael Ungar, Ph.D.

> Please visit MSCA PD Day 2017 on The Manitoba Teachers' Society website for more information and to register.

How do we make children more resilient when they are angry, self-harming, anxious, abusive or delinquent? In this story-filled workshop, Dr. Michael Ungar provides evidence-informed strategies educators and mental health professionals need to help young people of all ages heal, no matter a child’s emotional, psychological or behavioral problems.

Based on his clinical practice and research around the world, Dr. Ungar will share what families and professionals have taught him about the building blocks for resilience. With ample case studies and fascinating explanations of research, Dr. Ungar will show why we need to work just as hard changing the environments that surround children as we do changing children themselves. Workshop participants will learn how to facilitate the process of children’s navigations and negotiations for the resources they need to do well in contexts of adversity. These resources include structure and consequences, relationships with adults and peers, a sense of personal self-control, agency and power, experiences of social justice and fair treatment, belonging and purpose, spirituality, and cultural rootedness. While resilience has tended to be understood as isolated factors that produce individual change, Dr. Ungar will focus instead on the complex interactions between factors that make resilience more likely.

Specifically, the learning objectives for this workshop are:

  1. To understand how children with complex needs use “problem” behaviours to enhance their resilience and wellbeing when more socially acceptable solutions are not available;
  2. To become familiar with skills associated with a social ecological approach to individual and family intervention informed by research on resilience;
  3. To discuss the Child and Youth Resilience Measure, an assessment tool that can help caregivers and professionals explore the hidden resilience of children and youth;
  4. To learn about nine aspects of resilience necessary for positive development;
  5. To develop strategies for working without resistance with hard-to-reach, culturally diverse children, adolescents, and their families;
  6. To discuss ways services can be structured for children, youth and families that make resilience more likely to occur.

Dr. Michael Ungar’s Bio

Dr. Michael Ungar is the Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience at Dalhousie University, and among the best known writers and researchers on the topic of resilience in the world. As both a family therapist and professor of Social Work, he has helped to identify the most important factors that influence the resilience of children and adults during periods of transition and stress. He is the author of 14 books that have been translated into five languages, numerous manuals for parents, educators, and employers, as well as more than 150 scientific papers. Dr. Ungar’s immense influence comes from his ability to adapt ideas from his research and clinical practice into best-selling works like Working with Children and Youth with Complex Needs, Too Safe For Their Own Good: How Risk and Responsibility Help Teens Thrive and I Still Love You: Nine Things Troubled Kids Need from their Parents. His blog Nurturing Resilience appears on Psychology Today’s website.

Dr. Ungar is also the founder and Director of the Resilience Research Centre where he coordinates millions of dollars in research in more than a dozen countries. Dr. Ungar regularly provides consultation and training to organizations like the World Bank, UNESCO, and the Red Cross. He is the former Chair of the Nova Scotia Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, executive board member of the American Family Therapy Academy, and a family therapist who works with mental health services for individuals and families at risk. In 2012 Dr. Ungar was the recipient of the Canadian Association of Social Workers National Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding contribution to clinical work with families and communities.

About the Presenter:

Michael Ungar, Ph.D.

Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience

Director, Resilience Research Centre

Network Director, Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts Network (A Networks of Centres of Excellence)

AAMFT Clinical Supervisor

Registered Social Worker

To contact:


(902) 494-3445



Twitter @MichaelUngarPhD

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To view a sample of Dr. Ungar's work, please go to his website www.michaelungar.com.