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SECTION 5: ENTRY-LEVEL SPECIALTY AREAS – SCHOOL COUNSELING

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G. SCHOOL COUNSELING

Students who are preparing to specialize as school counselors will demonstrate the professional knowledge and skills necessary to promote the academic, career, and personal/social development of all P–12 students through data-informed school counseling programs. Counselor education programs with a specialty area in school counseling must document where each of the lettered standards listed below is covered in the curriculum.

  1. FOUNDATIONS
    1. history and development of school counseling
    2. models of school counseling programs
    3. models of P-12 comprehensive career development
    4. models of school-based collaboration and consultation
    5. assessments specific to P-12 education
  2. CONTEXTUAL DIMENSIONS
    1. school counselor roles as leaders, advocates, and systems change agents in P-12 schools
    2. school counselor roles in consultation with families, P-12 and postsecondary school personnel, and community agencies
    3. school counselor roles in relation to college and career readiness
    4. school counselor roles in school leadership and multidisciplinary teams
    5. school counselor roles and responsibilities in relation to the school emergency management plans, and crises, disasters, and trauma
    6. competencies to advocate for school counseling roles
    7. characteristics, risk factors, and warning signs of students at risk for mental health and behavioral disorders
    8. common medications that affect learning, behavior, and mood in children and adolescents
    9. signs and symptoms of substance abuse in children and adolescents as well as the signs and symptoms of living in a home where substance use occurs
    10. qualities and styles of effective leadership in schools
    11. community resources and referral sources
    12. professional organizations, preparation standards, and credentials relevant to the practice of school counseling
    13. legislation and government policy relevant to school counseling
    14. legal and ethical considerations specific to school counseling
  3. PRACTICE
    1. development of school counseling program mission statements and objectives
    2. design and evaluation of school counseling programs
    3. core curriculum design, lesson plan development, classroom management strategies, and differentiated instructional strategies
    4. interventions to promote academic development
    5. use of developmentally appropriate career counseling interventions and assessments
    6. techniques of personal/social counseling in school settings
    7. strategies to facilitate school and postsecondary transitions
    8. skills to critically examine the connections between social, familial, emotional, and behavior problems and academic achievement
    9. approaches to increase promotion and graduation rates
    10. interventions to promote college and career readiness
    11. strategies to promote equity in student achievement and college access
    12. techniques to foster collaboration and teamwork within schools
    13. strategies for implementing and coordinating peer intervention programs
    14. use of accountability data to inform decision making
    15. use of data to advocate for programs and students

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