Washington Framework for Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling

Welcome to the Washington State School Counselor Association Framework Website!

The purpose of this site is to provide professional School Counselors with the tools to:

  1. Share with others about who School Counselors are and what we do
  2. Implement and enhance Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Programs across Washington State
  3. Access quality resources to improve your Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Program

Our focus is on providing resources that professional School Counselors in Washington can use as they develop and refine their programs.  As you explore the Washington Framework for Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling you will see the components of the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) National Model embedded throughout.  Comprehensive programs benefit School Counselors as they strive to serve the needs of all students.


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.

Some benefits of a Comprehensive School Guidance and Counseling Program (CGCP) to school counselors include:

  • Defines responsibilities within the context of a school counseling program
  • Promotes appropriate and effective counseling and guidance program activities
  • Supports the academic, career and social/emotional development of all students
  • Provides a framework for program staffing, management, implementation, and accountability
  • Encourages school counselors to be systemic leaders, advocates, and change agents
  • Ensures the school counseling program is aligned with the school’s mission