The goals of the Jasper Middle School counseling program align with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) national model for school counseling. Counselors provide a comprehensive program for all students which focuses on three areas of development: academic, career, and personal/social. Student needs are addresses through classroom guidance, small group counseling, individual counseling, and parent-teacher consultation.
Academic development: School counselors help students obtain and maintain the attitudes, knowledge and skills needed for academic success in the present and for the future.
Career development: School counselors help students understand their personal skills and talents in ways that allow them to acquire skills for exploring the world of work and for making informed career decisions.
Personal/social development: School counselors engage students in activities to promote positive interpersonal knowledge, attitudes and skills. These assets are central to helping students make healthy decisions, set reasonable personal goals, cope with difficult and stressful situations and consider their personal safety inside and outside the school setting.
The American School Counselor Association has identified four counselor skills that help articulate the new role of school counselors. They are:
ASCA has also identified four other components of an effective 21st Century school counseling delivery system. These are: