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School Counseling Program 2017-2018

Lakota School Counseling Program 2017-2018


The Lakota School Counseling Program is an integral part of the school's total educational program.  It is developmental and comprehensive by design and includes sequential activities organized and implemented by the counselor with support of teachers, administration, students and parents.  The guidance program includes school counseling curriculum, individual planning, responsive and crisis services and system support.  The program is designed to address the needs of all students by helping them to acquire competencies in career planning and exploration, academic excellence and personal/social development.  The program is designed to aid students in the preparation of becoming  21st century ready, i.e. college and career ready.


1.  The comprehensive school counseling program is designed to address the needs of all students at all educational levels.

2.  School counseling is a program rather than a service.  It provides a vital link to the total instructional program of the school through the involvement of students, teachers, parents and administrators.

3.  The school counseling program contains measurable outcomes and competencies which address behaviors necessary for a person to function effectively at the appropriate level of development in each life role.

4.  The school counseling program aims at educational excellence through maximizing individual potential.

5.  The school counseling program includes parental involvement.

6.  Counselor professional development is necessary to maintain a quality comprehensive school counseling program.


Guidance Curriculum:

A.  Classroom Instruction - a curriculum will be developed and updated each year.  Topic outlines and activities for each grade level will be covered.  This function addresses 100% of the student population.

B.  Group Work - these groups will be formed for educational purposes on specific issues or needs. 

A. & B. address personal social/emotional issues, academics, career and college readiness.

Individual Planning:

A.  Individual Appraisal

     Orientation to assessment and interpretation of results in addition to the utilization of results.  (Please see Testing Schedule Tab)

     Grades K-11  - Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Measured Academic Progress (MAP)

     Grades 3-8 & 11 - North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA) Smarter Balanced

     Grade 11 - Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Test (ASVAB); Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT); American College Testing (ACT)

     Grade 11 & 12 - WorkKeys exam, a qualifier for the North Dakota Career and Technical Scholarship

Other assessments and inventories may be given on an individual or group basis as deemed necessary.

B.  Individual Advisement

     Four year plan development, career and college exploration, career shadowing, college visits and additional options for 21st Century Learning opportunities.

C.  Placement and Follow Up

     Awareness of post secondary opportunities and application process and/or career readiness preparation, financial aid and scholarship information.

Responsive Services:

A.  Consultation

     Parents, teachers, other interested individuals and community agencies.

B.  Personal Counseling (Small Groups and/or Individual)

     *Referral will be made to appropriate agency if necessary.  Parents' involvement is preferred contingent on the well-being of the student/family/etc.

     *Counselors will maintain confidentiality as described in the ASCA Code of Ethics.

     *Inform teachers and parents about the counseling referral process.

     *Counselors are state mandated reporters.

C.  Crisis Counseling

     Counseling and support are provided to students and their families facing emergency situations.  Such counseling is usually short term.  When necessary appropriate referral sources will be given.  See resource options under the tabs on the School Counseling webpage.

Program Development and System Support

A.  Research and Development

          *School Counseling program evaluations will be done minimally once a year

          *Follow-up studies of graduates will be an option if deemed necessary on a 1 and 5 year basis.

          *Continued updating of materials is crucial

          *Student/Staff/Parent needs assessment will be completed when deemed necessary.

B.  Staff & Community Relations

          This involves informing the staff and community of the program and its activities.

               *Webpage updates

               *News articles

               *List serves


               *School Board Reports

               *Other as deemed necessary

C.  Professional Development

     School Counselors need to be involved regularly in updating their professional knowledge and skills.

          *Counselors should be members of professional organizations.

          *Attend yearly financial aid sessions, college and testing updates, yearly mid-winter event and other professional development opportunities.

D.  Advisory Committee

     Advisory committees are suggested with members representing the surrounding community.  The committee will add input and provide support to the school counseling program.

E.  Community Outreach

     School Counselors are responsible for being current and knowledgeable on community resources and local labor markets.

F.  Program Management and Operations

     *Yearly preparation of a plan

     *Distribution of the plan to administration, school website, etc.

     *Accountability Functions -

               - records will be kept on the number of contacts made daily and in what capacity.

               - records will be kept on the number of additional duties performed.

               - a student portfolio will be kept on each student in grades 7-12.  (Portfolios may be digital.)

G.  Consultation with Teachers

     School Counselors will consult regularly with administration, teachers and other staff members to gain information, provide information, obtain and provide support and feedback.

Career Resource Center

Materials will be updated and available to students for support in the areas of social/emotional, academic and career and college readiness.  Materials will be available to all students at all times.  Materials are available in the library and the school counselor's office.