Who Are School Counselors?
Who Are We?
Professional school counselors are certified/licensed educators with a minimum of a master’s degree in school counseling making them uniquely qualified to address students’ academic, social emotional and career development needs. Each elementary, middle, high school and alternative program has a full-time professional school counselor available to assist students and families. Professional school counselors design, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive school counseling program aligned with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) that promotes success for every student.
Professional School Counselors:
- Serve a vital role in maximizing student success
- Promote equity and access to rigorous educational experiences for all students
- Incorporate leadership, advocacy, collaboration, and systemic change in the educational setting
- Support a safe learning environment and work to safeguard the human rights of all members of the school community
- Address the needs of all students through culturally relevant prevention and intervention programs that are a part of a comprehensive school counseling program
- Uphold the ethical and professional standards of ASCA and other applicable professional counseling associations
- Promote the development of the school counseling program based on the following areas of the ASCA National Model: foundation, delivery, management and accountability
American School Counselor Association (ASCA)
School counselors deliver a comprehensive counseling program to all students that is aligned with the ASCA national model. The ASCA national model four themes are:
- Leadership — leading learning and problem solving
- Advocacy — promoting equity and access
- Collaboration — sharing ideas and knowledge
- Systemic Change — making improvements and enhancements
The framework of the ASCA national model consists of four components:
- Foundation — focus on student and counselor skills, knowledge and outcomes
- Management — action planning to ensure maximum use of time and resources
- Delivery — direct and indirect services provided to students
- Accountability — effectiveness in measurable terms