Washington Framework for Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling

Welcome to the Washington State Guidance and Counseling Framework website. Strong comprehensive guidance and counseling programs (CGCPs) support the education mission of our schools. Such programs are being cited by Washington educational stakeholders as essential to student achievement, preparation of career and college-ready students, and as foundational to state efforts to establish a comprehensive and integrated approach to dropout prevention, intervention, and retrieval.

Who Are School Counselors?

“School counselors, referred to as “guidance counselors” in the past, help every student improve academic achievement, personal and social development, and career planning. School counselors in the 21st century are highly trained educators in pre K–12 settings who uphold ethical and professional standards to design, implement and manage comprehensive, developmental, results-based school counseling programs that promote and enhance student success.”  WhoAreSchoolCounselors.pdf
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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. Research supports that comprehensive guidance and counseling programs have a positive effect on schools and communities.

The benefits of a Comprehensive School Guidance and Counseling Program (CGCP) to teachers include:

  • Promotes an interdisciplinary team approach to address student needs and educational goals
  • Increases collaboration with school counselors and teachers
  • Supports development of positive student behavior
  • Provides a framework for delivery of classroom guidance lessons
  • Uses data to improve school and classroom climate

For more information on……

The Role of the School Counselor

The ASCA National Model