The professional school counselor is a certified/licensed educator trained in school counseling, holding a master’s degree or higher, with unique qualifications and skills to address all student’s academic, personal/social and career development needs. Professional school counselors implement an age appropriate comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student achievement. Professional school counselors are employed in elementary, middle and high schools. Their work is differentiated by attention to developmental stages of student growth, including the needs, tasks and student interests related to those stages.
Professional school counselors serve a vital role in maximizing student achievement through leadership, advocacy and collaboration. Promoting equity, access to opportunities and rigorous educational experiences for all students is a vital part of the Professional School Counseling experience. Professional school counselors are student advocates that support a safe learning environment and work to safeguard the human rights of all members of the school community. Collaborating with other stakeholders to promote student achievement, professional school counselors address the needs of all students through prevention and intervention programs that are a part of a comprehensive school counseling program based on the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model.
Professional school counselors develop confidential relationships and help students resolve or cope with problems and developmental concerns. They work diligently to uphold ethical and professional standards and to promote the development the ASCA National Model framework to improve student achievement: foundation, delivery, management and accountability.
Professional school counselors identify personal beliefs and philosophies as to how all students benefit from the school counseling program and act on these beliefs and philosophies to guide the development and implementation of an ASCA based comprehensive school counseling program. Professional school counselors create a mission statement supporting the school’s mission and collaborate with administrators, teachers, parents, students and community leaders to promote all students’ academic, career and personal/social development.
Professional school counselors provide services to students, parents, school staff and the community in the following areas:
Professional school counselors incorporate organizational processes and tools that are concrete, clearly delineated and reflective of the school’s needs. Tools and processes include:
Professional school counselors report using measurable terms, immediate, intermediate and long-range results showing how students are different as a result of the school counseling program. To demonstrate the effectiveness of the school counseling program the Professional school counselors use data show their impact on overall school improvement and student achievement. Professional school counselors conduct school counseling program audits to guide future action and improve future results for all students. The performance of the professional school counselor is evaluated on basic standards of practice expected of professional school counselors implementing a school counseling program.
Professional school counselors are certified/licensed professionals with a master’s degree or higher in school counseling or the substantial equivalent and are uniquely qualified to address the developmental needs of all students. Professional school counselors deliver a comprehensive school counseling program encouraging all students’ academic, career and personal/social development and helping all students with the goal to enhance all student achievement.
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