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



President’s Message Fall 2018

boy playing in autumn leaves

Welcome to the 2018/19 school year! I hope it is filled with lots of fun, excitement and learning.

Our executive for the 2018/19 year is as follows:

Board Members for 2018/19:

On October 19th 2018 we will be hosting our MTS PD Day at the Victoria Inn Conference Centre. Dr. John Koop Harder will be presenting on the Trauma Informed Care and Grief. Dr. Koop Harder has contributed to the book “Insights into Counselling” put out by the CRTI and wrote the chapter on Grief. We look forward to you joining us for this dynamic and educational day.

Fall is here and this is always a time of pumpkin spice everything; especially if you are a fan of lattes. Change is in the air! We are back to routine and settling in to the school year ahead. Fall is a time of leaves letting go from the trees and crisp cool nights. Let us take some advice from the leaves and make sure to let go of what doesn’t serve us this year. The executive of MSCA wish you all a wonderful year ahead.


MSCA PD Day October 19, 2018

Youth & Grief: Building a Culture of Compassionate Care

October 19, 2018 at the Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Center, 1808 Wellington Avenue, Winnipeg, MB


Youth & Grief: Building a Culture of Compassionate Care

John Koop Harder, MSW, RSW

John Koop

John is the Training Development Specialist and a lead trainer with Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute (CTRI). He has been working as a therapist and trainer for almost 20 years. He is a Registered Social Worker who holds a Master of Social Work degree. John is a co-author of our Counselling Insights book, having written the Grief chapter. Much of John’s career has centred on working with children, youth, adults and families dealing with crisis and trauma.

While he has a diverse practice, he has particular interest and specialized experience in working with individuals and families impacted by mental health concerns, grief, violence, post-war trauma recovery, gender/sexuality issues, sexual abuse recovery and cyber-bullying/harassment. John’s work is also informed by his international experiences working with individuals and communities impacted by civil war and ethnic conflicts in Colombia, Albania and Northern Ireland. He is a warm and engaging facilitator who values interactive learning experiences.

All participants will be given the Counselling Insights book.


MSCA PD Day registration is now open. Register online here (registration fees may apply). Registration closes on October 12, 2018 at 9:00.

Registration and conference fees

Please note that registrations will only be accepted online this year.

Send questions/comments related to registration to Jennifer Stewart at president.msca@gmail.com. For more information about MSCA PD Day, please visit the website of The Manitoba Teachers' Society.



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.



Vicki Enns (Ed.) Book Launch

Saturday Sep 22 2018 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium

Launch of Counselling Insights: Practical Strategies for Helping Others with Anxiety, Trauma, Grief, and More  (ACHIEVE Publishing) featuring Manitoba contributing authors John Koop Harder and Tricia Klassen.

As helpers, caregivers, and counsellors, there are times when we need support to be able to help the people we are working with. Hearing from others in similar roles is a key way of finding inspiration and guidance. This book offers practical strategies for supporting people who have a variety of issues, whether psychological (anxiety, trauma, depression), based on life circumstances (loss and grief, oppressive societal attitudes), or due to harmful ways of coping with these or other life stressors (self-injury, substance use, suicidality). This book is written not only for clinical counsellors, but also for frontline helpers who work to support those seeking help and guidance.

Vicki Enns (Editor) is the Clinical Director of the Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute (CTRI), and an instructor in the graduate program for Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Winnipeg.

Upcoming PD Events

To learn more and register for an event, click the name of the event.




Also, it’s time to be thinking about applying for our scholarships! These awards our given out at our AGM which will take place the end of May or Early June. A detailed information will be sent out in a future email and the information will be posted on our website when the event is finalized. It is always a wonderful evening so I hope you all will be able to join us!

You can find all the information needed to apply for scholarships on the Awards page.

MSC Magazine

Watch your mailboxes for our upcoming Spring MSC magazine! Download a PDF copy here.

If you are interested in being a part of the MSCA team for the 2018/19 school year please contact Jennifer Stewart.