Guidance and Counseling Content Areas
- Positive student self-concept
- Effective executive functioning skills
- Appropriate behavior to the situation and environment
- Effective interactions with diverse populations
- Effective and appropriate communication skills
- Recognition of personal boundaries, individual rights and privacy needs of others
- Effective conflict resolution skills
- Development of healthy relationships
Post Secondary Planning & Career Readiness
- Motivation to succeed in personal endeavors
- Demonstration of career exploration skills
- Possession of the knowledge and skills to gather information for the purpose of postsecondary education and career planning
- Demonstration of awareness of the importance of postsecondary education
- Understanding of the relationship of academics to the world of work and to life at home and in the community
Personal Health & Safety
- Incorporation of wellness practices into daily living
- Demonstration of resilience and positive coping skills
- Possession of assertiveness skills necessary for personal protection
GUIDANCE & COUNSELING: ROLES OF A PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELOR
The following eight domains constitute the roles of the professional school counselor
Program Management - Counselors collaboratively plan, implement, evaluate and advocate for a comprehensive, developmental guidance program that includes the four components (1) Guidance Curriculum, (2) Responsive Services, (3) Individual Planning, and (4) System Support specified in the Texas Education Code (§33.005).
Guidance - In providing guidance, counselors proactively assist all students to develop and apply skills for maximum educational, career, personal, and social growth during school years and beyond. Counselors use guidance competencies to provide developmentally appropriate activities through the Guidance Curriculum and Individual Planning components of a comprehensive, developmental guidance and counseling program.
Counseling - Counseling is an intervention made available to all students and applying to those whose developmental needs, personal concerns, or problems affect their continued educational, career, personal or social development. Counselors use counseling competencies in the Responsive Services component of a comprehensive, developmental guidance and counseling program.
Consultation - Counselors, functioning as consultants, advocate for students and provide professional expertise to help faculty, staff, administrators, parents, and other community members understand individual behavior and human relationships. Counselors interpret relevant information to these persons concerning the development and needs of students. The counselor consults with others to increase the effectiveness of student education and promote student success. Counselors may use consultation competencies in any of the four components of a comprehensive, developmental guidance and counseling program.
Coordination - Counselors as coordinators bring together people and resources in the home, school, district, and community to support students’ optimal academic, career, personal, and social development. Working with students’ parents or guardians, and/or school personnel, counselors coordinate referrals to other resources as appropriate. Counselors may apply coordination competencies in any of the four components of a comprehensive, developmental guidance and counseling program.
Student Assessment -In student assessment, counselors interpret standardized test results and other available student data to promote sound decision making among students and others involved in students’ development. Counselors also promote understanding of ethical and legal uses and limitations of assessment. Counselors apply student assessment competencies in the Individual Planning, Responsive Services, and System Support components of a comprehensive, developmental guidance and counseling program.
Professional Behavior -Professional school counselors accept responsibility for self-directed professional development through continuous efforts to improve their competence in meeting and exceeding standards in performing their jobs. Professional behavior also entails the expectation that counselors have responsibility to improve the inclusivity of the school environment and to maintain collaborative inter-professional relationships. Professional school counselors demonstrate professional behavior in all components of a comprehensive, developmental guidance and counseling program; however, accountability for time dedicated to these activities applies to the System Support component.
Professional Standards -Professional school counselors adhere to professional standards in all components of a comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling program. Time dedicated to activities that promote understanding and application of professional rules, policies, regulations, and guidelines is accounted for in the System Support component of a comprehensive, developmental guidance and counseling program.
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