Washington Framework for Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling

Inform and collaborate with stakeholders

Educating principals about comprehensive guidance and counseling can change their perception about the role of the school counselor. The same philosophy can be used to educate other key stakeholders such as school boards, PTAs, staff, and community members.

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Sample presentations and handouts

Introduce your principal to basic concepts of comprehensive guidance and counseling

Sample District Principal Presentation

Trish Hatch developed a “flashlight” presentation format to share school counseling program components and results to stakeholders.

Sample Flashlight Presentation

WA school counselor presentation using the flashlight format

Sample WhyTry Flashlight Presentation

The Role of the Professional School Counselor

Department/Principal Agreement

School Counselors: What Are They Worth?

Develop a shared vision and put it in writing

Working with your administration to determine a shared vision and expectations of the program is an efficient way of planning to spend more time on direct services and less on non-counseling duties. For more information about management agreements see “Planning”.

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Management Agreement Examples

OSPI High School Management Agreement

Sample Secondary ASCA Counselor Management Agreement

Share how you work with kids

Websites, newsletters, brochures, and videos are examples of how school counselors can easily communicate the school counseling program to stakeholders. These are ways to build understanding about how school counselors are making a difference.

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Newsletter Examples

Kentucky School Counselor Association Newsletter

Brochure Examples

Briarwood Elementary

Kent Elementary

Blank Elementary Brochure

School Counseling Program YouTube Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F38vcHf5Xfc

Use Policy
School counseling policy can be used to gain support for school counselors and help institutionalize comprehensive guidance and counseling practices.

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Examples of School counseling policy:

  • Use RCW 28A.410.043 which defines the role of the school counselor
  • Introduce or update existing school counseling school board policy
  • Incorporate school counseling language in collective bargaining agreements
  • Ensure that school counselors are evaluated using school counseling performance standards

A WA Collective Bargaining Agreement Example

Websites, newsletters, brochures, and videos are examples of how school counselors can easily communicate the school counseling program to stakeholders. These are ways to build understanding about how school counselors are making a difference.

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Yakima School District Mission-Beliefs