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About School Counseling at Hillside

Calendar
September and October- Anger Management and Conflict Resolution lessons for 
all kindergarten, first and second grade classes
November and December- Conflict Resolution and Bullying lessons for all 
third, fourth and fifth grade classes
January, February and March- lessons in the academic, personal/social and 
career domains as determined by each classroom teacher in all grade levels
March- Health CBA to 5th graders
May/June- Human Growth and Development and HIV Prevention to 5th graders








The Role of the Professional School Counselor (from the American School 
Counselor website)
   
 The professional school counselor is a certified/licensed educator trained 
in school counseling with unique qualifications and skills to address all 
students’ academic, personal/social and career development needs. 
Professional school counselors implement a comprehensive school counseling 
program that promotes and enhances student achievement. Professional school 
counselors are employed in elementary, middle/junior high and high schools 
and in district supervisory, counselor education and post-secondary settings. 
Their work is differentiated by attention to developmental stages of student 
growth, including the needs, tasks and student interests related to those 
stages. 

Professional school counselors serve a vital role in maximizing student 
achievement. Incorporating leadership, advocacy and collaboration, 
professional school counselors promote equity and access to opportunities and 
rigorous educational experiences for all students. Professional school 
counselors support a safe learning environment and work to safeguard the 
human rights of all members of the school community. Collaborating with other 
stakeholders to promote student achievement, professional school counselors 
address the needs of all students through prevention and intervention 
programs that are a part of a comprehensive school counseling program. To 
achieve maximum program effectiveness, the American School Counselor 
Association recommends a counselor-to-student ratio of 1:250.

Professional school counselors have a master’s degree or higher in school 
counseling or the substantial equivalent, meet the state 
certification/licensure standards and abide by the laws of the states in 
which they are employed. They uphold the ethical and professional standards 
of professional counseling associations and promote the development of the 
school counseling program based on the following areas of the ASCA National 
Model: foundation, delivery, management and accountability.

Foundation
Professional school counselors identify personal beliefs and philosophies as 
to how all students benefit from the school counseling program and act on 
these beliefs and philosophies to guide the development, implementation and 
evaluation of a comprehensive school counseling program. Professional school 
counselors create a mission statement supporting the school’s mission and 
collaborate with other individuals and organizations to promote all students’ 
academic, career and personal/social development. 

Delivery 
Professional school counselors provide services to students, parents, school 
staff and the community in the following areas:
• School Guidance Curriculum – This curriculum consists of structured lessons 
designed to help students achieve the desired competencies and to provide all 
students with the knowledge and skills appropriate for their developmental 
level. The school guidance curriculum is delivered throughout the school's 
overall curriculum and is systematically presented by professional school 
counselors in collaboration with other professional educators in K-12 
classroom and group activities.
• Individual Student Planning – Professional school counselors coordinate 
ongoing systemic activities designed to help students establish personal 
goals and develop future plans.
• Responsive Services – Responsive services are preventative and/or 
interventive activities meeting students’ immediate and future needs. These 
needs can be necessitated by events and conditions in students’ lives and may 
require any of the following:
o individual or group counseling
o consultation with parents, teachers and other educators
o referrals to other school support services or community resources
o peer helping
o information
Professional school counselors develop confidential relationships with 
students to help them resolve or cope with problems and developmental 
concerns. 
• System Support – System support consists of management activities 
establishing, maintaining and enhancing the total school counseling program. 
These activities include professional development, consultation, 
collaboration, program management and operations. Professional school 
counselors are committed to continual personal and professional development 
and are proactively involved in professional organizations promoting school 
counseling at the local, state and national levels. 

Management
Professional school counselors incorporate organizational processes and tools 
that are concrete, clearly delineated and reflective of the school’s needs. 
Tools and processes include: 
• Agreements developed with and approved by administrators at the beginning 
of the school year addressing how the school counseling program is organized 
and what goals will be accomplished
• Advisory councils made up of students, parents, teachers, counselors 
administrators and community members to review school counseling program 
results and to make recommendations
• Use of student data to affect systemic change within the school system so 
every student receives the benefit of the school counseling program
• Action plans for prevention and intervention services defining the desired 
student competencies and achievement results 
• Allotment of 80 percent of the professional school counselor's time in 
direct service with students
• Use of master and weekly calendars to keep students, parents, teachers and 
administrators informed and to encourage active participation in the school 
counseling program
 
Accountability
To demonstrate the effectiveness of the school counseling program in 
measurable terms, professional school counselors report on immediate, 
intermediate and long-range results showing how students are different as a 
result of the school counseling program. Professional school counselors use 
data to show the impact of the school counseling program on school 
improvement and student achievement. Professional school counselors conduct 
school counseling program audits to guide future action and improve future 
results for all students. The performance of the professional school 
counselor is evaluated on basic standards of practice expected of 
professional school counselors implementing a school counseling program. 

Summary
Professional school counselors are certified/licensed professionals with a 
masters’ degree or higher in school counseling or the substantial equivalent 
and are uniquely qualified to address the developmental needs of all 
students. Professional school counselors deliver a comprehensive school 
counseling program encouraging all students’ academic, career and 
personal/social development and helping all students in maximizing student 
achievement. 
 

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