School Counseling

The School Counselor's Role

School counselors design and deliver school counseling programs that improve student outcomes. They lead, advocate and collaborate to promote equity and access for all students by connecting their school counseling program to the school’s academic mission and school improvement plan. They uphold the ethical and professional standards of ASCA and promote the development of the school counseling program based on the following areas of the ASCA National Model: define, deliver, manage and assess.

Empower Montana

Each year EmpowerMT provides training to thousands of students and educators across Montana that empowers them with skills to create safer, more inclusive school communities.

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Grief Counseling

Tamarack Grief Resource Center strengthens and honors individuals, families, and communities throughout their journey with grief. With offices in Missoula, Kalispell, and Browning, we help individuals and communities navigate grief and loss through counseling, grief camps and retreats, school-based programs, support groups, community workshops, urgent response support, and professional education.

Our therapeutic, nature-based programs are grounded in research-supported best practices and designed to help participants feel understood, gain tools, and access hope.

TGRC follows the International Association of Trauma Professionals’ (IATP) tri-phasic model of care and follows the National Standards for Bereavement Camps. TGRC is a proud member of the National Alliance for Grieving Children.

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Montana Career Pathways

Montana Career Pathways is a college and career initiative that helps students learn about career options that are in demand in Montana. Find out what activities you can engage in or classes you can take to prepare for your next step after high school graduation. Find careers that interest you, research education and training opportunities, and start down your path.

Hotlines and Helplines

Child abuse or Neglect

To report a possible case of child abuse or neglect, call toll-free: (866) 820-5437

TTY-hearing-impaired Child Abuse Hotline: Dial 711; when prompted dial 1-866-820-5437


If your child is experiencing a medical emergency, in danger, or is feeling suicidal, call 911 immediately.

Suicide Hotline: 800-784-2433

Immediate Medical Assistance: 911

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 or text ANSWER to 839863

Crisis Text Line (U.S. only): Text HELLO to 741741

Youthspace Text Line (across Canada): Text 778-783-0177 from 6 p.m. to midnight daily.

Youth Crisis Diversion Project:

A Roadmap for Helping Youth in Crisis: When your youth or family is in crisis, it is difficult to know what to do or who to call for help. Getting the help you need can be confusing and exhausting. Missoula Youth Crisis Diversion Project provides a simple guide for navigating through crisis situations, and the community services that may help.

To receive their services, call The Providence St. Patrick Urgent Mental Health Clinic at (406) 327-3034 and select option 3.

Montana 211

Free, anonymous service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. When you dial 2-1-1, you’ll be connected to a trained resource specialist who has access to comprehensive database listings of nearly all health and human services that exist in the area. This includes but is not limited to: rent and utility assistance, food, emergency shelters, where to get employment help, medical and mental health assistance, help with transportation, and trained suicide intervention counseling. You can also get information on affordable child care, information about caring for an aging relative, or help recovering from a disaster. Information is available through the Montana 211 website as well.

MT Disability and Health Program: Resources on Community Living Supports and Services

Montana School Counselor Association

The Montana School Counselor Association is a division of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and represents approximately 500 Montana professional school counselors.

The mission of the Montana School Counselor Association is to promote excellence in professional school counseling in Montana.

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