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Counseling Curriculum

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michelle weatherholtz

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Transcript of Counseling Curriculum

Counseling Curriculum
Curriculum for Grades K - 2
Curriculum for Grades 3,4,5
Stacy Smith
The Counseling Curriculum
Michelle Weatherholtz
Stacy Smith
Ina Rivera
Thomas Steinmacher
Sara Graff

Michelle Weatherholtz
Curriculum for Grades 6,7,8
Ina Rivera
Thomas Steinmacher
Sara Graff
starts to build on the theme of careers, school work & team building
overview of careers
organizing school work/working through obstacles /learning strategies
coping with stress/handling peer pressure
getting along with others
team builiding activities
goal setting
internet safety
Starting with the basics:
- Begin with the basic concepts, such as feelings, kindness, respect, listening and bullying.
- The basic skills will be introduced and practiced so the children can build upon them in future years.
- Through discussions and role playing students will see first hand how to listen, be kind to others and to be respectful.
- Students will benefit while in and out of school from the curriculum.
- Here is a Anti Bullying video from Sesame Street to introduce bullying to the students.
Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
5 Primary Skills
* Self-Awareness
* Self- Management
* Social Awareness
* Relationship Skills
* Responsible decision-Making
• Research has shown that children whose parents are more involved in their education have higher rates of attendance, homework completion, and school completion, as well as elevated grades and test scores

Standards Aligned System
Strategies for Implementation
16.1.K.C Recognize that everyone makes mistakes and that using positive coping skills can result in learning from the experience.

16.1.K.D Establish goals independently and recognize their influence on choices.

16.1.5.C Identity adverse situations which all people encounter and healthy ways to address.

16.2.K.D Recognize that conflict occurs and distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate ways to resolve conflict.

16.2.8.B Explain individual, social and cultural differences which increase vulnerability to bullying and abuse and strategies for prevention.

16.3.12.C Actively engage in creating and promoting an environment that encourages healthy relationships (upstanders vs. bystanders) and positive responsibility as an observer of negative behavior.

Importance of Counseling Curriculum
Studies show that school counselors have a positive effect on grades.
Legislative Support
Leadership and Advocacy
Counselors in collaborative efforts can make changes in schools and communities to prevent students from dropping out of school.
Missouri HS students reported that with more fully implemented model guidance programs, they earned higher grades, their education better prepared them for the future, and the school had a more positive climate (less interruptions, greater feelings of safety, etc.)
Amendment to PA School Code 1949
Mandating a ratio of 1 counselor to every 375 students in a school K-8th grade (325 for high schools)
School counseling must be data driven
Job description lacks clarity, counselors have to define their own roles
School counselors have to advocate for themselves to prove that their services are relevant and necessary
By creating curricula counselors get to spend time in the classroom getting to know more students than they could on a one on one basis
Sink, C. A., & Stroh, H. R. (2003). Raising achievement test scores of early elementary school students through comprehensive school counseling programs. Professional School Counseling, 6, 352-364.

Standard, R.P., (2003). High school graduation rates in the United States: Implications for the counseling profession. Journal of Counseling and Development, 81(2), 217-221. Kaufman, P., Klein, S., & Frase, M. (1999). Dropout Rates in the United States, 1997. Statistical Analysis Report. U.S. Department of Education.

Lapan, R.T., Gysbers, N.C., & Sun, Y. (1997). The impact of more fully implemented guidance programs on the school experiences of high school students: A statewide evaluation of study. Journal of Counseling & Development, 75, 292-302.

High School Curriculum
High school counselors teach lessons less often than counselors in other levels, yet high school students are expected to be the most independent, and in many ways need the most guidance of all students.
10th Grade
Self esteem, signing up for PSATs, or SATs, team building, organization, test taking strategies.

11th Grade
SAT’s, applying for college, requirements for graduation, building a portfolio, prejudice, discrimination, diversity

12th Grade
Enjoying, but not wasting senior year, how to go to college, what if you change your mind in college, how to apply to college, careers out of high school, joining the military, writing a resume, writing a college essay, personal finance, college financial aid

Every Grade
Main Themes- Academic success, emotionally balanced, prepared for life after high school.

Making and keeping friends, decision making, time management, life after high school, graduation projects

9th Grade
Welcome to high school, time management, surviving high school, what is class rank, picking classes, what activities should I be apart of, sharing this huge school, rights and responsibilities of high school

Example Lesson: Why Should we go to School?
Students, working in groups, make lists of why they think it is important to go to, and do well in school.
Students share with each other their groups' answers.
Counselor can stress the importance of learning, not just getting grades.

K-2: Start with the basics: feelings, respect and bullying.
3-5: Building a foundation: stress, peer pressure, goal setting
6-8: Skills: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, responsible decision making
9-12: Preparation for life after school: academic success, vocational guidance, diversity, responsibility
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