The comprehensive school counseling program refers to a sequential, developmental program designed to benefit all students in preparation for their futures. Such a program includes a curriculum organized around three areas essential for students growth and development: Academic Development, Career Development, and Personal/Social Development.
Demonstrate a positive attitude toward self as a unique and worthy person. Gain life-planning skills that are consistent with their needs, interests, and abilities. Develop responsible social skills and an understanding and appreciation of being a contributing member of society. Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the life-long process of learning, growing, and changing. Activities and strategies for achieving identified student outcomes in these three areas can be integrated across the curriculum by teachers and counselors. A goal for this guide is to illustrate the connectivity between the National Standards, the ABCs Goals, the SCANS, and the National Career Development Guidelines. This Guidance Curriculum for a Comprehensive School Counseling Program is student centered and teacher friendly. Counselors should use it as a blueprint for collaboratively building a sequential and developmentally appropriate school counseling program.