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Comprehensive Counseling Program

Professional school counselors have a minimum of a master's degree in school counseling, meet the state certification/licensure standards, and abide by the laws of the states in which they are employed.  They uphold the ethical and professional standards of ASCA and other applicable professional counseling associations, and promote the development of the school counseling program based on the following areas of the ASCA National Model: Foundation, delivery, management and accountability

  • Professional school counselors identify a philosophy based on school counseling theory and research/evidence-based practice that recognizes the need for all students to benefit from the school counseling program.
  • Professional school counselors act on these philosophies to guide the development, implementation and evaluation of culturally relevant and comprehensive school counseling programs.
  • Professional school counselors create a mission statement supporting the school's mission and collaborate with other individuals and organizations to promote all students' academic, career and personal/social development.
Professional school counselors provide culturally competent services to students, parents/guardians, school staff and the community in the following areas:
  • Classroom Guidance Curriculum:  This curriculum consists of structured lessons designed to help students achieve the desired competencies and to provide all students with the knowledge and skills appropriate for their developmental level.  The school guidance curriculum is delivered throughout the school's overall curriculum and is systematically presented by professional school counselors in collaboration with other professional educators in the classroom.
  • Individual Student Planning:  Professional school counselors coordinate ongoing systemic activities designed to help students establish personal goals and develop future plans.
  • Responsive Services:  Responsive services consist of prevention and/or intervention activities to meet students' immediate and future needs.  These needs can be necessitated by events and conditions in students' lives and the school climate and culture.  The following are responsive services:
                  -Individual counseling
                  -Small group counseling                
                  -Consultation with parents, teacher, and other educators               
                  -Referrals to other school support services or community resources                  
                  -Peer helping                  
                  -Interventions and advocacy at the systemic level
  • System Support:  System support consists of management activities establishing, maintaining, and enhancing the total school counseling program.  These activities include professional development, consultation, collaboration, supervision, program management and operations.  Professional school counselors are committed to continual personal and professional development and are positively involved in professional organizations promoting school counseling at the local, state and national levels.
Delivery of key services:
Individual Planning with Students
 5%-10%Responsive Services
 30%-40%Student Development Curriculum
 35%-45%System Support