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Guidance and Counseling
Transcript of Guidance and Counseling
Danielson's 4 Domains for School Counselors
Three platforms to pursue school counseling in NH
"In New Hampshire, all school counselors at every educational level (elementary, middle/junior and secondary) are required to have a Master's Degree specializing in Guidance and Counseling."
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The Role of a Guidance Counselor:
"The counselor's primary task is to help [students] become better learners by providing a comprehensive program that includes responsive services, individual planning, systems support and a guidance curriculum."
(NH School Counselor Association (NHSCA), 2013)
Getting Personal: The Choice to Pursue a Career in Guidance and Counseling
• By age 21, today's young people have faced more decisions than their grandparents faced in a lifetime.
• One out of five families move each year.
• Everyone faces career decisions.
Domain 1: Planning and Preparation
Domain 2: The Environment (office/small-group environment)
Domain 3: Delivery of Service
Domain 4: Professional Responsibilities
Demonstrating knowledge of counseling theory and techniques
Demonstrating knowledge of child and adolescent development
Establishing goals for the counseling program appropriate to the setting and the students served
Demonstrating knowledge of state and federal regulations and of resources both within and beyond the school district
Planning the counseling program, integrated with the regular school program, and including developmental guidance, intervention, and responsive services. This involves individual and small-group sessions, in class activities, and includes crisis prevention, intervention and response
Developing a plan to evaluate the counseling program
Creating an environment of respect and rapport
Establishing a culture for productive communication
Managing routines and procedures
Establishing standards of conduct and contributing to the culture for student behavior throughout the school
Organizing physical space
Assessing student needs
Assisting students and teachers in the formulation of academic, personal/social, and career plans, based on knowledge of student needs
Using counseling techniques in individual and classroom programs
Brokering resources to meet needs
Demonstrating flexibility and responsiveness
Reflecting on practice
Maintaining records and submitting them in a timely fashion
Communicating with families
Participating in a professional community
Engaging in professional development
Showing professionalism. This includes integrity, advocacy, and maintaining confidentiality
"emphasis is on ensuring appropriate instruction and helping all students acquire communication skills , healthy self-images, and appropriate relationships with their peers."
"responsibilities typically shift to more individual post-secondary planning, helping students determine their strengths and optimal courses of action."
A Guidance Counselor's Advice to aspiring School Counselors
Published on May 10, 2012
This video features a question and answer with Kayla McCormick, Guidance Counselor, St. Mary's High School, Bismarck, North Dakota.
(Guidance Counselor - Career Conversation, 2012)
(Introducing your School Counselor, 2013)
High School Graduate
Post secondary education, bachelor's degree
psychology, counselor programs
volunteer for social service facilities
make sure it's the right fit
Master's Degree in School Counseling
600 Clock Hours Internship
Need to determine internship requirements
If you already have a Master's degree in counseling, but need certification for school
Criminal Background Check
File for Certification
Counselor from Another State
NH does have reciprocity with other states
Evaluation of credentials and work experience to gain certification
(How to Become a New Hampshire School Counselor, 2013)