School counselors design and deliver comprehensive school counseling programs that promote student achievement. These programs are comprehensive in scope, preventive in design and developmental in nature. A comprehensive school counseling program is standards-based and data driven, and an integral component of the school’s academic mission. It focuses on academic, career, and social/emotional curriculum that is delivered through classroom lessons, small group, and individual consultation. (Cobb County)
As a component of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Georgia’s redesigned College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) was approved by the United States Department of Education in 2018. To support the Redesigned CCRPI, Georgia’s Department of Education’s (GaDOE) strategic plan was developed to focus on the whole child and individual student growth. Specifically, the GaDOE strategic plan supports a data-driven comprehensive approach to increasing students’ capacity to live, learn, and work.
School counselors are uniquely qualified to support all students at each developmental stage; thus, school counselors provide preventive, data-driven services and programming to students in the areas of academic readiness, career readiness, and social emotional readiness. School counselors who implement a comprehensive, standards-based school counseling program deliver holistic and measurable services to all students. Comprehensive school counseling programs align with the goals set forth in Georgia’s strategic plan. Moreover, comprehensive school counseling programs are simple to read, contain clear and attainable goals, ensure consistency, establish measurable outcomes, and promote opportunities and outcomes for all students.
The framework for the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model consists of four components:
2018 Georgia School Counselors Survey
Difference in actual and preferred time spent in school counselor activities varies widely.
Resources for School Counseling and School Reentry During COVID-19
2018 Georgia School Counselors Survey Report
The Safe and Drug Free Schools web page offers additional links to educators referring to school climate, bullying prevention, and
child abuse prevention resources.