Washington Framework for Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling

An advisory council provides a structure for providing input and accountability for your counseling program. Ideally, a counselor would invite a broad base of stakeholders to serve as advisors. Typical representation would include teachers, administrators, parents, students and community stakeholders. The council should meet at least yearly, but two to four times per year would be better. For very small schools and districts, it might be practical to utilize the school improvement team as your advisory council and place program items on that group’s agenda.

What types of topics might an advisory council address?

  • Discuss existing data
  • Plan needs assessments
  • Identify achievement gaps
  • Set program goals
  • Brainstorm interventions and review curricula
  • Provide advocacy for school counselors
  • Create public relations efforts
  • Recognize program successes


School Counseling Program Handbook for Advisory Councils – The Idaho division of Professional-Technical Education (part of the Idaho Department of Education) has partnered with the Idaho School Counselor Association to create a step-by-step guide to developing and sustaining an advisory council.  The handbook also includes useful templates.