School counselors are vital members of the education leadership team. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development and career development, ensuring today’s students are prepared to be Enrolled, Enlisted or Employed — thus becoming the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow.
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ASCA (American School Counseling Association) Counseling Model
The ASCA Counseling Model focuses on comprehensive school counseling based on student outcomes and is tied to school counseling standards and competencies.
School counselors deliver services both directly to students and families and indirectly through referrals, consultation and collaboration.
Direct services include school counseling curriculum, individual student planning and responsive services. Examples of each type of direct service are included below:
School Counseling Curriculum: Classroom presentations and lessons provided to students on school counseling standards including graduation requirements; college and career readiness; social/emotional development and skill building; and Naviance scope and sequence assessments and surveys.
Individual Student Planning: Individual meetings with students including four-year course planning; postsecondary planning; financial aid and scholarship assistance; test preparation and interpretation.
Responsive Services: Crisis intervention; small-group or individual services and planning; counseling or outside agency referrals.