Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling programs are acknowledged by the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA) as best practice for serving students’ needs. Their sample policy (below) shows the state-wide commitment to delivering counseling services for students in a manner that maximizes the use of professional School Counselors.
WSSDA Recommended Guidance and Counseling Policy 2140, rev. 12/08:
“The ________board of directors recognizes that guidance and counseling is an important part of the district’s total program of instruction and is integral in achieving the district’s mission of academic excellence and success for all students. The district will provide counseling and guidance services in accordance with state laws and regulations, school improvement plans, ethical standards, and district policies and procedures.
The board believes school counselors serve a vital role in maximizing student achievement and supporting a safe, compassionate learning environment. In the __________district, the purpose and role of the school counselor is to plan, organize, and deliver a comprehensive school guidance and counseling program that personalizes education and supports, promotes, and enhances the academic, personal, social, and career development of all students, based on the national standards for school counseling programs of the American School Counselor Association.”
The Washington Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Framework and the ASCA National Model provide a system that encourages and promotes academic, career, and personal/social development in preparation for the challenges of the 21st century. All stakeholders share the benefits of this organizational structure. School counseling programs have a positive impact on students, parents or guardians, teachers, administrators, boards of education, school counselors, counselor educators, postsecondary institutions, and the community.
Benefits for Administrators
Benefits for the Boards and Departments of Education
Benefits for Student Services Personnel