Counseling, Psychological and Social Services
The Mississippi School Counseling Model
A comprehensive developmental counseling program is an essential component of an instructional program that provides all students the opportunity for optimum development. The Mississippi School Counseling Model is designed to assist the state’s school districts and communities with the planning, development, implementation, and assessment of a school counseling program that supports the personal, social, educational, and career development of all the state’s public school students from prekindergarten through grade 12 including career and technical. In addition, the Program Model will assist the school districts in their effort to comply with the requirements of Mississippi laws and regulations regarding the function, design, and implementation of this vital program.
The Mississippi School Counseling Model is based on national standards endorsed by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). The framework includes three standards in each of the areas of academic development (Engagement), career development (Achievement), and personal/social development (Inspiration). It is comprehensive in scope and preventive in design.
As school counselors follow this framework, they will address the challenges that face Mississippi schools and their students in the 21st Century. School counselors respond to the direct and immediate concerns of students with methods that include, but are not limited to, individual counseling, group counseling, crisis counseling and referral or consultation with families, teachers, or other specialists. Counselors are advocates for equity and success for every student. School counselors have as their first responsibility to treat every student with respect as a unique individual. Counselors protect the confidentiality of information received in the counseling relationship as specified by federal and state law, written policies, and applicable ethical standards.
School Guidance Counselors Provide these Comprehensive Counseling Services: (referenced in Senate Bill 2423—Amendment to MS Code 37-9-79—2014)
· Academic and personal/social counseling;
· Use multiple student data sources to help students make informed academic and career choices;
· Career and educational counseling;
· Individual and group counseling (large/small);
· Crisis intervention and preventive counseling;
· Referrals to community services;
· Educational consultations and collaboration with teachers, administrators, parents and community leaders;
· Educational and career placement services;
· Conflict resolution; and
· Professional school counselors must spend a minimum of eighty percent (80%) of their contractual time to the delivery of services to students as outlined by the American School Counselor Association.