Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance PlanElementary GradesAmber TranSC540 Introduction to School Counseling
Counseling and Guidance Mission Statement and BeliefsFoundationBeliefs and PhilosophyCounseling and Guidance programs in Elementary are designed to ensure that students are provided with services that remove obstacles to learning. The program guides students toward wholesome development in personal/social, educational, and career directions to enable students to live now and in the future as they become citizens of this democracy. Mission StatementStudents are provided with opportunities to gain an understanding of self and others, to participate in educational exploration, and to pursue career planning opportunities in an environment that is safe, caring, and encouraging. Counselors work in collaborative partnershipsto empower students to reach their highest level as a productive member of society. Goals and ObjectivesA comprehensive counseling and guidance program is an essential component of the total instructional program through which the students have the maximum opportunity for development. In this regard, counseling and guidance involve a planned, purposeful, and sequential program of activities that begin in kindergarten and continue throughout graduation.Through the delivery of guidance curriculums, individual student planning, responsive services, and systems support, Elementary counselors will strive to support students and parents, and
facilitate productive relationships between students, teachers, administrators, and parents. The school guidance plan is organized around the ASCA National model. The comprehensive counseling and guidance programs provided by Elementary counselors are based on the following:1.Every student has the right to experience respect and dignity as a human being and to benefit from the counseling and guidance services.2.Every student will receive specific knowledge and skill content as required.3.Outcomes of services will be positive, or planning delivery will be revamped to promote positive change.4.Programs will be developmental and comprehensive in scope and sequence.Compressive counseling and guidance is intended to be preventative as well as rehabilitative and remedial; active as well as reactive; skill-building as well as problem reductive. Needs AssessmentA needs assessment is conducted annually to review all data concerning student learning at the school. The plan is reviewed throughout the year by the faculty, stakeholders, and CIP committee. ASCA National Standards/CompetenciesThe framework of the America School Counseling Association and the guidelines outlined in thisplan provide the basis for Elementary counselors to facilitate holistic, healthy development of our students.