School Counselors strategically design and deliver comprehensive school counseling programs that are broad in scope, preventative in design, and developmental in nature in order to align and effectively advance the mission and goals of their school and district. School counseling programs are driven by student data, focused on addressing equity and opportunity gaps, and based on college and career readiness student standards. School Counselors work closely with students to individualize and personalize their educational pathway, develop the essential knowledge, skills, and mindsets for mastering student standards, and support their required self-directed goals, plans, and accomplishments towards graduation and successful transition to postsecondary opportunities.
School Counselors provide leadership, advocacy, and collaboration by serving on various school leadership and data teams, and student support teams within a school’s multi-tiered system. They use student data to provide universal, individual and targeted interventions and supports, and targeted individual and group counseling based on Student Standards. They work closely with parents and other educators, student support personnel (e.g., School Psychologists, School Social Workers, and School Nurses), community-agencies, college access professionals, and business partners to promote students’ well-being, safe and supportive environment, culturally responsive practices, academic achievement, college preparation, career readiness, and systemic change. Services and supports in these areas look different across educational levels in order to address the developmental needs of students. School Counselors are trained to provide immediate and short-term intensive supports and crisis interventions with students and their families. School counselors then refer students and families for specialized services in district or the community, in order to provide ongoing intensive supports and services, treatment for severe and chronic issues, long-term counseling, and complex family situations.