Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

October 3, 2023

Episode 291

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Dr. Emily Goodman-Scott discusses Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and the importance of the school counselors’ role in meeting the needs of all students. She highlights the benefits of universal mental health screenings in educational settings and how buy-in and support is critical to successful implementation. This interview was recorded during the MCEC Global Training Summit. 


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Audio mixing by Concentus Media, Inc., Temple, Texas. 


Show Notes: 


School Counselors for MTSS: 


Anti-Racism Counseling in Schools and Communities by Cheryl Holcomb McCoy 


Supporting All Students: Multitiered Systems of Support from an Antiracist and Critical Race Theory Lens 



Dr. Emily Goodman-Scott is an Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director, and School Counseling Coordinator at Old Dominion University, in VA, where she teaches the next generation of school counselors. Before that, she spent several years working as an elementary school counselor, a special education teacher, and in multiple mental health settings counseling youth.  


Dr. Goodman-Scott is passionate about researching, writing, and presenting on school counseling topics, including MTSS. She’s presented across the U.S., offering trainings, keynotes, pre-conferences, and district-partnerships. She is the lead editor of the book, A School Counselor’s Guide to MTSS (2019, Routledge), and with colleagues authored Making MTSS Work, published by ASCA (2020).  


After nearly 10 years as a board member for the Virginia School Counselor Association, Dr. Goodman-Scott served as Chair of the VSCA Board (2019-2020) and is presently the co-chair of the Research Committee. She co-coordinates a national network of school counseling faculty, was president of the Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling (2020-2021), and represented Virginia at several White House School Counseling Convenings under First Lady Michelle Obama.  

She recently was elected to the American Counseling Association governing council (2022-2025). She is on the editorial review board for multiple journals related to school counseling, including ASCA’s Professional School Counseling journal. Finally, she is proud to be a recipient of the 2020 American Counseling Association Research Award, and the 2018 Insiders Business: “Top 40 Under 40” recognition.  


She lives in Virginia with her spouse and three spunky young children. On the weekends you can find her at a nearby park, leading Girl Scouts, or making brunch with her family.  

You can follow her on Twitter: e_goodmanscott.  

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