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Comprehensive School Counseling


Comprehensive school counseling programs are strategically designed and delivered to be broad in scope, preventative in design, and developmental in nature in order to align and effectively advance the mission and goals of districts and schools. School counseling programs are driven by student data, focused on addressing equity, access and opportunity gaps, and based on academic, college and career readiness and social-emotional learning student standards.


Every student will have access to and benefit from a comprehensive school counseling program as an integrated component of their world-class, well-rounded, and equitable educational system. Students will successfully transition throughou​t their educational pathways to graduate career and college ready, and well prepared to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. All students participate in rigorous school counseling core curriculum and high-quality opportunities for personalized learning and growth, supported by a comprehensive school counseling program that facilitates strategic partnerships between school, family, and the community. Students graduate as successful, lifelong learners and productive members of society, achieving their fullest potential, and making a positive difference in both local and global communities.


The mission of comprehensive school counseling in Oregon is to provide developmental and systematic support to each and every student to ensure the academic, career, social/emotional development and achievement, and support participation in the broader community. Comprehensive School Counseling Programs (CSCPs) are proactive and preventative. CSCPs enhance learning by assisting students to acquire critical skills for lifelong learning and success. CSCPs embrace professional standards and models for best practice in the field. Comprehensive school counseling programs provide an array of interventions and supports for students. These are delivered collaboratively with school staff, families, and members of the community to provide seamless transitions to each student’s next steps. The goal is that each student will leave the pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade system with the skills and knowledge to live, learn, work, and contribute in both local and global communities.


Comprehensive School Counseling Programs are a critical part of the overall educational process. The following beliefs about school counseling underpin the state’s framework. 

Comprehensive school counseling programs: 

  • Are an integral part of the total educational program of every school district in Oregon. 

  • Define a delivery system that is comprehensive, systematic, developmental, and collaborative. 

  • Address the academic, career, social/emotional, and community involvement aspects of student development to assist learning at each grade level. 

  • Ensure that each and every student in Oregon is provided services needed to achieve success. 

  • Support student transitions throughout school, academic and career-related knowledge and skills toward individual achievement of diploma requirements, and preparation for next steps after high school. 

The requirements defined in the Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) reflect ​student outcomes. Comprehensive School Counseling Programs develop programmatic goals that support all students to: 

  • Understand and utilize the educational opportunities and alternatives available to them; 
  • Meet academic standards, as well as Comprehensive School Counseling Standards (Mindsets and Behaviors); 
  • Establish tentative career and educational goals; 
  • Create and maintain an education plan and education portfolio; 
  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize personal qualities, education and training in the world of work; 
  • Develop decision-making skills; 
  • Obtain information about self; 
  • Accept increasing responsibility for their own actions, including the development of self advocacy skills; 
  • Develop skills in interpersonal relations, including the use of affective and receptive communication; 
  • Utilize school and community resources. 
  • Demonstrate and discuss personal contributions to the larger community; and 
  • Know where and how to utilize personal skills in making contributions to the community.

Comprehensive school counseling programs provide profound benefits to students:

1. Prepares students for the challenges of the future by supporting their academic, career, social/emotional development and community participation. 

2. Teaches the skills for a lifetime of learning, career self-management, and social interaction. 

3. Relates their educational program to next steps and future success. 

4. Broadens knowledge of our changing world. 

5. Facilitates career exploration and planning. 

6. Assures equitable access to opportunities. 

7. Advocates for the individual student. 

Comprehensive school counseling programs also provide significant benefits to parents, teachers, administrators, school counselors, school site councils and advisory groups, business and industry, and the community.  

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