Middle school counselors are master's level educators uniquely trained in child and adolescent development, learning strategies, self management and social skills. They implement a comprehensive school counseling program to support students through this important developmental period. This program teaches students the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for academic, career and social/emotional development.
The school counselor develops a comprehensive program based on the school counseling standards from the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) National Model with input from parents, faculty/staff and community stakeholders. The ASCA National Model provides a flexible framework middle school counselors use to develop a comprehensive program designed to meet students' unique needs.
Comprehensive school counseling programs are data-based and designed to meet the unique needs of students.
The ASCA National Model provides a flexible framework middle school counselors use to develop a comprehensive program designed to meet students' unique needs. The delivery of these services includes:
- individual student planning
- responsive services
- referrals for community resources
How are students different because of the middle school counseling program?
- student attendance, behavior, and academic achievement improve
- students acquire knowledge, social skills, positive attitudes toward self and learning