Guidance and Counseling is an integral part of each school. The counseling program is designed with four basic components, each providing counselors the opportunity to promote academic career development, achievement, and personal/social growth.
- The System Support Component involves planning, evaluating, consulting, and participating in professional development. The counselor supports an accepting and safe environment where students achieve. Parent education and family/community outreach are an essential part of system support.
- The Guidance Curriculum Component integrates counseling standards for career development, academic achievement, and personal/social growth into the school curriculum.
- The Individual Planning Component addresses specific student needs, goals and plans in a one-to-one student/counselor setting or as part of a team process. The areas addressed include career development, academic achievement, and personal/social growth.
- The Responsive Counseling and Consulting Services Component meets the counseling and referral needs of students whose issues and problems cannot be met within the general school program.
Nevada professional school counselors believe every child can learn, and that all students have an equal right to participate in a comprehensive school counseling program delivered by a state-certified master’s-degree-level school counselor. The Nevada School Counseling Program aligns with the philosophy and goals of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Standards, which are based on specified goals and developmental student competencies for all students K-12. The following principles are the foundation for the Nevada School Counseling Program:
- All students’ ethnic, cultural, racial differences and special needs are considered in planning and implementing a comprehensive school counseling program.
- There is a collaborative effort among counselors, administration, teachers, parents, and the community to ensure academic, career, and personal social development.
- The school counseling program should be evaluated by a counseling supervisor on specified goals and agreed upon student competencies.
- School counselors adhere to ethical standards and regularly participate in professional development.
- The school counseling programs utilizes data to drive program development and evaluation.