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Comprehensive School Counseling Program Development

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leah kent

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1. Erford, Bradley T. 2011. Transforming the School Counseling Profession, Third Edition. Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
2. ASCA National Model (2013). Third Edition. American School Counselors Association. Alexandria, VA.
3. http://www.ascanationalmodel.org/. ASCA National Model, 2013.

Comprehensive School Counseling Program Development
Creating and implementing a comprehensive research based School Counseling program is essential for supporting student educational performance and forms the foundation for career and personal/social development (Erford, 2011).
This presentation goes through the 4 Components suggested by ASCA that make up developing your school counseling program.
Comprehensive School Counseling Program Development
This section answers; What is our school counseling program belief and philosophy, mission, domain, standards, competencies and what will students know and be able to do because of our comprehensive school counseling program? (Erford, 2013).
Creating the Foundation:
1. Establish the Counseling Department Mission- This would be specific to the school and department.
2. Develop the philosophy- The video to the left is my personal school counseling philosophy. This would be completed in collaboration with the department.
3. Be ethical, competent and follow standards. I have attached the Ethical Guide, School Counselor Standards, and ASCA National Model summary below.
Answers the "How" question. School Counseling Programs are multi-facted! The delivery system is made up of many different components that are delivered to reach the goals set for the program. Each component is carried out through direct or indirect services. ASCA states, School counselors should be delivering direct services 80% of their time and the other 20% should be indirect services.
1. Guidance Curriculum- This can be in a large group or in the classroom. This doesn't have to be separate from the teacher's lessons. From the School Counselor standards you will notice that those standards align with many of teacher education standards. Here is an example of classroom guidance I conducted: http://prezi.com/tbh6mh8upzjn/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy
2. Individual Student Planning- Helping students plan their academic success!
Responsive Services:
3. Individual Counseling- This meets both proactive and reactive students needs.
4. Small-Group Counseling- This can be a number of different types of groups. An example of a small-group I conducted is here: http://prezi.com/cxurwgmumh6w/small-group-counseling/

Responsive Services:
1. Consultation- Collaboration with administrators, teachers, or parents to help with student issues. This is a cooperative process by directly working with a second party to indirectly help the student.
2. Referral- Other professional assistance.
3. Crisis Response- Critical and acute situations need intervention. Knowing the plan for crisis is essential. I have created a starting crisis plan here: http://prezi.com/z1izzryoi_zl/crisis-plan/
4. Peer Facilitation: Cultivating a leadership team with the peers in your school can be very helpful to a low staff counseling department, and increases the students' helping skills in assisting others.
5. Systems Support: This includes program management and operations. Analyzing data, and fair share responsibilities are apart of program management. Included in this data are academic reports for noticing achievement gaps, I created a reading program at my internship to help close the achievement gap in reading for grades K-5. https://sites.google.com/site/leahkentportfolio/home/academic-development/closing-the-achievement-gap
6. Professional Development: In the world of working with children and adolescents keeping up with new trends, ideas, and anything else is one of the biggest priorities I will have as a School Counselor. Developing my profession and continuing to learn is how I will continue to be helpful to students.

This component answers the When, Why, and What is our role questions.
1.Management Agreements: I have attached an Annual Agreement, Smart Goals, and the School Data Profile forms. I think these are needed subjects in an annual agreement meeting. This helps the counseling department get on the same page as the administration.
2. Advisory Council- School Counseling Program Advisory Committee (SCPAC), this is usually made up of the principal, school resource personnel and administrators. This committee helps with program changes, advocacy, and other counseling department needs. 3. Use of Data! Its a known fact within the counseling field, we are great advocates for others and not for ourselves or the profession. Collecting data helps everyone. It's the way we can show what we have done and how it has affected the school. Data can be collected in numerous ways with everything we do!
4. Action Plans- These can be created with the Smart Goals worksheet and are helpful in making sure we are meeting the standards.
5. Calendars- There is so much going on in the counseling office. From student meetings, parent meetings, RTI, SST, Groups, Classroom Guidance, etc. We need to use an effective planning system!
6. Use of Time- The ASCA National Model describes the appropriate and inappropriate activities counselors should be completing. Creating a spreadsheet of the activities we do will be essential in collecting that data in how we are spending our time.

This component answers, "How are students different as a result of the program?".
How is accountability measured? School counselors use results reports, performance standards, and program audits.
1. Results reports- assesses outcomes that show a change in students and other stakeholders through analyzing their their performance in various components.
2. Performance standards- This assesses the counselor's skill in implementing a comprehensive, developmental school counseling program.
3. Program Audits- This needs to be completed to make sure the program aligns with a set of standards, either local, state or ASCA level.

Counseling Teammates!
Teachers/ Resource Teachers
School Psychologists
Using community, school community, and professional resources are many ways I plan to collaborate, advocate and reach our students.
ASCA states the counselor to student ratio needs to be 1:250. This is a rare find. In trying to reach the number of students that school counselors need to reach with the limited staff, resources are the way to go!
1. Local universities, colleges, for their community outreach programs, or possible tutoring programs.
2. AmeriCorps! Some of their programs match with the education field!
3. Parents, volunteers!!
4. Seeking and writing grants for more funding!
5. Piloting programs, to receive access to new programs with no cost!
6. Peer mentor programs within the school
7. I am a believer of utilizing the resources we all have to offer and will do my best to find them!
We all need to collaborate and work together to meet the needs of our students! It's all for them!
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