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Counseling Program Overview
The mission of the Wood County Schools school counseling program is to provide a comprehensive, developmental counseling program addressing the academic, career and personal/social development of all students.
Wood County Schools counselors adhere to the belief that the school counseling program is an essential and integral part of the overall educational process. The counselors believe all students have dignity and worth and have the right to participate in the school counseling program. All students' ethnic, cultural, racial, sexual differences and special needs are considered in planning and implementing the school counseling program. All students PreK-12 shall have access to a full-time, state-certified, master's-degree-level school counselor to deliver the counseling program.
The school counseling program is an integral and crucial component of the total educational program and serves as a major link in achieving the mission and goals of the Wood County School system. School counselors and the school counseling program have the potential to make tremendous impact on the lives of all students. The school guidance and counseling program is comprehensive in scope, developmental in nature, and based on the national standards for school counseling programs. The school counseling program is delivered by counselors, both individually and in collaboration with other professionals, through programs and activities to all Wood County students in grades PreK-12.
The four areas included in the school counseling program are:
Guidance Curriculum – classroom and group activities
Individual Student Planning – activities to assist the individual student in establishing personal goals and developing future plans
Responsive Services – activities to meet student’s immediate needs
System Support – professional development, consultation, collaboration and teaming, program management and operation
At the elementary level, the school counseling program promotes academic achievement by assisting students in learning the skills and attitudes necessary to be successful students. The program emphasizes decision-making skills and exploration of future educational and career possibilities. The program stresses the acquisition of skills in developing personal/social relationships.
In the junior high school, the school counselor program focuses on the rapidly changing needs of young adolescents that impact academic, career, and person/social development. The program initiated in elementary school is continued but is adjusted to further focus on students’ individual academic and career plans.
Continuing to support academic achievement, the high school counseling program assists all students in becoming responsible adults and in developing realistic life plans according to graduation requirements and post-graduation goals.
School counseling programs have a positive impact on students, parents or guardians, teachers, administrators, boards of education, school counselors, counselor educators, post-secondary institutions and the community.
ASCA National Standards and Competencies
The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Standards serves as a foundation for the Wood County Schools school counseling program. These student content standards and competencies define the knowledge, attitudes or skills students should obtain or demonstrate as a result of participating in a school counseling program. These standards and competencies may be found on the ASCA website www.schoolcounselor.org
(This information is adapted from guidelines provided by the American School Counselor Association.)