Guidance and Counseling Program Information
FOUR COMPONENTS OF A COMPREHENSIVE, DEVELOPMENTAL
SCHOOL GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING PROGRAM
When a fully certified school counselor is employed, the administration, faculty, parents, and community should expect the counselor to carry out eight basic responsibilities competently and in a professional and accountable manner. The eight responsibilities are:
Program Management Domain- Counselors collaboratively plan, implement, evaluate and advocate for a comprehensive, developmental guidance program that includes the four components (1) Guidance Curriculum, (2) Responsive Services, (3) Individual Planning, and (4) System Support specified in the Texas Education Code (833.005). Counselors collaborate with others to determine the relevant balance among the four components to meet student and community needs. Program management requires organizing personnel, physical resources, and activities in relation to defined needs, priorities, and objectives in order to maintain the program’s contribution to the total educational program. Counselors use program management competencies in the System Support component of a comprehensive, developmental guidance and counseling program.
Guidance Domain- In providing guidance, counselors proactively assist all students to develop and apply skills for maximum educational, career, personal, and social growth during school years and beyond. Counselors use guidance competencies to provide developmentally appropriate activities through the Guidance Curriculum and Individual Planning components of a comprehensive, developmental guidance and counseling program.
Counseling Domain- Counseling is a an intervention made available to all students and applying to those whose developmental needs, personal concerns, or problems affect their continued educational, career, personal or social development. Counselors use counseling competencies in the Responsive Services component of a comprehensive, developmental guidance and counseling program.
Consultation Domain- Counselors, functioning as consultants, advocate for students and provide professional expertise to help faculty, staff, administrators, parents, and other community members understand individual behavior and human relationships. Counselors interpret relevant information to these persons concerning the development and needs of students. The counselor consults with others to increase the effectiveness of student education and promote student success. Counselors may use consultation competencies in any of the four components of a comprehensive, developmental guidance and counseling program.
Coordination Domain- Counselors as coordinators bring together people and resources in the home, school, district, and community to support students’ optimal academic, career personal, and social development. Working with students’ parents or guardians, and/or school personnel, counselors coordinate referrals to other resources as appropriate. Counselors may apply coordination competencies in any of the four components of a comprehensive, developmental guidance and counseling program.
Student Assessment Domain- In student assessment, counselors interpret standardized test results and other available student data to promote sound decision making among students and others involved in students’ development. Counselors also promote understanding of ethical and legal uses and limitations of assessment. Counselors apply student assessment competencies in the Individual Planning, Responsive Services, and System Support components of a comprehensive, developmental guidance and counseling program.
Professional Behavior Domain- Professional school counselors accept responsibility for self-directed professional development through continuous efforts to improve their competence in meeting and exceeding standards in performing their jobs. Professional behavior also entails the expectation that counselors have responsibility to improve the inclusivity of the school environment and to maintain collaborative inter-professional relationships. Professional school counselors demonstrate professional behavior in all components of a comprehensive, developmental guidance and counseling program; however, accountability for time dedicated to these activities applies to the System Support component.
Professional Standards Domain- Professional school counselors adhere to professional standards in all components of a comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling program. Time dedicated to activities that promote understanding and application of professional rules, policies, regulations, and guidelines is accountable for in the System Support component of a comprehensive, developmental guidance and counseling program.
A Texas Comprehensive, Developmental Guidance and Counseling Program model in a district must be designed to meet locally identified needs and goals and to make optimal use of available resources. Implementing a developmental guidance and counseling program means different things depending on situations at the local level. The steps for developing and implementing a comprehensive guidance and counseling program is listed below.
The Program Development Cycle
a. Adopt the developmental guidance and counseling
program model and the program development
process to be used
b. Assess the current program
a. Make program improvements
b. Make appropriate use of the school counselor’s
* Evaluate the developmental guidance and
ETHICAL, PROFESSIONAL, AND LEGAL ISSUES
Legal Issues in School Counseling
IMPORTANT WEB SITES:
standards and testing, then click on study guides and preparation manuals, then click on Texas (exam for educator standards), (acrobat reader required) then click on School Counselors. Student will be able to view the domains and sample test questions. (school counseling students are strongly encouraged to view this site and take the sample tests that are available)
above (SBEC) site, then click on code of ethics governing educators, then click on Code of Ethics, then click on 242.2 Code of Ethics and Standard Practices for Texas Educators. (school counseling students are strongly encouraged to view this site)