Many states are actively working to
change the traditional counseling model to a comprehensive
program based on standards and evaluated by outcomes. Some
state legislatures are taking an active role in ensuring that
all students receive the guidance and counseling they need
to make good academic and career choices.
School Counselor Associations
Links to the Internet homepages of school counselor associations
in 42 states.
Trust: Transforming School Counseling
Describes "two initiatives to connect school counseling with
the new mission of schools." One initiative supports professional
development for counselors, and the other pairs universities
with K-12 school districts to transform school counseling
Counselor Leadership Academy
"[P]rofessional development program for school counselors,
administrators and related student support staff" with the
mission of "[assisting] school sites and districts in the
development of comprehensive, results-based guidance and counseling
programs consistent with the National Standards for School
School Counseling Model
Online training for Nebraska school counselors to help them
use the national ASCA model as a basis for counseling programs
tailored to the needs of Nebraska students.
Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Curriculum
Comprehensive guidance and counseling model to help school
counselors transform the educational environment and assist
all students in making good choices in and out of school.
Carolina's Guidance Curriculum for Comprehensive School Counseling
Curriculum supporting North Carolina's comprehensive counseling
program. The lesson plans included "are designed to be taught
from a team approach with many activities for teachers, counselors,
parents and the community. This is based on the philosophy
that everyone who works with students has a responsibility
for helping to guide them."
School Counseling and Career Guidance Standards (2005)
Standards, learning expectations and performance indicators
for Tennessee's school counseling program, broken out by grade
level and type of competency (academic, career, or personal/social).
Best Practices for School Counseling in Connecticut (2001)
"These standards provide direction to districts concerning
the competencies that can be expected of a first year counselor,
requirements for Connecticut State certification, role definition
based on graduate level education and training, an appropriate
evaluation model based on role definition, and standards for
establishing and improving comprehensive school counseling
Gold Star Guidance
Website for a counseling initiative designed to give all Indiana
students the guidance and support they need to make informed
decisions about education and careers. Includes standards
for school counselors.
State Legislation and Policy
State Policies/Activities in Guidance and School Counseling
(Education Commission of the States)
Brief summaries of state legislation and policy actions in
guidance and counseling since 2000.
School Guidance and Counseling Home Page
Outlines the responsibilities of guidance counselors for providing
specific information to students and parents under Texas law.
Illinois State Standards for School Counselors
Powerpoint presentation on Illinois' state standards for counselors
as passed by the Illinois state legislature in 2002.
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