Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Program
The Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Program is an approved district educational program serving students from kindergarten through 12th grade. The program is organized and implemented by licensed school counselors and child development specialists in collaboration with parents, teachers and administrators. It addresses student development in academic achievement, career development, personal/social skills and community involvement. The Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Program focuses on activities and services in five areas:
- Guidance and Curriculum
- Individual Planning
- Responsive Services
- System Support
- Student Advocacy Student
Guidance and Curriculum
Curriculum is presented as classroom instruction, large and small group activities, school presentations, parent workshops and community events. Teachers, community members, support staff and administrators may also be involved. The elementary counseling and guidance curriculum focuses on:
- Academic Development - Learning to Learn
- Career Development - Learning to Work
- Personal/Social Development-Learning to Live
- Community Development-Learning to Contribute
Examples of programs used in the guidance program include:
- Second Step - violence prevention
- Steps to Respect - bullying prevention
- Kelso's Wheel - conflict management
- Growing up Lessons
Responsive services are counseling activities that meet the immediate needs, concerns, or problems that distract students from their academic, personal/social and/or career involvement. Responsive services include individual and small group counseling, consultation with staff, parents, and community agencies on the student’s behalf, referral to outside resources, crisis counseling for prevention, intervention and follow-up and peer facilitation. In responsive services, school counselors use their unique expertise for immediate intervention and short term counseling. They do not provide therapy.
System support integrates the Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Program in to the school. To enhance student learning, school counselors provide advocacy while over-seeing program content and improvement. Advocacy is an essential support component in Newberg’s school improvement design. System support activities include communication, program coordination, program review (data driven), providing staff instruction, consultation and feedback on emerging student needs, collaboration and participation on site councils, advisory committees, etc. and community outreach.
Individual Student Planning
Individual planning consists of activities that assist each and every student in developing and reviewing their own individual academic, career, and personal/social interests and plans. Individual planning begins at the elementary level and continues through high school. It includes discussion and strategizing for post high school plans. Students are supported in the development of individual education plans beginning in elementary school. Progress toward the plan is reviewed and updated annually and documented in the education profile.
Student advocacy focuses on the proactive involvement of counseling staff to ensure all students have equal access to achieving high standards. Counselors are aware of potential barriers for students, including special needs, gender, race, language, sexual orientation, social and economic status, pregnancy, parenting, giftedness, disabilities and religion. The school counselor must be an advocate in the school and community for all students to achieve.