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Difference between School Counselor vs. Guidance Counselor

Don't Call It "Guidance" Anymore: A Talk With The Nation's Top School Counselor (an NPR story)

Duties and Role of a School Counselor

Vision Statement:

The school counselor will provide support to all students, parents, and staff to create a positive learning environment that fosters the skills students will need in and out of the academic setting. 

Mission Statement:

The mission of the West Bend-Mallard school counseling program is to provide a comprehensive school counseling program to help all students succeed in personal/social, academic, and career areas.  This is provided through individual counseling, small group counseling, classroom counseling lessons, academic support, and career/college planning.  The school counselor works to help all students become responsible, productive, culturally aware citizens of their communities and the increasingly global society. 

Philosophy/Belief Statement:   

It is the school counselor’s belief that a comprehensive counseling program is integral in providing all students the skills necessary to succeed while in school, and in their futures.  All students are capable of gaining the knowledge, skills, and responsibility to meet their current and future goals.  Essential in providing this is continuous communication between the counselor, administration, staff, and parents. 

The school counseling program at West Bend-Mallard will provide all students a developmentally appropriate comprehensive program that focuses on personal/social, academic, and career domains as outlined by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).  The school counselor will treat all students, parents, and staff with dignity and respect.  The school counselor will abide by ethical standards defined by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).


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