The Comprehensive Prince William County School Counseling Program (K-12) is an essential and effective educational framework that will enable all students in our diverse population to acquire personal/social, career, and academic competencies necessary to function and to contribute as productive citizens in a changing society.
The Goal of Comprehensive School Counseling Program
The ultimate goal of a Comprehensive School Counseling Program is to complement and support the state Standards of Learning to ensure that all students in pre-K through grade 12 receive support in academic, career, and personal/social development. The Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) Comprehensive School Counseling Program is a collaborative effort with parents, teachers, administrators, and other school and community members to foster, promote, and improve student success and achievement in our schools. In conjunction with the Office of Student Services, each Prince William County Public School shall establish a Comprehensive School Counseling Program which is based on the Virginia Department of Education Standards for School Counseling Programs in Virginia Public Schools and the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) National Model.
PWC School Counseling Standards
The Standards for School Counseling Programs in Virginia Public Schools reflect the progression of the student’s growth throughout the pre-K through grade 12 school experience, and are organized by grade level and comprised of the following three domains:
A. Academic Domain – includes academic counseling, which assists students and their parents in acquiring knowledge of the curriculum choices available to students, planning a program of studies, arranging and interpreting academic testing, and seeking post-secondary academic opportunities. This domain also focuses on achieving goals and assisting students in understanding the relationship of academics to the world of work, and to life at home and in the community.
B. Career Domain – includes career counseling, which helps students acquire information and take
actions relative to work, jobs, apprenticeships, and post-secondary educational and career opportunities.
C. Personal/Social Domain – includes personal/social counseling, which assists students to develop an understanding of themselves, the rights and needs of others, and to resolve conflict and define individual goals reflecting their interests, abilities, and aptitudes. Students are also assisted in understanding and acquiring personal safety skills. Such counseling may be provided either in (i) groups in which generic issues of social development are addressed, or (ii) through structured individual or small group multi-session counseling which focuses on the special concerns of the participant.
THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAM
The Elementary School Counseling Program in PWCS is designed to meet the needs of all students and to be inclusive, preventive, and developmental in nature. School counseling is available in each Prince William County School according to Virginia State Standards of Quality Each school’s Professional School Counselor designs and implements a comprehensive school counseling program to address the needs of each school based on the needs of the students and the community which is served. Elementary School Counselors work collaboratively with all stakeholders (students, parents, teachers, and staff) together to collaboratively partner in the educational process.
Why Elementary School Counselors?
Elementary school years set the tone for developing the knowledge, attitudes and skill necessary for children to become healthy, competent and confident learners. Through a comprehensive developmental school counseling program, counselors work as a team with the school staff, parents and the community to create a caring climate and atmosphere. By providing education, prevention, early identification and intervention, school counselors can help all children achieve academic success. The professional elementary school counselor holds a master’s degree and required state certification in school counseling. Maintaining certification includes on-going professional development to stay current with education reform and challenges facing today’s students. Professional association membership enhances the school counselor’s knowledge and effectiveness.
Rebekah Schlatter, Supervisor of Secondary Counseling & Student Support Services
LaNora Minniefield, Secretary - 703.791.7258
PWCS Student Support Services includes supervision of the following programs: Middle and High School Counseling Programs, Home Instruction by Parents, Student Exchange Programs, Post-Secondary Planning programming and provides assistance on matters related to enrollment such as residency, custody, tuition, and school transfers.
THE SECONDARY SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAM
The Secondary Counseling Program is a comprehensive developmental school counseling program, which is available in each Prince William County middle and high school. Communication and support among school counselors and school counseling directors is provided through meetings, consultation, and correspondence to ensure effective operation of school counseling programs in compliance with guidelines, regulations, and legal requirements.
Why Middle School Counselors?
Middle school students are characterized by rapid physical growth, curiosity about their world and an emerging self-identity. Through a comprehensive developmental school counseling program, counselors work as a team member with school staff, parents and the community to create a caring, supportive climate and atmosphere whereby young adolescents can achieve academic success. Middle school counselors enhance the learning process and promote academic achievement. School counseling programs are essential for students to achieve optimal personal growth, acquire positive social skills and values, set appropriate career goals and realize full academic potential to become productive, contributing members of the world community. The professional middle school counselor holds a master’s degree and required state certification in school counseling. Maintaining certification includes on-going professional development to stay current with education reform and challenges facing today’s students.
Why High School Counselors?
High school years are full of growth, promise, excitement, frustration, disappointment and hope. It is the time when students begin to discover what the future holds for them. High school counselors enhance the learning process and promote academic achievement. School counseling programs are essential for students to achieve optimal personal growth, acquire positive social skills and values, set appropriate career goals and realize full academic potential to become productive, contributing members of the world community. The professional high school counselor holds a master’s degree and required state certification in school counseling. Maintaining certification includes on-going professional development to stay current with educational reform and challenges facing today’s students.
Parental Notification of School Counseling Services
PWCS K-5 Counseling Objectives
PWCS 6-12 Counseling Objectives
PWCS Internship Requirements
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