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School Counseling Standards

The BVSD Standards and Benchmarks for Comprehensive School Counseling are based on several models designed to clarify the mission and vision of educational programs. In developing these standards, the BVSD Counselors' Standards Committee focused on applying The ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs to the Strategic Initiatives of Boulder Valley School District and the Vision of the New Century Graduate as well as its accompanying Profile of the New Century Graduate. Additionally, the BVSD Comprehensive School Counseling Standards reflect the goals of the Boulder Valley School District School Climate Survey.

Two initiatives are the focus of the BVSD Comprehensive School Counseling Standards. These are:

  • Maximize learning and achievement.
  • Value diversity and promote understanding.

The vision of the Boulder Valley School District, as articulated in the Profile of the New Century Graduate, is:

To graduate students in the New Century who have the knowledge, skills and personal characteristics that will prepare them for the challenges they will encounter as adults. In addition to skills and knowledge in reading, math, writing, and speaking, New Century Graduates will possess a multicultural and global perspective, including bilingual competencies. New Century Graduates’ personal characteristics will include respect for others, initiative, creativity, ethical behavior and other characteristics that will enable them to become contributing members of society.

The BVSD Comprehensive School Counseling Standards are designed to promote realization of this vision paying particular attention to the skills and knowledge and personal characteristics that are the appropriate domain of school counseling.

Following are the seven standards for BVSD's Comprehensive School Counseling, along with the rationale for each standard:

I. Academic Domain

Standard 1
Students will demonstrate attitudes, knowledge, and skills associated with successful learning.

RATIONALE:
It is important that all students see themselves as capable life-long learners who can build on their strengths and accommodate their limitations, take advantage of numerous learning opportunities, and apply effective study skills to a variety of academic situations.  The school counseling program will provide all students with opportunities to sustain a positive attitude toward learning, set and attain academic goals, and develop and apply effective study skills.

Standard 2
Students will graduate with the academic preparation that allows them to choose from a wide range of post-secondary options, including college.

RATIONALE:
All students need to know the many options available to them after high school graduation and how to prepare for and access those options in a manner that keeps as many options open as possible. The school counseling program will provide all students with knowledge and assistance in developing and implementing an educational plan that is not limited to a single path.

II. Career Domain

Standard 3
Students will demonstrate the ability to investigate the world of work and to make informed career decisions.

RATIONALE:
Students often have limited knowledge about the world of work and how to learn about and understand the opportunities available to them in their future lives. The school counseling program will provide all students with knowledge and support in career planning and developing awareness of opportunities for future employment.

Standard 4
Students will understand the relationship between personal qualities, education and training, and the world of work.

RATIONALE:
All students will more likely have successful, satisfying lives if they are able to pursue careers that utilize their best personal qualities as well as enhance those personal qualities that provide the greatest opportunities for successful lives and careers.  The school counseling program will provide students with knowledge and support in developing the personal skills needed to make effective school to career choices.

III. Personal/Social Domain

Standard 5
Students will demonstrate the knowledge and interpersonal skills to help them understand and respect self and others.

RATIONALE:
It is important for the future of our democratic society that all students have the interpersonal skills necessary to contribute to and function in a healthy, caring, productive community.  The school counseling program will model and provide students with the opportunity to develop and practice effective interpersonal skills.

Standard 6
Students will demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to make decisions, set goals, and take action to achieve goals.

RATIONALE:
It is important for all students to have the skills and knowledge necessary to make good decisions, set high but achievable goals, and take the action to achieve those goals.  The school counseling program will provide opportunities for students to become informed about, practice, and discuss these skills as they apply to the academic, career, and personal/social domains.

Standard 7
Students will understand how interpersonal skills and knowledge enhance personal safety.

RATIONALE:
All students need to have the skills and knowledge needed to prevent potential physical, personal, and emotional harm to themselves and others.  The school counseling program will build on interpersonal skills as they apply to enhancing personal safety and will also include programs that more specifically promote personal safety.
 

Details are available in the BVSD Comprehensive School Counseling Curriculum (adopted March 27, 2007).