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The course presents a comprehensive review of counseling in schools. Students will define the roles and functions of school counselors. Emphasis is placed on a learner-centered process that includes organizing, planning, designing, implementing, and evaluating a comprehensive counseling and guidance program. The Texas Developmental Plan, as well as the American School Counseling Association Models, will be reviewed as related to the school counselor job.
UPON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, THE STUDENT WILL BE COMPETENT IN:
- Understanding the roles and responsibilities of the school counselor along with other professionals in the school with regard to the guidance and counseling program.
- Demonstrating knowledge of the components of a developmental guidance and counseling program, and procedures for implementing, evaluating, and modifying the developmental guidance and counseling program as necessary to meet the needs of all students.
- Demonstrating how to assess the needs of students in a school and plan a proactive program that reflects student needs.
- Applying knowledge of procedures for developing a guidance curriculum (e.g., establishing learning goals and objectives, indicators of competence, expected results, and evaluative criteria).
- Understanding the use of prevention approaches and intervention strategies to address student concerns.
- Guiding students to develop age-appropriate knowledge and skills in the areas of self-confidence, motivation to achieve, decision making and problem-solving.
- Discussing effective referral procedures to facilitate the use of special programs and services.
- Explaining strategies for effective internal and external communication.
- Illustrating consultant and/or coordinator roles of school counselors.
- Demonstrating how to work collaboratively with the school community to promote the integration of the guidance and academic curriculum.
- Demonstrating personal assessment of leadership aptitudes and capabilities for school counselor on the academic leadership team.
- Demonstrating knowledge of procedures for consulting with teachers, administrators, and others to provide professional expertise and enhance their work with students.
- Applying school data to guidance curriculum development.
- Integrating national and state models into guidance curriculum development.
- Accessing national and state legislation related to school counselor job description.
- Articulating methods of school counselor accountability.
- Analyzing programs designed to develop college/career readiness.