According to the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), the role of the school counselor is to help all students in the areas of academic achievement as well as personal/social and career development in order to ensure that today's students will become productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has identified seven counseling and guidance strands necessary for a comprehensive guidance curriculum. These strands include:
• Self-confidence Development
• Motivation to Achieve
• Decision-making, Goal-setting, Planning, and Problem-solving Skills
• Interpersonal Effectiveness
• Communication Skills
• Cross-cultural Effectiveness
• Responsible Behavior
In order to meet the needs of this campus, I will be implementing a counseling program that will include conducting small groups, teaching guidance lessons, and providing individual counseling as needs arise. Small groups will be developed through the use of teacher and parent/guardian referrals and will be held once a week for a duration of 6 weeks. Parental/guardian consent is required for a student to participate in group. Groups are designed to allow students to identify with one another and build relationships by working together during the duration of group. Topics will vary based on the needs of the group and can include, but are not limited to, subjects such as understanding feelings, developing good study habits, social and friendship skill development, and managing worry/anxiety. Guidance lessons serve as a means to provide students with proactive and preventative measures regarding essential social and developmental components such as understanding respect, being responsible, and demonstrating perseverance. Individual counseling is offered to students based on daily needs. Individual sessions can include assisting a student or students with peer mediation, providing a student with a safe place to express their feelings and emotions, and assisting students to develop useful tools in areas such as coping skills or self-managing behavior. It is intended to be short-term in nature and should more long-term assistance be needed, outside referrals can be given based on a family's specific needs.
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