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Component #1: Foundationedit titleEditDiscuss the ASCA National Standards and Competencies in relation to student development.A professional school counselor needs to be knowledgeable in student development. A student’s level of development influences a large part of how they respond to meeting their basic needs, in responding to a developmental problem, and in responding to more serious situational problems (Vernon & Schimmel, 2019). Developmental stages help the school counselor understand how a child sees and understands their world. It aids in providing appropriate interventions that the child will understand. Vernon and Schimmel (2019) identify that “without this [developmental] perspective, problems can be misconstrued” (p. 3). Behaviors that may look like symptoms of depression or anxiety may actually be behaviors that are developmentally appropriate, but misunderstood by others who are not knowledgeable in development. Being knowledgeable in regards to development will help a school counselor also know the difference between what is developmentally normal behaviors and when to be concerned. A school counselor should not look at the whole picture of the student and discuss concerns with the student. The ASCA National Standards and Competencies recognize the need for the school counselor to be knowledgeable about student development. The ASCA Standards and Competencies B-PF 1. addressed applying developmental, learning, counseling, and education theories as a part of the professional foundation (ASCA, 2019). This included being knowledgeable of human development theories and the impact of development on student success, learning theories to support achievement and success, understanding the diverse learning needs of students, and incorporating evidence-based counseling theories and techniques to promote social/emotional, academic, and career development (ASCA 2019).Create a mission statement inclusive of three developmental domains. The school mission focuses on supporting the student to become a caring, responsible citizen anda lifelong learner. The mission of the school counseling program is to provide all students with a comprehensive counseling program that addresses their social/emotional, academic, and career development. The school counselors focus is to identify and provide services needed to be successful. While working collaboratively with families, school staff and community members, the school counselor aids the students in building skills needed to becomes caring, responsible citizens and lifelong learners.Student describes how each of the four themes of leadership, advocacy, collaboration, and systemic change are incorporated into the professional functioning of a school counselor and the framework of the ASCA National Model.

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