• Components of a Comprehensive School Counseling Program 


    Guidance Curriculum

    Purpose: to provide all students with the knowledge and skills appropriate for their developmental level through systematic delivery of the guidance curriculum.

    Areas Addressed:

    • Self-confidence
    • Motivation to achieve
    • Decision-making, Goal-setting, Planning, and Problem-solving skills
    • Interpersonal effectiveness (including Social Skills)
    • Communication skills
    • Cross-cultural effectiveness
    • Responsible behavior

    Responsive Services

    Purpose: To meet the individual student’s immediate needs, usually necessitated by situations and conditions in the student’s life.

    Areas Addressed: Academic concerns

    • School-related concerns
      • tardiness 
      • absences and truancy
      • misbehavior
      • school-avoidance
    • Relationship concerns
    • Physical/sexual/emotional abuse and neglect as described in the Texas Family Code
    • Grief/loss
    • Substance abuse
    • Family issues
    • Harassment issues
    • Coping with stress
    • Self-harm
    • Suicide prevention

     Individual Planning

    Purpose: to assist students individually in establishing personal goals and developing future plans.

    Areas Addressed:


    • Acquisition of student skills
    • Awareness of educational opportunities
    • Utilization of test scores


      • Knowledge of potential career opportunities


    • Knowledge of career and technical training
    • Knowledge of positive work habits


    • Development of healthy self-concept
    • Development of adaptive and adjustive social behavior

    System Support

    Purpose: to establish, maintain, and enhance the total counseling program.

    Areas Addressed:

    • Guidance program development
    • Parent education
    • Teacher/administrator consultation
    • Staff development for educators
    • School improvement planning
    • Counselor’s professional development
    • Research and publishing
    • Community outreach