•                                    Benefits of School Counseling Services

    Benefits for Students:

     

    Counselor and Advocate  

    •  Ensures every student receives the benefit of the School Counseling program by designing content curriculum for every student.

    •  Monitors data to facilitate student improvement.

    •  Provides strategies for closing the achievement gap because some students need more.

    •  Promotes a rigorous academic curriculum for every student.

    •  Ensures equitable access to educational opportunities.

    •  Fosters advocacy for students.

    •  Supports development of skills to increase student success.

     

    (Adapted from ASCA National Model, 2005)

    The School Counselor works directly with students in individual and group counseling sessions as well as in classroom lessons so students may:

    •  Adjust to a new school.

    •  Be successful in school.

    •  Establish effective study skills.

    •  Develop positive feelings about work, family and society.

    •  Build positive feelings towards self and others.

    •  Develop skills in interacting and communicating with others.

    •  Cope with change in themselves and their surroundings.

    •  Identify and accept their own and others’ strengths and weaknesses.

    •  Recognize the causes and effects of their actions.

    •  Become responsible for their behavior.

    •  Receive crisis intervention when necessary.

     

    The School Counselor helps students become motivated learners and encourages them to discuss concerns with their parents or guardians. When students work through their social and emotional issues with the help of their parents or guardians and the counselor, they are able to devote attention and energy to the intellectual tasks at school.

     

    Benefits for Parents or Guardians:

     
    School Counseling Services  

    •  Provides support in advocating for their children’s academic career and personal-social development.

    •  Supports partnerships in their children’s learning and career planning.

    •  Ensures academic planning for every student.

    •  Ensures access to school and community resources.

    •  Provides training and informational workshops.

    •  Connects to community and school based services.

    •  Provides data for continuous information on student progress.

    •  Ensures every student receives the content of the School Counseling curriculum.

    •  Promotes a philosophy that some students need more and seeks to ensure they receive it.

     

    (Adapted from ASCA National Model, 2005)

    The School Counselor works with parents or guardians through individual consultation, joint consultation with their children’s teachers, and parent or guardians discussion groups.  In these ways the counselor assists parents to:

    •  Understand their children’s progress in school.

    •  Select strategies to motivate their children.

    •  Develop realistic goals with their children

    •  Become actively involved in their children’s school life.

    •  Understand the educational program K-12.