Kansas School Counselor Association
What is the role of a school counselor?
School counselors are certified/licensed educators with a minimum of a master’s degree in school counseling, making them uniquely qualified to address all students’ academic, career and social/emotional development needs by designing, implementing, evaluating and enhancing a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student success. School counselors are employed in elementary, middle/junior high and high schools; in district supervisory positions; and counselor education positions. School counselors serve a vital role in maximizing student success. Through leadership, advocacy and collaboration, school counselors promote equity and access to rigorous educational experiences for all students. School counselors support a safe learning environment and work to safeguard the human rights of all members of the school community and address the needs of all students through culturally relevant prevention and intervention programs that are a part of a comprehensive school counseling program. The American School Counselor Association recommends a school-counselor-to-student ratio of 1:250. Learn more about the school counselor's role.
The Kansas School Counselor Association (KSCA) supports school counselors' efforts to help students focus on academic, career and social/emotional development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. KSCA provides professional development, publications and other resources, research and advocacy to professional school counselors across our state.
KSCA VISION STATEMENT:
All Kansas students are assured the services of licensed School Counselors at a minimum ratio of 250 students to one licensed Professional School Counselor (ASCA).
KCA Position Statement:
Comprehensive School Counseling Programs
We believe that in Kansas Schools:
1. School counselors are essential in the design and systematic delivery of comprehensive school counseling programs that promote the achievement of all students by facilitating social-emotional, academic, and career development;
2. Comprehensive school counseling programs must have a developmental orientation spanning K-12th grade with an integrative curriculum designed to support every student in acquiring specific competencies and reaching specified outcomes;
3. Effective school counseling programs are a cooperative effort between school counselors, parents, students, educators, and the broader community to include developmental services and counseling interventions that are data-driven and preventive by design.
Kansas schools continue to respond to growing challenges. The comprehensive school counseling programs often serve as the first line of support in many communities across the state. Effective school counseling programs designed and delivered by state-credentialed school counselors in coordination with interdependent efforts of the entire community are essential in addressing the specific needs of each school and district. The systematically planned curriculum, preventive design, and supportive responsive services ensure continued progress towards an academic mission that supports all learners.
KSCA MISSION STATEMENT:
The mission of KSCA is to promote the implementation of comprehensive school counseling programs, advancing and insuring quality academic, career, and personal-social development of all students by licensed School Counselors.