The Professional School Counselor
The Role of the School Counselor
"Professional school counselors are certified/licensed educators with a minimum of a master’s degree in school counseling, making them uniquely qualified to address all students’ academic, career and personal/social development needs by designing, implementing, evaluating and enhancing a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student success."
Why high school counselors?
"Research shows the implementation of a comprehensive school counseling program, as outlined by “The ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs,” has a positive impact on student achievement. The development and implementation of these programs requires leadership from welltrained, highly competent high school counselors and includes a collaborative effort with school administrators, classroom teachers, school staff and community stakeholders."
School Counselor Ethical Standards
"The ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors were developed in consultation with state school counseling associations, school counselor educators, school counseling state and district leaders and school counselors across the nation to clarify the norms, values and beliefs of the profession."
American School Counselor Association
"The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) supports school counselors' efforts to help students focus on academic, career and social/emotional development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society."
ASCA has officially adopted position statements on a number of topics.
Georgia School Counselor Association
"The Georgia School Counselor Association supports school counselors in Georgia as they promote student success."
GCPS Office of Advisement and Counseling
"The Office of Advisement and Counseling coordinates the critical work of counselors in each school as they remove barriers to academic achievement through data driven, comprehensive programming to meet the needs of all students. Advisement and Counseling also works with advisement teams in each school to provide each middle and high school student with a caring and knowledgeable adult to challenge them and help them make wise choices throughout their school career."