Comprehensive School Counseling
A message from Mrs. Deb Pinkhover and Mr. Tom Alfiero:
Hello! Our Comprehensive School Counseling Curriculum is progressing nicely!
8th Graders will be meeting with in small groups to complete their Personal Profile. This helps students identify their passions, values, personality, strengths, skills, and roles/vocations. It is fostering very rich discussion as we discuss students' individual future plans and goals. Please ask your son or daughter to share it with you; parental support is invaluable throughout a student's educational career! Please scroll all the way down to the Guidance files on this page to see a copy of this activity.Students will also be creating their own Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) , on Waytogori! Ask them to share their goals, plans, and career plans with you!!!
7th Grade students will be completing a Rating Scale during their PAWS time and discussing their Study Habits . This is an invaluable skill your child needs now and as he/she progresses through Middle School years into High School! Please scroll all the way down this page to see a copy of this activity.
6th Grade students will begin their Individual Learning Plans (ILP). Information gathered on an ILP will include extra curricular activities, hobbies and interests, educational strengths and goals, career dreams and questions, community service activities, and other fun facts about themselves.
As always, please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have!
What Does a School Counselor Do???
Many parents, students, and educators wonder what a School Counselor does, what his/her role is, and what services they can provide to help ensure student growth and success. Please read the description below, written by The American School Counseling Association.
The Professional School Counselor’s Role
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 a 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:
• School 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 K-12 classroom and group activities.
• 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, and may require any of the following:
Professional school counselors develop confidential relationships with students to help them resolve and/or cope with problems and developmental concerns.
• 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 proactively involved in professional organizations promoting school counseling at the local, state and national levels.
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