User Guidelines

CounselorTalk is an email listserv for asking questions and sharing information among Indiana K-12 school counselors and others in student services offices.

These guidelines allow participants to have a good experience using CounselorTalk.


Manage your subscription.
CounselorTalk users are in control of their subscriptions. You can unsubscribe at any time by visiting Simplelists and entering your email address. You will receive an email with link where you may also:

  • Change your delivery from every message to a daily digest. Pause and resume delivery (this is helpful if you will be away and have an auto-responder set).
  • View an archive of all messages from a certain date forward.


Consider using a descriptive subject heading that includes building grade levels.
If your email is specific to a building or grade level, please include that in the subject. For example, “HS – Graduation Pathways waiver.”


Use “Reply” instead of “Reply All” when appropriate.
Responses to many email list questions and discussion topics are of interest to the entire list, so it is appropriate to “reply all.” Remember to use “reply” to reply to specific individuals or for short statements such as “Thank you!” or “Ditto.”


Help keep CounselorTalk spam-free.
To maintain the integrity of the listserv, CounselorTalk members with products or services to sell may become sponsors and have their products/services included in periodic emails to members. See our sponsor page to find out more about becoming a sponsor.


Abide by common listserv expectations. The following are not allowed:
  • Political activities.
  • Hate speech. The UN Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech defines hate speech as “…any kind of communication in speech, writing, or behaviour that attacks or uses pejorative or discriminatory language with reference to a person or a group on the basis of who they are, in other words, based on their religion, ethnicity, nationality, race, color, descent, gender, or other identity factor.” UN Strategy & Plan of Action 
  • Harassing conduct. Harassing conduct includes epithets, slurs, or negative stereotyping; threatening, intimidating or hostile acts; denigrating jokes, and written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group. Harassment on the basis of any protected characteristic is strictly prohibited.
  • Unprofessional/inappropriate messages. Respectful disagreements and constructive criticism are permissible. If you disagree or become upset with someone’s response or use of the list, consider replying to that person directly.

Legal Issues

CounselorTalk is provided as a non-profit service of Inspire Success and the Indiana School Counselor Association (ISCA). Neither party is responsible for the opinions and information posted on this site by others. These organizations disclaim all warranties regarding information posted on this site including all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. Inspire Success and ISCA are not liable for any special, indirect, or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data, or profits, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of any information posted on this site.

Members may not post defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials. Copyrighted material may not be posted without the permission of the copyright owner. Inspire Success and ISCA do not actively monitor the site for inappropriate postings and do not undertake editorial control of postings. All inappropriate postings should be brought to the attention of Inspire Success and/or ISCA in order for the organizations to take appropriate actions. Inspire Success and ISCA reserve the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines.