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School Counseling: Foundations

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Participants examine the history, services, settings, roles, and competencies of counselors in K-12 schools in the United States. Laws and ethical standards related to school counseling are explored.  In addition, participants also examine important trends that continue to influence school counseling programs.

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Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6

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    Ethical and Legal Issues in School Counseling

    • Apply ethical standards to realistic situations in school counseling.
    • Describe pertinent laws in school district policies and procedures that affect the practice of counseling.

    Diversity and Community Awareness

    • Compare potential community, environmental, and institutional barriers that inhibit student success and development.
    • Identify the effects of social, cultural, environmental, and personal dynamics on counseling services.
    • Analyze community, environmental, and institutional opportunities that maximize student success and development.

    Essential Counseling Services

    • Describe the relationship between the school counseling program and the academic and student services programs in the school.
    • Evaluate counseling services that are essential to successful, comprehensive counseling programs in schools.
    • Identify consultation and collaboration processes for the school setting.

    Trends and Technology in School Settings

    • Predict the impact that these trends will have on school counseling in the future.
    • Examine the role of current and emerging technology in school counseling.
    • Identify major trends in school counseling.

    Advocacy and Accountability

    • Analyze the role of advocacy for all students in effective school counseling programs.
    • Describe the process used to develop accountability in school counseling programs.


    • All objectives apply.

    Foundations of School Counseling

    • Review the historical development of counseling and guidance services in the U.S. education system during the 20th century.
    • Identify important historical trends and the effect on shaping counseling and guidance services.

    School Counseling Roles and Competencies

    • Analyze the counselor’s various roles and competencies in elementary, middle or junior high, and high school settings.
    • Analyze the counselor’s leadership responsibilities in enhancing the learning environment.
    • Identify the strategies needed to respond to a crisis situation.
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