When developed collaboratively and used regularly, a mission statement can become the guide for program decisions. A good mission statement lets students, parents, staff, and the community know the reason why the school counseling program exists. It provides direction and above all must be consistent with actions.
A mission statement should (ASCA, 2005):
The ASCA National Standards “describe what the students should know and be able to do within the educational system (ASCA, 2005, p. 31).” These standards can be used as a guide for the attitudes, knowledge, and skills students should acquire through participation in a K-12 school counseling program.
Although these competencies are extensive, some do not consider the list exhaustive. It is quite possible that school counselors will want to add or modify the given competencies. It should also be noted that ASCA is in the process of revising the current competencies (2012).
A crosswalk tool helps determine which standards are being addressed by which intervention or element in the guidance curriculum. The following examples are good resources for creating a crosswalk, but we are not endorsing the use of any certain product.