Washington Framework for Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling

Team Players

School counselors collaborate with other educators and school personnel to remove obstacles to student learning and help prepare students to flourish and succeed. Recognizing the systemic nature of problems facing students, school counselors connect with school partners to create and implement solutions that impact multiple domains (academics, career, social-emotional, etc.).


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 fellow educator team members 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


Role of the School Counselor

The ASCA Model

School Guidance and Counseling Legislation

Public School Employees of Washington